Before having children, most homeowners base their interior design decisions on what they like the most and what looks are currently in style. However, this all changes when the pitter patter of tiny feet come along, with most mums and dads quickly favouring anything robust and hard to stain over the latest trend.

So, what does this mean when it comes to flooring? Here are our tips on what floors to choose for families with children.

  1. Laminate

This wipe-clean surface is a big hit among parents, as not only is it stain-resistant, but can withstand scratches too.

Laminate has enhanced considerably over the years, and now not only has its durability improved, but its choice of style as well.

To find out how durable a laminate floor is, take a look at its Abrasion Class (AC) ratings in its product description. This ranges from AC1 to AC5, with the highest number being the most robust. 

The only downside to laminate, however, is how it becomes affected when damp, buckling and even going mouldy. Therefore, having this floor in the kitchen or bathroom – where you are most likely to install it – can prove problematic.

  • Hardwood

Therefore, homeowners might be inclined to fit hardwood into their homes. While this may be more prone to scratch marks – a big problem if you have pets as well as children – they do not ruin as easily when wet.

Whether you opt for solid or engineered wood, you will have a stylish covering that will stand the test of time, both in terms of trends and wear and tear. What’s more, any damage can easily be sanded away over the years, as long as you use a reputable domestic wood floor sanding specialists.

These can bring floors back to life in no time, so you don’t have to worry too much about your toddler chipping the floor by mistake by dropping something on to it.

What’s more, they can be wiped down quickly and easily, removing any liquid or stain in a matter of seconds, unlike carpets. While stone or concrete floors are equally as easy to clean, they prove hazardous for young children who are particularly prone to falling over. Wooden floors, in comparison, are much softer and not half as dangerous as these, which is a huge reassurance to parents.

  • Foam floors

While you are unlikely to want to install foam flooring throughout your house, it might be something to consider for your children’s bedrooms or playroom.

Foam floors have a multitude of benefits – they are easy to wipe, cannot be scuffed or scratched, they are soft to land on, and they are bright and cheerful. They are also great for those with allergies or asthma, as they do not trap dust mites, pollen or pet fur, unlike carpets.

You can even get ones with your children’s favourite animals, colours, sports teams, or Disney film on to make them eye-catching and exciting for your little ones. Mix these up with foam segments that have puzzles, numbers, shapes and letters on, and your flooring can even become educational!