These are good flooring options for kitchen if you have children at home
If you are thinking to change or replace the flooring in your kitchen, there are many factors that you need to consider. The flooring in the kitchen must be robust, hard and very reliable since kitchen is the one place in the entire home which sees unusual traffic – much more as compared to all other rooms in the house. There are many, different options available in the market which range from stone and hardwood to tiles, ceramic and vinyl. There are options for the ones low on budget to the ones which are outrageously expensive and cannot even be dreamed of by an average person. With so much availability in the market, it makes your head spin and choosing one of them becomes very difficult. If you have babies and toddlers in the family, you need a flooring which is safe since they tend to fall a lot while walking or running around the home.
Hard materials such as ceramic, granite, stone and porcelain tiles may be excluded from the list, considering they are quite hard. Even such materials are cost effective, robust, durable and easier to maintain, the danger for little children and babies far outweigh the benefits. Also, some scratches or stains are bearable as compared to broken plates and bowls on a regular basis. This article provides some great ideas for kitchen flooring, with their pros and cons. It will help you decide better if you are thinking to change the flooring in your kitchen, especially if there are toddlers and small children in the family.
Read the complete article to learn these awesome flooring options for your kitchen which are suitable for children!
Option 1: Marmoleum
Marmoleum is the brand name for Farbo’s updated version of the old-fashioned linoleum that was popular in homes up until about the 1950s. Unlike vinyl, which is often incorrectly referred to as “linoleum”, real linoleum is made from linseed oil, tree rosin and other natural ingredients. It’s soft, naturally antimicrobial and good for people with allergies and asthma – not to mention durable, easy to clean, and pretty to look at.
You can buy Marmoleum in sheets, glue-down tiles or “Click,” which is a DIY-friendly snap-together tile system. I was attracted to the sustainability of the product, ease of installation, and especially the fun colours and patterns:
I was particularly partial to the yellow-on-yellow checkerboard.
Ultimately, we decided not to go with Marmoleum for budget reasons: some unanticipated problems with our floor meant we had to scale back in other places. At about $6/square foot plus shipping costs, Marmoleum Click is reasonably priced, but we simply didn’t have it in the budget. Cool Green Floors does have some clearance click-together planks for just $3.29/sq foot, which would have been an option if the colors had worked for us…but we finally had to accept that for this kitchen reno, Marmoleum had to come off the table.
I’m still a little sad to say so-long to my Marmoleum dreams…but maybe one day when we re-do the kids’ toy/game room?
Option 2: Vinyl
I admit that I’ve had a prejudice against vinyl ever since I started dreaming about kitchen remodels. There’s a certain aura of “cheap and flimsy” that seems to cling to vinyl, and it seemed that all that was available were unappealing, outdated patterns or styles that tried (but failing) to mimic stone or other natural materials. Plus, vinyl has a bad rap for being not environmentally friendly and emitting toxic gasses into the air.
But alas, expensive (and eco-friendly) tastes do not always mix with real-world budgets, so I decided to give vinyl a fair shake and another – closer – look. This time I was surprised. Yes, there are still thin, flimsy tiles in limited colors and styles, but there’s also a pretty impressive selection of “luxury vinyl” in both sheet and tile. A stone or slate look wasn’t quite what we were going for in our kitchen, but I thought this Armstrong vinyl looked very realistic:
Author: Meagan Francis
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