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How to choose a carpet for your kids bedroom or playroom

Finding carpet for a children’s room is a tough balancing act between softness and durability. So you purchase the right carpet, look out for a few things:

Carpet or laminate?

Both carpet and laminate have pros and cons, when it comes to your kids’ bedroom:

Laminate

Pros

  • Resists fading
  • Easier to maintain
  • Resists stains

Cons

  • Harder underfoot—could hurt to fall on
  • Noisier than carpets
  • Less insulation

Carpet

Pros

  • Soft
  • Reduces noise
  • Helps insulate room
  • Affordable

Cons

  • More costly to replace
  • Can hold stains

United Carpets & Beds recommends carpet for a kids’ bedroom. The warmth and softness of carpet is much better suited for bedrooms, particularly in providing extra padding against trips and falls. 

Carpet suits children’s playrooms nicely as well. However, laminate could also be very beneficial as flooring. The ease of cleaning and stain protection will save you time and stress when your little ones make a mess.

Pile type

The two most common type of carpet piles are:

  • Cut—A type of pile often used in more luxurious carpets.
  • Loop—Generally used in more reasonably priced carpets. Loop pile creates a soft and smooth feeling underfoot.

Recommended pile: twist pile

For a children’s bedroom, we would recommend twist pile. The combination of softness and price means it’s a sure-fire winner. The twisting of the fibre provides more durability, making twist pile carpet highly resilient.

Recommended twist pile carpet

Sunrise Twist Pile Carpet

  • Luxurious deep pile
  • Balances durability and style
  • 100% bleach cleanable
  • Easy cleaning
  • 7-year wear warranty

Price: £4.99 m2

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Material

Carpet material can affect things like:

  • Softness
  • Cleanliness
  • Durability
  • Warmth

Carpet fibres fall into two broad categories:

  • Natural, including animal and plant fibres
  • Wool (natural)
    • Jute
    • Seagrass
    • Sisal
    • Coir
  • Synthetic or man-made
    • Polypropylene (synthetic)
    • Polyester
    • Nylon

For more information, have a look at our guide: how to choose your carpet materials

Which material is best for kids’ bedrooms?

Natural fibres look and feel great but any sort of damage/stain can be extremely costly. United Carpets & Beds recommends synthetic/man-made materials. They are durable, affordable and often stain-resistant too.

More specifically, polypropylene is our recommended carpet. Its extreme durability makes it family-friendly. It’s both bleach-cleanable, stain-resistant and generates little static, making it perfect for young children. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable carpet materials around.

Recommended polypropylene carpet

 Twistin Twist Pile Carpet

  • Combines elegance and practicality for the busy modern home
  • Long lasting
  • Combines durability with a cosy feeling underfoot
  • Bleach cleanable
  • 5-year wear-warranty

Price: £5.97 m2

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Colour

There are two broad choices for carpet colours: light or dark.

Light carpets:

Pros:

  • Can make rooms feel larger
  • Muted tones create a minimalist décor
  • Bright colours energise the room

Cons:

  • Stains easier than dark carpets
  • Shows dirt more readily

Dark carpets

Pros

  • Can make rooms feel cosier
  • Better at hiding dirt
  • Can hide stains

Cons

  • Rooms with less natural light may seem too dark
  • Dog hair will show up more

For more information, have a look at our guide: Carpet colours and how they can be used in the home

Which colour is the best for children’s bedrooms?

Ultimately, colour is more about personal taste than practicality. Darker colours tend to hide stains better, but can make the room look somewhat drab.  

Funky pink kids’ carpet:

Glitz Twist Pile Carpet

  • Daytime to disco with one carpet!
  • Fun, bright and perfect for kids
  • Tackles heavy domestic usage
  • Stain-resistant
  • Available in four sparkly colours

Price: £7.99 m2

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Blue kids’ carpet:

Turbo Berber Loop Carpet

  • Hard-wearing
  • Available in a range of earthy colours
  • 5-year wear warranty

Price: £7.16 m2

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Green kids’ carpet

 Xtron Splendour Twist Pile Carpet

  • Soft underfoot
  • Stainsafe protection
  • 15 year wear warranty

Price: £27.99 m2

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Yellow kids’ carpet

Aqua Twist Carpet

  • 100% polypropylene
  • Incorporate a water-resistant layer
  • Liquid sits on top rather than soaking through, for easy cleaning
  • 10–year wear-warranty
  • Lifetime stain warranty

Price: £43.04 m2

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Checked kids’ carpet

Bastille Berber Loop Carpet

  • Eye-catching chequered design
  • 100% polypropylene
  • Will suit bedrooms and playrooms
  • 5-year wear-warranty

Price: £7.16 m2

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Striped kids’ carpet

Arizona Berber Loop Carpet

  • Stylish
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable against high foot traffic
  • Comes in a range of 4 colour styles

Price: £5.97 m2

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Stain resistance

Kids will make a mess, it’s a fact. It’s in their nature as they learn and explore the world and its many stain-inducing ingredients.

If you want your carpet to last, you will most certainly need one that’s stain-resistant and easy to clean. We recommend polypropylene carpets, as they can be bleach-cleaned and offer a high level of protection.

How to bleach-clean a carpet

Only 100% polypropylene carpets can be bleach-cleaned.

Ensure your carpet is 100% polypropylene. If you do not know, double-check with your chosen carpet store.

Required items

  • Rubber gloves
  • A solution of 10 parts water to 1 part bleach
  • A spray bottle
  • A brush

The process

  • With your rubber gloves on, pour the bleach/water solution into the spray bottle.
  • Cover the stain and leave for approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending on size of stain
  • Rinse with water after
  • Use the brush if any dirt etc. remains
  • Leave to dry

If the stains remain, repeat the process.

Best carpet for stain resistance

Dapple Berber Loop Carpet

  • 100% polypropylene
  • Guaranteed durability
  • Stain-resistant
  • 5-year wear warranty

Price: £6.99 m2

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Durability

Your children will be running, jumping and playing on their bedroom carpet so durability is key. A durable carpet will last much longer than more expensive, luxurious types of carpet.

Recommended durable carpet

Bastile Berber Loop Carpet

  • 5-year wear warranty
  • Hard-wearing
  • Bleach-cleanable
  • Berber loop pile
  • Eye-catching chequered design

Price: £7.16 m2

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Best carpet for kids’ bedrooms

So, to sum up, a kids’ bedroom carpet needs:

  • Durability—you want your carpet to withstand the chaos of your kids!
  • Stain resistance—so the carpet lasts, make sure it can be easily cleaned
  • Good material—polypropylene is both soft, durable and stain-resistant

Our best carpet selection

Carpet name

Why is it the best?

Galaxy Berber Loop Carpet

  • Hard-wearing
  • Berber loop for added protection
  • Stain-resistant
  • 100% polypropylene
  • Bleach-cleanable
  • Affordable

Price: £5.97 m2

Anglia Berber Loop Carpet

  • 100% polypropylene
  • Very hard-wearing
  • Available in 2 colours
  • Can be cleaned with a bleach solution

Price: £3.99 m2

Aqua Twist carpet

  • 100% polypropylene
  • Incorporates a water-resistant layer
  • Liquid sits on top rather than soaking through, for easy cleaning
  • 10-year warranty
  • Lifetime stain warranty

Price: £21.52 m2

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