While childproofing your living space is important, it can feel frustrating or limiting to have to make interior design decisions around a child’s needs. Particularly if you’re expecting a new arrival or a close friend or family member now has a little one, it can be difficult to adjust your expectations and make changes to a space that has always been designed with adults in mind.
Luckily, kid-friendly doesn’t have to mean fun-free. There are definitely ways to orient your space around your child’s needs without making it into a space that you don’t feel comfortable with. Here are some of the most important considerations when it comes to selecting a kid-friendly rug, and five beautiful options that will meet your kids’ needs — and your own.
What To Look for in a Kid-Friendly Rug
There are a few priorities you should keep in mind when selecting a kid-friendly rug. The first — and in our opinion, most important — is the safety of the rug. Particularly if you have small children, you’ll want to ensure that you’re comfortable with your kid running around and getting into trouble, without feeling the urge to roll the rug up and keep it out of the way.
Safety is paramount. A non-slip rug is important. Many injuries in adults are associated with rugs and carpets. Plus, think about how much more likely your toddler is to topple over than you are.
You’ll definitely want to be sure that running around doesn’t turn into a trip and fall. Luckily, Tumble rugs come with a proprietary rug and rug pad. You can tuck your Tumble rug pad into corner pockets on the underside of the rug, which will keep it firmly in place and add an extra bit of cushioning if your little one does happen to take a tumble (pun intended!).
This brings us to the next thing: you’ll want to be sure that your rug isn’t in any way toxic, whether in the materials used or in the processes it went through. You may have heard of off-gassing. It’s the process by which chemicals leave certain products and enter the air — where they can stay with you and your household. These chemicals, also called VOCs, can negatively impact your health, so finding a product like a Tumble rug that isn’t made with these harmful chemicals is key.
The next consideration is finding a rug that is spillproof. If you, or your children, spill something onto your rug and it absorbs into the rug faster than you can try to draw it out, you’re likely to end up with mildew or mold. Not only can this adversely impact your health over time, but it doesn’t exactly smell great.
Tumble rugs are spillproof, so next time you see a cup of grape juice go flying, you can stay calm. Our rugs are coated with a water-based anti-spill solution that prevents liquid from absorbing into the rug and makes it easy to wipe away. And unlike other waterproofing techniques which may contain chemicals that are linked to negative health effects, our spill proofing process is entirely nontoxic.
Lastly, you’ll want a rug that is easily machine washable. While it may be sad to say goodbye to your dreams of an antique oriental rug, it’s probably for the best. Antique, vintage, and other types of rugs may require professional cleaning to prevent fading or damage. And professional cleaning can be really expensive. So if you have a little one running around, it might be best to avoid these more high maintenance materials.
Tumble rugs, however, are machine washable. Just remove the rug from the rug pad and place it in your washing machine. Using a gentle washing detergent that doesn’t contain bleach or fabric softener, you can wash your rug like you would any other piece of fabric in your household.
Then, you dry it on your gentlest cycle or simply hang it to dry. It’s pretty much the dream if you have a small child who always seems to have sticky hands.
What Are Your Options?
Now that you know what to look for in a kid-friendly rug, let’s run through five great options for your space that will suit your aesthetic and not create any additional work in your already busy life.
If your style is more traditional, and you really dig oriental or Persian rugs, our Hali Rug is the one for you. It comes in a range of three colors to suit your personal space. It also looks as good as any vintage rug you’ll find and, like all of our rugs, it’s washable.
If you’re in the market for something that looks a little more kid-friendly, while maintaining the class and sophistication you want in your space, our Prism Rug is bright, multi-colored, and perfect for completing your room while stimulating your little one’s sense of fun and imagination. Is your playroom looking a little bland? Prism is the answer you’ve been looking for.
If you’re looking for something that has class and elegance, but still evokes the sense of sunny fun you associate with your child, our Flora Rug will definitely tick all your boxes. It’s fun, vibrant, and it goes well with both modern furniture and vintage pieces alike. If your vibe is transitional, Flora will be the girl to take your room through its paces.
If your kid is so high energy that you feel like you’re always lagging a few paces behind, placing a simple and soothing area rug in their space can help create the calm, relaxing vibe you’re hoping they’ll absorb a little bit of. Our Petra Rug in Sand/Sea will fit the bill.
Our Sena Rug in Sand/Multi is perfect for a bright, quirky space. It’s colorful, so it’ll make your little one happy, but still subtle and modern in appearance, so it’ll suit your design needs, too.
Whatever your personal style is, there’s a kid-friendly rug out there for you! While you may have to be a bit more careful about what you’re bringing into your household once you add a child to it, with a Tumble rug, you don’t have to sacrifice your own personal sense of style to keep your little one safe and happy.
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