Best carpet for kids
Ready for your annual spring clean? It’s around that time of year when we start to get the itch to have our house all set from top to bottom, ready to welcome in the warmer weather and lighter evenings.
What carpet is best with kids?
Family life can be demanding on your flooring and to meet these demands your carpet needs to be these three things: durable, comfortable and practical. Carpet is also a fantastic sound-absorbing option – perfect for when the kids are playing upstairs and running around in their bedrooms.
Depending on how old your little ones are will depend on which carpet is the best and most suitable. A sumptuously soft saxony is one of the best types of carpet to have with kids because it softens the fall, especially for the little ones who are just finding their feet or crawling around. You’ll appreciate a soft cushioning playground for them to roam free with your peace of mind.
However, an easy-clean twist pile carpet is the more versatile option for when your little ones are a little older and want to experiment with arts and crafts and more interactive games that may begin to take a toll on your carpet.
How do I choose a good carpet for a kid’s room?
You need the right mix of durability, style, and maintenance to find the perfect kids’ carpeting. Whether you want a modern look or classic design, there’s something for every room in your home.
Considerations for choosing a child-friendly carpet
Let’s take a closer look at all the factors you need to bear in mind when choosing your child-friendly carpet.
This is essential. As children like to play and run around, you want to ensure the carpet you choose can withstand the demands of family life. Synthetic carpets are likely to be more durable than natural fibres ones.
A washable, low maintenance carpet is key. As a parent, you know that your carpet needs to be both stain-resistant and soft. You’re looking for a carpet that will hold up to messes and spills and provide cushioning for your kids as they play.
Choosing a soft carpet is ideal as it can help cushion falls so that little ones aren’t hurt if they tumble down.
A padded underlay
Underlay makes your carpet feel softer and more luxurious underfoot, it also prolongs the life of your carpet. Because underlay absorbs most of the impact from footsteps, they retain their softness and springiness over time. For parents with young children, underlay can make a substantial difference. It can prevent stains from soaking through and reduce noise.
If your child suffers from allergies then look for a natural fibre carpet such as wool as they’re naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.
A medium-to-dark colour carpet, such as a dark grey, that is also stain-resistant is a must-have in a family home. Have you considered patterned carpets? Something like a striped carpet has a fun playful edge. Its colour variation will help mask any minor stains. Or go for a two-toned heather carpet, as similarly opting for a blended carpet will make it harder to see any crumbs or inevitable spillages.
Low pile carpets, or carpets with short fibres, are much quicker and easier to clean than high-pile carpets, which are made of long fibres. Dust, hair and debris can hide in long fibres and make vacuuming a little trickier.
What are the benefits of getting carpet samples?
To be able to see and touch the carpet before you make a decision, take advantage of our free sampling service. As carpet colours and textures vary depending on the light in your home and other factors, ordering a sample before you make your final decision is a great way of ensuring you get it right. You can also come into store and do the tootsie test with our generous sized samples – making it easier to compare your favourites side by side.
“At ScS, we like to make things easy, having samples delivered to your door enables you to perfectly colour match your flooring with your décor and furniture. A try before you buy approach to flooring.”
Jon Whitfield – Head of Flooring Buying
What type of carpet is the most durable?
If you’re preparing your home for a new baby or a toddler, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be how to keep it clean. Choosing the right material can have a huge difference!
Polypropylene carpet is known for its durability and is a sturdy choice for families with children. It’s an affordable synthetic material that you can find in a variety of colours, styles and textures. It has properties that make it easy to clean as it doesn’t absorb moisture, whilst also being stain-resistant. It also repels static electricity, which makes it ideal for allergy sufferers.
Pile type can also play a huge role. We recommend our twist pile carpets, as the carpet fibres are twisted together tightly, it’s more difficult for them to be pulled. They can easily withstand the busyness of everyday life in a family home making them a sturdy choice.
Our expert’s top carpet picks
To narrow down the best carpets for kids, we’ve enlisted the expertise of Jack Ogden, our Flooring Expert from ScS Coventry.
1. Ajax Twist Carpet
When we spoke to Jack, this carpet came up highly recommended for a multitude of reasons: “Our Ajax Twist is certainly a child-friendly carpet. Made out of 100% polypropylene, this short pile carpet wears better – so your little ones can play around care-free and any little tumbles will be carefully cushioned. Available in multiple colours, including slate grey and sky blue, for all of your style preferences.”
It’s easy to maintain too. “To clean it use our handy Carpet Cleaning Kit, and be careful to avoid bleach as it can be harsh on the carpet’s fibres.”
2. Living New Nobility Soft Touch Carpet
Jack nominates our New Nobility Soft Touch as a child-friendly carpet as “it offers incredible thickness which in turn provides enhanced softness underfoot. It’s also made from stain-safe polypropylene similar to our Ajax Twist.”
Sounds great, what colours does it come in? “It comes in a variety of stripe colours which are a good option as they work to add interest in a playroom and help bring the room to life.” As we’ve established a striped carpet is great for masking any unwanted stains or spillages.
3. Mauritius range
Our Mauritius range is available in multiple pile lengths making it a great go-to for many areas of the home. Jack recommends them all for varying reasons, let’s take a look…
“The Mauritius Classic is the thinnest, most durable option, and can easily be incorporated into other areas of your home, as well as your child’s bedroom. For your peace of mind, you get a 10-year wear warranty and lifetime stain warranty so you won’t have to worry. This hard-wearing option is perfect for playtime. Next up we have our Mauritius Deluxe which is a medium pile, so not the thinnest and not the thickest, a good middle ground. Plus, you have 20 colours to pick from, so you’re certainly not short on choice. Then last but not least, our Mauritius Supreme is a very thick pile, making for a super soft feeling underfoot for your little ones.”
Now how to choose between them? Jack advises: “To help choose between the three – the thickest option is better for younger children whilst the thinner option is more suited to the older kids.”
4. Hugh Mackay Chelsea Wilton Carpet
“Another contender for a great carpet for kids is our Chelsea Wilton Carpet as there are a handful of fun patterns your kids will love such as gingham, checked and leopard print in 12 trendy colourways. Some of the main benefits are that it’s a stain-safe, heavy domestic option, suitable for a child’s bedroom or all areas in the home giving you a nice, consistent flow throughout your home,” advises Jack.
Sounds like a winner to us!
Investing in child-friendly carpets where you can make a huge difference to the way your little ones explore around your home!
Published: 4th May 2022
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