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Flooring a Children's Playroom: What Are the Best Options?

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 29 Mar 2011 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you are creating a children’s playroom in your home and you have free reign in thinking about a new floor, you could really have some fun with it. There is a wide range of options available – and you don’t have to settle for just one of them. Instead, be a little creative in your approach.

Playroom Uses

It may be obvious that a children’s playroom will be used for playing but this is not such an unusual consideration when you think about it in the context of the rest of the house. So, for example, will children be snuggling down to watch DVDs or television in the room? Will there be a space in which they could do painting or messy play? Perhaps the room is large enough that they might be riding indoor bikes or scooters in it or it is sizeable enough for you to consider setting a small trampoline or other such piece of equipment from time to time? Or will some of these other activities be taking place in their bedroom, in the garden or in the kitchen?

Playroom Position

Consider the position of your playroom in the house as well. In many cases a playroom will be on the ground floor or perhaps even in the basement. If, however, you plan to set up your playroom upstairs or you live in an apartment then you may well have to opt for some sort of Carpeting to help dampen the sound from the room. Noise from singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and general jumping about will be magnified if you have a hard floor. Have a look at easy clean carpets or consider Carpet Tiles which can be replaced individually if there is a spillage.

Messy Play

If you are expecting messy play to happen in the room, then a wipe-down flooring option is preferable. Think about having a Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring laid. For extra comfort under foot, particularly if you have little ones, try a padded or cushioned lino. Stone or tiles would be an easy-clean option but are not the safest option for a playroom. Remember, anything dropped on them will just shatter and little ones could hurt themselves if they fall – a stone floor will also be very cold underfoot. Wood could look fantastic but if you choose a new solid floor you are likely to worry about stains and spillages. For a wood-look, a Laminate Flooring could well be the best option.

Have Fun

If you are converting a garage or basement in to a playroom, or you have an old hard floor in the room that you no longer wish to keep, why not have a bit of fun? Use floor paints to create a space that is brightly coloured underfoot – you could opt for one colour, paint a pattern or even paint games like snakes and ladders and hop-scotch on to the floor. Alternatively, if you can afford it, book a mural artist to come and create a wonderful under-foot image for your children – soon they could be imagining themselves on the beach, on a ship or in the wilds of the jungle…

Different Options

Do remember, however, that you do not have to plump for just one flooring option for your playroom. Make it a welcoming, creative space by combining several different types. Create a comfortable relaxation area with a television, bookcase packed with books and perhaps games console by laying a think carpet in one corner and then throwing a thick rug (maybe one will a picture of a favourite character on it) and bean bags or cushions on top. In another area of the room create a messy play section. Here you could install a wipe-down vinyl or lino. You may opt to set up a large table or easel and run a string across the ceiling here too. Then the children can paint and peg their pictures up to dry. You might even have a sink in this corner too for washing brushes. If the rest of your room is then open space for creative play, why not lay an inexpensive, thinner carpet or perhaps carpet tiles? This will deaden the noise but will stop the rest of the room from feeling too cold.

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