Kids' Bedroom Flooring

When choosing a floor for a kid's room, durability is as important as looks.

Boys Room With Striped Flooring

Boys Room With Striped Flooring

A topaz wall color complements light wood stripes in the flooring. The standard-size bed, crafted by carpenter David Brown from old doors, is as comfortable for a child as for an overnight guest.

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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.

8 Kids' Flooring Ideas

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Bright Circles

Don't think of beige as boring — think of it as a blank canvas. Look for geometric rugs in bright colors to punch up your bland carpet. If you can't settle on a hue, designer Holly Marsh suggest to "start with a color or a toy that makes you feel happy. You'd be surprised how far that one element can take you."

Pack-Away Color

Bright colors are great for kids' rooms, but if you can't make a commitment with new carpet, snag these soft tiles. Great for toddlers, these spongy pieces are easy to clean and they reduce the risk of dangerous falls. Best of all, you can pack them up and transport the color to any room in your home. Photo courtesy of SoftTiles

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Bold Paint

If you're feeling brave, slather on a coat of color for an unforgettable floor. We love this bright green floor because it's reminiscent of a grassy knoll. If you're going with a solid color, be smart about the decorative details you choose. Go with different shades and textures to balance out the room. Photo courtesy of IKEA

Orange Inspiration

Start with a bright, bold rug as a base for the rest of your kid's room design. The pattern on this rug inspired the design for the walls. The room's theme blooms from the ground up. Photo courtesy of notNeutral

Teen Investment Rug

While fun patterns are great for kids, they're just not fit for your cool teenager. Look at your rug as an investment piece and go for neutral designs. Find an option that your kid can grow into, not out of. Design by Kelley Proxmire; photography by Erik Johnson

Soft Hardwood Tiles

Hardwood floors are a great neutral palette for which to build gorgeous designs upon. Plus, they're much easier to clean than carpet, a great feature for parents. However, they are — by definition — hard. That means higher risks for bumps and bruises for new crawlers. This great soft tile not only protects a baby from falls, but it also protects your hardwood floors without sacrificing that clean, simple design you love. Photo courtesy of One Step Ahead

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Girly Gone Chevron

A whimsical nursery decked in pink ribbons and girly accessories is great to welcome home your new baby girl, but the adults have to spend a lot of time in this room, too. Designer Stacie Bloomfield picked up this trendy chevron rug because she "wanted something to ground the room's design and to balance all of the pinks and reds in the girl's room."

Starry Detail

If you're going with carpet, choose something that can be both fun and flexible. While the starry detail makes this carpet appropriate for kids, it wouldn't be out of place in an office or guest room due to its rustic color palette. Design by Kelley Proxmire; photography by Erik Johnson

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.  Carpet is also more likely to exacerbate allergies for some children; because it harbors dust mites and dirt, regular vacuuming and cleaning is essential. In addition, synthetic fibers sometimes emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which chemicals that can cause an adverse physical reaction in some people. If chemicals are a concern, ask your carpet dealer which brands are chemical-free.  Hardwood floors are another popular choice for kids' rooms. Bamboo and eucalyptus have become popular choices because they are economical, sustainable and durable. Hardwood floors hold up well and do not need to be replaced as often as carpet. They may, however, need to be occasionally sanded, buffed and refinished, particularly in high traffic areas.

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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