5 places to buy machine-washable, cut-to-fit plush carpet for your bathroom

carpeted-bathroomTerri’s 1960s bathroom had non-descript 1980s ceramic floor tiles — so when making suggestions to brighten up the space, Pam suggested I search for machine-washable, cut-to-fit-, soft, cushy and comfortable wall-to-wall bathroom carpet. I found five places to buy this retro product. Hey: Keep it clean by machine washing often, and your toes (and blah floor tile) will thank you for it! Photo above from J.A.G. Carpet Wholesalers, Inc. website.

retro bathroom with carpet

Mom’s yellow bathroom circa 1977 — check out that shaggy yellow bathroom carpet!

To begin my research into wall-to-wall bathroom carpeting, I asked my Mom if she ever had any herself. She told me that in her and my Dad’s first house — a 1962 ranch that they purchased in the mid 70s — had bright yellow wall-to-wall carpeting and original 1962 fixtures. To make the space more groovy, she removed the original wallpaper and put up new white and yellow butterfly wallpaper. She also reminded me of my Nana’s bathroom in the 1972 ranch house they built that had mint green wall-to-wall bathroom carpet. Nana installed the wall-to-wall carpet in her bathroom because the builder accidentally put slick wall tiles on the floor — a mistake she initially thought would be ok — but later proved to be a dangerous fall hazard. Adding carpet was a quick and inexpensive way to remedy the situation.

cut-to-fit-bathroom-carpetWhile I know that there are many folks today who squinch their nose at the idea of carpet in the bathroom, it seems that most people who choose to install wall-to-wall bathroom carpet do so because:

  • They love the feel, comfort and livability of wall-to-wall carpeting
  • To make unheated, cold tile floors feel warmer
  • To cover up a damaged, unattractive or slippery when wet bathroom floor in an inexpensive and easy manner instead of spending more money or undergo construction to retile

Now of course you can’t just put any old kind of carpet in a bathroom. Bathrooms are high moisture areas and moisture is the enemy of carpet. Here are a few things I think you should consider when choosing wall-to-wall bathroom carpet:

  • Buy carpet specially made for bathrooms. This will likely be a 100% olefin material, or a water resistant nylon carpet.
  • Go for the wall-to-wall bathroom carpet that is machine washable. Note, you may need to take it to a laundromat with a bigger machine depending on the size of your room/carpet.
  • Choose low pile carpet. The lower the pile, the less carpet there is to soak up moisture.
  • Use a separate bath mat on top of wall to wall carpet near the tub or shower. This will help soak up excess water where it is most problematic and can easily be taken up to dry or be washed.
  • Keep it clean.
  • Replace often. Know that wall-to-wall bathroom carpet will not last as long as tile or linoleum in a wet space like the bathroom. Even if you are fastidious in your cleaning regiment, know that you will likely have to replace the carpet after four or five years.

bathroom-carpet-retro-colors1.  J.A.G. Carpet Wholesalers, Inc. has the most vivid, retro colors of cut to fit bathroom carpet available that I could find. They offer 17 shades (Peony is discontinued) that are available in 5′ widths and can be custom cut in any length from 3′ to 60′ and sell it at $13.00 per linear foot. Their 100% nylon carpet is machine washable, is made in the USA and has an anti-skid backing similar to what you’d find on a bath mat.
colors-of-bathroom-carpet2.  Townhouse Linens has 15 colors of Royale wall-to-wall bathroom carpet by Mohawk ranging from neutral to bright. They offer three sizes — 5′x6′, 5′x8′ and 6′x10. This carpet is advertised as being machine washable, fade and mildew resistant and made in the USA. Townhouse Linens also has two other types of wall-to-wall bathroom carpet — Elegance and Madison Reflections — which are available in several colors and sizes, too.

walltowall-bathroom-carpet3.  BedBathstore has several options of wall-to-wall bathroom carpeting available from a variety of manufacturers in a range of colors, styles and sizes.

4. Kohl’s has 6 colors of cut to fit Garland Rug Bathroom carpet in either 5′x6′ or 5′x8′ sizes, available online only. These same bathroom carpets are also available at Home Depot (online only).

bathroom-carpet wall to wall5. A tip from reader Jessica led us to this Ultima Bath Rug Collection from JCPenney. The carpet is available in eight colors and a variety of sizes from 17 x 24 inches to 72 x 96 inches. An affordable option for wall to wall bathroom carpet, you can find the Ultima Bath Rug Collection on JCPenney’s website or at JCPenney outlet malls — where reader Jessica found hers.

Whether you love it or not, wall-to-wall bathroom carpeting is an affordable way to add color and comfort to any retro bathroom.

Readers — have you ever had wall-to-wall carpet in your bathroom?

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  1. Frank says

    When we bought our current home, our guest bathroom had white, wall to wall carpet. We have three sons, at the time they were all under the age of 12. The boys, including me, we’re not allowed to step foot into the bathroom. After 6 months in the house, it became obvious that the boys were not following the rules. I came home from work one night to find my wife in the bathroom with a look of fed up determination on her face and a large exacto knife in her hand, surrounded by a small pile of smelly white carpet. We were short on cash because we had just bought the house. So we had lovely concrete floors in our guest bath for about a year.

  2. Rena says

    In the 70′s and 80′s my mother and I had a bed and bath shop. We sold a ton of bathroom carpet that you cut and laid. It was washable and not too expensive to change every few years. I am truly considering if for our bathroom. We have dark tile floors and it looks dirty all the time. I could sweep it twice a day and it would still look messy. I am so tempted to go the carpet route again. I do like the feel on my feet.

  3. Shelle says

    when I bought my first house in 1986, I had a pink bathroom (just like so many that you posted here ) I would switch out the carpeting from burgundy carpeting to grey carpeting. I even did a mint green once! . LOVED it! So glad you found the places that I can do this again in my condo!

  4. Melanie Sarama says

    I had a cut to fit bathroom rug in my bathroom and loved it! The bathroom had to be gutted due to age and (apparant) mold on the ceiling. I regret not buying carpet then because now the grouting on the floor NEEDS to be cleaned and it is a pain. Plus the tile on the floor is large white tiles and with a little grain to it so that it is not slippery. Nice, but does catch fine dirt. Not only is the rug warmer than a tile floor, it pulls the bathroom together and looks nicer like the white bathroom with the dark blue rug.

    • pam kueber says

      we don’t sell anything here — you need to connect with the companies in the story — use the bright blue hotlinks

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