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Should you Buy the IKEA LAPPLJUNG RUTA Rug?

A few years back I decided my living room needed a rug. Naturally, as I was well into my obsession and fixation with all things IKEA, I headed there first to look through their range and hunt one down. I came home with the Ikea Lappljung Ruta rug that day and since then have noticed it pop up a billion times on Instagram in readers’ homes.

So what makes this rug so popular and is it worth the spend?


The best bits about Lappljung Ruta

For me, budget is always a concern. Rugs can be pricey, right? As I’m not yet in my forever home (still renting my humble abode), I’ll be holding off on any extravagant rug purchases until then. Come to think of it, I don’t know if I’ll even get a pricey rug, because some of the lower-end ones in terms of price point can be just as good.

The Lappljung Ruta rug was $99 when I purchased it, so it was totally speaking my language in terms of cost. I’m also a sucker for a geometric pattern and needed some black and white hue in my living space to ground the assortment of colours that were going on in there (I like to pack a tonne of colour into a room if I can make it work). So this rug ticked a lot of the boxes. It’s pretty thick, too, and can withstand my cats clawing into it.

Come to think of it, it’s also really easy to clean. I’ve had my cat vomit on it numerous times and the stain has lifted really easily (she’s got issues that one!).


The Bad Bits about the Ikea Lappljung Ruta

I’ve lived with the rug a while now, so I’ve had the time to think about what I would change about it (yes, I think about these first world problems – it’s completely normal).

The one and only thing I’d amend in the rug’s design is the blue and green trim down two of the sides. It’s an odd inclusion considering the colours are in tones that aren’t the easiest to match, so I’d much prefer they be gone (I believe IKEA released a larger, similar rug minus the trim, though. Let me know if you have it because I couldn’t find it on their website).

IKEA SILLERUP Rug Review - TLC Interiors

I recently noticed the IKEA Sillerup rug (above) on a visit to the Tempe store and am deeming it the new Lappljung Ruta. It’s still bears a striking black and white pattern but the design feels fresher and more interesting, yet it’s distinctly IKEA and will still work wonders for grounding a space.

The Verdict

At such a low price point you’d be mad not to give the Ikea Lappljung Ruta a go. They’re great for kids rooms, play rooms, living space and family rooms – and work with a tonne of furniture and decor colours and styles.

Do you have this rug? I’d love to get your take on it in the comments below. Is it winning or woeful and what furniture and decor have you matched it with?

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Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • I love the new rug, and I agree so easy to ckean, kow pile with kitties.

    9 December, 2014
  • Jenni


    Yep, I have this rug, Chris. It made an instant impact in our lounge room, and I agree that it is quite thick. In retrospect, I wish I had scotchguarded it. My kids have trashed it! I have tried to spot clean, but discoloured patches remain. For the price though, I really don’t mind. The nw one you mentioned above looks great!

    9 December, 2014
  • Kim


    I have this without the green! It’s probably just out of stock on their website (they don’t show up when there’s no stock)! Love it for the kids – don’t mind if they drop stuff on it as it’s such a good price!

    19 December, 2014
  • I have this rug and just sharpied over the blue/green part!

    4 February, 2015
    • Lyn


      Yoy, my dear, are a genius! That colour strip was the only thing about this rug that was bothering me. Problem solved!

      26 March, 2015
    • Renae


      So didnthe sharpie really cover the green stripe? I’m thinking of buying it but the green strip is holding me back.

      8 October, 2017
  • in terms of cleaning, ive got 2 small kids, do you think its easy to clean? obvsiouslly not talking about blackberry/blueberry stains.

    14 April, 2015
      • Thanks! Do you think it’ll “go” with a gray IKEA ektorp 3 seater? I’ve also got 2 IKEA tullsta armchairs in charcoal Gray. Thanks hun x (new to this sort of stuff, I’m in need of design advice

        15 April, 2015
  • Frankie


    Does it shed??? I really love it but I’m scared it will shed!

    14 May, 2015
  • Umm Isa


    Just wondering if it’s crawler friendly. My new place has hardwood flooring and would love something comfy for my son that won’t hurt his knees when crawling. Thoughts?

    14 May, 2015
  • talesofwhimsy


    Thank you for this. I’ve been wondering.

    17 May, 2015
  • Great post!!! Thank you 🙂 I just brought this rug (without the teal stripe) but am kind of regretting it because I don’t know how to introduce other patterns into the room (mostly cushions). Would love to know if you think bold black & white stripey and damask patterns could work?

    22 June, 2015
    • Sara


      How did you get it without the stripe?

      25 May, 2018
  • Philly


    I recently got this rug and placed it in my bedroom. Love it except for the chemical smell so I have not been sleeping in the bedroom because of the nasty smell emanating from the rug. Do you guys have the same experience? How long did the smell last? What’s that chemical smell? Is it safe for our health?

    9 October, 2015
  • Elena


    Hi Chris, we got this rug and love it! However, it has a lot of white little fuzzies or threads noticeable on the black carpet parts. Did you or anyone have this and did they go away? We just hope we don’t have a lemon! Thanks!

    3 August, 2016
    • Hey Elena, that sounds very odd. Mine never had that issue, so it saddens me to say that you may have gotten a lemon :S

      5 August, 2016
    • Amy Oligny Bisaillon


      Mine has this too, did yours get worse over time or did it go away?

      1 October, 2016
  • Roz


    Can this be used outdoors on a patio?

    11 September, 2017
  • Andi


    I just got this rug 2mx3m without the blue/green down the side for $69 on special right now. It’s giving me a migraine though. I think I’m a bit old to deal with the stark contrast of the pattern. Am considering dying the white bits grey to tone it down a bit.

    22 September, 2017
  • Tess


    Hey I’m curious, does the color run? I’m thinking of placing it on top of an existing light-colored wall to wall carpet.

    27 January, 2018

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