Bath mat buying guide

Bath mat buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Every bathroom needs a bath mat. Whether placed in front of a bathtub or outside the shower, these multi-functional accessories must be comfortable, functional and stylish. When it comes to buying a new bath mat, a number of criteria should be considered. Read on for our top tips!

Important features

  • Bathroom accessories
  • Materials
  • Comfort
  • Safety
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Bath mats: comfort and safety in one

Bath mats are designed to serve a number of purposes. The main function of this accessory is, of course, to absorb the dripping water as you get out of the bath or shower.
But a good bath mat will also catch splashes from the shower itself. Essential for safety, bath mats help to limit the risk of falling or slipping when getting out of the water.
Finally, they avoid you having to step directly onto a cold floor.

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Choosing a bath mat material

Bath mats come in a wide range of materials.

Synthetic material

Synthetic mats dry more quickly and are very washable. On the other hand, they absorb less water.


Cotton bath mats are popular thanks to their impressive absorption capacity and soft touch underfoot.

Exotic wood

Wooden bath mats, or duckboards, are usually made from bamboo. Though quick to dry, they can also be quite slippy.

Natural fibre

Made of coconut or rush grass fibres, this type of bath mat absorbs water with ease.

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Other bath mat features

Shape and style

From round, square or rectangular mats to special designs such as animal shapes, bath mats come in all different forms. You can also choose from endless colour and pattern options. Go for a beige mat for a neutral bathroom or an orange mat for a splash of colour. A pebble design will fit in well with a seaside theme while an imitation grass mat will be perfect for a natural look.


Most bath mats have a non-slip coating on the bottom to offer the best protection against slips and falls. Some models are even equipped with suction cups for better floor adherence.


Bath mats come in all different sizes. In order to make the right choice, think about the size of your bathroom.


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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 187 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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