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Do doormats go inside or outside?

Poll Results: Do doormats belong inside or outside?

Poll expired: Aug 10, 2010  
  • 1% (1)
    Just inside the door
  • 40% (23)
    Just outside the door
  • 52% (30)
    Preferably each
  • 5% (3)
    Obligatory Other (please explain)
57 Total Votes  
post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Please help settle this! DH bought a doormat--not a thick sisal one or a plastic green one, but the kind that looks like this one. He insists that it belongs in the front entry inside the door. It constantly slips and slides around on the hardwood, has to be away from the swing of the door (there's no space under the door for even that much thickness), and is generally ugly.

I claim that doormats belong outside the front door, so that people can wipe their feet coming in. (This works especially well for us, since we have a front porch with a roof, so the doormat is out of the weather.) He claims that doormats belong inside where they can protect the floor, and besides, that's where we take our shoes off.

So, what do you think? Inside? Outside? Obligatory "other"? For what it's worth, we have one inside the back door, too, in the mudroom, but it doesn't bother me as much because (a) the door doesn't stick on it (b) we don't have a porch roof outside there and (c) aesthetics aren't as important there.
post #2 of 31
We have one outside the door and then a regular rug just inside. In the garage entrance, we have one just outside and one just inside. I prefer to have them on both sides of the door. If it doesn't really fit there though, I'd just leave one outside!
post #3 of 31
With the one you posted, it would go OUTSIDE the door. Then you can also have a more decorative one on the inside. This set up is my preference.
post #4 of 31
One like that I would put outside the door. We do have a rug inside also (no issues with clearance fortunately) but it is larger and looks more carpet-like. I'd guess it's around 4'x6'.
post #5 of 31
Definitely outside!
post #6 of 31
The main doormat is outside. Our thick one is outside.

That said, we do have a "light" mat just inside the door as well.

But if you have only one mat, it belongs outside. Outside and inside is the best, thought.

Aside from the problems with opening and closing the door, the point of the mat is to collect dirt, debris, snow and rain moisture and so on - so it stays OUTSIDE of the house. It doesn't make sense to deposit these things INSIDE the house if you can help it.

I shake out our outdoor mat every now and then but it's never clean. It's very rough so that it can scrape the soles of our shoes and such - but you can't really clean that entirely.

The inside one, which is just a little rug, I can vacuum and get reasonably clean.
post #7 of 31
Astroturfy mats go outside, with a nonslip rug-type mat inside. You should have one of each, at each door, for maximum dirt control.
post #8 of 31

Door Mats

I think this depends on your climate, the type of mat, if you typically wear shoes in the house, if your entrance goes right into a room or if you have a porch/mud room, etc.

We have always put door mats inside the door. Wet or icky shoes and boots get left on the mat. The mat is where you take off your shoes. We don't wear shoes in the house.

I think that any time we had a mat outside we had one inside too. If we had one inside though, we didn't necessarily have one outside.

Personally, I don't want to stand outside wiping me feet. In our old house, we had a closed in porch for that. In our current house, there isn't any place to put a door mat outside anyway.

I've certainly seen plenty of sisel door mats inside and never thought it was odd.
post #9 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post
With the one you posted, it would go OUTSIDE the door. Then you can also have a more decorative one on the inside. This set up is my preference.
This is what we do, too.
post #10 of 31
It goes outside. Like others have said, you can also have a smaller, prettier one inside if you have the door clearance for it. We don't, so we only have one outside.
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChetMC View Post
I think this depends on your climate...

We have always put door mats inside the door. Wet or icky shoes and boots get left on the mat.
Makes sense, especially since this whole thing started over the winter with the crazy snow we got here in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic.
post #12 of 31
I put other because it depends on the doormat, but the kind he bought belongs inside. You can get a kind of tape that keeps it from sliding around.
post #13 of 31
We have the type you show inside & then the rubber or sisal ones outside. I agree with the pp who said your climate could really influence this. I hate drips & puddles inside in the winter so a good rubber backed mat is needed inside or else the moisture goes through & can run the flooring.

In a nicer climate I'd probably just have one outside.
post #14 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post
With the one you posted, it would go OUTSIDE the door. Then you can also have a more decorative one on the inside. This set up is my preference.


We wipe excess stuff on the outside mat then step on the inside one to take off shoes just inside the house.
post #15 of 31
I voted for one in and one out. We have one like this inside (just like in the picture) and one like this outside.

But I would not put a mat inside if the door could not open over it. It seems pointless to have one that far out into the room.
post #16 of 31
We have both-- a thick, sisal one outside, and an attractive one inside. Both get used for foot-wiping. My door opens directly into my living room, with no real entryway, so double protection is important to me. Dirty shoes get left on the indoor mat until they can be cleaned and put away, and it gets tossed in the wash frequently. I live in NJ, so we have snow and mud to contend with, and we spend a lot of time in farm fields, our kitchen gardens, and in the woods. Actually, on the worst days, I put layers of towels over the mat, and change them several times a day.

But we have plenty of clearance under the door for our mat. If it frequently catches on the door, that would irritate me.
post #17 of 31
I voted "other" b/c it's not really a preference to have one inside & out but by default that's what we have. We have big thick onees outside. I think the one you showed would probably belong outside or inside a mudroom, not inside the front door. We have thick muddy ones outside, and one inside the front door. It says "Hi, I'm Mat" and I love it b/c dh's name is Matt & we searche forever to find one, and MIL found it for xmas a few years ago and it will live inside our door forever.
post #18 of 31
that kind goes outside and the smaller nice looking ones goes inside...
post #19 of 31
I have a similar one from LL Bean inside by our back door. I actually have two--one in front of the door, and another before you go into the carpeted living room. It may be ugly, but we have a pool/dog/weedy yard and those mats help a lot. For the front door we have a sisal outside and rug inside. We're a no-shoe inside family w/ light carpeting so I want dirt to fall off ASAP.

ETA in the online and catalog ads for the Bean Waterhog mats, they have them both inside and outside--more pictures inside.
post #20 of 31
Doormat outside, rug inside.
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