Decorating a child’s room is usually a reason for joy because it’s that one place where we can release our inner child spirit and let it run wild. But, for some parents, this decorating part seems more like a chore, especially for new parents that are most stressed over whether or not they are investing in products that are good for their children. Well, to take some of that load off your shoulders, we’re going to talk about what it takes to find a good carpet for a kid’s room.
How to Choose the Right Carpet
Most parents want what’s best for their children, but they also want the peace of mind knowing they made a proper investment. It’s normal to think in financial terms because raising children is relatively expensive and there are so many costs you can’t predict, it’s natural to try and save money with every chance that you get. So, when it comes to choosing a carpet for your child’s room, we are going to give you some information that will help you spend your money wisely:
The materials that’s used to make the carpet is super important and, this time, it’s not just because it helps determine the durability of the product, but also because your little one tends to spend a lot of time on the floor, so it’s natural to be worried about what materials they come in contact with every day.
While rugs can be made from a bunch of materials, there are four that you will find on a frequent basis: wool (often used because of its insulation properties, wool isn’t a suitable choice for children who have allergies and it’s often a difficult fiber to clean), nylon (has a nice feel to it and typically has a long lifespan, but they are pretty easy to stain and not very fade-resistant when exposed to natural light for longer periods of time), polypropylene (resistant to stains, but feels pretty rough to the touch), and Triexta (is, in fact, solution-dyed polyester, and it’s chosen because it’s soft, stain-resistant, and has a long durability).
When it comes to the surface of the rug, there are two options to choose from: cut pile or loop pile. Cut pile carpets are often referred to as plush carpet, and they are a comfortable option for your children to sit on the ground and play on. They are prone to what is known as “pile reversal” and it might not matter too much if you use the carpet in the bedroom, but it will be visible when placed in the hallway. Loop-pile carpets don’t feel as soft as cut pile ones, but they do tend to be more resistant and aren’t the best choice for kid’s room because they do feel a little abrasive against the skin (which can cause irritations for a crawling baby that spends a lot of time on their knees).
The color choice for your future kid’s room carpet is entirely up to you. Some parents like to choose carpets in colors that match the rest of the bedroom (like, maybe, the curtains), while others are more interested in colorful carpets with patterns and don’t really care about whether or not they match the rest of the room décor.
Stain-resistance is another important factor to pay attention to because there are great changes of a kid’s carpet getting stained more often than not. As children learn to walk and explore the surrounding environment, you need to be prepared for spilling accidents, and nothing really beats polypropylene rugs at this chapter. That’s because these are the only carpets resistant to bleach, and bleach is the most powerful cleaning solution for fabrics.
How do I bleach a carpet?
Keep in mind that only carpets made entirely of polypropylene can be bleached. Cleaning the carpet is relatively easy, as you’ll need a brush, a pair of rubber gloves, and a solution made from one part bleach and 10 parts water mixed in a spray bottle. Then, spray the solution on the stain, leave it for about 30 to 60 minutes, rinse it, and scrub it with a brush if the stain is persistent. Make sure that you wear rubber gloves the entire time.
What kind of rug works best on carpet?
It is generally recommended to use different textures on top of each other. If you opt for an area rug, you can place it on top of a looped or short-pile carpet. Shag rugs work really well in this combination. On the other hand, it’s a good idea to use a woven rug with a plush-style carpet.
What is the most environmentally friendly carpet?
A lot of families are not turning to more sustainable purchases, which means that they are interested in environmentally-friendly carpets. If that you’re case as well, here is what we can tell you: fibers such as bamboo, organic wool, organic cotton, jute, seagrass, sisal, and others, tend to be more eco-friendly compared to synthetic materials such as polypropylene. When you opt for carpets made from natural fibers, you are investing in biodegradable products made from fibers that are grown in a more sustainable manner.
Top 10 Kid’s Carpet Ideas
Let’s move on to some really cool product suggestions, as we’ve tried to include different carpets in a list of product that we feel would be really suited for a kid’s room.
Our first suggestion for the day is a kid’s rug with a galaxy print that’s colorful and useful at the same time. It includes prints of all the planets in our galaxy, information that will involuntarily get stuck in your child’s mind. It also includes images of a black hole, a UFO, asteroids, comets, and another space-related object for the little aspiring astronaut. There are multiple size options to choose from when it comes to this polypropylene rug made through the power loom technique and equipped with a latex backing. It has fade and pile-resistant properties and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
If you or your children are a fan of fluffy rugs, then you’re going to love the Ambriz. It’s a shag rug that feels heavenly when you step on it. It’s basically a pile of microfiber yarn with a latex backing. It comes in a rectangular size with multiple sizing options that vary from 2 x 3 feet (smallest option) and can measure up to 7’6″ x 9’6″ (the largest option available). This fine shag carpet is handmade by Indian artisans and is available in multi colored options, from a beautiful plain silver to a chic turquoise.
Our next suggestion is a beautiful kid’s room carpet with colorful handprint designs that, from afar, looks like something a bunch of kids made in art class. It looks amazingly colorful and the pattern is really playful and perfect for a child’s room. It’s made from polypropylene and has a jute backing, being ideal for indoor use. There are multiple size options to choose from, with the smallest size being 3′ x 5′ and the largest one available measuring 10′ x 14′.
Who doesn’t love to walk into the room and see a playful bunny rug in the middle of the floor? Your child surely will, which is why we recommend this Burgan carpet for nurseries and child room love an animal-inspired décor. Much like the previous model, this one is also made from polypropylene and comes with a jute backing. There are multiple size options available for you to choose from, from rectangular to square rugs, and from runners to round one. You can find the rug available in sizes that include 3’3″ x 5’3″ to 8′ x 10′.
Wool carpets will always feel pleasant against the skin, being a fabric that you want your children to be around, even if it’s more difficult to clean compared to some of the synthetic options at your disposal. If you’re interested in a wool rug, here is the Chevron. It’s a handmade wool carpet with a cotton backing that’s available in a stripe and zigzag pattern. There are multiple size and shape options to choose from, and you can choose between the navy and ivory or the ivory and black color combo.
The Vera area rug is perfect for a kid’s room because it comes with a combination of different colors and interesting floral patterns that adds both style and color to the room. Made in Turkey, this product uses polypropylene in its construction so that you can enjoy a product that’s stain-resistant and easy to clean. Like most polypropylene carpets, this one also has a jute backing. There are multiple size and shape options to choose from, such as 8-foot square rugs or 2’8″ x 8′ runners.
What if you could invest in a rug that prevents children from playing on the hardwood floor while also providing them with a cool and fun way to learn the alphabet? This is what the Johansson carpet does: it keeps children warm while playing on the floor and provides them with pictures of animals starting with every letter of the alphabet. It’s more than just a kid’s room rug; it’s also perfect for kindergartens or daycare centers. This polyester rug is available in three rectangle sizes: 3’4″ x 5′, 5′ x 8′, and 8′ x 10′, plus a beige background that makes the animals and letter more visible.
There is something about this cream carpet with polka dots in different light colors that makes it perfect for a nursery or a child’s room. It’s made from wool, which might pose a difficulty when it’s time to clean it, but the softness and insulation it provides will give you peace of mind knowing your child is playing on a quality product. You have the option to select between round, square, rectangular, or runner versions of this carpet.
If you fancied the outer space-themed carpet you shower you earlier and would like to see other models with the same theme, then how about taking a peek at the Corina rug? It comes with a beautiful navy blue background and depicts the planets of our solar system, each one paired with its name that turns a carpet into an educational product. You can select between three available size options: 1’7″ x 2’5″, 5’3″ x 7’6″, or 8′ x 11′. The rug is made from nylon, so it’s pretty durable and relatively easy to clean.
If you don’t want to spend too much time thinking about what carpet to choose for your kid’s room, then how about going with a single-color carpet that matches or contrasts the rest of the décor in the room? The Anika carpet is available in vivid colors that include red, purple, or midnight navy blue. This is a polyester rug equipped with a latex backing that can be spot cleaned with a combination of water and mild detergent. You have multiple size options at your disposal, ranging from 2′ x 3′ to 9′ x 12′.
When you’re looking to purchase a carpet for your child’s room, you will probably be very picky since we all want the very best products for our children. Aside from choosing products made from safe materials, you’re probably interested in durability and ease of maintenance as well (as kids will be kids and carpets will get dirty). As long as you follow the tips we gave you in the beginning of this article, you should have all the knowledge needed to invest in a good product that you feel ok leaving your children to play on.