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Best option for nursery flooring?

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Paradisefound Mon 22-Oct-12 12:31:23

First baby on the way next spring. We are starting to think about redecorating what will be the nursery. I need some advice please. What will be the most practical option for flooring? At the moment there is a grotty carpet, which is definitely going.
Any thoughts?

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 22-Oct-12 13:00:42

I would consider keeping the grotty carpet a bit longer (maybe covering it up with a large, washable rug in the meantime) or replacing it with something you can wipe clean - DS had reflux and was sick multiple times a day so I'm very glad I didn't get round to replacing the carpet before he was born! He's now almost 2 and replacing the carpet was coming back onto the agenda until friends reliably informed me I should wait until after potty training grin

FishfingersAreOK Mon 22-Oct-12 13:21:18

Congratulations. Would think seriously about ^^.
But if it has to go think about
1) Going in at 3 in the morning to settle DC. What would you like under your feet? Carpet is warm.
2) Soothing teething child - potentially walking back and forth rocking. Carpet is soft
3) Brmmmming car and Bob the builder sets when they are older - bashing toys on the floor. Friends had laminate....oooo the noise. Carpet is soft.
4) Vomit, wee, reflux..hmmm carpet.

So, depends how you are fixed
1) Leave as it and do in a few years
2) Cheap carpet and do in a few years (vomit/wee/reflux dependant - mine were fairly easy on their carpets tbh)
3) Laminate -cold, noisy - no.
4) You could think about Vinyl tiles - maybe a funky mix of these www.harveymaria.co.uk/Floor-Range/Colour. Which if money were no option is what I would do if back at the nursery stage - as is £££

7to25 Mon 22-Oct-12 15:42:57

We have laminate and never regretted it. cheap and cheerful for when it has to go.
neither cold or noisy ( proper underlay)

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 22-Oct-12 15:44:10

carpet
it's entirely possibly you'll end up sleeping on it from time to time when the DC are.

pinkdelight Mon 22-Oct-12 16:11:38

After my ds broke his collarbone falling onto hard laminate this weekend, I would say carpet all the way.

ouryve Mon 22-Oct-12 16:16:32

I'd go for carpet. Even if it's just a cheap carpet (and definitely one that can be washed to death). The "nursery" won't be a "nursery" for ever.

And definitely no to laminate. It's echoey and a child pottering around on laminate sounds like a herd of elephants (our neighbours on both sides have the stuff.)

bureni Mon 22-Oct-12 16:17:17

I would recommend a padded vinyl block, they come in all sorts of patterns including very realistic looking wooden floor. Easy to clean, install, very durable and child friendly but cost no more than a cheap carpet.

bureni Mon 22-Oct-12 16:21:17

www.armstrong.com/flooring/vinyl-sheet/cushionstep-best/floors-21367.asp

greebo Mon 22-Oct-12 16:32:09

we had similar to these www.ebay.co.uk/itm/32-SQ-FT-Interlocking-EVA-Soft-Foam-Exercise-Floor-Mats-Play-Area-Multicoloured-/120972739656?pt=UK_Toys_Creative_Educational_RL&hash=item1c2a898448 lots on ebay, b and q also used to do them. Soft underfoot and easy to clean just wipe

PurplePidjInAPointyHat Mon 22-Oct-12 16:38:40

I had this dilemma, eventually decided on carpet as i really don't fancy dragging myself out of bed at 3am to sit on/pace cold vinyl or laminate!

I've gone for a continuation of the stairs and landing carpet, which is stain resistant and suitable for high traffic areas including cat ownership. Looks lovely, just need baby to arrive now and test it out!

Rhubarbgarden Mon 22-Oct-12 21:58:40

Just moved into a house that has a lot of beautiful old original floorboards. Gorgeous in the lounge, gorgeous in the corridors. In the baby's bedroom? Cold, squeaky and inappropriate. Can't wait to get carpet in there to make it feel cosy.

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