Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
DH and I have to make a decision pretty soon on this, and I’ve never had the option in the past (nor have I put much thought into it). We both have mild asthma and allergies, so I thought hardwoods would be great for preventing dust build-up (since they’re way easier to vacuum and dust is visible). Also, I am thinking hardwood adds resale value, right?
What do you bees think? Are there any cons to putting hardwood floors in the master bedroom? We’d probably look for some kind of area rug to put under the bed, but the master bedroom is pretty large so most of the floor would be bare wood (or carpet).
Also, it would be a very tight stretch financially, but we could also put hardwood floors in the other two bedrooms. We don’t have any kids yet, but are carpet or wood floors better for kid bedrooms?
Post # 3
I voted hardwoods, but I hate carpet with a passion and never lived in a home that had carpet. I like area rugs but no carpet.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@CARA1978: Yeah I’m not a fan of carpet either! Carpet stains have always grossed me out.
Post # 5
@Mrs. Wallaby: My mom has REALLY terrible asthma (think 30% lung function at times) and getting rid of the carpets helped her A LOT.
Plus, I personally find hardwood floors more attractive. You can always put area rugs over the hardwood if you want. 🙂
And yes, hardwood floors bring up resale value of the house.
Post # 6
Hardwood, and you can put an area rug under the bed, so that you have somethingw arm to put your feet down on when you first step out of bed.
Post # 7
I would go with carpet in the bedrooms. We have tile right now throughout the whole house and I hate it. It’s cold and actually all of the dust, dirt, and pet hair fly throughout the air because there’s nowhere for it to stick, so my allergies seem worse than they did when we had carpet. I also don’t like stepping out of bed onto a hard, cold floor. I would definitely think carpet would be better for kids rooms since they like to sit and play on the floor.
Post # 8
100% Hardwood. My whole house is hardwood.
Post # 9
I personally think carpet is really nice in a bedroom because it’s so soft and comfy to walk on in the morning, but an area rug can give the same effect. Hardwood tends to be more desireable and it’s a bit easier to maintain, so I say go for it if it’s in the budget.
Post # 10
We didn’t splurge on the hardwoods up front when we bought our house last year and we’re going to be doing it next year. We have two dogs and although our carpets still look awesome they are a pain to keep clean. If one of the dogs has an accident it’s the end of the world to my husband and our one black dog sheds and it gets in the corners of the stairs and is such a pain to clean up. If it’s in the corner of the hardwood area at the dining room a swiffer can get it easily. We’ll be putting them in every room of the house next year.
Post # 11
In the bedroom carpet? I think hardwood looks and feels too cool for a bedroom, I like coziness where I sleep! We have hardwood and tile everywhere other than the bedrooms and I find it a lot easier to vacuum than clean hardwood.
Post # 12
I would go with hardwood or laminate, depending which fits your home better. We will have laminate in our first home because FH has serious allergies, but because of what our home will cost, hardwood would be over upgrading for the neighborhood
Post # 13
@Mrs. Wallaby: I voted carpet. I currently have hardwood, but have always had carpet in the past. I have two reasons for not enjoying the hardwood:
1. The bed slides on the hardwood – we have wheels on our bed frame and even though they are locked, they slide across the floor, so we constantly have to push our bed back against the wall. This could be fixed by either putting down an area rug or buying a bed frame with a more secure base and/or attached headboard. In the meantime it drives me crazy!!
2. It’s disgusting the way the lint/dust/hair builds up in corners, we’re CONSTANTLY swiffering which helps a bit, but UNDER the bed??? DISGUSTING!! I guess it never occurred to me because we have a bedskirt, but I went looking for something and was disgusted by what I saw. We now vacuum under there regularly. When we had carpet we vacuumed regularly but you never SAW the dirt and dust the way you do with the hardwood.
I think the best case scenario would be hardwood with an area rug, but it your bedroom is large enough and it’s going to cost a fortune to put down hardwood, it seems counterintuitive to put in an area rug.
Post # 14
@Mrs. Wallaby: I hate carpets. They store germs, hair, and other yucky things. I don’t have them anywhere. Having said that, we do have rugs staggered throughout the house.
Post # 15
@Mrs. Wallaby: Exactly! You can never get it clean like you can a floor.
Post # 16
@Mrs. Wallaby: i think since you both have allergies, it makes sense to get hardwood floors. i personally hate hardwood floors in the bedrooms because, for me, it makes it feel cold and uninviting but i also don’t have allergies. it wouldn’t effect my decision on buying the house though since it’s such an easy thing to change so i don’t think you should worry about resale value.
to answer the other question- carpet is better for kids rooms. they play in there and sitting on hardwood floors is not at all comfortable. it also softens the blow if they fall off their bed.