How to Choose Vinyl Flooring for a Children’s Bedroom
A children’s bedroom is the main place where your child spends their time, so it’s very important to carefully choose the flooring for it.
5-Minute Crafts would like to tell you why vinyl flooring is the best choice for a children’s bedroom, and how to choose it correctly.
Why opt for vinyl flooring
To begin with, it’s worth mentioning the benefits of vinyl flooring. It is:
- Comfortable and warm. Vinyl provides a feeling of warmth underfoot due to its properties, and some types of vinyl can also feel cushioned underfoot. This is very important, given that the child will spend a lot of time playing on the floor.
- Easy to clean. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning, vinyl is perfect for you. It’s enough to regularly vacuum and wipe it with a mop and a non-toxic detergent to deal with stubborn stains.
- Easy to install. It will take you no more than one day to install vinyl flooring in a child’s room. The installation time largely depends on the type. In the case of vinyl roll flooring, the size and usage of the room affect the installation options available.
- Durable. Vinyl is very durable, which is an important advantage for a children’s room. Neither spilled liquids nor scattered toys will be able to damage it.
- Affordable. Vinyl is quite inexpensive compared to other flooring materials, like hardwood, laminate, or cork.
- Offered in a wide range of designs. One of the great things about vinyl flooring is the variety of designs and colors it comes in. This lets parents experiment with the latest trends in children’s bedroom flooring. This material makes it possible to choose an ideal option when it comes to both comfort and look.
Types of vinyl flooring
There are several types of vinyl flooring.
- Vinyl sheet flooring. This type of vinyl is the thinnest and cheapest. Because it comes in a large sheet, the whole area should be completely impermeable to water. However, since this vinyl is thin, it will show any imperfections in your sub-floor, so you should use vinyl sheet flooring only after you’ve made your sub-floor perfectly smooth.
- Vinyl tiles. This type of vinyl flooring is thicker and often has a pattern on it. As there’s a joint between each tile, it’s possible that water can get into the sub-floor.
- Vinyl plank flooring. This type of vinyl flooring usually looks like it was made from wood. Most planks use a tongue and groove system to make installation easier. You should push the tongue of one plank into the groove of the next, snapping them together.
Each type of vinyl flooring has a different composition.
For the production of vinyl sheet flooring, some kind of fibrous backing sheet is used. Nowadays the backing sheet is often made from fiberglass. Then it’s coated in a layer of vinyl and plasticizer, printed with a design, and covered with a few further layers. They protect the flooring from wear and tear and are made of polyurethane.
With vinyl tiles and planks, the backing sheet is thicker and more durable. There is also cushioned vinyl flooring. This uses closed-cell-foam on the lower layers which gives the floor a spring when you walk on it.
What vinyl flooring to choose
When choosing vinyl flooring for a children’s bedroom, be sure to check its quality, which is verified by a safety certification.
When choosing the color of the flooring, you should take the following into account:
- Dark colors in warm tones create a feeling of coziness, while light colors give the room a feeling of airiness and brightness.
- If there is a lack of natural light in the room, it’s recommended to choose a lighter shade.
- Keep in mind that the color you choose also affects the visual perception of the size of the room: the lighter the shade, the larger the room will look.
- The floor should work as a backdrop, rather than steal attention. Therefore, match its shade with the color of the furniture.