Best carpets to choose for kids-health reasons
Best Carpet for Kids
You can say many great things about children, but one thing they aren’t is mess and maintenance free. Maybe messes are their way of testing how much you love them: I can picture them thinking, “Let’s see how big of a mess mommy and daddy will clean up for me today,” just before they uncap the permanent marker and draw a nice picture on your wall. Our job is to help you out by breaking down the best carpet for kids, so when little Sarah decides she’d rather put the tomato sauce on the carpet than her hot dog, you’re prepared—at least as prepared as you can be.
What are our goals?
We want to be on the same page here. Not everyone that has children has the same features they want out of there. For the sake of this article, I have to generalize what you want. Fortunately, most moms and dads want the same thing when buying carpet for their kid’s playroom, and this is protection against stains without breaking the bank. That way you don’t have to be as nervous when your kid is running around with a cup of juice, but since some damage to the carpet is inevitable, you also don’t want to spend your life savings on it.
Carpet material in a kid’s bedroom and playroom
The material used to construct your carpet (aka fibre type) will determine the carpets’ stain resistance and have a big impact on its durability. In most cases, you should go with a branded nylon. It will provide great stain protection and the best durability of any fibre. Another similar option you may want to consider is Smartstrand.
You generally want to avoid wool, polyester, or olefin: wool because it’s expensive and polyester and olefin because they aren’t durable. However, there are exceptions. Wool is often all natural, so it may appeal to those parents who want their child to avoid man-made chemicals. If you plan on replacing your carpet in a few years and want something temporary until your kids grow out of their reckless stage, polyester or olefin carpet are good choices because they are inexpensive. Just keep in mind that while both have good spill resistance, they attract oils (look dirty quickly and are hard to clean) and they matte down, making them age prematurely.
A mix of colour
The best colour for covering up dirt and stain spots is a marbled, medium-tone carpet. The natural flecks of colour in the carpet make imperfections less noticeable. Dark colours are an option, but they tend to show lent a lot more than you might expect. Definitely stay away from solid white or light-coloured carpet.
What style do you want for your kids’ room? I’ll tell you which you don’t want
Whether you’re carpeting your kids’ bedroom, the whole house, or your kids’ playroom, the style you choose is in many ways a personal opinion. But just like the style of clothes you wear varies on the occasion, the style of carpet you choose also needs to take into account you have children.
The best style options you shoulder consider are a traditional cut pile carpet, a frieze, or a multilevel carpet. Traditional cut piles tend to be cheaper because they don’t have a style name—think of them kind of as a generic style. Frieze carpets aren’t too expensive, and they are very well-constructed with a high twist rate (if you don’t get a frieze, you may want to consider the twist level of the carpet you’re purchasing). Multilevel carpets do a good job of hiding imperfections.
The number 1 style you want to avoid with kids is Berber or any other looped carpet. The loops can snag, and when they do, the carpet can unravel and be a costly and/or unsightly repair. If your heart’s set on Berber, people have used it in the past with kids, just know it’s always a risk.
Other styles you want to avoid are Saxony, velvet, and plush. These more elegant styles are designed for guest bedrooms, offices, and other less frequently trafficked areas.
Captain’s parting words!
As much as we love them, we all know the stresses kids can cause. That’s just one more reason you don’t want to have to worry about your carpet. Fortunately, with increased technology, you have options to pick a great stain resistant carpet in a style you like. I wrote this article to give you a good example of a starting point of things to consider when you’re buying carpet for a kid’s playroom or bedroom. To get a more insight into the type of carpet that would work well with kid’s,
Best Carpet Fibres for Kids Bedrooms?
Kids bedrooms tend do best with a low-cost polyester (or P.E.T. Polyester) carpet with a pile-height of less than half an inch. Polyester is naturally stain resistant and cleans rather easily for most common food stains. Unfortunately polyester is prone to matting and crushing of the pile so the lower the pile-height the better. Don’t spend a lot of money on carpet for kid’s bedrooms.
Best Carpet Padding For Kids Bedrooms?
A thin padding works best for kid’s rooms, like a 1/4″ or 3/8″ thickness, 6-pound density Rebond type pad. This keeps the cost down and it will help the carpet survive under demanding situations. There is no need to spend a lot of money on padding for kids bedrooms.
Best Carpet Styles and Colours for Kids Bedrooms?
An earth-toned, multi-coloured plush or textured-plush style is most commonly used in kid’s bedrooms. It vacuums easily and easily hides dirt and stains.
Avoid light colours and single coloured carpets. A darker colour or a multi-coloured carpet will yield the best results and help hide spots and stains.