By Samantha Grose, Designer, JP&CO: A residential construction firm delivering a personalized home through an enjoyable process, done at a remarkable pace.
A well-designed kid’s room is equal parts fun, safety, and functionality. I’ve always enjoyed designing and decorating children’s rooms because they offer the chance to be playful and bold. Your kid’s room is a place for sleep, quiet, and comfort, but it can also be a place for games, learning, crafting, imagining, and so much more. An easy, inexpensive, and low-risk way to improve the mood and comfort of your child’s bedroom is with a new area rug.
The Perks of a Rug
- Graphic Impact: Transform a space and complement décor with fun, new colors and patterns
- Warmth & Comfort: Rugs soften the floor and make walking easier on feet
- Safety: Rugs prevent accidents caused by otherwise slippery surfaces and soften falls
- Floor Protection: Rugs offer a layer of protection for spills and other mishaps
- Quieter: The sound of foot traffic is muffled both for your child and those downstairs
Focus on durability, health & safety, ease of care, and the camouflage-factor (colors and patterns that offer spill forgiveness) when selecting a rug. Know that thicker carpets and rugs trap more dander and allergens than short ones. If greenness is important to you, buy a rug made of sustainable materials (see natural materials below), look for backings that are sewn on instead of glued, and avoid materials treated with fire retardants, stain protectors, and other chemicals.
Pros: Materials such as nylon and polyester hold color well, are good at hiding dirt, are water and stain resistant, and often low cost.
Cons: Cheaper rugs may break down quickly, can crush under the weight of heavy furniture, and may contain volatile organic compounds that have been known to cause health problems. Synthetic varieties are often backed with a latex mix containing styrene, which is a possible carcinogen. When buying a rug made of synthetic materials, you can reduce your exposure to toxins by airing it out for 2-3 weeks before introducing it to your home.
Pros: This natural material can be affordable, is easy to find, and easily cleaned—just toss it in the washing machine.
Cons: Not fire-proof, susceptible to stains, and can wear out quickly.
Pros: Wool is also a great and ubiquitous natural option that’s stain resistant, very durable, soft, crush resistant, fire resistant, and generally of a very high quality.
Cons: These carpets tend to be on the more expensive end of the spectrum and are a bad option for those with wool allergies.
SISAL, BAMBOO, JUTE, SEA GRASS
Pros: These options are great if you want something sustainable and natural. They’re biodegradable, shed water easily, and are an alternative to synthetic rugs that contain harmful chemicals.
Cons: These materials can be difficult to clean, slightly less durable, and can discolor and stain.
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Always remove your shoes before walking on rugs to avoid tracking pesticides, germs, and other foreign materials inside. Vacuum your rugs often to fight dust buildup.
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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.