Renovation Decisions: Carpet Or Wood Floors For The Toddler's Playroom?

Posted on: 17 December 2015

Summertime is the best time to be tackling your home renovations list. It's nice and warm so you can send the kids out to the back garden while ripping up the flooring in their beloved playroom. However, before you get all excited about out with the old and in with the new, you need to decide what type of flooring is going to work best for your children. Carpet versus wood flooring is the choice up for debate, so which one is going to work best?

Carpet Floors

A toddler rolling from a bed onto a hard floor is all that is needed for them to sustain a head injury. Time in the playroom can involve a little rough and tumble action, so it makes sense you want to protect their heads from hitting the floor by installing carpet. This is the biggest positive for this flooring choice.

The negative of choosing carpet for a playroom is the 'keeping it clean' factor. From accidentally-on-purpose felt pen drawings on the carpet to spilled juice cups, keeping playroom carpet clean is an exercise in frustration. One way to get around this is to choose a carpet that is made of either wool or nylon fibres. Both of these are very stain resistant. Additionally, if you do choose to go the carpet route, choose a dark colour. It may make the room feel a little smaller, but it will hide a multitude of dirty damage.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring comes in both the traditional real wood and faux wood options. The main reason why this is such a popular choice in a playroom is because of the ease of cleaning up any mess that occurs. Liquid spills just need a mop or towel to clean up, and wood floors can be mopped over often to keep the germs away.

The main negative to wood flooring is the hard surface issue which could lead to a head injury if your child was to fall and land heavily. One way you can minimise the hardness of a wood floor in a fall is to make sure a soft underlay is put beneath it at the time of installation. A wood floor that sits directly on top of a concrete slab has no give in it, but a wood floor sitting on top of a soft underlay has a spongy feel when walked (or fallen) on.

At the end of the day, the new playroom floor dilemma is going to come down to a decision about cleaning and how confident you are that your child is not going to hurt themselves while playing. One thing you can be sure of though no matter what you choose, your children are really going to enjoy playing back in their playroom once the renovation is complete.