The ideal carpet for a kid’s bedroom would be self-cleaning, non-staining and guaranteed to remove all odours when they become teenager! Now, while this hasn’t been invented yet (sorry to get your hopes up!), there’s a range of carpet on the market now that is excellent for kids’ bedrooms.
3 Things to Consider When Choosing Carpet:
1. Choosing the right fibre.
There are four main fibre types to choose from: Wool, Nylon, Polypropylene or Triexta (solution-dyed polyester).
- Wool: the best insulator of all carpet types and hard wearing, but the hardest to clean and a harbour for asthma triggers;
- Nylon: feels great and lasts well. Will fade near windows and older nylon carpet stains easily;
- Polypropylene: resistant to bleaching and stains. Attracts oil, making it difficult to clean after several years. Feels coarse or rough.
- Triexta (solution-dyed polyester): long lasting and soft, but feels a little oily when new. UV- and stain-resistant.
Electrodry recommends Triexta carpet, as it gives the best balance of feel, wear-and stain-resistance, and an affordable price.
You should expect to pay between $70 and $110 per square metre (including installation) or $900 to $1,400 per room. Brands to look for include Eco+, Redbrook Green and SmartStrand.
2. Cut Pile or Loop Pile?
Cut (or ‘plush’) pile carpet is comfortable for kids to sit and play on, and lends a comfy feel to the room. Cut-pile is more likely to show ’tracking’ or ’pile reversal’ over a period of time; this isn’t usually an issue in a bedroom, but may be a consideration if you plan to have the same carpet in the hall or adjacent rooms.
Loop-pile carpet is usually harder wearing than cut-pile and less likely to suffer from reversal or tracking. It feels harder under foot than cut-pile carpet, and can be abrasive on kids’ knees when they’re playing. Pets’ claws may pull up loops in the carpet, giving it a ragged look.
Electrodry recommends cut-pile carpet, as it gives a room a cosy, inviting feel, and is very comfy for kids to sit and play on.
3. What Colour Should I Choose?
It’s easier to change the colour of the walls than the colour of the carpet! Try a light brown, grey or charcoal to hide the dirt and tracking, and dress the room up with your choice of wall colours or bright furniture.
Electrodry recommends A neutral, mid-tone colour for your carpet.
15 years is the typical life of a carpet in a bedroom, so carpeting decisions need to be made on the current and future needs, and tastes of your family. Remember that Electrodry can help you remove stains that the kids may have made on the bedroom carpet.
Resale Tip: A good quality carpet that isn’t showing significant stains or signs of wear will add value when it comes to re-selling your home.
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