The Best Carpeting For A Kids Room
Kids are hard on carpet — if you have small children in your house, your flooring will be subject to lots of traffic, abrasion, spilled food, dyed liquids like fruit punch and soda, and stains like mud and even blood.
If all you cared about was durability, you’d just cover the kids’ bedrooms and playrooms with laminate flooring that you could mop periodically — but you’re probably at least a little bit concerned with appearance and comfort as well. So how do you get the durability and stain-resistance you need, along with the warmth and looks of carpet?
Consider A Coated Carpet
Many carpet cleaning companies offer to coat your carpets with Scotchgard or other stain-resistant chemicals when they finish cleaning, but you can also buy carpets that are coated in the factory as they are manufactured. This coating is applied to the fibers as they’re manufactured and permeates the carpet more completely than a coating applied after the carpet is installed.
Coatings like Scotchgard and Teflon, especially the factory finish, will keep liquids and stains from permeating the carpet permanently, which is great for kids rooms, nurseries, or family rooms where you are concerned about food and other spills on a regular basis.
Look For Track-resistant Carpet
When choosing a carpet for a high-traffic area like a kids room or a playroom, the carpet texture you choose will make a big difference. Berber carpet has a luxurious look that won’t be out of place in your home, but it’s also durable enough to stand up to lots of little feet and activity.
Berber carpet is made of short, sturdy loops of fiber that won’t show footprints or vacuum tracks. They are perfect for high-traffic areas and busy rooms. It’s also a firm texture that won’t trip up unsteady toddlers, and its durability means you won’t have to worry if kids leave their shoes on.
Stick with Neutral colors
Light beige and bold, dark colors will show more stains and dirt — pick a neutral tan or dark shade of cream instead. The slight variability of the carpet and the flecks of other colors will mask a lot of the more minor things that your kids spill on them.
Middle-tone colors like brown and tan also match well with virtually any color, which means you can easily find a durable area rug or play mat that won’t clash with the rest of the room and will protect the carpet from wear and tear.
Stay Away From Velvet And Plush Textures
These styles might feel the best on little bare feet, but they’re also more likely to absorb and retain liquid stains, dust, and dirt. They are harder to deep clean and harder to vacuum, making these styles more suitable for low-traffic areas like your own bedroom or guest rooms.
Avoid Natural Fibers
There are a lot of benefits to natural fibers like wool, but for a high-traffic area like a kids’ room, you’re better of sticking with something made of some form of nylon. Wool fibers are porous, so they are more susceptible to absorbing stains, and it’s more expensive to replace when it does get worn out.
Nylon fibers hold their color better than natural fibers, as well as being more durable and less likely to unravel over time.
Try Recycled Carpet Or Carpet Irregulars For The Kids’ Room
Recycled carpets are usually made with PET, which is liquid-resistant, durable, and doesn’t generate much static electricity when moved around on. It’s perfect for high-traffic areas, playrooms, kids’ rooms, and anywhere else that sees a lot of traffic.
Carpet irregulars are another great place to save money on an area that will probably need to be replaced more often than others. At Sloane’s, we use our decades of experience to select batches of carpet from big-name manufacturers that have only slight irregularities — they don’t have any effect on the appearance of the carpet or the way it feels underfoot, but they do let us pass the savings on to you!