Choosing a Rug for a Child’s Room

Your child’s room is like their own private retreat, and one way to create that cozy feel is by using a rug. A rug not only warms up a space, it softens the floor and provides plenty of room to spread out and play. Even if you have carpet in the room, rugs add a layer of color and pattern, enhancing the décor. When it comes to choosing a rug for a child’s room here are four things to consider.

Choosing a rug for a child’s room
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Decide where you want to use a rug. In a bedroom, you can use a rug to anchor a bed, placing it completely under the bed or under two-thirds, leaving the space around the nightstand. A general rule of thumb is to have 18 to 24 inches of rug around the sides and foot. If one side of your child’s bed is against a wall, you can place the right to the side where they get up. In this case, a 5’ x 7’ rug is ideal. You can also use a rug to define a special area, such as a play corner or reading nook.

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The rug material is especially important in a child’s room. From jumping and playing to food and craft materials, you need a rug that is durable and easy to clean. Wool rugs last a long time, but they’re also more expensive. Blends are stain resistant and more affordable, making them perfect for kids. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, so finding one that fits your child’s décor will be a breeze.

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Color and Pattern

Your child’s room is a place where design rules go out the window, and the more playful or whimsical the style the better. Decide if you want use a rug to complement the décor? Add a pop of color? Or introduce a fun pattern? The sky’s the limit, so have fun with this rug.

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Finally, when choosing a rug for a child’s room, make sure your child’s rug is safe. If it isn’t anchored under the bed, make sure you use a non-slip rug pad beneath it. This will ensure that the rug doesn’t slide under your child, causing them to fall and possibly become injured.

How to Choose a Rug for Your Kitchen

Rugs are a wonderful accent in any room, adding color and texture. You might not think of adding one to your kitchen, but you should. A rug can minimize slippery hard surface flooring, and using one near the sink or stove provides cushioning that reduces fatigue on your body.

Choosing the right rug for your kitchen will depend on a few factors. Here are four things to consider:

Floor Space: The layout of your kitchen will determine the size rug that will work. Runners are often useful if you have a galley kitchen or a kitchen with a large island and limited floor space. This style rug has the added benefit of making your room look larger. You can also choose small rugs for specific areas, such as in front of a sink. You can find rectangle, oval or half moon shapes that would be perfect.

Color: With cabinets taking up most of the wall space, rugs provide a great way to add color to a kitchen. Be bold to make a statement or choose a shade that blends in. You can pick up a color from other accessories or use the chance to add a new hue.

Material: Spills happen and you don’t want to have to worry about ruining your rug. Be sure to choose one that is easily cleaned, such as those made from natural fibers or synthetic blends. Low pile rugs are easily spot-cleaned, and are a better choice than shag. And some smaller mats are machine washable, making cleanup a breeze.

Style: Another reason to include a rug in the kitchen is to provide a sense of style to the room. Cabinets often dictate the décor here, but a rug can underscore your personality and design point of view. Choose a contemporary, traditional or casual rug that complements sense of style.