The essential guide for choosing the right floor for every room

When replacing flooring in your home, it can be tempting to use the same material throughout; however, with careful planning you can have the right floor for every room depending on its function and how often it is used. With such a wide range of flooring, including carpets, tiles, hardwood, laminate, vinyl and cork, it is worth investing time into establishing which is the best for you and your lifestyle.

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Rooms with low traffic

Carpets, cork or vinyl work well in areas of low traffic, such as bedrooms. They are quiet when you walk on them and feel warm underfoot; however, carpets can be expensive compared with other flooring, are easily stained, and need steam-cleaning to keep them fresh. Vinyl and cork can dent easily and be hard to clean. Carpet tiles would be ideal for children’s bedrooms where they are subject to hard use and spills or potential damage. If a patch is beyond repair, it is easier to repair one or two tiles rather than replace the entire carpet.

Smooth surface with tiles

Tiles are hard-wearing and look attractive. They are very durable, easy to clean and come in many materials, such as marble, porcelain or slate; however, they can be cold to walk on and may therefore not be suitable for ‘warm’ rooms such as the living room or bedrooms. As they are water resistant, tiles are ideal for bathrooms, kitchens or dining areas if you have young children who spill or drop food and drink.

Walking over the planks

Wood is a favourite material in many rooms because it looks stylish and is hard-wearing. Hardwoods are the most expensive, which is why engineered wood flooring from a supplier such as is a lovely alternative. Engineered wood flooring comprises a core of hardwood or plywood with a hardwood veneer layer and is cheaper and more resilient than solid wood floors. Laminate flooring is a cheaper alternative and is also durable. Any wood floor would work well in high traffic areas, such as a living room, dining room or kitchen.

If you consider the costs, benefits and disadvantages of each type of floor before you buy, you can have a great floor that lasts a long time with the right care and cleaning.