When planning your baby’s nursery, things such as the crib, paint colour and changing table come to mind. But what about the flooring? It’s important to make sure your baby’s room has the right flooring, as it can make a huge impact in their development. First, we’ll walk through the things to consider, the best options and then the options to avoid. Let’s get started!
Things To Consider
First and foremost, you want to put the health of your child above all. Things like dirt and allergens can get trapped in certain types of flooring, which can be a hassle.
Choosing the right flooring for the nursery is important especially when you consider the safety of your little ones. You want to go with an option that will help prevent those inevitable small bumps and bruises.
Kids of all ages can make a mess in any room of the house. So, make sure the floor that you choose for the nursery is easy to clean and maintain. Also, take into consideration the toys and trinkets your children will play with that will put some wear and tear on the floor.
Babies and young children are light sleepers and tend to wake up frequently throughout the night. So, it’s good that there are quiet flooring options out there to choose from (don’t worry, we’ll get there soon).
Chances are, your nursery now won’t be a nursery forever. Changing your floor can get expensive, so make sure you think about what the future might bring before you finalize your decision.
Now, let’s get into the best floor options to choose from.
Soft, comfortable and forgiving, carpeting can protect your wobbly baby from bumps and bruises, making them seem like the obvious choice for your new nursery. It will also be a nice surface for you since you’ll be spending most of your time on the floor playing with your little one.
Also, carpet is generally your least expensive flooring surface, making it budget friendly. And, of course, the room will be quieter. So, this can really help—especially with night time feedings.
Of course, there are some drawbacks, but there always are with any material. It is a harder floor to keep clean and stain free. Yes, expect stains. They will happen, and for many reasons, including spit ups and yes vomiting—there’s no way around it. Fortunately, we happen to have some helpful cleaning tips in our Advice section. And some great family friendly carpet options to consider in our Products section.
Now that we know carpet is a good option, let’s take a step further and get into the top three types that are good for the nursery.
A natural fiber wool carpet is a great choice. It’s a way to avoid exposure to most, if not all synthetic materials. It has a natural soil and stain resistance, and it retains its color over years of wear and cleaning.
In addition, wool repels dirt and liquids by shielding the innermost part of the fiber. So, when you spill something, the liquids tend to remain at the surface and don’t penetrate the fiber as much. Also, if allergies or asthma run in the family, wool carpeting is less likely to cause a problem. But most importantly, it’s flame-resistant, making it a nice safe carpet fiber for the nursery.
If you’re looking for something extra soft, the plush would be an ideal choice. The softer the surface, the better it is for your baby to learn how to crawl and play on. And, better for you to sit on for a while (your behind bone will be very thankful). For more information about plush carpet, check out our Products section.
Berbers are looped carpets that are genuinely flecked or multi-tonal, so they can help camouflage the dirt and hide the stains. Another big benefit is that they are easier to clean and vacuum.
Hardwood is long lasting, easy to keep clean, and they have that classic look that never goes out of style. Besides its visual appeal, it makes a great nursery option because it doesn’t absorb allergens or chemicals.
An obvious disadvantage would be that it’s a hard surface, making it more uncomfortable when compared to carpeting, especially when your little one gets some bumps while learning to walk. However, that can be fixed by adding the right size area rug, or two, to the room. That way, not only does the nursery have a classic style, but some soft, comfy surfaces, too. The only other disadvantage would be its high cost. Which leads us to a nice alternative, laminate.
For those who like the look of hardwood, but not the cost, laminate floors would be a good option to go with. And, just like hardwood, it’s a good idea to put down an area rug to add softness to the space.
Along with being less expensive, laminate also doesn’t require waxing or polishing to keep it looking nice. A vacuum cleaner, broom and a damp mop are all you need to keep laminate floors clean. And if there are any accidental spills, which of course there will be, you simply just wipe it up right away.
To learn more about the simple cleaning and maintenance tips, check out our Advice section.
Flooring Options To Avoid
Now that we know the best options to choose from, it’s also important to know the ones to avoid.
This can be super dangerous for toddlers and babies since the surface is so hard. Toddlers especially can fall and seriously hurt themselves. And of course, it’s an uncomfortable surface for you to sit on too—your behind bone would be the opposite of thankful.
Bamboo flooring doesn’t hold up as well as the others. It scratches very easily and those scratches show way more than regular hardwood ones do. It also doesn’t hold up very well to water. So, if you end up with spills, you’re in for trouble.
As you can see, there’s a good amount of safe, comfortable and practical options for you to choose from for your child’s nursery. So now that you know the information for each surface, make sure you stop by one of our 26 locations to see them in person!
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