Kids' Bedroom Flooring

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

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By: Gina Hannah

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.

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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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