Sisal under dining tables
Over the years, I’ve really thought a lot about this question and I’ve even experimented in my own home and I’ve even written about sisals before. Sisal or rugs made of natural plant fibres, such as jute, hemp, sea grass etc all look fantastic and because they’re natural products, we feel very comfortable about having them in our homes, and of course, sisal under dining tables (and anywhere else) look so smart. Another great thing about sisals is that they can be used in almost any style interior as they won’t clash in terms of colour or pattern – they’re usually very neutral and subtle.
But the big question is: are they easy to clean?
The short answer is that it depends (I know, not really what you wanted to hear, right?). There are cleaning products specific for natural fibres like sisal and if you get to a spill or mark quickly and use the right products, then they can come up looking new again. You can also have them professionally cleaned. But….and here’s the rub….if you have young children, pets and live a crazy-busy life, then I would seriously advise you to reconsider. Good quality sisal rugs are not cheap options and if you don’t get to a spill right away, then they can stain. I absolutely LOVED my sisal rug when I first bought it, it looked fantastic and I’d got a really large one which looked generous around the perimeter of the table. But two babies, two pugs, birthday parties, moving homes twice and sun bleaching over six years and quite frankly, it looked dead! I couldn’t wait to see the back of it (not literally – that was just latex in a mud colour!). Yet I felt really flat when I got rid of it – it felt like we were breaking up (I may be sounding like a nut case now….ah well). It was so hard to say goodbye. Cue violins… (ok, so now I am getting carried away! LOL!). Let’s move on!
So, after agonising for about two years, I ended up buying a rather traditional Persian style rug (even bigger than the original sisal!) made of man made fibres in burnt oranges and deep deep teals and I love love love it! Why? Because it’s so easy to clean, it’s waaaay more forgiving of any potential stains because of the pattern (so I don’t stress about it as much) and it’s so super soft under foot! Oh and the colours absolutely sing colour-wise in the room!
So, my conclusions regarding sisal under dining tables are the following:
- sisal is great…just NOT under dining tables. Unless you’re sure no one will spill anything (so no parties with red wine haha)
- consider sisal as a carpet in a living area or on staircases (they really wear well!)
- choose a patterned rug under a dining table as it hides stains and can be used to up the decor and colours in a room
- if you’re having trouble finding a rug in the size and style you’re after, consider choosing a carpet and have it bound and cut to size (this is also quite economical!)
- if you want a coastal or Hamptons look, then sisal – somewhere – looks a treat!
Hope that’s a help! Next blog post will be about dark coloured rooms! Stay tuned 😉
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