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Installations That Last: The Best Styles, Materials And Pads For Carpets For a Child's Room

Most parents spend a significant amount of time decorating and renovating their child's room, so that it is safe, secure and also durable. Carpet is perhaps one of the most popular flooring options, as it acts as a cushion, is easy to maintain and is a lot more durable than other alternatives. The cost of installing carpet is relatively high. You can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $6 per yard just for labor, so it's worthwhile to spend a little extra to make sure durable and high quality carpets are installed the first time around.

The Most Durable Styles

The style of the carpet refers to how the fibers are arranged. Essentially, you have four options to choose from: texture, frieze, level loop and pattern.

Texture carpets have a velvety feel to them, as the looped fibers are essentially sheared right off. This style of carpet is not ideal for your child's room because it cannot tolerate heavy wear although it is incredibly soft. Frieze carpets have lightly twisted fibers, which make them incredibly versatile and durable. This style of carpet can easily resist marks and tolerate high-traffic conditions. Level loop carpets, which have loops of the same height, are also incredibly durable and can resist years of wear and tear without showing any marks. While pattern carpets are gorgeous and are great at hiding marks, they are also not as wear resistant as frieze and level loop carpet styles.

The Materials with the Longest Lifespan

Not all carpets are made the same, although they may feel similar to one another. Once again, you have four options to choose from: wool, nylon, polyester and polypropylene. In general, nylon and polyester options are superior to wool and propylene options when it comes to durability. While all materials can handle high traffic conditions and are stain resistant, only nylon and polyester carpets are crush resistant. 

The Right Padding for Increasing Comfort and Durability

The padding underneath the carpet is just as important as the carpet itself, as it is responsible for increasing comfort and durability. There are many different types of padding offered on the market, but you should ideally choose one that has properties like total liquid blocker, airing channels and a uniform density. Make sure you feel the padding firsthand to determine how soft of a cushion it is.


The right carpet will last for years in your child's room, and will provide the cushioning needed to lessen the effects of falls. Choose a carpet that can tolerate extreme wear, and requires very little maintenance. It's worth spending a little more just to make sure the carpet is installed properly and is of high quality. In the long run, spending a little bit more initially to install high quality carpets will pay off. To learn more, speak with a business like Olden Paint & Fresh Look Flooring.

About Me

flooring for a home filled with dogs and kids

I have three dogs and four kids - all of which can be very damaging to my home. When the kids were very small, I wanted to have carpeting in every room of the house to make floor time and learning to walk a little more comfortable for them. As they grew older, their messes also grew, so I had to find another flooring option that can withstand all of the abuse of the dogs and the kids. There are several flooring options that can withstand the abuse that those little creatures put it through. If you are looking for a similar solution, visit my site to find a long list of options for your home, as well as tips for caring for it after installation.

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