Little ones spend a lot of time on floors, crawling, playing, and eventually, walking. Any parent would want to take into consideration the best and safest type of floor for their little explorers. If you are renovating a room in your home to make it more child-friendly, here are some floor options to consider.
The obvious choice, carpet is soft, comfortable, and can protect your baby from bumps and bruises as she plays. It is a natural insulator, so it can absorb sound, prevent slips, and help cushion falls. Another great thing about carpet is that there are a large variety of styles and colors to choose from to match the design of your child’s room.
Want to make your baby room feel more inviting and warm? Use a dark colored carpet. Want a more “open” room? A lighter carpet it is! Just remember a darker carpet may be preferable to conceal dirt, stains, and spills.
Also keep in mind that frequent vacuuming and routine deep cleaning is essential for keeping your carpet clean and safe for your baby. You don’t want dirt and allergens to accumulate, putting a risk to your child as she crawls and rolls around the place.
Many parents shy away from hard-surface flooring for their kids because they fear it would cause harm to an overactive and clumsy child. However, hardwood floors remain a great choice for children’s rooms because they are more durable than carpeting, can withstand years of abuse from young children, and are much easier to clean.
Furthermore, hardwood floors do not accumulate as much animal dander, dust, and pollen as carpet flooring, so it is a great option for children who suffer from allergies.
When choosing the type of wood for your hardwood floors, lighter colored wood tends to hide nicks and scratches better than darker colored wood. However, hardwood floors with a dark finish present a sophisticated look that will transition well as your child gets older and wants a more “grown up” looking room.
If you desire the look of a hardwood floor but, understandably, don’t trust your kid to properly appreciate such an investment, laminate floors are a good alternative. Laminate floors are compressed pieces of veneer with images of a wood piece pressed on top. They are less expensive than hardwood and do not require waxing or polishing to maintain its look.
Laminate floors provide all the benefits hardwood floors have over carpet as well, being impenetrable to pollen, animal hair, and dust and, therefore, a great option for children with allergies. Accidental spills and stains can easily be wiped away and the occasional vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping are all that’s needed to keep your laminate floors in tip top shape. One disadvantage to note, however, is that laminate is very slippery when wet, which can be dangerous for your little ones.
When it comes to kid’s room floors, you do not have to limit yourself to carpet if you don’t want. You have options to choose from that suit both your family lifestyle and overall home décor preferences. Don’t forget, whatever flooring you choose, layering the area with nice rugs not only provides soft spots for your child to play if you don’t have carpeting, but they also create an overall pulled-together look. The possibilities are endless!