Children and pets have tons of energy and can be very rough on their environments. One of the best things about the current flooring industry is that flooring can be tailored to a multitude of environments and tastes. If you’ve got a house full of hooligans, you’ve got to be on the hunt for the perfect family-friendly space for your home. Here are some major things to consider when creating the space for your family.
Durability-Let’s face it, children and pets can be really tough on your home and floors. Kids like nothing more than to run around or lay on the floor with their toys, which are often made with hard plastic and metal. Hardwood floors are very durable but can also be scratched and dinged. Put a large area rug down over your hardwood floors to extend the life of your hardwood floors with young children around. Also, consider the materials used in the production of your flooring. Some floors have higher levels of phthalates and lead which are particularly harmful for children. Reclaimed wood can also have variations and knots that could be difficult for crawling babies.
Easy Maintenance-No matter how durable a floor is, no hardwood floor is 100% scratch proof and no carpets are 100% spill proof. With that in mind, another very important consideration when picking your family-friendly flooring is how easy it is to maintain. Select a floor that is easy to clean, such as hardwood or tiling for main living areas like kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms, or carpeting and cork for bedroom and playroom areas. Go the extra mile by picking a carpet with a stain prevention treatment. To reduce the wear and tear on your floors, make sure to mop hard floors, and vacuum carpets frequently to remove debris and dirt. Every floor needs a deep clean at least once a year.
Versatility-When choosing your floors, keep in mind that floors will last many years. This will affect your room design when you have a family. Children grow very quickly, along with their abilities and preferences. Pick floors that will grow over the years with your family. For example, you can pick hardwood floors, that will last you for a very long time, but then pick a fun area rug to tailor your space for your current needs. You might be tempted to give in to your children’s demands for a neon pink floor, but it’s better to choose this for a wall color, which is much easier to change when your child’s tastes change. In general, pick darker floors for big open areas, and lighter floors for bedrooms and small rooms. Carpeting is a great choice for bedrooms, providing comfort, warmth, and a soft floor for creeping out of the room when baby is sleeping.
Growing families require specific types of flooring that are durable, easy to maintain, and are versatile to keep up with changes in your family. Check out our awesome choices at Kruper with our specialists today.
Although it may seem simple to tear out old flooring and replace it with a new one, installing new flooring can have several different components, depending on your home and the type of flooring you choose. When you’re selecting a new flooring, it’s important to know the components of the floor. Let’s take a look at the different layers of flooring and what purpose they serve.
The first layer of flooring is called the subfloor. It lays on top of the floor joists and provides a surface for walking on. Subfloors are commonly made from plywood. The further apart the floor joists are, the thicker the plywood should be to support the weight of furniture and people walking on it. Every floor requires a subfloor to hold up to people walking on it, otherwise, you would fall right through!
After the subfloor comes the optional underlayment flooring layer. This part of flooring is used to create a smoother, more consistent surface than plywood. Every floor does not need an underlayment, but it can provide cushioning and support to make your flooring last even longer. Hardwood and laminate floors benefit from a flexible underlayment that reduces squeaking and cracking, while also being mold and mildew resistant. For tiled floors, a cement backer board or other sturdy underlayment will reduce the amount of shifting and damage done to tiles over time.
The final layer of your floor is the floor covering or finish floor. This layer is the one that you will see all the time. Choices for floor covering include tile, laminate, hardwood, carpet (which usually only requires a subfloor), and much, much more.
If you want to be able to put out beautiful furniture and walk around on your floors, you absolutely must have a strong subfloor. It’s the only way you won’t fall through! After making sure that your floors are structurally sound, the decision of underlayment is determined by your choice of floor covering and the allowable height of your floors. Take stock of the height of your doors and cabinets or other existing features in your room to help you decide how thick your floors can be.
Flooring done right will last a long time. Picking the right design for your space and your personal style is incredibly important to ensure that you will like your floors the day after installation along with the years after. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants will come straight to your space with samples and great design advice. If you’re looking for a flooring design that is unique and interesting, here are some great ideas!
One of the biggest demands that home buyers make is an open floor plan. Picking hardwood floors to span throughout your lower floors is extremely popular right now. While this trend leaves your main space feeling larger and open, flooring transitions may still need to occur, especially if the open floor plan includes your living room and kitchen. Consider going bold with your transition space by having a unique shape like honeycomb, or custom cut tiles to transition from hardwood to tile.
Continuing the hardwood trend, there are many designs that can make your hardwood floors unique. Consider varying the lengths or colors of each board for an interesting look. Freshen up your existing hardwoods with a sand and refinishing or make it even more unique by staining them in alternating colors.
A big splash of colored or designed flooring in a small space can create a big wow factor! Some of the best places to use flooring with a bold tile design are bathrooms and front entryways. You can also mix and match different types of tiles in the same color family for an eye-catching effect.
When you’re ready to create a space that is truly unique, set up your consultation today. We will design the perfect flooring that will make you say wow!
You may have a home with one type of flooring throughout the entire house, but it is more likely that your flooring needs vary depending on the room of the house. Most people do not have carpeted bathrooms but often have carpet in the bedrooms. Likewise, hardwood flooring may be in your entryway or living room but you may have tile in the kitchen. The transition between types of flooring may happen naturally when rooms are clearly divided with doorways, but with the popularity of open floor plans it can make these transitions very noticeable.
Switching between flooring types can be jarring but it does not have to be with good planning! Here are some tips for floor transitions that blend seamlessly.
1.Make it Irregular
Floor transitions that happen with a straight line can actually be more jarring to the eyes than an irregular transition. Use the patterning or shape of your tiles or the planks of your floorboards to create a transition that meets at a geometric or diagonal line instead of a straight one.
2. Use Furniture
Covering the seam between two flooring types can tie the room together and help define the space, particularly in a room with an open floor plan. An island or breakfast bar in the kitchen can separate the tile floor of the kitchen from the hardwoods in the living room seamlessly.
3.Add a Buffer Zone
If you have two styles of flooring that clash with each other, consider creating a buffer zone of another flooring material that can tie the two looks together. Tying everything together with an accent tile can also add visual interest and depth to the space.
4. Carry the Border Across
If your flooring transitions right where a new design feature starts, such as the island in the kitchen, consider using a thin border of the other flooring material before transitioning to the new flooring type to help bridge the transition. A small border of tile around the base of a kitchen island before hardwood begins can tie the look across different rooms.
5. Choose Similar Colors
If you are trying to make the bridge between types of flooring look natural without dividing up the room too much into chunks, use flooring colors that are similar. Beige carpeting in the living room that is similar in shade to the stone tile color in the dining room can keep your floor plan feeling open.
Flooring options may look amazing in a magazine, Pinterest, or in the showroom, but it can be difficult to visualize how this look will translate to your own home! How do you ultimately choose the flooring that is right for your space? Here are some steps to help you make the best choice!
1. Do Your Research
Magazines and Pinterest are a great start for looks that you love, even if they are not your own home. Remember that pictures in magazines are staged and professionally lit, but that does not mean you cannot use them as a resource for a look you love and want to emulate in your own home. Look for photos that show a home style similar to yours. Flooring in a photograph of an urban loft may not look appealing in your brick colonial or renovated farmhouse.
In addition to appearance and style, consider the function and durability of your flooring options. Do you have small children and pets that are naturally harder on flooring? Are you redoing the floors in a high-traffic room like the kitchen or in a high-moisture room like the bathroom? These questions may help you prioritize the types of flooring you are interested in for your space such as hardwoods, tile, or laminate.
2. Visit a Showroom
Talk with a flooring specialist and visit a showroom where you can see your options. Bring photos of your space with you as well as inspirational photos that you have. A flooring specialist can help you narrow down a good solution based on your needs, budget, and style preferences. They may have great insight over which flooring material may go best with your existing wall colors or furniture or suit the natural lighting of the room.
Ask to take small samples home with you so that you can see how the material looks in your space. Leave the sample in place for a few days so you can get a feel for how it looks in different lighting and if it seems to fit your décor. Clothes sometimes look different in the dressing room then they do once you get them home, as do paint colors on the wall versus the paint chip. It is ok to take your time and be comfortable with your choice. Flooring is an investment and you want it to be a wise one.
You can also go further with your samples and test their durability. Drop things on them to see if the surface chips or the material breaks. Drive children’s toys over the flooring sample, spill things on them to see if they are easy to wipe clean. If you have pets, see how pet hair looks on the flooring sample. Ideally you would be cleaning pet hair off your floors daily, but if this isn’t realistic with your busy schedule then try to choose a material where pet hair is not glaring.
3.Make Your Choice
Discuss your observations with your flooring specialist and begin making your plans! We want you to be happy and satisfied with your choice and are available to offer input and helpful suggestions. We have worked in many different houses and have a great understanding of how to help you achieve a look you will love!