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Old 08-21-2009, 08:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi!!

I have been driving myself crazy looking for a floor covering for a playroom that is non-toxic and does not offgas. It's for my 9 month old daughter who has just begun to crawl. I want a floor surface that is soft and cushiony so that as she crawls and later walks, she will be protected.

I am not looking to cover the entire surface area of the room. (I already have a nice wood floor in the room) I am, though, looking to cover a large area of the room. Those cushy foam type floors that are used in daycare centers and on playgrounds would be perfect, but I don't trust them. I'd even go with a large natural rug and natural rug pad, but I haven't found one that is supersoft and free of chemicals.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you!

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Old 08-21-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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What about cork flooring? I know you can get it in tiles, sheets, and planks (I think). Maybe you can make a cork "area rug"?

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There are 100% wool rugs out there that are soft and cushy. There are rugs made from 100% recycled materials that are soft and cushy.

We have floating cork floors (click-n-lock planks) throughout our main level now and LOVE it!

You didn't mention a budget, but you could basically create a second floor on top of your hardwood with a floating cork floor. It is definitely more cushioning than hardwood and it would leave your hardwood perfectly intact for when you wish to expose it again later.

All that said, I would leave the floor as is. Your baby will be okay...

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We have an organic wool rug from Earthweave and love it. One of the side benefits of the organic wool rug is that it still contains lanolin. So now that my dd is learning to use the toilet, the little accidents on the rug have been so easy to clean up! The pee beads up on the wool and leaves no smell since the lanolin is self-cleaning. It's also nice and soft.
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I second the earthweave recommendation. You can get it either wall to wall or cut to a specific size and bound for an area rug. Make sure to be careful with your slecion of a rug pad - this is something that will offgas just as much if not more than a chemical-laden rug. Look for a natural rubber/latex version - I think earthweave has one, but there are others, too.

Also - I just recently got a capel rug for our nursery - they have a small selection of organic rugs that are so soft and beautiful - here's a link: http://www.capelrugs.com/category.aspx?id=1000236916 I like ours a lot! The earthweave is great, but you can't get a lot of color or pattern from them, so if you're looking for more color, this would be a good bet.

We got ours for over half off the internet price I found by taking advantage of a local store's deal of 'we'll take off 15% from any internet price', so it became very affordable!

The colors of those online look much more boring than they are in real life. We've got the 'cedar' version, which looks brown online, but is really a pretty green color mostly.
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earthweave for area rugs and cork flooring for all over would be my first picks! we love our cork living room....very nice to play on.

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