You moved into a new house; it was a fixer-upper but you were ready for the challenge! So, you paint the walls, change the floors and re-do the kitchen. Now this house is completely yours but, guess what? You’re pregnant! Baby’s born, and everyone’s happy. Now, baby is a toddler, and toys have replaced your fancy art pieces. You didn’t notice it before when you went with a trendy flooring option, but now that your little one is not just walking, but is playing with toys that drag across the floor, you’re seeing the nicks and dents on that beautiful floor you painstakingly chose for your beautiful, custom home. Wish you knew before which floors best withstand toddler wear and tear?
Of course, we’ve discussed flooring options for children in a previous post, but what about their toys? It will be a while before they grow out of those plastic wheels, and bouncing balls (we mean, a very long time), so if you want to install beautiful floors for cosmetic purposes, we suggest you wait (if you want them to stay beautiful, that is). But, if you are changing the flooring out of necessity, keep in mind these choices:
Oak scores high on the Janka hardness scale, and is the standard for resistance to denting and wear. Honey Oak with all its character will disguise any light damage toys may cause over the years.
Handscraped Bamboo also provides a lot of character and is extremely hard. This eco-friendly choice is optimal for rooms with a lot of traffic-especially the toy car kind.
If you prefer a non-hardwood choice, Mora Cork is a good option. Mora Cork is quite durable, and because it is made of a sustainable material, it bounces back when impacted. Toys fall (most of the time the sharpest edge first); with a cork flooring, you’ll have less damage, and it’s pretty easy on those toddler knees too.
Many toddlers like to give their toys a bath-outside of the bathtub. If you need flooring that withstands the havoc their toys cause, plus protection from moisture, consider Cedar Vinyl. This type of vinyl actually looks like wood and does a great job of withstanding pets as well.
You love your little toddler, and love watching them play, but you love your home too, and don’t want to see it get destroyed-we understand. One of our designers will help you choose the best flooring for your needs that gives you both style and durability. In the meantime, sit back and relax; these years may be long, but they go by fast!