by Sabina Mendez
(San Antonio, Texas, USA)
When designing your child’s bedroom, one very crucial aspect is how much floor space is necessary.
A lot depends on the size of the room to begin with, which and how much furniture you are using, and the basic uses and functions of the room. Each of these factors can also affect the types of flooring that you may wish to use when designing and building the room.
First of all, let’s look at the size of the room. If the room is fairly small, your options are also far more limited. In many homes, the smallest bedroom is used as a child’s or baby’s room. If it is very small, i.e. a box room, the main function of the room is sleeping and storingclothing and little else. In this case, you have very little floor space to play with. Here, flooring materials are not so important. Whether it is wood or carpet makes little difference as the floor is not being used beyond walking to the bed and the cupboard and back again.
A larger bedroom affords more options. Younger children need a place to play, and a large room can double as a bedroom. Here, you would lay out the room in such a way to have a large expanse of floor for playing.
All cupboards and beds would be put against the walls, leaving the center of the room as playing space. To conserve space, you could put up more shelves on the walls for the kids’ toys, books, and keepsakes, rather than boxes or more cupboards. Here, you would need to make sure that the flooring is suitable for playing, which includes falls and bumps.
Stone flooring is not so practical for young children. If you decide to go for wood flooring, it is a good idea to put a soft area rug in the play area for extra protection. The other thing is – keep all food and drink out of there as water can damage wood.
Another idea is to choose a specialty flooring, such as cork, which is both soft and natural, or carpet flooring such as carpet tiles or anything similar, as long as it is soft and washable.
In the room of an older child or teenager, play space is not as important. Therefore, floor space is not as important in this case. Here, instead of toy boxes, if the room is large enough, it is a good idea to include a desk so that your child will have a private place to do homework.
Here, you can also devote a little more space to cupboards to accommodate your child’s growing wardrobe (especially if we are talking about teens). At the same time, there should be some floor space to make the room look tidier. If a room is too crowded, it can look extremely messy.
Here, softness is no longer such an issue when it comes to flooring options. You can start to pay more attention to how the room looks. An older child may want to choose a nice area rug or carpet color for the room.
Alternatively, you could stick to wood flooring, which always looks good, goes with every color, and makes the room look sufficiently “grownup” for your child’s tastes.