Advice for Buying Kids' Rugs
by Patricia Taylor
Description: Tips for selecting a rug suitable for your kids to play on.
Most home decorators are unaware of the differences between
kid’s rugs and carpet made for the rest of the home. Choosing
a versatile, resistant rug for a children’s room will extend
the life of the rug and the child’s enjoyment.
The first thing home decorators need to consider is pile length
and backing. While a long pile and deep padding is perfect for
a living room or den, the children’s rug should have a lower
pile, and simple backing. Experts recommend a pile 1/3 of an
inch or less.
The lower pile allows the child to play on the rug as if they
were playing on the floor. The pile does not interfere with
zooming trucks and building fantasy worlds for dolls.
The lower pile protects the child’s health. It allows parents
to put a rug on cold surfaces, keeping the child away from
drafts while playing.
Vacuum cleaners can dig deeper into the carpet, and ‘pull’ on
the pile. The carpet should also be small enough that it can
be lifted easily, so that parents can vacuum under it monthly.
Fiber content is another major concern. Children’s rugs should
have synthetic fibers, nylon or polypropylene so they resist
stains and are washable. Some fibers emit noxious fumes that
contaminate the child’s play area.
It is also necessary to check the stain treatment and glues
used on a child’s rug. Some stain treatments are toxic. Most
glue is toxic. The best child’s rug should have no backing.
This lets the rug breath, reducing invisible mold and bacteria
growth that is attributed to several breathing problems,
including asthma, in children.
Never put ease of care and cleaning above a child’s health.
Noxious glues that are used in manufacturing companies with
little or no regulations can cause serious lung problems in a
Kids' rooms can come alive with colorful rugs. There are many
designs and patterns available, especially when buying online.
One of the newest products are ‘black light’ rugs that glow in
the dark. These offer a decorative contrast to the rest of the
room while lighting the floor, revealing any lurking monsters.
The only rule for color is to choose large shapes and primary
colors for younger children. Infants should have rugs with
‘eye’ patterns on them. Research shows that infants respond to
eye shapes. They are comforted by the illusion that another
human is in the room.
Parents today have a definite advantage over parents ten years
ago. Today’s decorators can enjoy kids rugs made by specialty
manufacturers who specialize in healthy, stimulating, and
There is no need to pick up a cheap rug at a local department
store. Now, parents can purchase the same quality of rugs used
in daycare centers and schools. These rugs are easy to clean,
have age appropriate designs for children, and lack noxious
stain repellant treatments or glue.
The cost of a specialty children’s rug are prohibitive, but the
price is tamed when buying from a reputable online store. These
stores are linked with distributors allowing them to offer the
best selection and recent releases at affordable prices.
Patricia Taylor advises on home furnishings
and decor from her web site at http://www.rugs4kids.com. She
invites you to get her FREE home decorating guide here
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