When it comes to planning a new home, flooring is one of the most significant decisions you'll make. It's a considerable expense and often leads to heated discussions over ‘comfort vs practicality' or ‘affordability vs luxury'. In this quick guide, we've put the spotlight on comfort.
To err is human
Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body. While the word may bring to mind funny looking office chairs or oddly shaped keyboards, ergonomic design is essential for creating a comfortable living environment.
From walking comfort to safety, flooring solutions play a vital role in the ergonomic home.
Keep it quiet
Exposure to unwanted noise is not only unpleasant, but it's also linked to sleep interruption, impaired concentration and several other stress-related symptoms (Schust 2004). While you may not see the link between hearing health and flooring, choosing the right carpet could be your ticket to a quiet, ear-friendly home.
When you walk into an old church or school hall, the high ceilings and hardwood floors combine to produce a haunting echo. While this emotive sound-effect goes well in a high-stakes horror film, it's not so flash in the bedroom (Check out our blog for tips on a healthier home).
Put simply, hard flooring options are less effective at dampening noise-pollution from in and around your home. In contrast, wool carpet is a great way to minimise unwanted noise. Its natural structure lets it absorb ambient sound and footfall as it occurs. If you’re set on wooden flooring, you can always offset the acoustics with a few well-placed rugs.
Keep it safe
Preventing trips, slips, and falls is an essential consideration for any family (particularly if you have young children to look out for).
After all, safety is a prerequisite for comfort.
Up to 40% of all injuries take place at home. Falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries in under five-year-olds. Keeping upright is just that much harder when you’re learning to walk!
For slip-resistant carpet, the texture of the wool pile produces more surface friction than synthetic options, so it's easier to maintain traction and grip as you walk.
When it comes to tiles and vinyl for the kitchen and bathrooms, choosing a textured option is a great way to minimise your fall risk. However, be warned; some porous tiles can be very tricky to clean.
While it may be a considerable expense, underfloor heating in the bathroom is the epitome of comfort. On a cold winter morning, it’s like a warm hug for your feet.
Keep it comfortable
In the bedroom and living areas, carpet or area rugs are your best choice for comfort and a luxurious feel underfoot. In these spaces, opt for a wool-based carpet to keep you comfortable when your standing, walking, or even stretching out by the fire with a good book.
Nothing beats comfort.