If you’re in the market for a home renovation, it’s important to know what flooring material is best suited to each room of your house
With house prices still through the proverbial roof, it’s not surprising that searches for ‘how to renovate your home’ have increased massively in the last couple of years.
After spending so much time at home in 2020 and 2021, many of us have a renewed sense of appreciation for them – what we like, what we don’t like and, ultimately, how we want to live in the space we create for ourselves.
If you would like to move house but can’t right now, renovation is the next best thing and, often, it’s all you need to do to give your home a whole new lease of life.
With this in mind, flooring experts Tapi have revealed the best and most durable flooring choices for every room in the home.
Bedrooms and living rooms
Choosing the right bedroom and living room flooring can make or break your room. After all, nailing that delicate mix between style and comfort is what will turn your space into the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day.
When you’re thinking about upgrading your flooring in these spaces, you need to think about the layout and design, noise reduction, and heating.
Style is a personal preference of course, but carpets, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), laminate and wooden floors all bring a very different look to a room. Carpets are excellent for reducing sound, but with the correct underlay, some LVT and vinyl can be too.
Due to their thickness, only certain carpet types will work with underfloor heating so if that’s a non-negotiable for you, it’s worth considering a different option.
For many, carpet is understandably the number one choice of flooring for either a bedroom or living room, and as these areas generally see lower traffic, you can invest in a thick, luxurious carpet without the worry that it will get trodden down or marked as much as it might in a hallway or on stairs.
However, the one downside to carpet is furniture marks being left around the room should you change the layout and positioning. Although there are preventative measures such as placing furniture coasters under your bed or sofa, firmer carpet types are less likely to show dents.
Your kitchen floor may have to deal with muddy paws, accidents, social gatherings with your loved ones, temperature changes and the inevitable spillages and breakages that come with everyday life.
It’s for that reason that many people choose stone tiles, water-resistant laminate, vinyl or LVT. Not only can they withstand everything modern life can throw at them without losing their appearance, but they are also very easy to clean if accidents do happen.
Hardwood floors are not considered a good option for kitchens as they tend to soak up moisture and can react badly to changes in temperature.
From a safety perspective, carpet is ideally the best choice for stairs as the fibres are great for improving grip. For children, people with limited mobility or for those that enjoy wearing a good pair of fluffy socks around the home, a carpeted stairway is much less likely to result in any slips.
If you do have your heart set on laminate or engineered wood for your stairs, it’s a good idea to add a carpeted stair runner for that added grip.
As we know, bathroom environments are damp and prone to splashes. Therefore, you need flooring that can handle the wet and humidity.
Instead of carpet or wooden floors in your bathroom, which are prone to moisture, mould, smells, and stains, it is recommended to have either vinyl, LVT or water-resistant laminate.
If you like the feeling of stepping out of the bath or shower onto a soft and warm floor, then choosing a thick bathroom mat is a much better choice than carpet.
Click here for more inspiration on what flooring to choose around your home and try to enjoy the process! It takes ages while it’s happening but it’s always worth it in the end.