Choosing the best flooring for the nursery and playroom

Expecting a baby puts you through all sorts of emotions: stress, excitement and apprehension! For most of us, we are so preoccupied with doctor’s appointments, getting things settled at work and setting up – you want to do what’s best for your new one and yourself! Decorating your new baby’s room is a fun project, but it can be stressful when you don’t know where to start!

Morning sickness and fatigue makes you want to do nothing but sit on the sofa! But we can guarantee that if you put some effort into perfecting your baby’s room, then it will make things much easier when the baby arrives, and you’ll be grateful you made the effort. So why not start with flooring?

The first thing you’re probably most concerned about is safety. There’s no point in spending a lot of money on a beautiful floor for it to be unsafe; after all, babies don’t care about appearance! We know that everyone has different budgets, so we’re going to discuss a range of floorings that’ll suit a variety of budgets and preferences.

1. Luxury Vinyl Tiles 

If you’re totally set on practicality, then this is by far the best choice. LVT is incredibly durable and will last for many years of usage without showing wear. It is water, stain and scratch proof – you can only imagine the sorts of things your floor is going to come into contact within the nursery or playroom! LVT is always very affordable too, perfect if you’re looking to do up your baby’s room on a tighter budget.

The good news is that you’re not even sacrificing a pleasing look with LVT – it comes in very convincing imitations of natural products such as real wood and tile so convincingly, that often it’s hard to tell them apart! With a range of colours, patterns and thicknesses available, you can get exactly what it is that you want.

2. Carpet 

A traditional choice for the bedroom, carpet has a lot of advantages over hard surfaces. Firstly, it’s much softer, therefore, safer and more comforting for your little one playing on the floor – you’ll be surprised by how soon they’ll be crawling! Carpet is also relatively inexpensive and comes in a range of materials from wool to synthetic, as well every colour you can imagine.

It’s well known that carpets are fantastic insulators, especially wool carpets, as well as making the room quieter; which can be really helpful during that much-needed nap time!

The only thing to say against carpet is that it can tend to show wear after too much foot traffic and discolour in sunlight. It also stains easily, so just be aware of this.

3. Laminate 

Much like LVT, laminate is a highly practical choice that shouldn’t cause you any extra stress. Very hard-wearing and again coming in very convincing imitations of natural products, that you can still get that classic authentic look. However, it is only resistant to scratches, stains and water; but largely it will cope with whatever is thrown at it. Its main advantage it has over LVT is that generally speaking it tends to be cheaper, ideal if you want a cheap and practical fix.

4. Wood

It’s no secret that wood flooring has always and remains to be the most popular choice of flooring, and this is no exception when it comes to the baby’s room – however, we wouldn’t say it’s the best option. First of all, it’s expensive – but of course, it all depends on what budget you have.

With this being said real wood most of the time, is worth the money. It is extremely durable and also resistant to scratches and stains – however it’s not 100% resistant to these, so might not be the perfect choice for your mucky little ones. However, it can be sanded down a number of times to eradicate any damage – so you have quite a few lives with wood flooring!

With this being said, wood flooring is the perfect versatile option. Although it might be described as sophisticated and luxurious, not the typical features of a child’s room, it does mean you have the option of using the room for another use when your child has grown up. Wood flooring lasts a lifetime, so it’s worth thinking about what the room is going to be used for twenty years down the line!

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