Kid-friendly rugs that are SO beautiful and cost $200 (or less)
Totally gorgeous area rugs that are stain-proof? And cheap? Yes, they do exist!
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Before I had kids, I had a white couch. I repeat: I had a WHITE couch. The idea of this couch—or any expensive, light-colored furnishings—co-habitating with my family of six nowadays is pure fantasy. Between leaking bottles and sippy cups, sticky fingers and a dog that has a penchant for puking, we simply can’t invest in decor that is a) expensive or b) not kid-friendly. (Read: No glass tables, no sharp edges, no white couches.)
This has been a decorating pain point for me, especially when it comes to area rugs. I’ve got wood floors in my house and need kid-friendly rugs in pretty much every room. The rugs I had in my pre-mom living spaces were north of $1,000 and always in the very-not-kid-friendly material of wool. (Listen: I die for wool rugs but one popsicle laid to rest on them and they’re dunzo.)
The good news is that there is a plethora of totally beautiful kid-friendly affordable rugs on Wayfair.
They’ll zhush up your spaces—whether it be a living room, an office or a nursery—and because they’re made of polypropylene, they’re 100% stain-proof.
We rounded up four of the site’s top sellers (they each have thousands of positive reviews) and can attest that they arrive with nary an odor, are super soft and guess what? You can even get that creamy rug you’ve been missing so much.
I dared to put this beauty —which has 49,000 positive reviews!—in my family room and after six months it’s still just as pristine as the day it arrived. That’s after being exposed to chocolate, blood, crushed up Goldfish, mud and even one unidentified neon pink substance. (Was it chalk? Was it sand art? We’ll never know!) I simply rubbed the stains with water and soap and each time they disappeared.
My point is this: Just because we’re parents doesn’t mean we have to settle for ugly utilitarian rugs while our kids are in their messiest years. Nor do we have to shell out for expensive pieces that are going to make us want to lose our minds if (when!) they get mucked up.
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(The best part? If it does get destroyed—because, let’s face it, poop explosions happen—at these prices you’re not going to be too torn up about replacing it.)
Check out our four favorite affordable rugs below—all of which are $200 or less and have tens of thousands of positive Wayfair reviews—and consider one for your next home update.
Wayfair's best kid-friendly rugs
A version of this article was originally published on April 30th, 2019. It has been updated.