How to Select Carpet for Your New Basement Playroom

Parents have discovered that having a separate playroom can make a world of difference in keeping peace in the home. One of the easiest places to create a playroom is in the basement. However, you want to make sure that you remodel your basement so that it is comfortable and safe for your kids.

Hard, cold basement floors are not idea for kids who have lots of energy to burn. You need to install soft, comfortable carpet for your kids. Choosing carpet can be tricky, but here are the things you need to know.

BCF is Better than Staple

You want to choose a carpet that is made of bulked continuous filament (BCF) fibers rather than staple fibers. The continuous fiber means that the carpet is basically made from one long string. If you choose a carpet with staple fibers you are going to get pieces of carpet shedding off on to your kids, clothing, pets and toys. You don't want a fuzzy playroom, so consider a BCF carpet.

Nylon and Synthetic Carpet

You may think that a carpet made of natural fiber, such as wool would be best for your kids. Wool is very durable and is fire-resistant, which does make it appealing. However, nylon and synthetic carpet fibers are also very durable and easy to clean. Nylon has the benefit of being non-allergenic. Nylon carpet is also a lot less expensive than wool carpet, making it an economical choice.

Padding is a Must

When you compare carpets you are going to touch them with your hand to see how soft they are. You want to make sure that your kids will be comfortable in their new playroom. However, have you ever thought to put the carpet on the floor of the store and kneel on it? If you do, you will see that even though the carpet itself is soft to the touch, it is not the only thing that you will need.

Carpet padding is not all the same. The carpet your choose will have a recommended thickness for the padding. If you choose any other thickness you may disqualify yourself from the carpet's warranty.

Carpet padding also comes with a density rating. An 8-pound density is considered high density and will reduce the likelihood of your carpet wrinkling. It is long lasting, however a 6-pound density will give you softer cushioning. You have to decide for yourself what is most important to you. 

Learn more about your options by consulting professionals such as Matteo Family Kitchens & Flooring Inc.