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If you are confused about which type of hardwood floors are best for kids? then this post is for you. As a mom, I know how difficult it is to maintain your home’s flooring clean and to protect the floors from dents and scratches at the same time, especially when you have younger kids, but I do know that hardwood floors are an excellent option for families with kids.

which type of hardwood floors are best for kids

In this article, I will share some of the tips I have learned during the years I have been in the hardwood flooring industry and how to select hardwood floors that hold up better for families with kids or busy households.


So, let's dive in.

1: Species

Choose hardwood species with stronger grains like white oak, red oak, and hickory, because these wood species tend to hide more scratches and dents.

White oak has a smoother graining for a modern look, red oak has much more graining for a traditional look and when it comes to hickory it's much harder and it has more graining for a rustic look.

Check hardwood species for kids hardwood floors

2: Color

Select hardwood with light colors as they show scratches and dents less than dark hardwood.

If you have ever seen a scratch on a wood plank you see the underlying base of wood underneath and if you have light hardwood it's more similar to the raw wood color so it will show less.

I recommend selecting natural colors or very light colors.

Vogue Parquet color sample

color selection for kids hardwood flooring

3: Finishes

You want to avoid shiny finishes as they show more dent and scratches, you may want to consider satin or matte finishes as these types of finishes are more durable, and very easy to clean and maintain.

In my opinion, they also look much more stylish and go with any look you want to go for in your home.

Finishes for kids hardwood flooring

4: Types:

Pre-finished or Un-finished Hardwood floors?

I have to say that the hardwood flooring industry has improved so much these past 10 years and pre-finished hardwood is the way to go.

Pre-finished hardwood offers a more durable finish as these are treated with aluminum oxide crystal sealant for an extremely rugged surface that can withstand heavy foot traffic and can maintain its good look for around 25 years.

Today you have plenty of pre-finished hardwood to choose from and hundreds of colors and finishes that you can select.

5: Solid or engineered?

Hardwood flooring will dent and scratch over time, no matter how careful you are or how much you maintain and protect your floors it's a fact.

With solid hardwood, you have the ability to restore them by sanding and refining, which also mean you can change the color and the finish of your floors in the future.

With engineered hardwood, you have to be careful when you select this product because there are many products out there some with very good quality and some not so,

I recommend selecting an engineered hardwood that is pre-finished but make sure the veneer layer which is the real wood is at least 4mm, that way your floor can be sanded and refinished in the future.


I hope my tips helps you select the best hardwood flooring for your home and family, but remember no matter what type of hardwood flooring you select every hardwood floor needs maintenance, if you like to know how to clean hardwood flooring see this article :

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