Agreed -carpet is soft and warm but hard wood flooring still offers a welcoming feature when used as a floor surface in a bedroom. Its natural beauty, durability, and ability to stand the test of time for both style and durability makes it a wonderful material for it’s practicality and low maintenance. The benefits far out way the negatives, particularly that of hoovering.
The Cost of Hardwood Floors versus Carpet.
True that the average cost of wood floors is more than the average cost of carpets but it’s durability makes it a long-term investment. It is likely that you would never have to change the floor but in the same time, you could change the carpet, three or four times, especially in children’s rooms.
Hardwood Flooring Considerations in Bedrooms.
Pets: If you have dogs, especially large dogs, then their nails are going to tend to scratch up hardwood bedroom flooring surfaces. This can be mitigated to some extent by keeping pet nails trimmed or simply banning them from the boudoir. For some people the tiny nicks and scars are actually desirable, giving the floor a sense of personality which shifts and evolves over time.
Noise: If it is a second or upper story bedroom, then you may have to be concerned about the transmission of noise that can occur with hardwood flooring. Not only do you have to worry about creaks from shifting floorboards, but even the tapping of shoes as you walk across the floor can be translated as thumps to people dwelling down below. All of this can be lessened with the use of good quality underlay and the use of slippers. It makes sense to have a shoes off-slippers on policy whatever your flooring.
Allergy Relief: One of the biggest problems with carpet and other soft flooring materials is that they tend to collect dust, pollen, and other small irritating particles. These are then released back into the air every time someone walks across the room, creating a hazy atmosphere filled with invisible debris which can irritate sensitive lungs.
With hardwood flooring the surface is smooth and solid, ensuring that all particles can be easily washed away, an important factor in a room where you do nothing but breathe for hours on end.
Hardwood Flooring in Children’s Rooms.
There is a bit of a debate as to whether hardwood is the best choice for flooring in children’s rooms. On the one hand, it is a relatively hard material, and if they fall by accident they can be hurt.
At the same time, hardwood floors are very easy to keep clean and free of any allergens that can affect the kids. They are also softer than tile, and easier to repair if they get damaged from too much rough play. Wood floors make great play surfaces.
When trying to sell a house, many people will make flooring changes in order to try and make the property seem more desirable. In some cases, this can also raise the value that you can sell the home for. With hardwood flooring in a bedroom, you have to carefully weigh the pros and cons, in order to decide if it is the right choice for your situation.
In general, installing new hardwood in a bedroom, or refinishing existing hardwood, is going to add the most value to the property. Unfortunately, new installations generally do not raise the price of the house by as much as the material and labour cost. However, refinishing is a relatively simple option, and can be undertaken if hardwood floors already exist, or if they are lurking beneath other surface coverings.
As far as desirability, hardwood is beautiful to many people, but is cold and hard to others, when used in a bedroom. In general, if a person grew up with hardwood floors in their room as a child they will find them comforting. However, if they grew up with something else covering the floor they may find hardwood remote and chilly.
In the end, every consumer is different, as is every market. An experienced estate agent should be able to tell you what features are popular in the area and guide you as to how to increase the value of the property you are trying to sell.