The 8 Best Nursery Rugs of 2021

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Decorating baby's room is a fun family event to partake in before the due date. When you're done choosing essentials like the crib, it's time to accessorize the room. A nursery rug can add lots of personality to baby's room, not to mention a cozy place for parents to take a cat nap in when baby finally falls asleep.

Here are the best nursery rugs on the market.

Our Top Picks
This handmade wool rug is an of-the-moment selection for a boy or girl’s room.
The dashed diamond design is sweet, yet subtle, adding just enough texture to the surface.
Available in 15 sizes and 20 vibrant colors.
A modern mix of primary and pastel hues.
The same sophisticated style without the traditional upkeep or hefty price tag.
Makes for a cushy choice for a crawling baby or cruising toddler.
A winning combination of durability, affordability and style.

Best Overall: Safavieh Cambridge Collection

Equal parts graphic and elegant, this handmade wool rug is an of-the-moment selection for a boy or girl’s room. It comes in four charming colors and a range of sizes and shapes (including round), but most notable is the unique high-low texture.

The cream part of the design is a higher pile than the teal part, which adds eye-catching dimension to the rug and the room — not to mention it’s a sensory experience all on its own for your child. Thanks to densely woven loops that keep dirt and stains from getting trapped in fibers, this style earns extra points for staying power. Overall, it’s a smart investment.

Best Budget: nuLOOM Dotted Diamond Trellis Wool Area Rug

If ever there was a time to decorate your baby’s nursery with a blush colored rug, it’s now. Millennial pink might have a modern ring to it, but this rosy hue is as classic as they come. The dashed diamond design is sweet, yet subtle, adding just enough texture to the surface.

Customers noted how thick and durable this rug is, and that the quality far surpasses the price. It’s hand-tufted from 100% wool and has a low-pile that naturally repels dirt and makes spotting and cleaning up stray cereal puffs a cinch. Pair it with a thick rug pad for a little extra cushion, or layer a small sheepskin rug on top.

Best Solid: A2Z Rug Cozy Shaggy Collection Solid Area Rug

Hundreds of reviews and a 4½ star rating make this A2Z shag rug a solid standout. Plus, it’s available in 15 sizes and 20 vibrant colors, which makes finding the right combination for your nursery a breeze. And did we mention it’s soft? Falling asleep on the floor next to your baby’s crib (it’s bound to happen!) won’t seem so bad when you’re curled up on this plush pick.

Shags have a very high-pile which makes them incredibly comfortable, but they also require vacuuming twice a week to ensure the fibers stay clean. To encourage the edges to unfurl after initially opening, customers recommended weighing them down with furniture or heavy toy bins for a day or two. They also repeatedly noted that it’s super comfy, had no initial odor, and has a great overall value.

Best Gender Neutral: Land of Nod Colorful Triangle

Colorful Triangle 4 x 6' Rug

This Land of Nod rug is proof that you don’t have to resort to neutral colors when you’re “not finding out” or siblings are sharing a room. The palette is a modern mix of primary and pastel hues, winning it most versatile since there are plenty of colors to pull from if you decide to design your nursery around this textile.

Like other flat weave rugs, this cotton/polyester blend is soft, bright and even more durable. It also earns bonus points for being reversible since it can withstand twice the wear. Flip it over after your crayon-wielding child confuses it with a piece of paper (this too is bound to happen), or when you simply want to stretch the time between deep cleanings.

Best Transitional: Persian-Rugs 3212 Distressed Silver 5'2x7'2 Area Rug

Are you lusting after the look of antique oriental rugs that are trending? This polypropylene area rug delivers the same sophisticated style without the traditional upkeep or hefty price tag. This soft synthetic style is non-shedding — a huge allure for customers — and is designed to retain its color over time. It’s sold in a variety of colors, many of which would look great in a nursery, and both 5’ x 7’ and 8’ x 11’ sizes.

For the size and price, customers call it a steal, which surely helps garner this rug a ​five-star rating online. And even without a rug pad, many were pleasantly surprised by how cushy it felt underfoot and how quickly it laid flat. If an eclectic nursery is what you’re after, this rug is a top choice. Plus, the sophisticated design can continue to work in your baby's room as they grow into a child and a teen.

Best Design: Novograts Lulu ABC Shapes Hand-Tufted Area Rug

Lulu ABC Shapes Hand-Tufted Area Rug

Praised for its plushness, Novogratz by Momeni’s artsy rendition of the alphabet makes for a cushy choice for a crawling baby or cruising toddler. It’s woven from polyester, so the colors are vivid and the fibers are lustrous and durable, but hand carved details around each letter make it look even more expensive than it is.

From a design perspective, the colors and typography are hip and a welcome update on the primary ABC rugs of yesteryear. Tap into the soft peach or purple color to round out a girl’s room, or pull out the sky blue or citrusy green for a boy’s nursery.

Best Modern: Safavieh Kids Collection SFK907N Handmade Moroccan Wool Area Rug

This updated striped style from the new Safavieh Kids Collection is a winning combination of durability, affordability, and style. The 100-year-old rug company consistently earns high reviews for quality and construction, and with a pattern this versatile you’ll actually want this nursery rug to last for years and grow with your child.

It earns bonus points for coming in a range of sizes and being made of hand-spun New Zealand wool, a premium product that isn’t reflected in the price tag. For a more neutral palette, check out the black and white version.

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