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Hi all, I am new to this forum and have got a lot from just reading older posts and comments, so thank you!

 

I am in the process of starting a nursery in a barn we are converting, but I'd really appreciate some advice in terms of flooring. For the messy areas we will go for a non-slip durable vinyl, but the other areas will be carpeted. Initially I was thinking carpet tiles, seems logical because you can replace if there are any bad spillages. However upon inspection in the flooring showroom, I felt they all looked too commerical and not homely enough. The other options are to go for a contract carpet that I assume would be more durable than a domestic type carpet, or go for traditional underlay and carpet like we all have in our homes.

 

What would people advise? I want to make it as homely as possible whilst making it practical. I certainly don't want to have to replace in a couple of years.

 

Thank you!

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My first thought is, if you're converting a barn, are you in the countryside and/or what outdoor provision do you have? I'm asking because of MUD!. My nursery has heavy duty vinyl throughout then rugs where we need them, e.g. quite a few in the baby room, in cosy corners, book corners etc. I buy reasonably cheap rugs, usually from Ikea, as even with lots of hoovering and cleaning, they eventually (or sometimes quite quickly!) become grubby.

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We put contract carpet in some areas that we thought would be OK as our children and staff change shoes when they arrive. Unfortunately we didn't think about the parents coming to 'settle' their children every morning, having walked across the playing field ! I would go with non slip vinyl and rugs if starting again.

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