There are so many different types of flooring available, it’s difficult to decide on the best one to use for your child’s room. Each type of flooring has its own benefits and drawbacks. If you already have beautiful hardwood floors or just installed carpeting throughout the house, you probably won’t want to change your child’s flooring. However, if the room is ready for a complete revival, there are many different options from which to choose. Each one has benefits and each one has drawbacks. Your job is to find the best one that fits your pocketbook, philosophy and is the healthiest choice for your child.
Carpeting has been a prominent contender for the most popular floor covering in bedrooms. It’s soft and warm to the toes in the morning, helps cushion falls and comes in a variety of designs and colours for decorating. However, they also collect debris and dust. Dust mites, bacteria and even chemicals in some carpets can be hazardous to children prone to allergies.
Probably one of the unique selections for a child’s room flooring, which is rapidly gaining in popularity, is rubber flooring. It’s cushiony and feels good under the feet, yet is durable and non-skid. It resists stains, which gives it a longer life span than many floor coverings. It has sound absorbing qualities besides being easier to maintain. It also has hypo-allergenic and antimicrobial properties making it perfect for children with allergies. The selection is more limited than carpeting. However, due to the increased popularity, there are now many more colours and patterns from which to select than there were initially. For added colour impact and pattern use large rugs for play areas, or bean bags to flop against.
Bamboo flooring for kids’ rooms is also increasing in popularity, but whether it’s good your environment, depends on many different factors. The method manufacturing makes all the difference for VOC—volatile organic chemical—emission that occurs over time. It depends on the amount of adhesive used when manufactured. Bamboo flooring is attractive, easily reconditioned if marred and looks elegant with or without an area rug.
Try and tie the colour of the flooring in with the bedding and even your childrens curtains as this will provide instant style appeal which even the most discerning of children, from tots to teens, will find it difficult to grumble about!