Timber vs Carpet Flooring. What Works Best in a Bayside Bedroom

There are so many choices to be made during the design stages of your new Mornington Peninsula home. What will the colour scheme be? What tiles will you use in the bathroom? What kind of kitchen style do you want to emulate? 

One of the most common questions that we hear from clients is whether timber or carpet is a better option for the bedroom. Carpet has its benefits. It is cosy and warm. But timber is sleek and always on trend. So, what should you choose? 

Keep reading to find out what works best in a bayside bedroom. 

The case for carpet 

Carpet can add a homely and warm feel to a space, which makes it a common choice in cooler climates like the Mornington Peninsula. Beyond this, it can also provide additional insulation, help regulate the temperature of a room and suppress sound, which is perfect for a bedroom. 

If you have young children, carpet may also be a safer option as it’s a softer surface and can help cushion a fall (though carpet burns may still occur!). Carpet is also a more comfortable surface to sit on and is more cost effective than many timber flooring options.

The cons 

Carpets are not always easy to clean. While you can vacuum frequently, dust mites can still gather, and dust can cause havoc for those with allergies. This isn’t great in a bedroom, where you’re likely spending at least 8 hours a day. 

The case for timber 

Timber provides a beautiful and stylish finish to any interior. We often see clients completely transforming old homes by ripping up the carpet and installing brand new polished timber floorboards. Timber is a common choice for those who want a premium finish in their home and it’s likely to never go out of style.

But beyond style, timber is also incredibly functional – it’s easy to clean and will stay cool in summer and warm in winter. This is ideal for a bayside area like the Mornington Peninsula, which experiences both warm and cool temperatures throughout the year. 

The cons 

Timber is one of the more expensive options on the market for flooring, especially if you want to install it in every room of the house. 

Our experience 

Over the years, we’ve used a combination of engineered timber flooring and hardwood timber throughout our home builds. We always try to ensure our staircases are key design features in our projects, opting for stunning timber balustrading as opposed to carpet. We lay timber flooring prior to installing fixtures and fixings and ensure these are protected during the remainder of the build.

We often find that if clients can afford to, they’ll also extend timber into bedrooms as well. While this doesn’t provide the same comfort as carpet in these spaces, this can easily be replicated with the addition of a plush rug, which will create warmth and depth in the space. 

At the end of the day, the choice of timber vs carpet in a bedroom depends on both your budget and the kind of atmosphere you want to create in your space. If you’re looking for cost effectiveness and want to keep bedroom spaces cosy, carpet may be your best option. If you want to create a timeless space which is easier to clean and will complement Bayside living, timber may work better. 


Are you ready to build a custom home on the Mornington Peninsula with carpet or timber flooring? Get in touch with the expert team at Glenco Building Group today and let’s discuss your options.

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