Getting kids rugs for a room or nursery? There’s a lot to consider. You might want something in pretty pastels that matches the Instagram-worthiness of Baby’s nursery, or one that feels soft and plush underfoot. For toddlers and older kids, you may be looking for a floor covering with a bold pattern or theme. If it’s a kids playroom rug, maybe you’re going for a bright, cheerful pick that inspires play (bonus points for concealing stains). Ideally, you’d love something durable — even washable, if possible (because… kids).
Now consider your budget: Kids rugs can be spendy, but it’s a worthy investment for such important real estate within your home, right? Or maybe heck, no? Whichever side you fall on, our roundup of the best kids rugs includes pricier options that’ll make you swoon, as well as budget-friendly picks that you can roll up and toss out after their first bout with the stomach flu. Be sure to check out our kids bedding sets for more room decor inspiration!
Best Kids Rugs
I’ve not made a better investment in my twins’ bedroom than their custom world map wall mural. Score a version of the winning kids room decor concept in rug form: It inspires curiosity about the world, teaches geography, and it’s just downright fun. This round version is super soft and durable.
Encourage your wee one to drift off to dreamland (also known as: please, please, please just go to sleep already) with this area rug in a soothing cloud pattern. The bulky yarn in this shag-like rug looks almost homespun.
Best Nursery Rugs
You grew up on Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers… so you’d never want to deprive your own kid of bright and colorful rainbows. This soft and whimsical rug is made of 100-percent wool with a non-slip backing — and has a surprisingly grownup but kid-friendly pastel rainbow design.
Look, your nursery rug is going to end up with poop and barf on it — that’s just the way it is. So take the edge off that stress by getting an incredibly affordable rug for the room that you can eventually just roll up and dispose of as biohazard. This ultra-soft area rug fits the bill: It’s made of soft, synthetic microfiber with a silky, cozy feeling underfoot. Choose from seven pastel and neutral shades.
“A, B, C, D …” well, you know the rest. This plush rug isn’t just cute, it can be used for tummy time activities and adorable milestone pics. It’s made of cotton and available in three colors: white, gray, and pink.
If a chic nursery or kids room is what you’re after, look no further than Rifle Paper Co.’s vintage-inspired menagerie rug. Designed in collaboration with Loloi, this polyester power-loomed rug is durable and has a super low pile for easy cleaning, yet it’s still soft beneath your feet. (True story: I got a plush white rug for my son’s nursery and after 15 months of the dog laying on it, it turned gray … so I got this one, instead.) This pick would fit seamlessly with a safari-themed nursery, and once your kiddo gets older, it’s sophisticated enough for any room in the house (your artsy home office, perhaps?). It’s available in multiple sizes, as well as similar styles with different background colors.
Best Playroom Rugs
This kids rug gets its lively look from colorful strips that are offset for a unique and uniquely-shaped footprint. Bright colors help conceal stains, but the ultra-budget-friendly price point means you won’t freak out too much when they do happen.
Bring the fun of sidewalk hopscotch indoors with this charming kids playroom rug. This soft runner resists both skidding and water, plus it won’t shed. Options in gray or pink make it soothing enough for a nursery rug, too.
Always a classic, a rug with city roads and roundabouts is a must-have for any kid who loves toy cars. This super-affordable pick is ideal for encouraging play and concealing snack stains from sticky fingers.
Best Washable Rugs
Can’t pick a color for your kids room rug? Try 17! This rainbow rug incorporates all those hues for a cheery, watercolor look. Easily remove the cover to wash when needed, again and again.
Timeless polka dots get an updated twist with this star-dotted rug against a ballerina pink backdrop that’s just right for a nursery, and for older kids, too. Detach the decorative cover to literally toss this rug in the washer and dyer — no fuss, no mess.