Kids require things that are different from what we have – oddities as pacifiers, baby gates and outlet covers. In some cases, it makes sense to floor their rooms different from the rest of the house.
Houses are flexible, adapting to the needs of the occupants.Kids’ floors can be different from what you have in the other rooms of the house. Just as bathroom floors are hardscaped with waterproof materials, so too can children’s rooms be floored with different needs in mind.
We are concerned with children from the crawling stage (at about 6 to 9 months) to the end of their floor-dwelling years (8 to 10 years). Criteria are:
- Comfort including warmth and softness: Often, it is the parents’ comfort, more than the kids’ comfort. Parents who play with their children on the floor are not great fans of hard, cold stone floors.
- Cleanability: Kids make messes.
- Durability: Scratches, gouges, dents.
- Sound: Sound transmits between floors. If an important room is located below the child’s room, soundproofing matters a great deal, and you will want to lean towards soft flooring such as carpet.
Cork flooring is soft and comfortable yet easy to clean. Stains will eventually settle into cork, but if you get to them quickly enough, you will never know they were there. Cork flooring today comes in an array of finishes, from wood-look and solid colors to stone-look and cork-look.
Wall to Wall Carpet
High on the comfort level, low on cleanability, wall to wall carpeting has long been the classic option for homes with children.If you are the type of loves to play on the floor with children, you may just want to throw all caution to the wind and install good, padded wall to wall carpeting.
Look for nylon, polyester, and polypropylene carpeting for greater durability and color-fastness. Avoid wool or uncut pile carpets, which can snag.
Wood or Laminate Flooring with Area Rug
Any hard flooring can be paired up with an area rug to create the perfect combination. Provided you are not using a fine rug for your child’s room, you can spot-clean it when it gets stained and then switch it out for another one with little guilt or outlay of money.
Radiant Heating Topped with Hard Flooring
Think backwards and start by thinking of a radiant heating system. Then, sorting out the list of floor coverings that are acceptable for radiant heat, choose the one you like best.The best pairings are engineered wood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl, and some solid wood floors. In terms of comfort, these pairs have got the comfort and warmth factor down cold.
Laminate’s foam underlayment ensures a certain softness or bounce that other hard floors do not have. As a test, try dropping a glass on ceramic tile vs. laminate. Laminate will often absorb the shock; ceramic will always cause breakage.This underlayment, combined with laminate’s particleboard base, make for a relatively warm floor.