Posted: 10 October 2019
Rugs are a wonderful way to add some personality and warmth to your child’s nursery or bedroom.
When it comes to choosing a rug that both kids and parents will love, there are more factors at play than just style! You want a rug that will withstand heavy wear and tear, be easy to clean and feel beautifully soft for your little one to happily roll, crawl and play on.
We have put together the ultimate guide to help you choose a family-friendly rug for your child’s space.
Children are bound to spend lots of time on their floor playing with their toys, reading and crawling. If you have a hardwood floor, it is definitely worthwhile investing in a rug to keep them comfortable. If you already have wall-to-wall carpet, it is still a great idea to include an extra rug to create a barrier for any inevitable spit ups or spills.
A well-chosen rug can stand the test of time - being used all the way from your baby’s nursery to their ‘big kid’ bedroom. In addition to choosing the right rug material, which we will cover later on, there are several factors you should consider to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
In general, it is worthwhile investing in a large, spacious rug for the bedroom. Smaller sized rugs can make the room look cramped whereas a large rug will open up the space, giving the room a more cohesive look.
As your little one develops lots of different interests along the way, the room’s décor is naturally going to go through lots of different pattern and colour combos. For this reason, it is best to invest in a fairly neutral rug which will fit seamlessly into every style change.
From a practicality perspective, stick to rugs in darker colourways or that have a pattern. These styles will hide wear and tear such as hard to remove spots more easily. With Weave’s wide collection of floor rugs, there is a wide range of dark colourways and patterns to choose from.
Considering the texture of the rug is also important. Where possible, opt for a flat weave rug because this will take some wear and is more comfy to play on. Our top picks are the Jimara, Andes and Laila rugs.
Remember, the addition of a rug is the perfect opportunity to create harmony between your room’s design elements. When deciding on what colours and textures to choose, think about what is missing in the space and fill the void! The more you mix and match, the more visually interesting your nursery space will be (especially if you have opted for a neutral style).
Last but not least you want to ensure that your rug doesn’t present any trip hazards to prevent any little falls or bumps.
When it comes to the rug itself, you’ll want to check if it has a cotton backing. This will prevent your rug slipping on hardwood floors or bunching on carpet floors.
For safe rug placement tips, check out our blog post choosing a rug for home.
Image: @houseofhawkes featuring our Emerson Rug in Feather.
Kids spend a lot of time playing on the floor so it is important to ensure that the rug you choose has that ‘cosy factor’ for little hands and feet. Kids are also bound to get messy – with spills inevitable and crumbs galore – so you want your rug to be as easy to clean (and maintain) as possible. Both of these factors come down to the type of rug material that you choose.
We have put together a quick guide on the three most common rug materials so that you can find which one is best for your lifestyle.
Woollen rugs are always a favourite for nurseries and kids’ bedrooms and it is no wonder why! This warm natural fibre is resilient, easy to clean, naturally flame resistant, insulating, water repelling, and it even has antibacterial properties- making it a great choice for kids suffering from asthma or allergies.
They do tend to cost a little bit more and will shed initially, but it’s hard wearing properties and extreme cosiness are hard to beat.
Cotton rugs are very, very easy to clean and very versatile. They are also naturally hypoallergenic. Cotton rugs are also less expensive than wool rugs so they are a good choice for busy families on a budget, however, be mindful that they do not wear as well over long periods of time.
Although jute rugs are very durable, they are not ideal when it comes to bare feet and little bottoms. Jute is made from a natural fibre that little ones often find a bit rough and itchy so they are not the best choice for spaces where kids will be often be playing on the floor.
In addition to this, Jute rugs also absorb moisture, making it difficult to remove watermarks and stains that will inevitably happen with kids around.
Image: The Cullin Interiors featuring the Mitre Rug in Feather.
Now for the fun part - you’ve successfully chosen a nursery rug that is easy to clean and the inevitable spill as occurred!
We recommend treating spots and spills immediately with warm water and paper towel using a dabbing motion. Be mindful to not scrub the rug as this may cause permanent pile damage. If the stain persists, contact a professional rug cleaner as soon as possible.
For longevity, we recommend you vacuum regularly with low suction power and rotate your rug to ensure even wear.