It feels like Sophie’s Choice sometimes, trying to work out which flooring is best for which rooms in your house. With so many types to choose from – from carpet and vinyl to laminates and wood, it can be confusing. And should you go for one kind of flooring throughout, switch it up for each room, each floor, or mix and match? And that’s just the type of flooring you choose – let alone things like style and colour!
Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. When you’re looking to lay new flooring in your home, the easiest way to work out which option is best is to look at the best flooring option for each room and its use. Believe it or not, some flooring options are more suitable than others for certain rooms of the house. After all, you don’t want a carpet in the bathroom! So, here are some of the things you should consider when choosing your flooring types.
First things first, what is the room going to be used for? This is often the key factor in deciding the broad category of flooring you want to look at, as it has the most impact. For example, a room with lots of footfall (like a hallway or living room) might need something hardwearing, while a room that will come into contact with water (like a bathroom or kitchen) needs something water resistant. Children’s rooms would benefit from something particularly stain resistant and easy to clean, while it might be nice to have something a bit more luxurious in the adult’s bedrooms.
Believe it or not, the lifestyle you live might have an impact on the type of flooring you choose as well. For example, if you have children it’s usually wise to choose flooring that is durable, hygienic and easy to clean – because you will be cleaning it a lot! We have a few suggestions for that here. If you have pets, you might want something similar, or if you opt for carpet, you need to be careful about what style you choose is that you don’t injure any small paws. We’ve got some advice on that too, which you can read here.
Flooring types come in a wide range of prices, from budget options to luxury high-end ones. Cost is an important consideration when choosing your flooring, but not just for the reasons you’d think. Yes, the cost of the actual product is a factor, but don’t forget about labour and installation costs. Some types of flooring take longer to install, or are much more complicated, so the cost of installation will be higher. And as we’ve discussed before, you should never lay your own flooring unless you’re a professional fitter yourself.
This is a question you might have to be a bit harder on yourself with. Realistically, how much time and energy are you willing to commit to maintaining your flooring? If it’s not a lot, then easy-care options like vinyl, laminate or carpet are better options, as they require very basic upkeep to look good and last. If you don’t mind a bit of effort, then wood flooring options can look spectacular. But they will require some elbow grease and more importantly time and consideration to keep looking good. Be honest with yourself and ask how much time you can (and want to) dedicate to maintenance, and go from there.
At the Floor24 showroom we have a huge range of flooring options for you to browse through, and sample books for you to take home and try out. Our expert team are always on hand to give advice and recommendations on the best type of flooring for your home, so if you’re ever not sure, all you have to do is get in touch with us.