Flooring for your baby’s nursery

Posted on 10th April 2014

Preparing a homely, comfortable, and safe haven for the newborn is a must.

A new baby is on its way and nothing is more important than its well-being. When it comes to decorating a baby’s nursery, preparing a homely, comfortable, and safe haven for the newborn is a must. Flooring is an important aspect of any nursery that all expectant parents should be concerned with and one that is not without its difficulties. What is going to be aesthetically pleasing, yet safe for the baby once he or she is able to crawl around the room, whilst also being easy to clean?
Of all flooring types, real wood flooring is the most desirable at the moment, even for nurseries. This flooring type is durable, easy to clean and maintain, plus it’s also one of the best flooring materials around in regards to health benefits, recommended by doctors and leading health associations for use within the home. Real wood attracts less dust than other flooring types and thus they do not attract allergens, or moulds that cause allergies which tend to travel with dust.
Whilst real wood has a perception of being highly expensive, it can now be very affordable and available within most budgets. However, a cheaper option to this is laminate wood flooring. Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. A photograph or image of hardwood is then covered over the composite wood to form the laminate, thus it is cheaper. This gives flooring that beautifully resembles real wood and is highly resistant to scratches and stains. However, laminate is not fully waterproof so all spills should be dealt with quickly.

 

Area rugs provide a soft play area within the nursery

Regardless of which flooring surface you select, you should definitely consider an area rug or two. These smaller rugs can add necessary warmth and style to a nursery, and will give the baby a soft play area within the nursery. Rugs are easy to clean or replace and will also soak up some of the sound from the immediate environs. This comes in handy when you’re checking in on a sleeping baby at night, as well as in later years when the little one brings home their first musical instrument for evening practices!
A simpler way to dampen sound and increase warmth is to have the floor carpeted. However, to make this truly suitable for a baby, it would require daily cleaning to eradicate the dust and allergens that can easily build up in carpet. Russdales can create bespoke carpets for nurseries, carving the baby’s name into the carpet and even replicating carpet designs from pictures of drawings that you give us.
Another thing to consider for a nursery is the temperature. Children’s rooms should have a steady warm temperature throughout the day so that children can both play and rest comfortably at any time. It is recommended that the room temperature in children’s rooms is 16-20 Celsius. As these special heating requirements can differ from the rest of the house, underfloor heating is an ideal option for nurseries. This way, you can ensure that the room is properly regulated.

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