If you have kids but want to redo the floors in your home, there is a lot to consider. Not only do you have to think about what you want and what you think might look best in your home, but you also have to consider what kind of wear-and-tear those floors will see from the children.
You do have a few options when figuring out what to do with your kid-friendly flooring. You could just settle and keep the floor you have since it’s scratched up from racecars and tap shoes anyway. However, if you’ve read this far, that’s probably not what you really want to do. You want new floors to improve the look and feel of your home, and the good news is that there are a lot of kid-friendly flooring options to choose from.
Hardwood flooring is a beautiful, classic choice. You can get it finished or unfinished, depending on your preference. If you decide to go with unfinished wood, it can hide any marks and scratches pretty well since it already has some natural flaws built into the wood.
Carpets are also a popular option for households with small children. This flooring choice actually accounts for 51% of the total U.S. flooring market today. You can easily find high quality carpet that is really soft and comfortable, and this type of flooring is perfect for little baby feet to run around (and fall down) on. Keep in mind, though, when you are dealing with any carpet of any color, you’re risking the chance of stains from spills. There are solutions to remove stains from carpet that work really well, but it just depends if you want to spend time getting red wine out of the fabric or not. Darker colors are usually ideal for families with kids.
It’s pretty obvious that vinyl flooring or laminate flooring are also great options for those who have kids. They can withstand a pretty decent amount of day-to-day roughness. Kids are notorious for pushing toys and other things around on the floor to help them walk or stand, so there is always the chance of having your floors completely scratched up. However, these options can take a lot of abuse over the years. And because it’s far less expensive than hardwood flooring, vinyl is both kid-friendly and budget-friendly.
Vinyl flooring is also a good option because of its low level of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs have been linked to respiratory problems and can cause other health ailments. Choosing vinyl flooring may help prevent your child from getting sick later in life.
Choosing to redo your floors while you have little children running around doesn’t have to be impossible. There are so many options for your home that will not only look nice, but last through many fun years of your kid’s daily antics.