What you should pay attention to and why laminate flooring is such a good alternative
More and more people are gravitating to a sustainable lifestyle – and this applies especially to young families. When moving house or renovating, a lot of questions can arise in connection with children’s bedrooms. Which room is best for a child, and how large should it be? What kinds of flooring are suitable for kids, and which materials are both eco-friendly and conducive to a healthy living environment?
Orientation and Size
Ideally, you should choose a room that faces south or south-west (south of the equator: north or north-west. This will ensure plenty of daylight, also in the autumn and winter. As to its size, aim for at least 15 and preferably 20 square metres of floor space, as children like to spend a lot of time in their rooms playing, romping, building things or doing homework. Depending on their age, they may also frequently invite friends over. Experienced parents also know that youngsters need room in which to let off steam and engage in their favourite activities.
A healthy indoor climate
To ensure a healthy indoor climate, it’s a good idea to select environmentally friendly materials that are low in contaminants. Small children in particular can be vulnerable to plasticisers and other emissions given off by floors or walls. Pot plants can also help to improve the air indoors. But make sure not to place any poisonous or thorny plants in your child’s room.
Requirements that flooring should meet
The floor of a child’s bedroom needs to meet quite a few requirements. It should be hygienic, low in contaminants, durable and conducive to a favourable indoor climate without posing any health hazards.
While children are playing or engaged in arts and crafts, things can easily be dropped or spilled. This makes it important to install flooring that is easy to clean, stain-resistant and robust – it will save you time and give you greater peace of mind.
Laminate – an excellent choice
More and more parents, and especially relatively young, environmentally aware ones, are therefore opting for laminate flooring. It is simply superb for children’s bedrooms. SWISS KRONO TEX, for example, is sustainably produced without any plasticisers such as phthalates etc. It consists to 90% of wood – a natural raw material – and is even recommended by Öko-Test, a popular German-language consumer magazine.
In addition, laminate flooring is rugged and easy to keep clean. Its surface is antistatic, so kids can slide around and play on it without generating a bothersome electric charge. As it is impervious to blows, scratching and abrasion, children can even drive Bobby Cars or hurl building blocks without damaging it. SWISS KRONO TEX offers up to 30-year full quality warranties for it, depending on the collection.
As if that weren’t enough, laminate also happens to be attractively priced and easy to install without professional help; you can even quickly and simply fix minor damage yourself. And if anything is spilled on it, you can easily wipe it off with a slightly moist cloth.
Laminate also scores points in terms of disposal: at the end of its lifecycle, it can be easily recycled or converted into thermal energy while complying with the relevant regulations.
Limitless latitude for creativity
When it comes to picking out a décor and colour, your imagination is limited only by your personal taste and preferences. The available decors and designs range from classic to playful, and from wide country house planks to narrow panels. Nature-identical emulations of different kinds of wood, trendy adaptations, fantasy patterns or unicolours, glossy or matt: almost anything is possible. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technologies, there’s a virtually endless choice of laminate decors with a look & feel that’s as good as indistinguishable from the real thing, while setting new standards of living and walking pleasure.
To prevent your child from getting cold feet, it’s a good idea to install combined acoustic and thermal insulation made of natural wood fibre. A wide range of environmentally friendly underlays is available from SWISS KRONO TEX.
You can of course also easily combine your laminate flooring with underfloor heating. Our laminate flooring guide provides some valuable pointers.
A popular way of creating an even cosier ambience is to add a cuddle or play corner with a small rug. But to prevent accidents, make sure to place an anti-slip mat underneath it or attach it to the floor with double-sided sticky tape!
With a clear conscience: quality and sustainability
All KRONOTEX laminate flooring is produced under close supervision using only certified raw materials harvested from sustainably managed forests. From use to ultimate disposal, KRONOTEX laminate floors meet the highest standards of quality and eco-friendliness. The décor side consists of high-quality paper impregnated with melamine resin. Laminate thus consists predominantly of wood, which is a renewable raw material. KRONOTEX regularly invests in state-of-the-art production systems with integrated energy and heat recovery and reuse. None of the ingredients contains any pesticides, chlororganic compounds, plasticisers or toxic heavy metals, and all KRONOTEX laminate floors therefore boast outstanding environment footprints. Their composition and sustainable production make them practically odourless and extremely low in emissions, and they are excellently suited for installation in children’s rooms as a result.