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04.08.21 Advice

What is the Best Kid-Friendly Flooring?

Written by: Yarl Christie

These days, you’ll find so many different types of flooring to choose from. However, not all of them are suitable for family homes. 

If you have children, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the best flooring. Here, you’ll discover everything you need to focus on when selecting child-friendly flooring and which types are considered better for family homes. 

Which type of flooring is the most kid-friendly?

When looking for the best type of kid-friendly flooring, you first need to consider their age. Some types of flooring are better suited to younger children, while others should ideally only be installed with homes with older children. 

If you are trying to find flooring that’s suitable for younger children, you have three main options. These include:

  • Laminate
  • Vinyl 
  • Carpet. 

Modern laminate floors are extremely durable. However, they aren’t the softest type of flooring out there. So, if you do have younger children, you might want to add an area rug to the floor in case of a fall. Many laminate floors today are water resistant and resistant against scratches. This makes them great at withstanding wear and tear and spills. You’ll also find them really easy to clean too.

Vinyl is another excellent choice. Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are affordable, durable and very easy to maintain. They also have the added benefit that they are soft to the touch. This is especially true if you opt for a cushioned vinyl floor. So, if you have young kids who are prone to falling over, luxury vinyl floors may be the best option.

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Finally, carpet is the softest type of flooring suitable for younger kids. While it isn’t as popular as it once was, you can purchase some great quality carpets these days. The only thing to be aware of with carpets is they aren’t always easy to clean. So, look out for one which states it can be bleach cleaned. 

If you’re searching for a floor that’s suitable for older children, you can expand your options to engineered and solid wood. 

Focusing on flooring safety and durability

After you’ve selected which type of flooring you need, two of the most important things to consider are safety and durability. Whether your kids are young or old, you need to make sure the floor is safe and hygienic.

Vinyl and laminate floors tend to be the safest in terms of slip resistance and hygiene. They don’t collect dirt and dust as much as some other flooring types. They also come with a slip resistance rating, with R10 and R11 being the most suitable for use in family areas.

You’ll also find these types of floors come with advanced technology to make them more durable. For example, they often feature scratch resistance technology. This means the floors will be protected against scratches which are a common risk with pets and children.

If you’re purchasing engineered floors, you’ll want to look out for an oiled finish. While these do wear down a little quicker than lacquered floors, it’s much easier to re-oil than it is to re-lacquer. Plus, oiled floors hide the signs of wear and tear more than a lacquered finish. 

These are some of the main considerations to make when choosing child-friendly flooring. Stories Flooring has an extensive range of flooring available. Why not browse our available products to see just how affordable child-friendly floors can be?