The 8 Best Nursery Rugs to Buy in 2018

Anchor baby's room with a plush and stylish centerpiece

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Once you’ve ordered the nursery furniture and rolled the perfect paint color on to the walls, it’s time to soften the space with a stylish area rug. The floor is one of the largest surfaces in the room, so whatever you layer on top can majorly impact the look and feel of the entire space.

As you’re shopping for a nursery rug, there are a few key factors to consider. First, you’ll need to determine the ideal size (or size range) to help narrow your search. An area rug in a baby’s room should at least tuck under the front legs of the crib, but it should be no closer than five inches to the wall. Follow these guidelines to ensure the area rug works to anchor the furniture in the room — not overpower it.

Next, consider the common material options. What an area rug is made of can indicate how long it should last and how it feels underfoot — and under your baby’s hands and knees once he or she starts to roll around and crawl. Wool rugs are very soft and durable (the fibers have natural oils that help repel dirt), but they are prone to shedding. While also soft, cotton rugs are typically less plush, but are perhaps easiest to care for since they can be machine-washable. Natural fiber rugs that are made of plants and grasses (think jute, hemp and sisal) range in absorbency, strength and coarseness, but all offer added texture. And synthetic materials, such as acrylic, nylon, polyester and polypropylene, are often dense but designed to be extremely durable and colorfast.

Last, you’ll need to think about the design. Do you want a statement rug for your nursery or a style that blends well with the curtains and crib bedding? Are you aiming to buy something that’ll grow with your child or do you plan to keep this rug in the nursery for a future sibling?

Here find the best rugs for a baby’s room — all adorable and affordable — so you have a cozy, comfy spot to cuddle, play and read together for years to come.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Safavieh Handcrafted Moroccan Geometric Rug

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 Hand Tufted Wool Dotted Diamond Trellis Area Rugs

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.

Reviewers 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

Over 450 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, reviewers 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 it’s a great overall value.

Best Gender Neutral: Land of Nod Colorful Triangle

Colorful Triangle 4 x 6' Rug
Courtesy of Land of Nod

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’s 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 need simply want to stretch the time between deep cleanings.

Best Transitional: Persian Rugs Distressed Silver Area Rug Carpet

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, reviewers 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 she grows into a child and a teen.

Best Design: Lulu ABC Shapes Hand-Tufted Area Rug

Lulu ABC Shapes Hand-Tufted Area Rug
Courtesy of Wayfair

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 Zig Zag 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.

Best Wool: Justina Blakeney Disco Caravan Rug

Justina Blakeney Disco Caravan Rug
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Love the look of a flatweave rugs, but hate their tendency to slip? This low-pile rug is actually hand-tufted from 100% wool so it’s softer than you might expect and it receives high marks for a built-in non-slip backing that’s eco-friendly, odorless and can help extend the life of the rug.

The bright, whimsical artwork on top is from none other than the queen of boho, designer Justina Blankeney. Tassel borders on the short sides give it extra flair and a rainbow of colors to tie into your baby’s nursery. Complement it with woven wall decor and a few hanging plants for a room that’ll excite all of your baby’s senses.

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