Toddlers are incredible, they move faster than you think they can, get into everything and when unsupervised can cause havoc in any room they happen to be in! That is why it is so important for you to choose flooring that can withstand any toddler challenges and look great in your home.
When you are choosing flooring for your family home there is so much to think about, especially if you have a toddler in the house!
Here are a few considerations for the flooring in a home with a toddler!
It’s not forever – They will grow up, so when you are choosing flooring for your home that can withstand your toddler, pick something that you know will also look great for the years ahead to avoid having to change the flooring too quickly
Different rooms have different needs – It’s also important to note that you don’t need to decide on one floor for the entire house, different rooms have different needs so if you like you can tailor your flooring to suit the requirements of each of those rooms.
Bathroom & Kitchen Flooring
When deciding the flooring for these rooms it’s important to remember the potential for accidents. Anything could happen from a spilled cup at the dinner table, some dropped food in the kitchen or an over excited bath time. None of these rooms are safe from a toddler so you may want to choose a flooring that will be easy to clean but is also protected from stains and liquids, two you can choose from are Vinyl and Wood flooring.
Vinyl has several benefits for these rooms. They can be cleaned very quickly, and staining is not an issue most of the time, they can come is a vast range of designs too so there is no need to sacrifice the look of your home. You can even enhance your vinyl with Underlay, a thin layer of cushioning that adds comfort and reduced wear to the flooring.
Wood floors can look spectacular in these rooms, but they require maintenance. A wooden floor is something you may wish to avoid until your family has grown up a bit as the required treatment of the floor, the negative effect liquids can have on it and its hard surface may prove to be more trouble than it’s worth when raising your toddler.
Bedrooms, Living Rooms & Playrooms
For these rooms there are other considerations, remember you don’t need to have the same flooring everywhere, your free to mix and match to suit your individual family’s needs. So, what do toddlers need from these rooms? They need the safety to be free, to play and fall about without the fear of hurting themselves but also it needs to be a warm and welcome environment.
Carpets are a classic for these rooms, they are soft and well insulated (dependant on the type) to protect from all those stumbles and falls. When choosing your type there are several directions you can go. Wool is best if you can afford it, it’s the warmest, the softest and the safest, you can’t go wrong with a wool carpet. You can also go with a synthetic carpet; a Polypropylene carpet can be bleach cleaned making it easier than a normal carpet. They can also come in a range of colours for either a stimulating environment or you could go for something darker to make hiding those stains a little easier.