WHEN KITTING OUT your child’s room, a rug might not come under the umbrella of totally essential items, in the same way as a bed or wardrobe.
When it comes to aesthetics, however, a rug can have a huge impact, like a bold piece of artwork.
A rug can also create a cosy, comfy nook in any corner of the room that’s perfect for snuggling up with parents, sitting with friends or curling up with a favourite book.
Some children’s rugs also have the added benefit of doubling as play spaces – or even educational zones (think world map rugs, alphabet rugs or rugs that work as roads for toy cars and trucks).
When choosing a rug for your child’s room, you’ll notice an abundance of cute designs in bright colours and patterns.
Not only is this useful for adding a vibrant burst of personality to your child’s room, but choosing a patterned rug will helpfully conceal any stains down the line (and trust us, there will be stains).
Texture is another key factor to consider when selecting a children’s rug. You can't go wrong with something that's fluffy, machine washable and affordable, like a faux sheepskin.
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1. Best fluffy children's rug
'Soft and luxurious', 'fluffy and very lovely', this faux sheepskin rug is a steal at under £10 and washes easily in the machine. This rug grows with your kids: throw it on the floor of a nursery or toddler room and it's the perfect spot for pre-bedtime reading sessions. For older kids, you can drape it on their desk chair to make homework sessions more appealing.
2. Best value children's rug
Made from durable, stain-resistant synthetic fibres with a rubber-coated underside, this IKEA carpet-slash-play mat encourages imaginative play in your little one, with roads, rail lines, a garage, helipad and more for vehicle-loving kids to enjoy.
Reviewers insist it's a 'great rug for the little ones', 'no faults with it' and an 'excellent piece of carpet'. Grandparents love that their little ones 'love it and play with their cars on this, rather than my oak floors!'
3. Best natural children's rug
This natural 100% jute circular carpet with graphic triangle design teams Scandinavian quality and minimalism with universal appeal: this carpet is as at home in your child's bedroom as it will be in your kitchen or living room (try it underneath an armchair).
Nothing is more perfect for adding a chic, sophisticated finish to your space - and yes, it does look rather enticingly like a witty geometric interpretation of a chocolate chip cookie, now that you mention it.
4. Best designer children's rug
A real statement piece in any children's bedroom, this geometric design in monochrome from favourite US brand Pottery Barn Kids adds a sophisticated, modern touch to any space.
Hand-tufted from pure wool, it's been dyed with environmentally safe dyes (with a recycled canvas backing) for a dark colour combo that you'll quickly appreciate not only for its aesthetic value, but also because of its remarkable ability when it comes to hiding any spills or stains. The main issue with it is that you're definitely going to want one for your own bedroom.
5. Best educational children's rug
There are plenty of educational children's rugs available online, but this colourful planetary design is the most interiors-friendly, although the bold planets would fit as well inside a classroom as they would inside a bedroom. Made from hard-wearing, flat-pile nylon, customers love the 'bright colours', 'great size' and 'fantastic quality'.
6. Best small children's rug
Cute animal and abstract designs (clouds, shapes, avocados) are always a hit with kids, and this sleepy star adds an adorable touch to any nursery or child's bedroom. It might be small, but it still packs a punch.
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