Bringing your newborn home is a joyful occasion and when the newest addition to the family arrives home for the first time, you will want to have a beautiful and cosy bedroom ready and waiting.
Whilst many newborns share the room of their parents for the first few weeks or even months, before you know it, they will be on the floor exploring.
Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time on the floor crawling, walking and finding things to put in their mouths. So, in addition to colour and texture, it is important that the carpet is safe and child-friendly.
Read on the find out what you should consider when you choose new carpet for your nursery.
Carpet or laminate?
A carpet is a great advantage in a nursery. It keeps your feet warm during middle of the night trips to feed and calm a crying child and, more importantly it is a cushioned protection from the tumbles and trips that often accompany the first attempts at walking.
The best thing about carpet is that it is much quieter to walk on therefore making it less likely that you will disturb your child at nap time. If you are starting from scratch and are torn between carpet or laminate, carpeting is definitely the best choice out of the two.
However, if you already have laminate or wooden floors, you could always add a rug to help cushion the area to protect your child in case of a fall. Rugs also add warmth to the room and can break up bigger rooms. Rugs are also easier to replace if they get ripped or stained, and you can update them to suit the decor of the room as your child grows.
Clean and fresh
If you decide to go for carpet, it is best to install a new carpet well before baby arrives. This is due to that ‘new carpet smell’ which can be more disruptive for newborn babies.
After laying a new carpet in a nursery, it is best to give it a thorough clean and hoover. Whilst this may sound strange to clean a new carpet, cleaning can help remove any residue left over by the manufacturing and installation process and will take the ‘new smell’ away.
When considering carpet or a rug, run your hands along it and think about how it feels. You want to choose a fibre that feels naturally soft to protect your baby’s delicate skin, as this is where your baby will be practicing tummy time and crawling.
You may also want to consider choosing a natural fibre for the carpet. They may be a little more expensive, but they have other benefits, such as being naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
The most obvious consideration in choosing new carpet for your nursery will be how it looks with the rest of the decor. You want to create a space that’s inviting, calming and beautiful, but that also provides fun colours, patterns, and textures for your child to explore.
If you’re already planning lots of patterns and prints in the room, a solid colour on the floor is your best bet to prevent the room from looking too busy. Consider the rest of your decor: What colour do you want to highlight? Try to find a rug or carpet in that colour. A splash of blue on the floor will bring out the blue in the patterns on the curtains and furniture.
If you would like further advice, why not pop down to our showroom where we can show you a vast selection of carpets we have to offer. We offer a wide range of colours, textures and patterns as a variety of prices to suit each budget.