9 Adorable Rugs We Want to Put in the Nursery (and Some Are Even Machine-Washable!)

published Jun 23, 2023
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Lorena Canals Nursery with lots of natural accents, radish rug
Credit: Lorena Canals

Ah, cute rugs. They can really make the room! I had no idea how much living I’d do on the floor once I had a child. We’re always playing with something, crawling around like bears, or making a fort. Even when she was a baby, she lived on the play mat or the rug and I was right there with her, trying to figure out if she was getting enough tummy time or what her favorite activities were. 

All this floor time has made me much more aware of the dust bunnies living in the corners, but it’s also made me passionate about choosing the right rugs for life with kids, without sacrificing style in the process. 

We’ve rounded up the cutest, most functional rugs in a variety of sizes, so whether you’re looking for the perfect rug for your nursery or your living room, there’s one here for you.

9 Cute Rugs We Love

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This adorable handmade rug brings a little safari spirit into your space. It’s ideal to place next to a crib, or a toddler bed, and beyond. It’s made of cotton with a yarn tail, and you can also find a lion version, if that’s more your style.

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West Elm

Choose from two colors and two sizes for this rug that looks like modern art for your floor. It’s just as at home in a child’s room or playroom as it is in a common space. And because it’s machine-washable, it should stand the test of time even with higher traffic. It’s intended to be extremely soft and plush, so it's perfect for barefoot adventures.

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You could almost take a bite out of this adorable, muted peach-shaped rug. It’s 4x4 feet, perfect for the nursery, but sophisticated enough for a big kid or teen room. It’s handmade in Brazil with organic cotton and is, get this, completely machine-washable (it comes with a handy laundry bag to keep things easy).

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Totter & Tumble

Totter + Tumble makes a range of playmats that are so gorgeous, they truly look like a luxurious rug. (Full disclosure: I have this one in my living room, and I'm not the only one! I am always making excuses to look at it and slip off my shoes and stand on it.) They are made of extremely plush memory foam, which makes them perfect for babies, my tumbling toddler, or a yoga session. I also love that each design is reversible, so you can switch it up without getting a new one. Each design comes in a range of shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

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It’s impossible not to smile when looking at this adorable radish rug (another machine washable option). There is some intentional fraying to suggest roots and the medium size makes it a great nursery or bedroom choice, possibly with some of the rest of the vegetable collection.

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I’ve been a fan of the overall look of Novogratz rugs for a while, and I love how this thick, durable wool rug also manages to look beachy and light; it's perfect for a sunny playroom or living room. The colors are sure to captivate your little one, and you’ll like looking at it, too.

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Modern Nursery

It’s hard to beat the soft, shaggy texture of this understated, geometric rug. It comes in several sizes to meet your needs and works in any kind of space, but is perfect for tender little feet.

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Pottery Barn Kids

The most fabulous words you can string together in my presence are “machine-washable rug.” This trend is here to stay and I am HERE for it. This particular one allows you to have all kinds of old-world elegance. It's perfect for baby days through teen and young adult years (or for you to borrow for another spot in your home). Modern colors really make this classic pattern pop.

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There is little that is more classy and classic than black and white with polka-dots. This pattern is great for newborns (who are seeing high contrast the best) but sassy enough for your preteen. With a variety of sizes to choose from and a durable 100% wool construction, this is sure to be a centerpiece of your space for many years.

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