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Everything you Need to know about Nursery Rug Sizes

Choosing the right size rug for your nursery is instrumental in setting the tone for that space and creating your style. Each room is unique in layout and size, but nurseries are typically smaller rooms where the crib is a key focal point or other areas where you accent a sitting area, play area, or reading corner. We've taken the time to break down what works and what doesn't so you can start the process of decorating your nursery without the stress.

  1. Learn About Common rug Sizes for Nurseries

    8x10 Nursery
  2. 10x10 Nursery
  3. 10x11 Nursery
  4. 12x10 Nursery

  5. Rug Sizes & Shapes For Cribs

  6. Crib Rug Sizes

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Popular Room Sizes for Nurseries

Popular room sizes for nurseries typically range from an 8x10 to a 10x12 room, although there are other sizes and shaped rooms out there. As for size, small rugs like 3x3’s can work as wonderful accent pieces or you can work your way up to large 8x10/9x12 rugs to fill the entire room. How you choose the size of your rug will depend on how you layer it with the furniture, the overall size of the room, and what sort of statement you want your rug to make.

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How To Choose A Rug Size For A Nursery

The size rug you choose should fit the scale of the room and fulfill your goal of being a small accent or providing a large area of comfort that connects multiple areas of the room. Large area rugs are often used in rooms where you have a wooden floor; from a practical standpoint, this gives your little one a comfortable surface to traverse as they start to explore their world and gives you comfort and security. The material you choose--like cotton, synthetic, fur, and others--all have an impact on the rug’s feel, tone, and durability, so this should play into your rug decision as well.

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How To Choose Other Aspects of A Nursery Rug such as Shape, Color, and Style?

Aside from the above factors, you can choose a rectangular or round rug for more conventional styles or you can go bold with shapes like animal hides, octagon, whimsy shapes and others.

As for the rug’s pattern and color palette, much of this comes back to your personal style and goal for the room: do you intend to lean fully into the youthfulness of infancy and use bright, vibrant colors, or do you plan on purchasing a rug that has an air of sophistication so that the rug will mature with your child?

Some patterns will be very youthful and show off animal prints, polka-dots, rainbows and other imagery while others will feel more boho/modern with geometric prints, oriental medallions, or other classic prints.

What Size Rug Do I Use To Cover the Full Floor Plan of a Nursery?

If you want your rug to cover the majority of the room, it’s best to choose a rug that is large enough to go underneath the front legs of all the furniture without pressing up against the sides of the walls. Leaving at least a foot of extra space between the rug and the wall will keep your room from feeling cluttered and still provide that comfort, texture, and style you’re looking for.

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What Size Rug Is Best for 10 X 10 Nursery?

Following the guidelines listed above for 8x10 nurseries, you can increase the size of your rugs incrementally.


  • Rectangular/Oval: 6x9 rug is ideal
  • Round: 8x8 or 7x7 is great size for round rugs


What Size Rug Is Best for 8 X 10 Nursery?

The standard for choosing a rug for those areas is to use one that’s big enough for the entire piece to sit on the rug; this sizing is ideal when you allow the front half of your furniture to overlap with the rug. The same applies to cribs, though that will be covered more in depth in just a minute.

  • Best 8x10 nursery rug sizes: 5x8, 6x9, 7x9
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Nursery Rugs - Nursery Rug Sizing Guide


What Size Rug For 12 X 10 Nursery?

For 12x10 nurseries where you want to fill most of the space, an 8x10 rug is a perfect fit since it leaves an even amount of space on each side of the rug and is big enough to connect multiple spaces in the room.

  • Fully Grounded: 8x10 rugs is the most common size
  • Layered: 4x6 or 5x7 rugs work well

As for those smaller areas you want to accentuate, measure so that there’s enough room for the entire piece/set to sit on top of the rug and then when you receive the rug, make sure that at least part of the furniture overlaps with the rug.


What Size Rug Is Best for 10 X 11 Nursery?

The general principles of 10x10 nursery rug sizes applies to 10x11 nurseries. However, because the room isn’t a perfect square, that will make it harder to use a round rug to fill the entire room, since the length and width of the room are slightly different. Consider using the following:

  • Rectangular: 6x9 or 8x10 rug

Remember, round rugs can still work in the room, but you’ll likely want to use it as an accent for your sitting area or other section of the room.

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What Size And Shape Rug To Place Under a Crib?

In situations where you’re using a rug to fill the entire room, it will naturally overlap with the crib itself. However, if you’re looking to accentuate your crib with a smaller rug, center the rug in front of the crib and be sure that at least the front legs of the crib are on top of the rug or have the rug go a bit further beneath it.

Cribs are typically about 52” long and 28” wide, (about 4.3 feet by 2.3 feet), so if you lay a rectangular rug under the crib, it should be a bit longer than the crib.

  • Accentuate: 5x7 rugs are a great option to extend further into the room
  • Alternatives: 4x6 and 3x5 rugs to complete your cribs look

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How Do Other Shapes Work Well With A Crib?

Aside from the standard rectangular options, round rugs are another solid go-to. The size of a round rug should be large enough so that the widest part of the rug is still bigger than the length of the crib. The legs of the crib can rest on top of the round rug or part of the circle can sit beneath the middle of the crib. The same applies to other shapes like oval, animal hide, and other shapes.

  • Round: 5x5 rugs are an excellent choice for cribs
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What Size Rug Should I Use For Non-Rectangular Rugs?

When it comes to other shapes like animal hide, oval, round, or other shapes, the rug should be at least 5 feet at its longest point to run parallel to the front of the crib. That will maintain balance and allow both your rug and crib to shine.

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What Size Rectangular Rug Should I Put in Front Of a Crib?

Placing rugs in front of a crib follows similar rules to layering one underneath the crib. When you place a rectangular or oval rug in front of a crib, the length along the side of the crib should be a little longer than the length of the crib.

That means that a 3x5 rug is perfect for in front of a crib when the 5’ side is lined up along the long side of the crib. However, you can go longer than the crib and fill a larger space with a 4x6 or even a 5x7 area rug. In those scenarios, as long as the side of the rug against the crib is about the same size or longer, you can even have the longest side of the rug extend into the rest of the room to establish a path and larger focal point

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Want More Rug Size Info?

What sizes do rugs come in? How do I know what size and shape would look best? Check out our guide to rug sizes for help answering these questions. There, you'll find a rug size comparison chart for each room to help you decorate.


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