When a new baby is on the way, and couples think about designing the perfect nursery bedroom, one of the first considerations is flooring. In the past, the obvious and most common choices were synthetic wall to wall carpeting and hardwood flooring. However, for modern families who want to explore multiple flooring options that are earth friendly as well as healthy for house and child, modern floor alternatives are available.Hardwood Floors is Still a Good Choice
No matter the era, the city or the style of home, hardwood floors never go out of style. Hard woods, such as cherry, oak and teak, are popular flooring choices because they are beautiful and durable. In a babys room, hardwood floors are also easy to keep clean and keep dust to a minimum. Wood floors not only look great, but increase the value of a home.
There are a few downsides to putting hardwood in a nursery. Hardwood floors can be very expensive, and are certainly more costly than carpeting. Also keep in mind that a nursery usually transforms into a busy toddlers bedroom and that means wear and tear on the floors. Hardwood plank flooring is also not as soft for baby so consider layering the nursery with area rugs to soften a childs fall.
Choose Natural Fibre Carpeting
Carpeting, whether it is wall to wall or a large room sized area rug requires maintenance. Carpeting gets dirty and quickly traps dust and allergens. However, carpeting is cheaper to install and can be changed as the bedroom is transformed from a baby nursery to a themed room for a young child.
If carpeting is the chosen flooring option, choose natural fibre carpet such as wool, sisal and cotton. Natural fibres are good for the environment and do not emit any type of synthetics into the air like nylon and polyester carpets do.
Earth Friendly Flooring
We are all very lucky to live in a time when so many eco-friendly flooring options are available on the market and most are affordable and long lasting. Consider these options for a baby nursery:
Bamboo Flooring Asian inspired with a very modern flair, bamboo is a very popular flooring option for planet conscious homeowners. Bamboo is a hardwearing, antimicrobial, waterproof, durable and aesthetically attractive floor that generally costs in the range of $3 to $5 per square foot.
Cork Flooring This product comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, and does not destroy the tree to obtain the cork so it is kind to nature. Cork is very durable, water resistant and beautiful. It is perfect for a baby room that will eventually become a high energy playroom for a growing child. Cork is more susceptible to scuffing than bamboo but usually lasts up to 15 years and costs in the range of $5 to $8 per square foot.
Overall when trying to decide on hard wood or carpet for a babys room, each type will come with pros and cons, and the task is to weigh everything including cost and future uses of the room and make a wise decision that is healthy for baby, home and the planet.
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