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The Best Play Room Rugs 2024

Snug as a bug in these play room rugs!

The Best Play Room Rugs 2024


Snug as a bug in a rug—a play room rug that is. Having a child is all fun and games until their games and toys (shoutout to the best toys for 2-year-olds!) are sprawled out all over the house.

Choosing a kids' rug solely for your playtime is ideal for cleanliness and organization. From interactive rugs to ones with mesmerizing patterns, each playroom rug is comfy to lay on, visually engaging, and easy to clean.

Our favorite play room rugs 2024


Best overall

Chicrug Shag Geometric Area Rug

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Start teaching your young ones about shapes early. This grey and white geometric rug is perfect for early learning moments. We love that it's designed with short faux fur.

Expect no shedding. Vacuum and clean less—you're welcome. With its simple design style, the foam-based floor covering is made to be comfortable and warm, making it ideal for any play room.


  • Easy to clean (machine-washable)
  • Luxurious design for an affordable price
  • Choose from a variety of sizes


  • Only one colorway

Best budget

nuLOOM Dorie Polka Dot Area Rug

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Add a pop of color with every square inch—literally. This rainbow polka dot rug is durable, sleek and functional—everything you need in a rug to complete a kiddo’s play room. It’s perfect to complement any room decor. Clean this rug quickly and easily thanks to stain-repelling polypropylene fibers.

Keep it in tip-top shape by vacuuming it regularly, and don't sweat stains. We love spot-cleaning with the Bissell Little Green Machine. It gets just about anything out of even the heaviest traffic play room rugs.


  • Affordable price to find the perfect option
  • Variety of colors, easy to match with existing room decor
  • Place the rug anywhere in the room (in entryways, underneath furniture) thanks to a low .35-inch pile height
  • The material of the rug is extremely durable and built to last in high-traffic rooms
  • Also one of our favorite nursery rugs for baby rooms


  • Eggshell rug color shows dirt faster than other shades

Best washable

Ruggable Jaque Checkered Black Rug

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Attention parents with extra messy kids: a washable rug is a must-have for any child’s bedroom or play room. This checkered rug from Ruggable is luxe, plush and perfectly designed to combat any spills or messes. Simply remove the rug cover, throw it in the wash and voilà!


  • Water-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Machine-washable with even gentle baby detergent
  • Sleek, yet child-friendly pattern
  • Comes with removable rug cover and rug pad (perfect for long-term use)
  • Great option for standing up to serious wear and tear


  • Only comes in one colorway

Best luxury

Ruggable Iris Apfel Jingle Jungle Rug

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Leopards, zebras and giraffes adorn this gorgeous play room rug—oh my! Skip your kid’s next trip to the zoo and bring the energy to their play room with this playful rug from designer Iris Apfel’s collaboration with Ruggable. The chenille rug features a stunning floral border, and of course, our lovely animal friends.

This brand also makes some of the best entryway rugs.


  • Fun, interactive pattern for kids
  • Livens up any room with bold design
  • Water-resistant
  • Stain-resistant
  • Super soft touch
  • Great for high-traffic areas
  • Easier to clean than shag rugs
  • Throw it right in the washing machine
  • Non-slip material, thanks to the rug pad


  • Pricier than other options, but built to last for years

Best rated

junovo Ultra Soft Area Rug

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With its fluffy look and soft to the touch, the play room might also become the nap room once this rug hits the floor—everyone in the family will want to spend time in the play room! Not only does it come in a variety of vibrant colors, but laying on the shaggy rug feels like a bear hug, instantly bringing comfort and warmth into the space.


  • Minimal design and color make it easy to fit into the play room
  • Anti-slip rug bottom allows it to stay in place (no matter how much running around happens!)
  • The selection of colors available is perfect for every kid’s space


  • Have to handwash or wipe clean, not ideal if you have a busy schedule

Best padded

Smabee Interlocking Shaggy Carpet

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With this rug, you don’t have to worry about locking it in. Have a field day dreaming up different combinations and patterns to place on the floor with this eye-catching play room rug. Protect against hard surfaces, make it fun to play and count—and consider a game of indoor hopscotch.


  • You can make endless patterns with padded tiles, such a fun activity to do with the kiddos!
  • High-density foam gives excellent support and a cushioned effect to all floor surfaces
  • Available in a variety of colours
  • Also great for kids' rooms
  • Mimics the padding of high pile rugs


  • May need to buy multiple sets for large rooms

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This article was originally published on Oct 13, 2023

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