Kids' Bedroom Flooring
Are you choosing a floor for your kid's bedroom? If so, it's no secret that a key word in your search is going to be durability.
Kids present a wide range of threats to a floor. For instance, wear and tear from foot traffic, toys, drops and spills can take their toll and mar your investment. So it's important that you do your research and determine whether you want carpet or a hard surface.
Carpet is available in a wide range of styles. Carpet's durability generally depends on fiber type, twist and density. Talk with a reputable carpet dealer, who will help you choose based on the expected wear on the carpet, as well as your budget.
If you want the warmth and sound absorption of carpet but with some flexibility, consider adhesive carpet squares. Carpet squares, a favorite with many parents, can be laid in a solid color or pattern; if a section gets damaged, squares can simply be removed and replaced.
For a durable and economical alternative to hardwood, consider a laminate floor, which has the look of wood. Ask your dealer for a chemical-free laminate, to avoid formaldehyde and other toxins.
Cork is another good choice for a child's bedroom. It is a sustainable product; although it's not as durable as bamboo, it should last for many years.
Two other hard floors you may not have considered for a kid's room are tile and concrete, both of which are extremely durable. Tile comes in a range of materials and colors, and it can be painted for a custom look. Concrete offers the ultimate in durability, and it can also be painted to complement the room's look. Your child may enjoy having a say in what color or design gets painted on a concrete floor and—since you can always paint over it—he or she can also do some of the painting.
If you choose a hard surface for your child's room, you'll want to lay an area rug to provide warmth and sound absorption, as well as provide cushion for toddler falls.
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