Carpet is typically the go-to material for floors in bedrooms, while hardwood is often reserved for kitchens and sometimes living rooms or dens. Carpet is warm and soft, but there are some distinct advantages to using hardwood in bedrooms.
The most obvious and probably the best reason for hardwood in bedrooms is the reduction of allergens. Dust mites and other allergens thrive in carpeting. Hardwood floors don’t have the fibers that can hide all of the things that make eyes itch and noses run. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Bare floors with small, washable area rugs are much easier to keep free of dust mites than carpeting.” If a stuffy nose has hindered your sleep, you may want to consider replacing your carpet with a smooth surface, such as hardwood floors.
It is much easier to clean hardwood floors. Simply sweep or mop and you are done. How is it different than running the vacuum? The vacuum only does part of the job for carpets. Areas of high traffic will absorb dirt, pet hair is hard to lift and stains from spilled items will linger. All of this will require shampooing and spot cleaning with chemicals to keep your carpets looking fresh. Carpets also maintain smells, especially pet smells. Spills and accidents can be easily wiped from a hardwood floor with a damp cloth.
Hardwood floors are classic and timeless. They match anything, and anytime you want to redecorate your room, you won’t have to start with replacing the flooring. Rugs can be easily swapped to match the latest style. And, unless it has an incredible amount of wear, you won’t have to replace your hardwood floors in order to sell your home.
All that said, there are advantages to carpet. If you live in a cold climate, it is nice to wake up and put your bare feet on a warm, soft carpet. Carpet is also a great, soft play surface for small children. In addition, carpet reduces noise in a room by muffling footsteps and absorbing sound waves.
Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both carpet and hardwood floors can help you determine the right style for your bedroom. What is your favorite flooring choice?