Tips for buying a children’s rug

tips for buying a childrens rug

Children love rugs because they spend so much of their time playing on the floor. Whether you are placing your children’s rug in a playroom or a living space, they will be delighted by the colours, textures and warmth that it provides for them. They will enjoy rolling and lying around on it, and scattering their toys across it as they play. Their rug will be a memorable feature of their childhood, because it is the small things around a home that children notice and remember.

If you are in the market for a new rug, here are some tips for buying a children’s rug that will provide them with many hours of fun and comfort. Impress them with a rug of their very own!

Is the rug attractive for a child?

Young children will love different types of rugs, and it is important to realise that children’s rugs do not necessarily need to consist of bright or primary colours. Even very young children can appreciate a quality rug that is unique and aesthetically inspiring. You may wish to select a rug that features images that they can relate to, such as animals or characters from a children’s story, but you can also select a rug that has main features of colours, textures, patterns or designs.

If the children’s rug is going to be placed in their own bedroom, try to select a rug that is personalised for their own interests and their existing décor. Remember though, that the child will be growing up fast, so you may want to invest in a rug that will stand the test of time, even when their tastes and interests change. If you are placing the rug in a living area, you may choose a rug that is more suited to the entire family’s tastes, even if your children will be the main people using the space.

Where will the children’s rug be used?

Choose a children’s rug that is appropriately sized for the space that you will placing it in. You will need to measure the space to ensure that it fits correctly. A rug too small will not be pleasing for children to stretch out and play on. A rug too large may collide with furniture and walls, or become a trip hazard if it creates an uneven surface.

Children’s rugs can also be placed outdoors, but you may require a rug that is specifically designed for the outdoors – one that can handle dirt and the damp. These rugs might not feature children’s images and designs, but they could be highly practical for your outdoor purpose.

Does your child have allergies?

If your child has allergies you will need to select a rug that will not cause them any health problems. Check the materials that the rug is made from, to ensure that it will be suitable for your family’s needs. Rugs come in a wide range of different materials, so even if your child does have allergies, you will most likely find a rug that is made from materials appropriate for them.

Is the rug non-slip?

Children’s rugs will have energetic little people running all over them. Young children are learning to walk and older children enjoy running from place to place – even if you do have strict rules about running inside! Children’s rugs are safer if they are non-slip, especially if they are placed on a polished or slippery floor. Talk to your rug manufacturer and consider your options about a non-slip rug if it will be used in areas where children could hurt themselves by falling over. Can you think of your own tips for buying a children’s rug?


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide