Nursery Rugs: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best One

Nursery Rugs: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best One

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Preparing for a baby can be a busy and stressful time. No doubt, you’ve got a long list of necessary items you need to get for your new arrival, but you also want to enjoy this time. One of the most exciting parts for many expectant parents is decorating the new nursery!

We want this to be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, so we’ve put together our top tips for choosing a rug for your nursery. There are a few things to consider when shopping for rugs, especially when children are involved. Read on to discover our key points to remember.


Space is always one of the most important factors when choosing a rug. If the room is carpeted, then your rug will be purely for aesthetic purposes. This allows you to go big or to opt for a smaller accent piece. Smaller statement pieces such as the Happy Cloud and You’re My Sunshine designs work best when sitting independently. Accent pieces and circular shapes are great for creating cosy areas, such as a feeding corner or play area. The Lorena Canals Round ABC Rug can also be used as a super soft play mat for your baby.

Take a look at our top tips to help you decide:

  • Room dimensions: start by measuring the nursery. A well-chosen rug should complement the room's size without overwhelming it. For smaller nurseries, a large rug might be too imposing, whereas in larger rooms, a small rug could appear insignificant
  • Play area: if you're seeking the best rugs for babies to crawl on, think about allocating a specific section of the nursery for play. A larger, softer rug in this area can provide a comfortable space for your crawling baby to explore and play.
  • Accent pieces: for those who prefer smaller, statement pieces, placement is key. These rugs work best when they are the focal point of a specific area, like a reading nook or a cosy corner for feeding.
  • Growth and adaptability: consider choosing a size that will grow with your child. A rug that suits a baby's space or nursery now should also be versatile enough to fit into a toddler's room or play area, making it a lasting investment.

Remember, the right-sized rug can significantly enhance the comfort, safety and overall ambience of your baby's nursery. It's not just about filling a space, but creating an environment that is both functional and nurturing.


Comfort is key here. There’s no point in opting for a style you love if it’s not going to be super soft for tiny toes! Keep materials natural and try to avoid synthetic fibres for this room. Wool or cotton is best as they offer durability and softness. 

It’s also worth noting that shag pile and tufted rugs should generally be avoided for nurseries. You don’t want your little one learning to crawl amongst long fibers. We know how everything ends up in their mouths or hands! Flatweave rugs are the best option for comfort, safety and design.


The sky’s the limit when choosing a design for a nursery rug! This is where you can really have fun and inject some personality. Is the rug going to be a starting point for the room or have you already decorated? If you’ve already chosen your colour palette then you’ll want to work the rug into your existing scheme. People often choose a rug they adore first and then build the decor up from that.

Polka dots, stars and clouds are our most popular, timeless motifs. With a range of colour options available, it’s easy to keep the style as gender-neutral as you like. Lorena Canals Hippy Rug is one of our bestselling designs, and it’s easy to see why. Contemporary and cute, this washable rug will liven up your nursery adding texture and warmth.


Let’s face it, babies are messy. There’s no preventing it. You don’t want to be worrying about spills or accidents so it’s best to choose a durable rug that can be cleaned easily. Lorena Canals really are the pioneers in this area. Their gorgeous nursery rugs can be washed in domestic washing machines for ultimate convenience. Simply wash separately on a delicate cycle and your rug will be good as new in no time. 


One of the most important factors in everything to do with your new arrival is safety. You’ve covered up hard edges, installed cabinet locks and raised the height of everything possible… Now you need to make sure that your rug does not present any trip hazards. Our premium anti-slip underlay will ensure your rug is safe underfoot and prevent sliding. Giving your baby the best chance they’ve got for those all-important first steps!

Our top tip

Remember to have fun! Your child’s space should feel safe, inviting and inspiring. To get the most out of your rug, try to choose a design that will still work as your little one develops. Our Lorena Canals Washable Rugs are perfect for little babies and will fit seamlessly into toddlers’ bedrooms or playrooms too.

Enjoy this precious time with your new arrival and let us know how your nursery rugs search goes! View our full collection of children’s rugs on our website.