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The best flooring for nursery and play areas

One of the first things you learn when bringing up a little one is just how much they stumble and fall during playtime. One minute they’re playing peacefully with their toy dinosaurs, the next they’ve tripped and are staring up at you in bewilderment from the floor.

When it comes to choosing flooring for your nursery room and play area, you’re going to want something that’s safe, durable, comfortable, easy to clean, and affordable. Here’s some of the best options that will keep your mind at ease.


Carpet is a great choice for both you and your baby. They’ll be crawling around soon enough and you’ll be spending a lot of time on the floor with them – nobody wants to feel stiff after sitting on a hard surface for hours, so carpet will definitely be your best friend as your child grows and explores their surroundings. Its softness will also cushion any falls and is a really affordable option for those on a budget.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that carpet stains easily and is difficult to clean. But as any parent knows, it’s impossible to avoid spillages; it’s part of the package you’ll learn to accept no matter which flooring you choose! Therefore, opt for a carpet darker in colour as there’s really no hiding stains with light carpets. 

Rubber foam interlocking tiles

Coming in a range of styles, colours, and patterns, interlocking tiles are a really fun option for play areas. As they’re easy to move and install, rubber foam tiles are perfect for placing on top of the laminate flooring you already have, giving you the option to pack them away once playtime is over. They’re super easy to clean and can also be educational; many designs include the alphabet and numbers to encourage children to learn as they play. 

Laminate flooring and an area rug

Laminate flooring on its own probably isn’t the best option for babies and toddlers, but coupled with a large area rug, it’s a great, stylish surface for your home that will keep everyone safe during playtime. Opt for a large, colourful, and patterned rug as not only will it be stimulating for your child, it will be easier to camouflage any dirt.

The same can be said for vinyl flooring. This type of surface requires minimum maintenance and is hard wearing, so you won’t have to worry about it getting scratched during playtime. Pair it with an area rug and you’ve got a stylish, safe play area.

If you’d like more advice on the best flooring for your nursery and play area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can help you choose the right surface no matter your personal preference or budget; take a look at some of our previous projects to see how we can help. 

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