We put rugs in our homes, but they can also be a great way to add style and color to a classroom. On top of the added comfort of walking on carpet, your classroom rugs can serve a variety of purposes; helping you to get the most out of the space you have in your classroom. Read on and learn about 6 different reasons to consider including rugs in your classroom decor.
6 Ways Rugs Can Improve Your Teaching Space
Some classrooms have hard floors, and others have carpet, but the good news is that you can put a rug on either surface. Rugs come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors to match your classroom theme and the student age group.
When you gather your students up for circle time, a rug in the destination spot can serve as a great anchor. Students won’t question where to sit, or spread out very far because the rug becomes the destination and the edges of the rug serve as a defined space for them to sit.
If you’re a teacher who prefers not to have strictly assigned seats and likes to go with the flow of the day, rugs are a great place for kids to sit. It might not be as comfortable as a bean bag, but a rug doesn’t take up space and still offers cushion for students sitting on it. Place different colored rugs around the room to serve as gathering points for seating during specific activities.
Hard floors and walls tend to echo when there’s a lot of commotion inside a busy classroom. In order to help buffer the noise and make the room feel quieter, even amongst the chaos, try a rug. Rugs help with noise reduction, absorbing sound, rather than throwing it around.
When the weather makes for wet floors, a rug is much safer and easier to walk on than a tile floor. Tile and wood become very slippery when wet, and a rug is an excellent way to reduce the number of classroom slips and falls during the rainy or snowy times of the year.
Warm & Cozy
Rugs also can take a very neutral-colored room (tan, gray or white) and give it a warmer and more comfortable feeling. The plush surface reduces sound, and is comfortable to walk on. Both of these things together can make your classroom feel more welcoming and cozy than without a rug.
Bright & Colorful
Finally, one of the best parts of putting a rug down is choosing the design and colors to match your style. There are rugs of all different colors and patterns that can take an ordinary classroom and make it look happier and lived-in. Use your classroom theme or color palette as a guide to choosing a rug that will make the classroom more appealing.