If you are like me, then the words “bath mat” and “bathroom” probably give you a different view of what a bathroom looks like. In my mind, it is typically the place where I take a quick shower or splash cold water on myself to relax. My husband says that it is a place to “get clean,” but that I prefer to relax in my bathtub, soaking away the stresses of the day. I would be willing to admit that part of my attraction to the bath mat is the opportunity to have a leisurely soak while doing my daily chores around the house. But, when it comes to the definition of a bathroom, it has a lot more to do with the maintenance of the “bathroom” itself.
Bathrooms have traditionally been thought of as places to go to “relax.” When you are in a relaxing state, it is hard to focus on the responsibilities of the day. A relaxing bath might be just what the doctor ordered after a tough day at work. And when you return from a relaxing bath, your skin will feel rejuvenated and you will feel better than ever. But, bathing is not the only function of a bath mat. The traditional purpose of a bath mat is to make the floor more comfortable and improve the “flow” of the room.
I had a roommate who once complained to me that her bathroom floor was so hard that she could not even roll over on her back in her bed. She would cry because she felt so uncomfortable in her own room. That problem was solved for her by adding a nice bath mat in her bathroom. Now, when she rolls onto her back, the floor is far softer and she can get cozy without worrying about her mattress shifting or the floor giving way beneath her weight.
Another problem in the bathroom splashes of water when you take a shower. If you have a curtain, there may be no way to avoid this. However, if you use a bath mat instead of a curtain, it will catch any leaks and help to keep water away from your body as you take a shower. Plus, it allows you to sit on the edge of the tub while taking a hot or cold shower without having your clothes get soaked. That keeps the overall mood of the bathroom light and cheerful.
What is the function of a bath mat anyway? In my opinion, it is a very simple answer. It allows you to have a place to rest your feet up when relaxing in the bath and it catches any leaks that may occur when taking a bath or shower. It is also a great way to keep water from soaking your sheets and pillow case. I would consider it a secondary purpose, but it certainly improves the comfort of the bathroom.
Bath mats can come in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials. They are quite inexpensive, so you can buy a few different ones to spread out the look of your bathroom. They are made from a wide variety of materials including plastic, metal, and cloth. They can be rectangular, oval, or in the shape of a cat, dog, horse, or even a heart! What is the function of a bath mat, then?