Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Generally placed at the entrance of the house, a door mat plays both a practical and decorative role. It makes it possible to spruce up your front door while limiting the propagation of dirt going inside the home. Although it's relatively simple, different factors need to be taken into account when selecting your door mat.
Different types of door mats
Door mats can be made of different materials.
Coconut fiber doormat
Frequently used for making door mats, the fibers are made from coconuts. This type of door mat is popular due to its efficiency and increased resistance, especially to moisture.
Natural cotton fiber doormat
The cotton models have a higher absorption capacity than their coconut fiber counterparts.
Its main advantage is that it is relatively inexpensive and anti-slip. Polypropylene door mats are usually provided with a vinyl underlay or an aluminum structure.
Often shaped like a grid, the rubber mat is ideal for placing outdoors. It is highly resistant to both weather and UV rays.
Needle fiber doormat
This type of doormat effectively cleans the soles of your shoes as you step on it, all the while ensuring a good absorption rate in case of humidity.
Cast iron doormat
Mostly for decorative purposes, cast iron door mats adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the front door.
Factors to consider when choosing your door mat
Different factors should be taken into consideration when choosing your door mat.
Choose a doormat whose size matches your house's front entrance's width so that it can fit perfectly between the front door's frames.
Door mats usually have a rectangular shape, but some models are also available in a half-moon.
Depending on your decorating style, you have the choice between between a solid or printed color model, or a humorous welcome message.
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Guide written by:
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