Whether your best meal is a perfectly cooked grilled cheese or a five-course dinner, the kitchen is where we all spend a large amount of time. It also has some of the most valuable real estate in the home, from limited counter space to keeping walkways clear and easy to move through when trying to rush through a meal during a time crunch. For an item to make the cut and be worthy of space in the kitchen, it’s got to be multifunctional, which is why we always recommend investing in a kitchen runner rug.
What To Look For In A Kitchen Runner Rug
Kitchen runner rugs serve multiple purposes and one is adding a decorative element to your space. If your kitchen is lacking in color, opt for a rug that adds a pop of design to help define the space.
For those who like to cook elaborate meals and spend a lot of time in the kitchen (or for house party enthusiasts), an anti-fatigue kitchen rug will save your feet, legs and back.
Look for kitchen runner rugs that won’t stain easily, are antimicrobial and can easily be cleaned. A lot happens in the kitchen and it typically involves a big mess.
Kitchen runner rugs with anti-slipping backings are a must. The kitchen is one of the most common places for at-home injuries, so it’s imperative to use a rug that is focused on safety.
How We Chose The Best Kitchen Runner Rugs
We included rugs that met the criteria above and more. All the runner rugs on our list work with different décor and dimensions since no two kitchens are alike. The runner rugs we chose are highly rated and approved by customers who have tested the runners in their own homes and found them comfortable and easy to clean. We also included options that make it easy to spruce up your kitchen and give it an (affordable) mini makeover.
Check out the best kitchen runner rugs below. Your feet and eyes will thank you.
1. Carvapet 2 Pieces Kitchen Rugs and Mats Set
For a kitchen runner rug that is designed to be your new favorite sous chef, there’s the Carvapet 2 Pieces Kitchen Rugs and Mats Set. Available in four neutral colors and featuring a simple pattern that will easily fit into most decors, the set includes an extended 17 by 48-inch runner and a bonus 17 by 24-inch mat that can be placed in a second spot in the kitchen or used in another part of the home, including a doorway. Both mats are water absorbent, making them ideal for use near a sink, and feature a non-skid rubber latex backing that helps hold the mats in place. The fade-resistant microfiber material is soft and has a low shag to help reduce the chances of the rug becoming a trip hazard. If things get extra messy, both rugs are safe for the washing machine.
2. Ottomanson Otto Home Collection Runner Rug
Add some color to your kitchen with a runner that adds comfort to your work area. The Ottomanson Otto Home Collection Runner Rug measures 2’7” by 9’10” and provides extended coverage in a high-traffic area, such as in front of your kitchen sink or island. The low-pile rug is comfortable and won’t pose a tripping hazard thanks to its non-slip rubber backing. A great option for homes with pets, the Ottomanson is safe for use with a vacuum cleaner and can be spot cleaned with mild detergent. We also like that Ottomanson makes matching rugs in a variety of sizes, which helps to create a cohesive design throughout the home.
3. My Texas House by Orian Indoor/Outdoor Lady Bird Runner
MOST UNIQUE DESIGN
If you’re looking for a rug that will stand out in any kitchen, look no further. The My Texas House by Orian Indoor/Outdoor Lady Bird Runner brings in antique and vintage design elements and couples them with a durability that makes this runner an excellent addition to the kitchen space. Made from 100% premium polypropylene fibers, the runner is stain and fade-resistant and will result in minimal if any shedding. Safe for use indoors or outdoors, the runner is both soft and durable and can be cleaned with a mild detergent. Matching rugs in a variety of sizes can also be purchased to create a seamless design.
4. Safavieh Madison Collection Boho Chic Floral Medallion Trellis Stain Resistant Runner
BEST POP OF COLOR
The Safavieh Madison Collection Boho Chic Floral Medallion Trellis Stain Resistant Runner is a great option for anyone who wants to add color and contrast to their kitchen. The Medallion runner is built to last thanks to its machine-woven finish with durable synthetic fibers, which create a low-pile, non-shedding rug. Designed for high traffic areas and able to withstand the demands of a home with pets and children, the Medallion can be vacuumed and spot cleaned for easy maintenance. Available in a variety of colorful patterns and sizes, the Medallion can be finished by adding a non-slip runner underneath the rug to help hold it in place.
5. Professional Grade Comfort Kitchen Mat by NewLife
NewLife makes their GelPro comfort mats in just about every color and design you can think of, but we’re keeping it basic with black and focusing on all the other great features. The anti-fatigue runner makes it comfortable to stand in your kitchen for as long as necessary thanks to the mat’s smart engineering. Made from eco-friendly plant-based cellulose renewable bio-foam, the NewLife runner encourages circulation in the legs and has a high-density foam finish that won’t lose its bounce even after extensive use. The no-curl edges and non-slip bottom help to eliminate potential trip hazards and the water and stain-resistant finish make it easy to quickly wipe up spills and messes.
6. Rene Comfort Heavy Duty Standing 2 Piece Anti-Fatigue Mat Set
BEST MODERN DESIGN
If you’re looking for a mat that brings a modern flair and a touch of elegance to your kitchen space, we like the Rene Comfort Heavy Duty Standing 2 Piece Anti-Fatigue Mat Set. The cushioned anti-fatigue runner and mat set create a soft and supportive place to stand while preparing dinner. The non-skip backing makes it easy to place the set on wood, laminate or tile floors without worrying about trips or falls. Made for the rigorous demands of the kitchen, the durable runner and mat are waterproof, oil-resistant and can easily be wiped clean.
7. Well Woven Non-Skid Slip Rubber Back Antibacterial Runner
BEST GERM DEFENSE
When it comes to products going into the kitchen, the word ‘antimicrobial’ is music to our ears. This nylon runner from Well Woven has a latex non-slip rubber back that helps hold it in place even in high-traffic areas. The low-pile, 1/4” thick rug is durable, comfortable and easy to clean. Made with a stain and fade-resistant finish that will help it last for years, the Well Woven runner is antibacterial and mold resistant, making it a great option for kitchens. When big messes happen, the runner can be placed in the washing machine and dryer.
8. Eat Laugh Live Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Runner Mat by J&V Textiles
Need to add some personality to your kitchen but aren’t quite sure where to start? Get your creativity flowing with an anti-fatigue kitchen runner rug that will add some farmhouse charm to your kitchen space. The Eat Laugh Live 19.6″ x 55″ Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Runner Mat by J&V Textiles not only reminds you of what’s expected in the kitchen, but it also has a comfortable and supportive makeup that will be gentle on your tootsies. The water and stain-resistant runner can easily be spot cleaned with gentle soap and has a non-slip backing to keep it in place while you eat, laugh and live. J&V Textiles have several kitchen runners with cheeky kitchen messages, but the message we like the best is the one telling our feet to relax while we wait for our dinner to finish cooking.