A family room should invite you to take off your shoes, stretch out your legs
and relax. Furnishings, flooring and décor typically emphasize casual comfort,
often in warm or neutral colors with unusual designs or patterns.
Family rooms typically have moderate traffic and wear. Snacks and beverages
mean spills and stains, and frequent cleaning may be required. In homes with
young children, these floors are often used for play.
Choosing the Right Floor
Family room floors should provide durable comfort, resist dirt and stains and
be easy to clean. Two floor types - carpet and wood - are typically used for
family rooms, while laminate is becoming more popular.
Carpet offers inviting softness, comfort and warmth. And
because it's available in a vast array of colors, patterns, fibers, textures
and prices, it's easy to find a carpet that works for your family room and
Wood floors are a popular, attractive and durable
alternative to carpet, especially when area rugs add comfort, warmth and
security. Wood floors are easier to clean and maintain than carpet.
Informal-style wood floors use soft woods, planks of varying length and width,
lower grades of wood (more imperfections, knots and noticeable color
variations) and less polished finishes.
Laminate floors look remarkably like wood or tile.
Unlike wood, laminate never needs refinishing, and it's more resistant to
dents and scratches. It's also easier to install and less expensive than wood.
A layer of cushioning supports laminate flooring, so it offers greater comfort
than wood or tile.