Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to...
Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey

When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to do and too little time! We have good news for you: Getting started on your nursery project is as easy as A, B, C...
Baby Nursery A to Z
Your baby's nursery, A to Z
You have a lot of options for flooring, depending on your taste and your budget. Consider carpet, area rugs, scatter rugs, floor mats, wood flooring, laminate flooring (e.g. Pergo), vinyl flooring and even tile. Many stores have small colorful rugs, which can add a fun decorative touch to the nursery.

"If floors are being installed just for a child's room, a good material to consider is Marmoleum -- an environmentally friendly linoleum product that comes in an array of colors, including yellows, reds and blues. It is available in sheets or tiles, and any good installer will be able to install the sheets in a pattern of your choice, or even shapes, such as rocket ships," says Jamie Hurd, academic department director of interior design at the Art Institute of Portland in Oregon. "However, it is important to think of your long-term goals for your house, and you might want a basic wood floor for resale purposes. Wood with a good finish is very durable and easy to clean. Rooms can be broken up with area rugs, which can provide spots of color and many can be washed in the washing machine."

Considering carpet? "A lot of people buy cheap carpet without realizing a nice wool berber carpet is not only more comfortable for your child to play on, but is also [more healthful] and easier to maintain," says Broc Clark. "Synthetic carpets have polyurethane in them, which holds germs and allergies that may aggravate your child. Wool, on the other hand, has natural oils that do not cling to these irritants and do not stain."

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Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.

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