CHOOSING AREA RUGS
If you want a healthy home environment, especially in the kids’ bedroom, the best choice is to remove wall to wall carpeting and lay down another type of flooring whether it be hardwood, laminate or area rugs, which are washable, in place of carpeting, to add color. Of course, you can lay area rugs over laminate or hardwood flooring.
Choosing materials for area rugs
One of the great accent pieces for a child’s bedroom, as well as the rest of your home, is that of the area rugs or carpeting. If you are going to use carpeting, it is best if it is made from nylon or nylon blend which is more durable, and is great for high traffic areas, making it wear well with active children.
Children have a tendency to do a lot of running, and skipping. Make sure that you choose areas rugs for the home, including a child's bedroom that have a skid proof bottom will decrease the chances of slip and fall accidents.
Acrylics, despite what some think, are not durable.
Wool carpeting is not only durable, but suitable for high traffic areas, and busy children.
Carpeting that is treated with Teflon or Scotchgard also helps prevent stains from spilled drinks and a lot of shoe traffic.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE
The size of area rug will that you need will depend not only on the size of the room, but how much floor space do you want to cover. The sizes of rugs vary from those small enough to be beside the bed, at the kitchen door, to room size but not attached like wall-to-wall carpeting is.
If you want to cover most of the floor, a room size area rug will serve the purpose without having to lay carpet down, making your room much healthier.
The one issue with room size rugs in the bedroom is that dust collects under the bed and it may be difficult to vacuum that space thoroughly without moving furniture.
A rug at the side of the bed will prevent feet from hitting a cold floor on winter mornings and it will add color to the décor, while serving as an accent piece. You can find area rugs that match bedding as well.
If there is a narrow walkway, runners do well in that area.
You can use as many area rugs as you want in order to add color and to be decorative. However, you don't want them to overwhelm the appearance of any room.
CARE AND CLEANING
The care and cleaning of area rugs depend on the type of material that they are made of. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The rugs at your kitchen door, or in your bathroom are usually machine washable.
Your larger rugs should have padding under them to extend their life just as carpeting needs good padding.