When faced with a decision about which type of flooring to install in the children’s spaces in your home, it can be difficult to wade through all the possibilities. Each type of flooring has its own pros and cons, and weighing one against the other is sometimes a challenge.
This decision can be particularly difficult for parents of young children, who know their families’ needs will change in a few short years.
Here are some factors that are important to look at when deciding which type of flooring is the best option for your family.
Certain types of floors have less skid and are more prone for slips and falls. If you have a baby now, it’s hard to grasp that soon your sweet, sedentary bundle will be up and about, running non-stop! It’s important that children’s spaces are safe for them to move naturally and explore their environments.
Are Allergies an Issue?
If your child is allergic to dust mites, your best bet is probably to forgo carpets and opt for something like hardwoods or even cork floors. You’ll also want to choose area rugs that are machine-washable and easy to care for.
Durability is Key
Kids spend much of their lives at floor-level, zooming toy cars and building block towers. All that zooming and building is a lot of fun, but it also damage flooring that’s not designed to weather abuse. Think about the types of spills, stains, and scratches your floor is likely to experience over time and consider which is your best option based on the big picture.
Will it Stand the Test of Time?
That bubble-gum pink carpet would be cute in your daughter’s princess themed nursery, but how would she feel about it as a tomboy adolescent? Make sure your flooring choices will be able to stand the test of time, as your family’s needs will likely change.
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.