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The Best Kid-Friendly Flooring for Your Home
Choosing the right type of flooring for your home is essential for the health and wellbeing of your kids.
Certain floor materials, treatments and installation methods can emit ‘volatile organic compounds’ (VOCs), lead and other toxins that have been linked to affecting respiratory health as well as causing light-headedness and headaches.
Do check out our article on potted plants for suggestions on indoor greens that can eliminate some of the toxins already in your home.
Apart from toxins, some floors are slippery or have unforgivingly hard surfaces that can injure your child in case of falls or slips. Also, kids do spill – so you’ll want to install flooring that doesn’t stain easily or is generally durable.
We’ve narrowed down four suitable flooring materials that are compatible with kids – and parents who do not want to sacrifice on style.
1. Oak Wood
These floors are classic and instantly warm up any space – it’s perfect for kids’ rooms too!
Despite being a relatively expensive material, oak is durable, will stand the test of time and stylishly complements bright, neutral tones.
It works well in a child’s bedroom as it is resistant to fungal infections and is a low-VOC material.
Using laminate in your child’s bedroom or playroom is an excellent idea as these floors are rather durable.
Lighter laminates with its classy look of wood, works nicely to match with gentler coloured furniture in a child’s room.
It’s more economical than hardwood, so you can install these in several bedrooms or common areas where kids spend the most time. Do remember to ask for non-toxic, chemical-free varieties to limit toxin emissions.
What’s not to love about tiles? They are after all easy to clean, maintain cool temperatures and is a tasteful floor option for any room.
Choose high quality natural stone tiles, porcelain and other non-chemical altered materials for your kid’s rooms. These varieties are also not as slippery for toddlers and babies still crawling, plus its overall smoother space can keep skin from grazing.
Tiles arranged with intersecting lines or with deeper indents between the each square are more suitable for bigger kids. Tiles can slippery, so make sure you use nice area rugs and non-slip mats to create comfortable, warm and safe play zones.
4. Natural Linoleum
This is one of the best options for kids and folks who suffer from allergies as the material does have natural antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties. It’s also super durable, less slippery and provides a kinder cushion in case of falls.
Moreover, it comes in a range of colours that are versatile enough to complement most décor styles and colours.
Apart from these options, cork and bamboo are environmentally-friendly floors that also happen to be kid-friendly too! It’s perfect for green homes and parents who care about sustainable materials.
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