How To Choose A Kids Rug

Kids rugs are not just for decoration - they can also add color, warmth and fun! This post explains how to choose the best kids rugs for your little ones' bedroom.

A rug can transform any room from average to coordinated in the blink of an eye. For kids' rooms, however, it is important to consider things like non-toxic materials, size, and other useful and important features.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Which materials are the best for kid-friendly rugs
  • What size and shape rug you need for the size of the kid's room
  • How to style your kid's rug to match the bedroom
  • What are the best features of kids rugs.

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What are the most kid-friendly rug materials?

When choosing a kids rug, you should be thinking about its size and style, but it is also important to think about the materials.

Rugs in kids' rooms are made not only for walking (often barefoot!) but also playing on and rolling around cheerfully. This means that it is worth considering rugs made from natural dyes and non-toxic materials.

Natural fiber rugs are the safest option if you want to avoid potentially harmful chemicals. This includes rugs made out of materials like jute, cotton, and wool. However, these are often a lot more expensive than synthetic fibers.

Geometric Light Pink Wool Kids Rug
Grey Polka Dots Wool Kids Rug
Round Tufted Wool Kids Rug
Pink Floral Daisy Wool Kids Rug
Navy Blue Cotton and Wool Kids Rug
Floral Cotton and Wool Kids Rug

Synthetic fiber rugs are made from materials such as polyester and nylon. Nylon is a popular choice for kid's rugs as they have limitless options for color and style, and are often treated for easy cleaning.

Red Polyester Kids Area Rug
Blue Solar System Nylon Kids Rug
Green Nylon Kids Rug
Multicolor Polyester Kids Rug
Pink and Purple Polyester Kids Rug
Butterfly Polyester Kids Rug

What rug size is needed for my kid's bedroom?

If you have ever tried to decorate a room, you will know that balance does not always happen naturally.

It is the same for choosing a kids rug. When it is too small, the room does not look balanced. In comparison, a large rug that takes up too much floor space might look messy or cluttered.

So what size rug do you need for a child's bedroom?

To determine this, you will need to:

  • measure the square footage of the room
  • and determine furniture placement.

Firstly, measure the length and width of the room. If you want a rug that covers the whole floor (to cover hardwood for example) you will need a rug that leaves two to five inches between the edge of the rug and the furniture. You should also be aware of any doors that might get caught on the rug if it is too thick.

Next, figure out where all the furniture will be. Will the bed take center stage in the room? Will there be a play table? Or will all the furniture line the walls?

In general, bedroom rugs draw the eyes to the bed. For kids' rooms, you will usually be working with single beds or smaller ones. 

For a single bed, find a rug that covers the bottom two-thirds of the bed. If the bed head is against the wall, this will be approximately 18 to 24 inches on three sides of the bed. If the bed is against the wall (i.e. lengthways), you will want to find a rug that is shorter than the length of the bed.

For a small room like a nursery, a small decorative rug in the middle of the room will add a focal point. Make sure that it is an even distance away from the furniture on each side.

Kids rugs style ideas and tips for functionality

For kids, a rug isn't just a rug. It adds warmth, a place to play, and sometimes even a place to learn.

Here are some of our best style tips for how to choose your kids rug:

  • Colors: Rugs can be expensive, so if you want a rug that will suit different ages and styles, choose either a neutral color rug (like beige or gray) or one that has a color that goes with a lot of styles (for example, rugs with blue as the primary color will match brightly colored as well as subdued color palettes.)
Classic White Neutral Kids Rug
Grey and White Kids Rug
Blue and Grey Kids Rug
Floral Multicolor Kids Rug
Round Red Kids Rug
Tri-color Polka Dots Kids Rug
  • Texture: Want a neutral colored rug? Go for texture and patterns to add interest instead! There are many various patterns available for different age groups, including movie characters or favorite animals.
Round 4 Animals Kids Area Rug
Tree with Animals Kids Rug
Blue Elephant Kids Rug
Winter Styled Blue Kids Rug
Kids Area Rug from Frozen
Round Zebra Kids Rug
  • Easy Maintenance: Kids rugs are made for playing on - that means you want something that is easy to clean. Avoid the shaggy carpet rugs that are difficult to vacuum, and choose one made of nylon or one that can be put straight in the washing machine.
Rectangular Educational Driving Kids Rug
Numbers and Letters Kids Rug
Symbols and Numbers Educational Kids Rug
Safari Road Map Educational Kids Rug
Round Green Road Kids Rug
  • Educational kids rugs: Rugs can be functional as well as decorative. Kids rugs with games, tracks for driving cars along, and rugs with numbers, letters or shapes on them can all add to a playroom.

Kids rugs are one of the best ways to add color, warmth, and coordination to your child's bedroom, but it's not just that. As you can see, something as simple as a rug can also have a positive impact on your child's cognitive and psychomotor development.