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Soft Floor Ideas for a Baby's Room
by Jessica Ackerman

When decorating a nursery in preparation for baby's arrival, flooring options need to be considered. Babies spend a lot of time on the floor crawling and playing in their first years of life. There are many options for flooring, but soft flooring for a baby's room is especially important. The following flooring ideas offer soft, safe spots for baby to play and grow without being too hard on mom and dad's budget.

Wall-to-wall carpet with a deep pile is a practical and widely available choice for soft flooring in a baby's room. Choose carpet that is durable and soft underfoot. A thick pad will help the carpet last longer and make the flooring even softer. Some carpet companies design flooring specifically for child's bedrooms with cheerful colors, stain-resistance and thick, soft piles. A slightly more expensive carpet may be a wiser investment if it provides softness and can resist the inevitable stains of childhood. Invest in a neutral shade of carpeting that will easily hide dirt. Whites and light tans are rarely practical carpet color choices for a baby's room. Choosing a carpet, that is tough enough to withstand the patter of little feet will also make the investment of wall-to-wall carpeting last longer.

Area Rugs
If baby's bedroom floor is covered in hardwood or laminate flooring, invest in a thick, well-made area rug. Area rugs can be found in many different sizes, but the most common sizes are 4'x6' and 5'x7'. If the room is larger or smaller, carpet stores may be able to custom cut and bind a length of carpet to suit your needs. The advantage of area rugs over wall-to-wall carpeting is that there are many different patterns and shapes available. Finding a rug that is designed for a child's room is relatively easy. Alphabet rugs, hopscotch rugs and even rugs depicting towns and roads are available at almost any large carpet store. These area rugs add color and fun to baby's room while providing a soft, comfortable spot for baby to play.

Foam Mats
There are many different types of foam mats and the quality is seen in the thickness of the pieces. Lesser quality mats can be as thin as 1/4" thick while higher quality foam mats can be up to 1" thick. The thicker the mats are the softer they will be for baby. Usually, foam mats come in a pack of four or six and are interlocking. This allows for flexible positioning in the room and a variety of configurations. Foam mats usually come in bright, primary colors, but they can also be found in pastels and with juvenile prints. Choose the thickness and design that will best complement baby's room and provide the softest surface for playing and crawling.

There are a lot of options available for soft floor ideas for baby's room. Choose the floor covering that works well with the decorating budget, room decor and household needs. The softer the flooring is the more comfortable baby will be as he learns to crawl, sit up and play.

About the Author:
Artist/Designer, Jessica Ackerman, writes for and offers aspiring home designers the opportunity to wall decor store and wall mount wine rack.

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