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Emily Platt
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17 Best Kids’ Rugs for Baby’s Nursery or Playroom

Cover the floor in something super-cute, convenient to wash or both!

There are tons of accent pieces that can tie baby’s room decor together, from printed crib sheets to the perfect wall art. But nothing transforms kids’ spaces quite like nursery rugs and playroom rugs. Since rugs (yes, even baby and kids’ rugs) can be pretty pricey, it’s important to find something in the ideal style for your family and home—and that can withstand the wear and tear of little ones’ active play. We recommend nursery rugs that can seamlessly transition into kids’ bedroom or playroom rugs once your child is older. From there, the specific design really depends on your needs. Are you searching for soft nursery rugs that baby can get some tummy time on? Or are you stressed about messes and want something that’s easy to clean, like machine-washable kids’ playroom rugs? We’re spotlighting stylish options for all of the above, below.

Photo: Courtesy Pier 1

Pier 1 Black & White Patterned Kids’ Rug

Nursery area rugs don’t have to look super-babyish. This soft wool rug is subtly whimsical thanks to the eye-catching pattern, but it’s still neutral enough to last well beyond your child’s infanthood.

Buy it: Starting from $80, Pier1.com

Photo: Courtesy Lorena Canals

Lorena Canals A to Z Rug

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with childhood motifs! This round nursery rug (which also works well for a playroom) is adorably rimmed with the ABCs. It comes in two color palettes, neutral black and cream or blue and white. And believe it or not, you can throw it straight into your washing machine—so those inevitable bottle or juice spills? Not a problem.

Buy it: $200, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

Anthropologie Clouds Rug

You’ll be on cloud nine whenever you get a glimpse of this supremely sweet, sky-inspired baby or kids’ rug. It’s a dreamy choice for the nursery or playroom.

Buy it: Starting from $148, Anthropologie.com

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With Congratulations Elephant Nursery Rug

This elephant rug for a nursery or playroom is exceptionally charming. It’s also on the smaller side, making it one of the more affordable baby rugs out there. Plus, it’s machine-washable.

Buy it: $23, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Pillowfort

Pillowfort Faux Fur Rug in Pink

This round, pink nursery rug is a surefire statement piece. Just look at that fuzzy fabric! Baby will love the sensation of running their hands over the faux fur.

Buy it: $25, Target.com

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Ruggable Chloe Trellis Yellow Rug

A yellow nursery rug is a great choice for a gender-neutral (or simply sunshiney) baby room. This brand is famous for their non-toxic, hypoallergenic and machine-washable kids’ rugs, so you can rest assured that this piece—featuring a pretty gray trellis pattern—is safe and easy to sustain.

Buy it: Starting from $139, Ruggable.com

Photo: Courtesy Crate and Kids

Crate and Kids Dino Foot Prints Rug

We’re obsessed with this prehistoric-themed nursery or playroom rug, which makes it look like a dinosaur trekked right through baby’s room. It’s made from 100 percent wool, so you know it’ll be soft to the touch as your kid strokes the footprints in awe.

Buy it: Starting from $299, CrateandBarrel.com

Photo: Courtesy Clara Loo

Clara Loo Bear Rug in Cappuccino Minky

Designing a rustic woodland kids’ or baby room? This bear nursery rug will make the perfect finishing touch. It’s crafted from ultra-soft faux fur and has the cutest crochet face. Apologies in advance—you’ll have a hard time stopping your child from petting their new best friend.

Buy it: $115, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids Gem Rug

Glam girls and boys (and their parents) will appreciate this gemstone-shaped pink nursery rug. (There’s also a blue version if that suits your space better.) Add it to the list of awesome playroom rugs too.

Buy it: $499, PotteryBarnKids.com

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Pehr Multicolor Pompom Wool Rug

Play with texture—decor fans will love it and so will your curious baby. This nursery or playroom area rug is dotted with colorful, raised spots.

Buy it: $270, Nordstrom.com

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Pillowfort Mini Mile Activity Rug

Really want to have some fun? Opt for an activity playroom or nursery rug with built-in play features! Your child can vroom-vroom their toy cars all over this affordable kids’ rug, which has a road print and a good mix of urban and rustic scenery.

Buy it: $25, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy Sweet Jojo Designs

Sweet Jojo Designs Anchors Away Nautical Accent Floor Rug

Welcome this nautical nursery rug aboard if you’ve got an ocean-themed bedroom or playroom to decorate. Bonus: It has non-skid backing to prevent dangerous slips. (Because even if your kid can’t walk yet, they’ll be running around the room before you know it.)

Buy it: $45, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Crate and Kids

Crate and Kids Building Blocks Rainbow Rug

What’s more cheerful than this geometric playroom area rug? It’s bright, bold and beautifully textured. It’s also soft to the step.

Buy it: Starting from $299, CrateandBarrel.com

Photo: Courtesy Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids Luxe Shag Round Rug

Looking for nursery rugs (or playroom rugs) that won’t be the center of attention? We recommend this textured, durable, round shag rug. It’s available in pink, gray or white.

Buy it: $199, PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo: Courtesy Pier 1

Pier 1 Fresh Flowers Kids Rug

There are playroom and nursery area rugs for basically any baby room theme. This fresh accent piece will fit right in with other floral furniture and decor.

Buy it: Starting at $40, Pier1.com

Photo: Courtesy Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones Tropical Kids Rug

If you’ve got your heart set on an animal rug for your nursery or playroom, get a hold of this tropical floor decor. The room accent is one of the most vibrant, memorable kids’ rugs we’ve seen.

Buy it: $328, Anthropologie.com

Photo: Courtesy Child Be Wild

Child Be Wild Woodland Nursery Rug

Here’s another cute animal option: a woodland nursery rug adorned with foxes and trees. The versatile kids’ rug would also look wonderful as a forest-themed playroom rug.

Buy it: Starting from $90, Etsy.com

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Published May 2019

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