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DECORATING THE KIDS' ROOM - HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLOOR?

Sound-absorbing, hygienic, warm, flexible, easy to clean and scratch-resistant - these are just some of the many requirements we place on the floor in the children's bedroom. Of course, it would be even better if, after five years, it didn't have to be replaced and the children's room continued to look fashionable and modern. Of course, it shouldn't cost too much and small repairs should be easy for anyone. Ultimately, however, it is up to you to decide which features are most important to you in the children's room. So that you can decide freely, we have gathered all the pros and cons for you!

CHILDREN'S ROOM AND CARPETS OR CARPET TILES - SOFTNESS AND WELL-BEING

A carpet is probably considered a classic among floors in children's rooms - correctly! A textile floor meets many of the criteria we have set for a beautiful and cosy children's room.

+ You can also let your child play on a warm and soft surface

+ The carpets are sound-absorbing so that your child can play in the morning without being disturbed (make sure that the sound of the steps is significantly reduced).

+ The risk of injury and slipping is very low due to the soft surface and its structure.

+ The textile carpet is usually only slightly damaged by years of use

+ Contrary to many prejudices, carpets are ideal for allergy sufferers because they have been proven to retain fine dust in their fibres and thus reduce it in the air

+ Regular cleaning is quick and easy with a vacuum cleaner.

+ Very easy installation (especially for carpet tiles)

+ Wide range of colours and materials, allowing you to adjust your choice according to your age

+ Most products are free of harmful substances and contain no compounds that could be harmful to you or your child

+ Due to the huge selection of carpets, the cost is difficult to determine. In general, a product with a thicker floor surface costs much more than a floor with a low construction height, resulting in a wide price range. In theory, however, an average floor suitable for a children's room is not very expensive.

While the advantages of carpeted flooring outweigh the disadvantages, there are still several disadvantages to consider:

- Despite vacuuming, it is very susceptible to other types of soiling, such as food leftovers or spilled soft drinks

- If the dust is not regularly removed, it accumulates on the carpet so that the child can come into contact with the dust

Nevertheless, these disadvantages can be compensated for relatively easily and quickly. For example, you can make sure that your child does not eat on the carpet surface. However, if this is not possible, you can occasionally opt for professional cleaning. You can often also hire suitable wet cleaning machines. In addition, as long as you are vacuuming the carpet every few days, the advantages will outweigh the costs.

There are a few extra things to keep in mind when choosing a carpet for your children's room. For example, you should never compromise on a slightly higher usage class (22+) to ensure the durability of your floor. If you want to equip your child's room with a lesson stand and equip it with a suitable office chair, you should also make sure that the carpet is wheelchair accessible.

If you plan to use the carpet to serve your child through the years of adolescence, avoid intense colours that might be too awkward for your teenager. The choice of weave height also depends solely on your own preferences. The higher and thicker the weave or top layer, the more comfortable the floor in your child's room will be. However, the higher pile is also more susceptible to soiling, and especially when playing with Lego bricks, the brick can get lost and end up in a vacuum cleaner the next time you clean.

THE CHILDREN'S ROOM AND LAMINATE - A GOOD CHOICE, BUT ONLY FOR A WHILE

Another very popular floor for children's rooms is laminate. In United Kingdom laminate floor is seen primarily as the less luxurious brother of wooden floor. Laminated floors are characterised by the composition of several layers, the core of which is usually a dense backing plate.

+ Neutral choice of decors in wood optics, which are also suitable for growing up children

+ Easy to install

+ Low price

+ Easy to clean

Installation of the laminate floor is quick and easy. The neutral appearance of wood is timeless and popular. In addition, laminate is usually not very expensive and a smooth surface can be wiped with a little water. On the other hand, laminate also has some disadvantages:

- Laminate flooring is not very durable

- Smooth but hard floor to play with

- High sensitivity to moisture, depending on quality

High sensitivity to moisture, depending on quality and price

- The laminate is pretty cool

- The laminate itself has poor sound absorption

The weaknesses of laminate are well known and many manufacturers try to compensate for them. This in turn can have an impact on price. New and good laminate floors can sometimes withstand a little more moisture, and can even be installed in combination with underfloor heating. Even the main disadvantage of laminate, namely the tendency to reverberate, can be compensated for from the start by additional sound insulation. Depending on the child's behaviour, it should also be assumed that the laminate will show traces of play, such as scratches or similar.

A CHILDREN'S ROOM AND CORK FLOOR - SOFT, WARM AND FLEXIBLE, BUT NOT FOR ETERNITY

In recent years the popularity of cork flooring in United Kingdom has been gaining momentum, and quite rightly so! Natural material combines several excellent properties and thus becomes a recommended floor for children's rooms.

+ Cork is flexible and offers comfort while walking

+ Natural materials (recyclable) are used in its production

+ The cork floor is nice, healthy and warm for your feet

+ It is also easy to clean

+ Quick and easy installation (snap-on system or with adhesive)

+ It dampens noise

+ Many modern decors are available

In conclusion, a cork floor is ideal for you and your children. Thanks to this natural material you don't have to worry about harmful emissions, it is easy to maintain and clean, and it absorbs sound, which reduces noise while playing. At the same time, the material is flexible and warm for your feet, making it ideal for everyday play and learning! However, a cork floor also has drawbacks that must be kept in mind:

- Initial care may require more work depending on the product.

- The plug is not very sensitive to moisture, but is not permanently waterproof - Relatively short life span

- Traces and dents formed by weight

- Bleaching quickly depending on the product

To sum up, it is the service life that is the downside for cork floors. Cork does not like strong light irradiation or frequent moving of furniture. While maintenance is generally not too complicated and requires a lot of work, the most important thing here is the type of cork floor. These are both untreated floors and floors with a hard wax surface or ceramic lacquer finish. Depending on the product, there are different care procedures. It is to be expected that cork floors in children's rooms will have to be replaced at the latest when they are teenagers.

LVT FLOOR COVERINGS - PLASTIC WITH SURPRISINGLY MANY PROPERTIES

Vinyl flooring have an almost universal use, but have gained some negative publicity, especially in recent years, when it was discovered that the harmful substances contained in the plasticiser slowly evaporate and have a negative impact on our health.  However, this is a long time ago and today, floors containing harmful plasticisers have mostly been eliminated from sale. Nevertheless, before buying a LVT floor, you should be well informed and, above all, choose phthalate-free products.

+ Large variety of designs and colours

+ Easy care and cleaning

+ Pleasant feeling when walking and gentle on the joints, thanks to the elastic properties

+ Sound absorbing properties for better acoustics

+ Very strong and durable

+ Warm to the feet

+ Easy to install

+ Relatively low price

You can see that LVT floor coverings have many advantages that will work perfectly in our home. However, many people find LVT floors unattractive in appearance or even "cheap". In fact, the price range of vinyl floor coverings is very high. Besides, what looks good or cheap is subjective and ultimately should not discourage you from choosing this practical floor. At this point we can only highly recommend our sample service, with which you can see what a LVT floor actually looks like and thus make sure you make a decision. In fact, there are only a few disadvantages of vinyl flooring:

- Possible deformation with heavy furniture

- Before laying the vinyl floor in the children's room, always check its composition

Despite strict EU rules and continuous improvement of products by manufacturers, one should remain at least a little sceptical. When choosing a LVT floor, pay attention to the exact composition of the floor and choose one without harmful plasticisers (especially phthalates). A small drawback of LVT is also that traces and dents can be left by heavy furniture, so it is not recommended to move cabinets or beds frequently.

LINOLEUM - A NATURAL FLOOR COVERING WITH MANY ADVANTAGES

As is the case with laminate, the proportion of LVT in the linoleum composition is the same. Laminate and linoleum are often compared and confused with each other. However, given the extensive terminology, which is often used synonymously, we think this is understandable. However, unlike vinyl floor coverings, linoleum uses completely different and above all natural resources. Today, linoleum consists of almost 98% natural and renewable raw materials such as linseed oil, natural resin, wood flour and jute. The production itself is also relatively environmentally friendly, and some manufacturers have even managed to produce floors in a CO²-neutral way. Furthermore, linoleum offers a wide range of other advantages:

+ Linoleum is robust, durable and above all long-lasting

+ It is very easy to care for and also has an antibacterial effect

+ It's warm to the feet and insulates the heat

+ Linoleum is also flexible and comfortable for the joints

+ A variety of decors are available

- Limited soundproofing

- Linoleum in a roll is recommended to be installed with the help of an expert or you can opt for linoleum on a click

- Prices in the average ceiling

If you want a flexible and hygienic floor that is recommended for allergy sufferers, linoleum is the perfect floor that stands out for its robustness and durability. Linoleum is therefore widely used in kindergartens. Although linoleum floor coverings usually have a low level of impact sound insulation, there are many special solutions among manufacturers that try to compensate for this deficit. Installation of linoleum is a little more difficult. As with sound insulation, there are special solutions to make it easier. In conclusion, linoleum has almost no direct disadvantages in the children's room:

- Depending on the exposure, yellowing can occur on the surface of the linoleum, but this can also be reversed by exposure to the sun.

- Initially a strong smell, but it quickly disappears

The disadvantages are therefore rather temporary and can be remedied quickly and easily. Nevertheless, linoleum does not necessarily appeal to many because of its appearance. So the most important thing is to find a product that appeals to you both in appearance and performance!

CERAMIC TILES - A HYGIENIC BUT UNUSUAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE CHILDREN'S ROOM

Finally, we will present the advantages and disadvantages of laying ceramic tiles in the children's room. Despite the association that ceramic tiles are cold, they offer other positive sides, which can influence your decision.

+ Ceramic tiles are robust, durable and above all long lasting

+ They are hygienic and easy to clean

+ They are insensitive to puddles of water

+ Ceramic tiles are also excellent for allergy sufferers

+ are available in many designs and colours

+ provide the most efficient heating in combination with underfloor heating

The beauty of ceramic tiles is their great versatility, which has become increasingly evident over the past few years. Their durability makes them a long-term investment that you will be satisfied with, as you will not have to change them due to wear. The natural clay mix is also ideal for allergy sufferers and, unlike most floor coverings, tiles can be easily wiped clean, even if a little more water is used.

There is virtually no material that works better in combination with underfloor heating than ceramic tiles. No floor lets in as much heat as the tiles, while at the same time storing heat for a long time, so the cost of heating rooms is reduced. In addition, you can also lay soft and chic carpets on the tiles, as there is no concern that the tiles will not be damaged by back-flowing heat. Especially with laminate there is such a risk. However, ceramics have some disadvantages that are particularly noticeable if they are not combined with underfloor heating:

- self-assembly is not too complicated, but you must be sure of the correct use of the joints

- comparable, ceramic tiles are more expensive than other floor coverings, but among the higher price threshold they are not the most expensive

- they're cold and hard, so they're not ideal for children's play areas

- no significant sound absorbing properties

Probably the most notable criticism of ceramics in a children's room is the cold and hard surface material. Indeed, this would have to be fixed with textile elements or complemented with underfloor heating. However, if we decide to invest in tiles and suitable accessories, the high price is justified by the long life span.

THE FLOOR IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM - HOW TO CHOOSE RIGHT?

Choosing the right floor for your children's room is not always easy. In fact, almost all floor coverings are suitable for use in the children's room, which only gives more possibilities. Thanks to EU directives and the pursuit of healthier lifestyles, harmful substances are gradually being eliminated, so we don't have to worry about safety when choosing the right flooring. Nowadays, cost, durability, comfort and aesthetics are the main concerns. Which advantages and disadvantages will most influence the decision to choose a floor depends of course on individual needs. However, it should be noted that it is the carpet that enjoys the greatest popularity mainly due to its attractive price and comfort level. This does not mean, however, that laminate, cork flooring, vinyl panels, linoleum or ceramic tiles will not work in a room for children. On the contrary, they will serve for years and provide a more hygienic alternative to the carpet. Make the children's room in your home both beautiful and practical!

If you are still looking for inspiration and would like to see what the market has to offer? Discover the different floors in our online store and let your imagination run wild!

Your BRICOFLOR Team!