Nursery rugs - Guide on how to choose a nursery and kid-friendly rug?

Posted: 19 July 2021

Rugs are a wonderful way to add some extra warmth, personality and protection to your child’s nursery bedroom, or play area.


Finding the perfect rug for your child's space


For your nursery, having a soft underfoot will help create an extra cosy and warm space for you and your little one something you will relish at those midnight feeds, especially in the cooler months. As they start to move and crawl around, you will want as much protection for their little hands and knees as possible. 

Children are bound to spend lots of time on the floor playing with their toys, reading and crawling. If you have a hardwood floor, it is worthwhile in 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.



The Denali rug will add subtle, neutral pattern, to stand the test of time.


Choose a rug that will last 

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.

A well-chosen rug can stand the test of time being used from your baby’s nursery, to their ‘big kid’ bedroom. There are several factors you should consider to ensure you get the most out of your investment.



Need some pointers?

From the right rug material size, quality and the importance of safety, we have put together the ultimate guide to help you choose the ideal rug for the nursery, kids’ bedroom, or play area.

If you're shopping for rugs online, here are some tips to help you navigate buying the right rug online.



Wool blend rugs, Zambesi Feather and Lisbon Sandstorm.

Choosing the right rug material for a kids’ bedroom or nursery

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.


Wool Rugs

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. 

Designed to last, they tend to cost a little bit more. Whilst they will shed initially, this will soon stop. Their hard-wearing properties and extreme cosiness are hard to beat.


Our woollen kid-friendly picks: Dolomite in Pepper, Matterhorn in Seasalt, Matterhorn in Tar, Makalu in Basalt, and Jimara Feather.


Cotton Rugs

Cotton rugs are very versatile and easy to clean. Like wool, they are also naturally hypoallergenic. Cotton rugs are usually less expensive than wool rugs so they are a good choice for families on a budget, however, be mindful, they are less hard-wearing than wool rugs.


Our cotton kid-friendly picks: Andes in Feather and Andes in Sandstorm.


Jute Rugs

Jute rugs are extremely hard-wearing. Jute is great for busy, high traffic areas and where extra vacuuming is often required, making a jute rug perfect for where children are playing on the ground.


Our jute kid-friendly picks: Cadiz in Natural, Cadiz in Charcoal, Lisbon in Onyx, Lisbon in Seasalt, and Catania in Natural.


Logan Feather perfectly placed to the edge of the room and neatly underneath furniture.


In general, it is worthwhile investing in a large spacious rug for the nursery or bedroom. When a rug is too small, it can make the room look cramped. Whereas a large rug will open up the space giving the room a more cohesive look.


The Catania rug will create visual interest with its fun chevron pattern and the two-tone colourway helps disguise any marks or spills.

Colour & Pattern

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 styles, patterns and colour combos. For this reason, consider investing in a fairly neutral rug that will fit seamlessly into every style change.

From a practical perspective, stick to rugs with a slight texture, pattern or two-tone colour. These styles will hide wear and tear and hard to remove spots more easily.


The two-tone Lisbon rug is an easy flat weave style that will stand the test of time as you move through different room styles and colour schemes.


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 comfortable to play on. 

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).


All Weave rugs feature a full cotton backing for quality and safety, seen here on Dolomite Pepper.


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 from slipping on hardwood floors or bunching on carpet floors. 

Each Weave rug comes with high-quality cotton backing important for stability and durability. For safe rug placement tips check out our blog post on choosing a rug for your home



Cleaning your rug

Now for the fun part - you’ve successfully chosen a nursery rug that is easy to clean and the inevitable spill has occurred! We recommend treating spots and spills immediately with warm water and a 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.

We recommend you vacuum regularly with low suction power and rotate your rug to ensure even wear for longevity.


Care & Fair 

We are proud members of Care & Fair, an international organisation aiming to eliminate illegal child labour in rug weaving areas. Our contributions help to improve the living standard of families and communities in these areas.



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