When equipping a children's room, each parent strives to make it as cozy and colorful as possible so that the child can grow and develop normally. And, of course, no nursery can do without a good carpet.
There are much more requirements for children's carpets than for carpets for bedrooms and living rooms, since children come into direct contact with them. That is why, when choosing a carpet for a room, several important parameters must be taken into account:
- The children's rug should be warm and practical. While playing and learning about the world, children move a lot and often drop something and spill it on the floor. Therefore, the carpet should be made of a good warm material that is easy to clean, does not have an unpleasant smell and does not fade. Such a carpet will not lose its appearance for a long time and will last longer.
- The softness and texture of the product also play an important role. For babies, this is not so important, but for babies who are already crawling and are gradually learning to walk, the rug should be tactilely pleasant.
- Hypoallergenic. A carpet for a nursery should be environmentally friendly and not cause allergies in a child, therefore, when choosing a carpet, you should pay attention to the composition of the material.
- It is important to consider the design and pattern of the carpet. First of all, the child should like him. When arranging a room, give him the right to choose. In addition, do not forget that the carpet should be combined with the general interior of the room.
- Consider the age of the child. For kids and teenagers, there are criteria for choosing decor elements.
- Price. Be prepared for a high-quality rug made from natural materials to be more expensive. Of course, there are also more budget options made of artificial materials that are also suitable for a nursery. Moreover, in the future it will not be a pity to give them away or throw them away. However, when buying a rug for a nursery, it is still not worth saving, because the comfort of the child depends on its quality.
Shape and dimensions of products
Typically, the size range of children's rugs is divided into three main groups: small, medium and large models.
Small rugs are products up to 2 sq. m. Models of medium size are up to 6 sq. m. Small products are suitable as bedside rugs, while medium ones are more often used to designate the play area of the nursery. Large carpets in size start from 6 sq. m and above. They can cover an entire room, replacing both bedside and play rugs at the same time. It is important when choosing the size of a large carpet to leave 20 cm of free space from the wall so that it does not look like an ordinary carpet.
If the choice fell on smaller rugs, you can pick up several models for different areas of the nursery. The main thing is to correctly combine their patterns and colors. They should not overload the room in color, because the children's room is usually bright enough, and the child's eyes should not get tired of the variegation.
Regarding the shape, the carpet can be any: rectangular, square, round, oval, or generally imitate some non-standard shape like a heart or a typewriter. Typically, custom-shaped designer carpets are placed in the center of the room. They are often small or medium in size, and therefore are used as a designation for the playing area. Oval and rectangular rugs are usually placed in the middle of elongated rooms. A square or round rug is perfect for a square-shaped nursery. Depending on the preferences of a person, you can combine various shapes and textures.
The health of the child is of paramount importance, therefore the material from which the rug for the nursery is made must be environmentally friendly. There can be many options for the material, but basically, carpets are divided into two groups: natural and artificial. Both have a number of advantages and disadvantages.
Let's start with artificial materials, one of which is polyethylene foam. Carpets made of it have good thermal insulation, so that the child will always be warm and comfortable to play on it. They easily absorb and evaporate moisture, while being lightweight. Such models are very mobile, they are easy to move or take with you to the country. Due to their weight, such models will not be firmly pressed to the floor and will have to be constantly corrected. The child can be very mobile, and in this case, the non-polyethylene carpet will constantly move out. This can be inconvenient.
Polypropylene carpets, on the other hand, are heavier due to their dense structure. Polypropylene is inexpensive, does not cause allergic reactions, is easy to care for, and does not cause static electricity. This material does not accumulate dust, it is very easy to wash it, which is an undoubted advantage for a child's room. But it was not without its drawbacks: polypropylene quickly deforms and loses its appearance, so such rugs will last no more than 4 years.
Turkish polyester and polyamide carpets have similar characteristics. As a rule, they have a longer soft pile, and they feel like fur or woolen models.
A good option for a nursery would be hypoallergenic knitted patterns or knitted yarn patterns. They can be with or without pile, it all depends on the model. For example, in stores you can often find special rugs made of pompons. Due to their texture, they, if necessary, can soften the fall of the child. In addition, it is pleasant to touch them, and a baby who is just learning to crawl will find it very interesting to explore such an unusual object tactilely.
Natural products are often more expensive, although in terms of characteristics they are not always superior to options made from artificial materials. And all because they have two significant disadvantages: the complexity of operation and the absence of such characteristics as hypoallergenicity. Therefore, rugs made of natural materials in the nursery should be selected with extreme care.
Viscose baby rugs can be called moisture resistant. They are well ventilated and do not electrify. In terms of tactile sensations, they resemble models made of natural silk, but in terms of cost, of course, they are much cheaper, which allows them to be changed often.
Models made of natural silk are best used not for a children's room, but for a teenage room. Such models look very elegant and stately, but it is quite easy to spoil them. It is enough to spill paint on them or drop plasticine, and that's it, the stain cannot be avoided. At the same time, frequent washing will lead to quick wear. So such a carpet will not fit into a baby's room.
Cotton models wear out and fade quickly, but are easy to care for. It is enough to walk on them with a vacuum cleaner or wash them in a typewriter using soft powders and conditioner.
Natural wool rugs are very pleasant to the touch, so using them is a pleasure. In addition, they look gorgeous, and they will have such an appearance for many years. It's very practical. Such carpets do not build up static stress and do not fade over time. Another significant advantage of this material is fire safety.
However, you need to be careful with pure wool products: such a carpet is not hypoallergenic. Therefore, experts advise choosing rugs made of mixed materials. They are safer for the health of the baby, and in quality they are not inferior to models made from completely natural materials. But at the same time, you should not be afraid of synthetics. Contrary to popular belief about its dangers, it can be of high quality and environmentally friendly.
Deciding on the colors
It is believed that the design of a child's room should be bright, and this brightness is often provided by such elements as wallpaper, furniture fittings, posters, toys and, of course, a carpet.
Usually, in the production of children's rugs, rather colorful colors are used, such as red, pink, green, blue, light blue and many others. I must say that there are few plain or neutral beige carpets for children's rooms. But this is not surprising, because children love everything bright and colorful. It will be interesting for them to look and examine the colorful element in the room.
However, despite the child's preferences, the color scheme of the carpet must be matched to the overall interior design, otherwise the final look of the room will look tasteless, and the child should definitely not be taught to this.
Do not use too saturated, deep dark or acidic colors in the nursery. For a child, they may be too gloomy or unpleasant to see, but this should not be. You shouldn't give preference to aggressive colors either. However, too light shades of the carpet will not be the best solution, especially if the room belongs to a child under six years old who plays and draws on the carpet most of the time. The parent simply won't have time to clean the carpet.
For the interior in pastel colors, you can choose calmer and softer colors. For example, peach, muted pink and pale blue rugs will look organically in this range. These colors will especially appeal to little princesses.
As for the print, it can be absolutely anything. But usually the preference is given to familiar cartoon characters. So, on the rug of the nursery, some colorful superhero or a picture with your favorite Disney princesses can be depicted.
Often on carpets you can see the image of the animal or plant world, various birds, butterflies, bunnies and flowers. Mosaic carpets or colored carpets have become very popular. Some of them can be themed and depict classics, a map of the world or a football field. Such models will not only delight the child, but also help him in his development.
Features of choice for different ages
As you know, children grow and develop at lightning speed. Accordingly, what suits a one-year-old baby may not suit a teenager at all. And it's the same with carpets.
Therefore, when choosing a carpet for a nursery, it is imperative to take into account the age of the child.
For toddlers, choose a softer, heavier, medium-sized floor carpet. The child should be comfortable to move around, crawl and play on it. And the weight is necessary so that the rug does not slide on the floor and always stays in place, even if the baby is too active. This will help prevent many injuries.
Usually children under two years old buy rugs for crawling. For older kids, the carpet serves as a play area. But in both cases, the child is in direct contact with the product: he touches the carpet with his hands and bare feet, sits and lies on it, can touch it with his face. Therefore, softness for such a product is the primary characteristic. The mat should not be too hard so as not to scratch and injure delicate baby skin.
To protect the child and make his first attempts to explore this world enjoyable, you can lay a carpet with a long pile in his room, which is popularly called "grass".
In addition, such a soft coating is warm and will protect the child from injury in the event of a fall. Therefore, it is better to choose a denser model. With such a floor covering, the child will be comfortable taking his first steps. Of course, the carpet for the nursery should be warm, because it is on it that the mobile child spends most of the time.
Often, parents buy their child development rugs with animals and plants. Natural motives are very popular, but sometimes there are non-standard models of developing rugs with imitation of city streets. They can include roads with intersections, traffic lights, makeshift houses, and traffic signs. It would be interesting for any boy to play with cars on such a carpet, playing out various road situations. Such a simulation will help the kid learn some of the simplest rules of the road, and when he goes out into the world and becomes more independent, it will be much easier for him to get used to them in the adult future.
Very young babies do not need a rug yet, because being in a crib or in mother's caring hands, they do not come into contact with the floor. However, even for the smallest, there are special rugs with rattles. As a rule, they are not placed on a bare floor, but on another rug, on a couch, or on a bed.
Adolescents have much more interests and needs, one of which is in education, therefore, a carpet for them needs to be selected appropriately.
For a teenage room, floor coverings that are quieter in color are suitable, but they do not have to be monochromatic. It is enough to remove unnecessary "childishness" in the print of the product. In the interior of the room, a carpet can be used, the pattern of which reflects the interests of the child. For example, if your child is serious about football and enjoys it, you can put a small football-shaped bedside rug in his room. The child will really like this element of the interior.
For a teenager who is interested in science, a rug with a picture of school curriculum materials is suitable. This can be a multiplication table, an image of geometric shapes, an atlas, an alphabet or a periodic table. If the child is fond of music, he will like a carpet with a picture of a treble clef, musical notation, violin, guitar or piano keys. A child playing chess will be amused by a checkered rug imitating a chessboard and pieces.
For a sports child, a dense, hard, lint-free carpet is suitable, on which it will be possible to practice various gymnastic exercises at home. You can purchase a carpet that looks like a mat. It is quite convenient and practical, because if necessary, it can be rolled up and, for example, hidden under the bed.
Modern carpets for a children's room can be non-standard and multifunctional. Some of them can be both a floor covering, a play area, and a developing element at the same time. We are talking about models that depict letters and numbers or are made of a number of parts, imitating a mosaic or puzzle with an interesting pattern. Such coating options contribute to the development of the visual and tactile abilities of the baby, who already at an early age in the game mode begins to train fine motor skills of the hands. Perceiving such drawings, the child begins to remember and distinguish colors, shades, letters, numbers and various geometric shapes.
Especially practical parents prefer Lego rugs, which can be transformed into a toy bag at any time. This option is very convenient for owners of small rooms where there is not much storage space. A couple of simple actions, and the transforming bag turns into a full-fledged playground. Typically, Lego rugs are used either for storing small toys and building blocks at home, or as a carrier for toys. A similar function of the rug will be useful for those who often travel with children and constantly travel to the country or on a visit.
An unusual and healthy option are massage and orthopedic baby rugs. They contribute to the correct physical development of the child. And first of all it concerns the correct formation of its feet. This must be remembered from the earliest years of a baby's life, because his physical and mental health in the future will depend on this.
The benefits of orthopedic carpets cannot be denied. Thanks to them, the baby will be able to strengthen the joints of the legs and especially the feet, thereby preventing the appearance of flat feet. Also, orthopedic carpets help to activate blood circulation, providing a good training for the muscles of the feet and bringing them into the necessary tone.
Usually children like the massage effect that orthopedic devices produce, so parents do not have to force the child to exercise. He will reach for it himself.
But the advantages of orthopedic rugs do not end there. Doctors are sure that, among other things, such devices strengthen the child's immunity, and also help him to more easily tolerate diseases such as influenza and acute respiratory infections. Moreover, in addition to muscle development, such mats improve the functioning of internal organs and especially the functioning of the brain. And this is very important for the cognitive and emotional development of the baby.
Care rules and tips
In order for the carpet to serve you faithfully for many years and not wear out, it is necessary to take proper care of it in a timely manner. Otherwise, it will lose its presentable appearance already in the first months of operation. Fortunately, there are a number of simple maintenance rules that you can follow to significantly extend the life of your product.
Clean your carpet in a timely manner using specialized brushes and hypoallergenic cleaners that are approved for use on baby clothes. Typically, these products come in the form of a powder, gel or foam. They can be found at any hardware store.
The main thing is not to use too aggressive detergents for cleaning, so as not to spoil the material of the carpet.
Experts advise doing a full cleaning with powder at least every six months, especially when it comes to children's rooms. For owners of medium and small rugs, it is enough to soak the product with powder and then machine wash. It is better to entrust products made from natural capricious fabrics to manual cleaning or simply send them to dry cleaning.
But with large carpets it is more difficult. When cleaning them, you will have to work hard: first, walk over it with detergent and a brush, then repeat the procedure and, finally, rinse everything with ordinary water and vacuum. If you do not want to clean the product yourself, you can use a special carpet washing service.
Of course, we must not forget about the weekly cleaning. And, perhaps, this is the last tip on the list of those that will help ensure proper care of your carpet. As you can see, the rules of leaving are quite simple, so even the busiest housewife can handle them.
You can learn how to properly clean your carpet in the video below.