Cotton vs Synthetic Kids Rugs

Which is the best choice for kids rugs – cotton or synthetic? Ultimately, both cotton and synthetic rugs have their own unique benefits. Generally speaking, cotton rugs are ideal for those parents who are wanting a more natural look and feel, while synthetic rugs are strong, durable and easy to clean.

To help you get a better idea of how to choose kids rugs, here are a few things to ponder…

How to Choose Kids Rugs

Some of the questions to ask yourself when choosing kids rugs include the following:

Where will the rug be placed?

Will the rug be in your child’s bedroom, or in a playroom? In a bedroom, there may not be as much wear and tear on a rug as they might be in a playroom. In a busy play area, on the other hand, the rug may be subjected to play that is a bit more vigorous. A cotton rug is ideal for low-traffic areas, while a synthetic rug may be better for busy play areas that are more likely to see spills and hard play.

How old is your child?

Petroleum Berber Rug by Lorena Canals

For very young children and babies, you won’t need to worry too much about the rug you choose. Once your child starts enjoying tummy time, you will need to think a bit more about rugs. A cotton rug would be your best bet for babies who are starting to be placed on their tummies. Look for machine washable cotton rugs such as our Lorena Canals rug collection.

How will the rug be used?

Coral Raindrops Rug
Coral Raindrops Rug by Bunni

Or rather, how much wear and tear do you expect? Do you have pets as well as kids? Are your kids very active, or do they enjoy quieter activities such as drawing and pretend play? Very active kids may end up being harder on rugs compared to those who are not very active. Try our luxury synthetic rug collection if your kids live active, busy lives.

What look are you going for?

Finally, you can also think about the look and style you are aiming for when choosing rug material. Both cotton and synthetic rugs come in a range of styles – especially when shopping for rugs here at Clever Little Monkey. Depending on the look of your child’s room, you could pick and choose from a broad range of modern and classic styles to suit every colour and decor scheme.


Looking for more inspiration when choosing rugs? Browse our full selection of kids rugs to see what we have in stock.

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