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Is It Safe to Install Laminate in a Nursery?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I love the look and price of laminate but I’m worried about exposing my newborn to formaldehyde. Is it safe to install laminate in a nursery? Or should I choose the more expensive hardwood flooring?
– Eleanor F.

Dear Eleanor,

Keeping your child safe is your highest priority. You’re watching your diet during pregnancy and prepping your home so it’s safe as soon as your little one starts to crawl. It’s normal to worry about the flooring in your child’s room and want to select the best option for their health.

There have been reports of formaldehyde found in laminate flooring. To avoid buying any dangerous types of products for your home (and especially for your nursery), here are a few tips.

Look for the CARB2 or E1 compliancy

If you’re unsure about a type of laminate, ask about it’s CARB2 rating. If it is a European product, such as Kronoswiss, you may find an E1 rating, which is similar to the CARB2. This stands for California’s Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Phase 2. It’s a strict standard for testing the amount of formaldehyde in wood products. This includes any type of particleboard or other type of composite wood.

In laminate, the formaldehyde emissions come from the composite layer of wood below the decorative surface. If a product is compliant, it will be labeled as such. With these strict air testing standards in place, you can rest assured that your home will have a safe air quality when using laminate flooring.

Beware of Other Products

We care about your family’s health. It’s important to note that formaldehyde isn’t only found in laminate. It’s also found in furniture, tissues, air fresheners, and nail polish. It’s important to research all products before using them in your household.

Other Considerations

In regards to hardwood floors, you may want to consider the overall durability of the floor. A hardwood floor is more susceptible to damage with spills, surface scratching and staining. With a nursery first and then transitioning through the years, a laminate might be the better route to go for a more durable floor, such as a laminate.

What About BestLaminate?

At BestLaminate, we go to great lengths to ensure every plank we sell is safe – especially in a room as important as a nursery. Every piece of wood you buy from us is Phase 2 Compliant, or E1 compliant, and meets the most stringent safety regulations. You can find all of the safety certificates under each product in the specifications tab.

If you have any other concerns, we want to help put your mind at ease. Please contact one of our flooring experts to discuss the best types of flooring for your nursery.

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  1. Hi Judy! We do not have a store location in Texas, but we ship nationwide! We offer flat rate shipping of $97 or $177 depending on your location. You can learn more here: Let me know if you have any other questions! – Alana

  2. Do you have a store in the Dallas tx area? I am interested in adding more laminate flooring to what I already have.

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