Kid-Friendly Flooring Options You Should Consider

As any parent will tell you, every child comes with unique demands and preferences. That can also be said for the demands they place on flooring. When it comes to kid-friendly flooring options, families often try to strike a balance between comfort and durability. Something forgiving for those unexpected slips and falls, but durable enough to handle kids’ wear-and-tear.

The great news is that you have many high-quality options when it comes to kid-friendly floors. Here are some popular flooring options for children families love, along with a few tips on choosing the right one for your home.

Things to Consider When Picking Flooring

Before you choose a kid-friendly floor, it’s important to assess your family’s needs. Here are a few things to consider when looking at flooring:

  • How much water, scratch, and stain resistance do you need? 
  • Where are your major traffic areas? 
  • Do you have pets? 
  • If you have a new baby, you may want something soft and comfortable now, but what about when the child is older?
  • Will you have enough time to clean and maintain flooring?

kids laying on carpet drawing with crayons

Best Options for Child-Friendly Floors


For kids who love to wrestle, play, or roughhouse,  fresh new carpet is a great choice. Plus, many of today’s plush carpets are tough enough to handle high traffic, making plush carpet the perfect nursery or playroom flooring for your little one.

You’ll also want to keep in mind the health of your children. Hypoallergenic and odor-neutralizing offerings, like Empire’s exclusive HOME Fresh, don’t trap dirt, are mold and mildew resistant, contain no VOC’s, and are 100% recyclable. 

toddler playing with pots on vinyl plank flooring in a kitchen

Vinyl Plank

If you’re looking for durable waterproof flooring, vinyl plank flooring is the perfect option. A very popular flooring choice for multiple areas in the home, it mimics the look of natural hardwood, but is softer, blocks out noise, and is easier to maintain. 

Vinyl plank also laughs off large spills, making it great for wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. There are plenty of 100% waterproof varieties available as well.

Finally, vinyl plank flooring is more affordable than natural hardwood, and if your little ones love to play with pets, it handles a dog or cat’s nails well. As far as maintenance goes, simple sweeps and an occasional mop are all you need.

two girls playing in the bathtub in a bathroom with waterproof laminate flooring



One of the most budget-friendly waterproof flooring options out there is wood laminate, which comes in a variety of attractive natural wood looks. Super low maintenance, wood laminate comes in a variety of plank widths, is very scratch and fade resistant, and is considered one of the best flooring options for high-traffic areas. 

You’ll also find durable waterproof laminate flooring options, so it can handle juice spills and bath time splashes.

boy playing hockey on hardwood flooring in a living room


If you’re set on a wood look, hardwood flooring is a suitable option for children’s flooring. Engineered hardwood’s layered construction gives it high durability and higher water and moisture resistance than solid hardwood. Solid hardwood is also a great choice and can be refinished if it starts to fade or gets worn down from the kiddos’ wear-and-tear.

boys brushing teeth in a bathroom with vinyl tile flooring

Vinyl Tile

You get both the beauty of natural stone or wood looks with durability in today’s vinyl tile. Today’s vinyl tiles are water and stain-resistant—perfect for busy areas. They offer a contemporary look and some are even installed with grout lines to look like ceramic or porcelain tile. 

Vinyl tiles are also a warmer, softer floor than traditional porcelain or ceramic tile. Many homeowners have remarked on how great it feels under their feet. Plus, it resists scuffs, stains, and moisture, and is easy to clean up. 

Ceramic and Porcelain Tile

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are also popular kid-friendly flooring options because these surfaces are very durable, and are easy to maintain if they become damaged.

The trade-off, however, is in how hard these surfaces are. If a child slips or falls on these slick surfaces, they can get hurt. And while some families love how cool these surfaces feel in the summer, they’re even colder in the winter.

If your kids are older and durability is your top priority, porcelain and ceramic tile offer unmatched scratch, stain, and moisture resistance. They likely won’t scuff, and a quick sweep or mop keeps them looking great for years to come.

Shop Kid Friendly Floors at Empire Today

When it comes to kid-friendly floors, you’re always weighing comfort and durability, so why not let a professional from Empire Today help you to decide? Schedule a free in-home estimate to find the perfect kid-friendly, high-quality floor today! If you want to see what others have said about us, head over to our Shopper Approved page where you can find thousands of trusted reviews.

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