A guide for parents: Kid-Friendly Flooring!

In a room that gets as much activity as a child’s does, you need to choose flooring that will stand up to constant use and look great doing it. Here are some options for all the parents out there who may be renovating a room to create a nursery or even transitioning to a child or teenager's room. Every type of flooring has it's pros and cons, so here's a break-down for you!

Carpet:
Soft, comfortable, and forgiving, carpeting can protect your wobbly baby from bumps and bruises, making it seem like the obvious choice. Children love nothing more than having play time or even quiet time down on the floor. Nowadays, top brands like Stainmaster or Mohawk's SmartStrand carpet make it easy to clean up spills and messes. Carpet pic-nic anyone!? Keep in mind though that for the best care of your carpet and for indoor air quality, frequent vacuuming and cleaning is essential to add longevity to your flooring.

Hardwood:
Long lasting and easy to keep clean, hardwood floors have a classic look that never goes out of style. Although it's durable, all wood floors are subject to wear and tear, especially under the abuse of toddlers. Depending on the type of wood and selected finish, some wood flooring can scratch very easily. If you choose this route, something like a large area rug will protect and provide a more comfortable playing surface. Also keep in mind that different styles of hardwood will help camouflage dings and scratches, like planks that have been hand-scraped. Hardwood is also a great option because it can be refinished after a few years to take away that top layer of damage.

Bamboo:
Bamboo provides a strong, durable, and considerably less-expensive alternative to hardwood. Bamboo fibers can be spun into the softest of cloth, yet as a flooring material, it's harder and more scratch resistant than hardwood. As a renewable resource, bamboo flooring is a great option for parents who are environmentally conscious, and it's versatility in style makes it a wonderful option for any room of the house.

Cork:
Cork flooring is another excellent choice for a child's room. It's warmer and softer than hard surface flooring and also provides a comfortable, safe playing surface. While cork is ideal for most rooms in the house, it's very susceptible to water damage, which makes it less than ideal for a bathrooms, etc. Keep this in mind if you are looking to have a consistent look through many rooms on the same floor of your home.

Laminate:
Laminate offers an inexpensive, easy-to-install alternative if none of the other flooring types are ideal for you. Very durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean, laminate is not a bad choice for a nursery or playroom. Plus, it's a quick installation that won't break the bank. Very similar to luxury vinyl plank (which is another great option) there are more styles and colors to choose from than ever. The high-resolution of the images used to create the look of wood grain or even stone make it harder than ever to tell the difference between laminate and the real thing.

Area Rugs:
Also keep in mind that area rugs are a great option to quickly update and refresh the design of any room. Whether you're looking for an installation free option, or simply to be able to change the look of a room in a more affordable manner, then area rugs are a great choice. They offer an endless amount of style, shape, and color options.

So no matter what you choose, there are a few things to consider before purchasing. But as long as your child is playing and your flooring holds up to all those toys - everyone wins! Keep in mind that if you have any questions about any of these types of flooring options, our friendly Flooring Advisors are experts in everything to do with flooring and they're happy to help! Visit us today to see the look of your future floor!

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