As a parent there are often a lot of things to consider, have you safety-proofed your home? Are they getting enough vitamins? All the usual palaver. But have you ever considered your floor? Flooring has been overlooked by a lot of people, so if you are one of those, we’re here to inform you of the choices you can make when it comes to child-friendly flooring.
Yes, you read that correctly, bamboo – it’s not just for pandas you know! Over the past decade this material has seen a huge increase in usage due to its ability to handle a lot of foot traffic, which makes it ideal for a busy family home. As it is so tough there’s no reason for you to worry about your little one scratching or damaging the floor, it can take pretty much anything. Aside from being one of the hardest in the world of flooring, bamboo has had a lot of press due to its environmentally friendly qualities, in fact it’s probably one of the most sustainable materials that you can purchase. This is because bamboo isn’t actually made using any wood, therefore it doesn’t come from trees, it is grass and it grows at a much quicker rate than trees do which makes it more renewable and much better for the planet.
If you love solid wood but aren’t too keen on the price tag then why not look into engineered wood flooring? This is ideal if you’re on a bit of a budget, it’s much cheaper than real wood but looks exactly the same! Engineered wood is great for a busy home due to the way that it is constructed that ensures maximum durability. To break it down, this type of wood is made from lots of different layers that have been bonded (fused together) to provide more stability to the boards.
Along with board stability, you’ll also find that most manufacturers offer an impressive guarantee with engineered wood products which certainly gives you peace of mind as a parent and homeowner! However, if damage does occur to your floor then it’s worth noting that engineered wood can be sanded and refinished multiple times to give it the same quality finish that it had on the day of installation. So there’s no need to worry about expensive replacements etc, you can just fix it yourself (or ask someone else to do it for you if you’re not sure about doing it yourself).
Laminate is an old favourite when it comes to floors, the beauty of it is that it’s simple but effective, in fact you’d be surprised at the impact that laminate can have on a room. Yes indeed, laminate is a perfect surface for handling a challenge; whether its a kids toy, football boots or even pet claws – laminate is resistant to pretty much anything! Its scratch and stain resistant properties are probably why it remains to be such a popular choice in homes across the world.
Again, this is another type of floor that is really easy to keep clean, which helps it keep up with the family-friendly vibe. A simple dust or sweep should do the trick or, for a bit more of a thorough clean, a warm damp cloth or mop will be fine. Although it bears a similar appearance to real wood laminate is a much cheaper alternative and comes in a plenty of shades and designs, so you don’t always have to go for the stereotypical wood effect if you fancy something a little different.
So there you have it, our top 3 family-friendly floors!
Disclosure – post in collaboration with Luxury Flooring & Furnishings