What is the best flooring option for families with kids?
They’re the apple of your eye, but they do cause a lot of mess! We run down the best flooring options for families with young children.
Carpets are great for toddlers – they’re soft underfoot, warm and provide cushioning for any accidental falls and tumbles. Young children like to explore, especially when they’re finding their feet; it’s reassuring to know that they are unlikely to cause themselves serious injury by tumbling around on your soft carpets.
Whilst carpets are generally easy to maintain with vacuuming and a bit of spot and stain remover, you may want to consider darker colours so that stains caused by food spillages or other accidents are not as noticeable.
Available in almost any colour or style you could ask for, vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for those looking for a floor that is totally stress-free to maintain, cost-effective and easy to install.
Vinyl flooring is impervious to water damage, a useful benefit in a home with young children, and is easy to wipe clean. Vinyl flooring is also non-porous, which means that it does not harbour any allergens or support bacteria growth – helping your kids avoid allergens.
Hardwood floors are a great choice for families with older children. Whilst scratches are more visible on hardwood floors, you can limit this by choosing lighter wood colours and they can be refinished several times to look as good as new.
Hardwood floors are not recommended for families with babies or toddlers, as the risk of injury is slightly higher due to its more solid nature, however, you can always get around this problem with the use of a soft rug in areas like dining rooms and living rooms.