Kernersville cork floor

Children bring a lot of joy into the world, and choosing furniture, flooring, and other aspects that bring them happiness is often a top priority for parents. If you have a little one and are starting to consider a remodel that will be more beneficial for you and your family, we’re here to make a case for choosing cork floors for your child’s bedroom or playroom. To see samples of cork, or other flooring options, right in your own home, call the local experts at Floor Coverings International Triad!

Environmentally Friendly

Cork, while not a typical flooring choice is a worthwhile option to consider for a child’s bedroom or playroom. One reason is because of their environmentally friendly nature. It is harvested in quite a sustainable method compared to traditional woods, which means that you don’t have to worry that an innocent tree was felled to give you a great product.

Harvested from cork oak trees, which are mainly found in Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa, the first harvest occurs when the tree is about 25 years old, then about every 9 years after that. The extractors are careful not to harm the tree; only to remove the bark. There is even a partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to ensure that cork production is being done in a sustainable way.

Health Benefits

Not only is it a great material for future generations, It is also a great product in your home for the health benefits. Cork is naturally quite springy and buoyant which provides comfort to joints and protection if a fall should occur for those new walkers. While they may not be as fuzzy as a carpet, they do provide warmth as they provide insulation unlike materials like tile which tend to feel quite cold to the touch. If it’s hard to sneak away after putting light sleepers to bed; cork can help you as it absorbs sounds.

If you or a little one has health concerns like allergies, cork is hypo-allergenic as it does not trap allergens, dust, and mites like carpet might and it even has anti-microbial properties which mean less germs floating around. This doesn’t mean regular cleaning shouldn’t be done, but cork is quite easy to maintain.

Items to Consider

You should also be aware of the drawbacks of cork. While water-resistant, cork isn’t completely waterproof so spills should be cleaned so that stains are not absorbed into the flooring. In addition, if chunks of the cork are removed, such as if they were scraped up when moving furniture, the tile or entire sheet would most likely need replacing. Small scuffs and scratches can blend in with the material and can be repaired. If you have heavy furniture, while it is springy, permanent indentations can occur. These can be combatted against with furniture casters and moving the furniture a couple of inches every few months (much like you would for a carpet floor).

Cork should be a contender if you are looking for a flooring material that will suit a child’s bedroom or playroom for its many benefits. Feeling inspired with the flooring material? It can look great throughout a home as well!

Photo by Nicolás Boullosa, used under Creative Commons Attributions License (CC BY 2.0). It features a fun cork floor and funky rug that can look great in a child’s room.