Ideal Flooring for Small Children
We are building a house, and using solid hardwoods in the kitchen, living areas, and master bedroom. I am torn about what materials to use for the children's bedrooms and the play room. Our kids range in age from babies to a 3-year old (as of move-in date).
On the one hand, I am really hesitant to use hardwoods because I am afraid they will be damaged/destroyed by kids being careless now and as they get older as well. I can remember when I was a kid I wouldn't have been so great about remembering to clean up spills right away or even telling someone about it. On the other hand, we would use area rugs, which would help, and wood can always be refinished.
Wall-to-wall carpet bugs me for several reasons: I feel like it's not as clean, and you can't clean it as well as a hard surface. Also, it can be problematic for people with allergies, which my husband and I both have and so our kids will likely have them as well.
Any ideas about what would be a good, sturdy, durable, clean flooring surface for small children (and growing kids, teenagers, etc.)? Thanks in advance!