Baby & Kids, Flooring, Furniture

Safe First Steps: Choosing the Best Nursery Flooring, Rugs, and Play Mats

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Floors are some of the biggest surfaces in the home, and how they look has a huge impact on the overall style of the space. And while choosing something that will cover such a big surface of your home is never easy, when it’s time to choose the floor for the nursery, all the concerns about style may seem irrelevant in comparison to the concern about your child’s safety, comfort, development and health. 

Aesthetics is of course extremely important, not only for our eyes but also for our minds. Nevertheless, the floor you set in your nursery will most likely be the floor on which your child is going to make their first steps, grow up into the person they are going to become, play, dance, jump and so on. So, naturally, preparing this big surface with so many important roles in your and your newborn’s lives – not only the floor itself but also the floor coverings, like play mats and kids floor rugs – will require some more thinking and planning.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

kid room with luxury vinyl tile flooring

Nowadays, there are many different good flooring solutions you can choose from. However, if you are looking for a balance between safety, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness and durability, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) might be the right choice for you. In recent years, the popularity of vinyl floors both for residential and commercial use has constantly been growing, and there are many good reasons for that.

This type of floor comes with a lot of benefits, but when it comes to nurseries, the most important reason why you should install quality LVT flooring is your child’s safety. Namely, high-end LVT planks are made of several layers, and somewhere inside these layers, there is padding which makes the flooring not only comfortable and warmer but also softer. This means that the floor will cushion the blow of any potential fall, stumble or slip. Moreover, while no floor is completely slip-resistant, vinyl floors are one of the least slippery options. 

Moreover, with LVT flooring you won’t have to compromise on style. The top layer of vinyl floors features a photo, which, due to the incredible advancement of technology, can mimic many different floor options perfectly. So, your floor can look like a hardwood floor, concrete, stone, marble, tiles, etc. Or you can also choose a colour you like or a contemporary design, etc. 

One of the things that make this flooring solution so convenient is that it is quite easy to install and remove. This makes it perfect for many rooms in the house, and especially for the nursery – a room that usually needs to be done quite fast. Vinyl flooring is also very convenient because it’s really easy to clean, it’s stain-resistant and it’s low-maintenance. For parents, this is very important, because kids are quite messy, and the constant spills won’t affect the floors. Made of quality materials, LVT vinyl floors are also highly durable and resilient. 

Nursery Rug

nursery rug

One very popular way to increase the safety of the floor for children is to place a rug on it. Obviously, any rug, and especially one made with children in mind, will soften the blow of any potential falls even more than the LVT vinyl flooring, protecting your child from injuries. Nevertheless, increased safety is not the only benefit that a rug can bring to your child. 

Kids, and especially infants and toddlers, will spend a lot of time on the floor. This is another important reason why it is a good idea to invest in kids floor rugs for your nursery. Whether it’s for their tummy playtime, learning how to crawl and walk, or sitting on the ground playing with their toys, a rug will not only provide your little one with extra protection from the cold, but it will also help you create a corner for them and their toys. And more importantly, it will have a positive impact on their development, as it will provide them with traction to move easier. 

Even though the main role of a rug is to make the floor even safer, more comfortable and warmer, the design itself can be important as well. Designs with bright colours on a neutral background, for instance, can help your child develop their vision and improve focus. Finally, rugs are also one of the favourite homewares that interior designers and homeowners alike use to add style to any room. They are a great way to add colour or texture, but they can also add warmth and balance to the décor.

Play Mat

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Your child will use the majority of the things that surround them to learn and develop. So, anytime you are buying some type of product for her or him, you should ask yourself whether it can be used to take advantage of this incredible ability of your child to absorb information like a sponge. So, when it comes to the nursery’s floor, once you are done with the flooring itself, you should choose other products with this in mind.

Aside from the rug with its colours and designs, there are other products that can be great for your child development in similar ways, but they will additionally encourage floor play. Such products are play mats, and their main role is to help your child get the most of floor playtime.

While playing on the floor the child muscles and bones slowly become stronger. So, essentially, parents buy childrens play mats to encourage the child to move even more, which will ultimately provide better results in terms of motor skills and other physical benefits. These mats come in different shapes and colours, and they are designed in a way that will make floor play more interesting and challenging for the child.

Besides often featuring designs with bright colours that will help your child develop their vision, they also have eye-catching objects attached to them, which will additionally encourage movement, by attracting the little one’s attention. This way childrens play mats stimulate them, and as they try to get to the objects, they learn how to kick, squeeze, pull, grab, etc.  

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