|View Poll Results: Do doormats belong inside or outside?|
|Just inside the door||1||1.75%|
|Just outside the door||23||40.35%|
|Obligatory Other (please explain)||3||5.26%|
|Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll|
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.
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.
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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.
In a nicer climate I'd probably just have one outside.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
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.
But we have plenty of clearance under the door for our mat. If it frequently catches on the door, that would irritate me.
ETA in the online and catalog ads for the Bean Waterhog mats, they have them both inside and outside--more pictures inside.
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But if your outside door mat is exposed to the elements, then having a 'waterhog' outside would just get soaked in the rain. It would make more sense to have it inside where wet shoes are stepping in.
But if the OP has a covered front porch, it can go there. And I wouldn't put it at a formal entrance on the hardwood (though I might put a nicer looking waterhog one there. I think LLBean has some better looking versions).
Ideally, one should have a sisally type outdoor one for wiping off mud and an interior one to dry off wet shoes.
Decorative rug inside - something washable to take shoes off on.
Boot tray inside for wintertime.
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