Choosing the right flooring and rugs for your room can be an important process. After all, those choices can make or break the style of a room. It’s also good to note that the flooring and rugs you choose for one room may not be the same in every room of your home.
For example, the flooring you choose for your bedroom will probably not be the same as the one you would choose for your children’s room; things like age can play a role in the decision-making process. For those rooms in the home that are used more often, it may be best to go with an everyday life-proof option. If you’re anything like me, options will overwhelm you. Not to fear! Platform Beds Online has outlined some options to help make the process easier.
Sarah Warwick explains the reasoning behind the different flooring options depending on which room you are focusing on. She points out that when choosing a floor for hallways and living rooms, hard-wearing and don’t-show-every-mark choices are must-haves. When you’re picking kitchen or bathroom flooring, the ability to deal with splashes is essential, and when it comes to flooring for a bedroom redesign, you can choose something that is not so everyday life-proof; chances are, you won’t be moving your bed or dresser on a daily basis.
There are a number of flooring styles to choose from. Carpet and hardwood are among the two most popular flooring option, but certainly not the only ones. Bamboo flooring is often also categorized with hardwood since they are similar in quality. Other popular ones include:
Joseph Lewitin goes into more detail about some of these options and compares them by listing out their pros and cons. I find this very helpful because what may work for me may not be the same for you. This allows you to get a better idea of each and therefore make a better judgment for your personal space.
As we briefly mentioned already, the flooring and carpet you choose for each room of your home may vary. When it comes to your personal bedroom, it’s important to choose an option you love since it will be the stepping stone into your day! Your bedroom floor is the first thing you step foot onto every morning and before bed every night. There are several options you may choose from, but the most popular options include carpet, hardwood, and vinyl.
Carpet is the number one selection for most homeowners. After all, carpeting is soft and warm on your feet, so it makes sense. You can even save with a lighter weight of the same carpet you’ve already used somewhere else. Even though carpet can be difficult to keep clean, it has thermal insulation, can absorb outside noises (keeping the bedroom quieter), and is priced more economical than other floor options.
I personally don’t like not being able to see what has accumulated underneath the carpet or having a hard time cleaning up spills and accidents. For people like me, there are other flooring styles available.
Hardwood flooring is the most popular flooring option after carpet; after all, it is attractive. In fact, it may even add some resale value to your home. Hardwood flooring is very desirable in today’s real estate market, helping the home sell faster and for more. There is just something about a hardwood floor that adds a feel of luxury to the room. Not to mention it is durable and long-lasting.
Vinyl is a versatile flooring choice for bedrooms. Vinyl comes in a variety of looks, allowing you to choose this flooring type in just about any room you desire. Unlike carpet that makes it harder to clean up spills, vinyl is almost waterproof, making it easy to clean. Like carpet, it is soft and inexpensive, and relatively long-lasting. Additionally, it’s easy to install and maintain.
Laminate is also a versatile material, that can be manufactured to look like most flooring options, including hardwood. This option is good for a DYI project; it’s low-cost while still offering an attractive look. Laminate flooring is easy to install and there are many designs available to choose from. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for, so it may give off a “cheap” feel compared to flooring such as actual hardwood.
Wood flooring, tile, and carpet are among the top most common flooring choices for a child’s bedroom. There are both advantages and disadvantages to each one of course. We said we’d make the process easier for you but decisions still need to be made here!
HomeByMe suggests a few things to keep in mind when deciding on flooring for a child’s bedroom. Some of these factors include your child’s age, neutral flooring (this allows them to add/get rid of accessories as their taste changes, without having to change the flooring), and your budget (carpet and vinyl are floor options you can lay down yourself).
Children’s bedrooms demand an easier to clean choice because as Sarah Warwick points out, their bedrooms create more practical demands than an adult bedroom. Aside from possible spills and stains, one might also want to keep in mind possible falls (depending on the age of your child). If your child(ren) tends to fall off their bed often, perhaps a softer option is the best route to go.
Vinyl flooring makes for a good option for children’s bedrooms because, as we discussed earlier, it has a soft and warm surface. Another thing to note is that it’s made up of natural materials, making it a good option for those with allergies.
For the opposite reason, carpet is actually not recommended for a child’s bedroom. Carpet is not only difficult to maintain but also bad for allergies.
Wooden flooring is not only attractive but also the most hard-wearing option; in fact, it should last through your children’s teen years! You can always add rugs or other accessories for comfort and style. There are different styles to choose from, and you can even paint wooden floors if you choose to.
Laminate flooring is another easy to care for option for a child’s bedroom. It is also a more cost-effective way to imitate wood flooring; it may not feel like real wood, but it should still feel pleasant to step on. We advise not to take the cheap route if you choose this option! Cheap doesn’t cut it with laminate.
If done right, a rug can make a room. As we previously mentioned, adding accessories such as rugs, allows you to play around with the room a little more. Your taste, as well as your child(ren)’s, may change over time; it is easier and cheaper to switch out a rug than it is to change flooring!
Picking out a rug may come first or last for some people. If it comes first, you can pretty much choose whatever you like. If it’s the last thing you add to your room, there are other factors that will affect what you pick, including your furniture and other existing accessories.
Some key factors to keep in mind when shopping for a rug:
Color: If your room already has a lot of colors, you are better off sticking to a neutral color. If you have a lot of light furniture, don’t be afraid to pick out a darker color. On the contrary, if your room is pretty plain, you can add some colors or patterns with a rug.
Texture: Look around your room and pay attention to the details you already have, then aim for contrast! A mix of different textures can feel layered, so don’t overlook the texture of your rug. Also, keep in mind how hard the rug may be to clean depending on which room it’s going in.
Size: Don’t be afraid to go BIG! If you have a large room, you don’t want to place a small rug in there; it will look funky and out of place. The rug should be as large as the living area you’re putting it in, and you want to make sure the legs of the furniture are touching the rug: cover up all that floor space!
If you decided to go with more neutral flooring, rugs can also help bring to life the room a little more. It’s also good to keep in mind the color of the rug. If the rug is going into a young child’s bedroom, for example, you may want to go with a darker option to avoid showing off those inevitable spills.
Rugs should also be a fun accessory that allows them to express themselves. It’s something you can let them pick out themselves and can easily be changed over time. You can easily upgrade rugs as they get older and their taste changes without having to change up their whole room. For more room accessories, check out Platform Beds Online.