When it comes to choosing the perfect material for your bedroom floor, there are many options that can make the selection process overwhelming. It should come down to the ideal combination of style, comfort, functionality, affordability and durability.
If you’re finding it hard to decide, here are five flooring options commonly used in bedrooms to elevate their appearance and practicality.
Bedroom Flooring: Top 5 Materials to Consider
Your bedroom floor is an essential part of your home’s decor. It not only affects your comfort but how the space looks. That’s why it’s important to think before you choose. Here are a few popular options to consider.
Hardwood floors are the timeless option for bedrooms because of their natural beauty, warmth and longevity. Available in solid unfinished, solid prefinished and engineered varieties, these floors are appealing from a design perspective and increase your home’s value. They are also hypoallergenic, durable, easy to clean, and can be refinished for a new look.
But hardwood floors have their drawbacks. Apart from being expensive, they’re noisy, difficult to install, not particularly comfortable underfoot, can be damaged by excessive moisture and scratch easily. If you live in a region that experiences humid summer the hardwood planks can warp. Also, if you have pets at home their nails can scratch up the surface. Some of these problems can be mitigated by trimming your pets’ nails and choosing professional installation. You can also place area rugs near your bed so you don’t have to step on a chilly floor after getting out of your warm bed.
Available in a wide array of colours, patterns and textures, carpeting is a popular bedroom flooring option because it’s warm and soft on feet. Its other primary advantages are reduced ambient noise and its ability to complement your home decor. Some varieties are also less expensive than hardwood.
But carpets tend to breed allergens like dust mites and mould as they trap dust and moisture if not vacuumed regularly. They will also show signs of wear and tear over time as the carpeting is not a long-lasting flooring material.
Laminate flooring is a great choice for bedrooms if you want to mimic the look of hardwood on a budget. The planks’ top protective plastic coating has a printed photo of wood. That’s why they can be customized in a wide range of wood tone colours and styles to match your decor.
This affordable flooring material is also low maintenance and easy to install (consider it a DIY project) so you can save on installation. It resists small allergens, and regular sweeping or vacuuming is sufficient to keep it clean. Laminate also holds up well to daily wear and tear so you can have good-looking bedroom floors for years.
However, laminate flooring is hard, considered cheap, and can transmit the sound of footsteps if there’s a room below your bedroom. It can also be dented or scratched by pet claws or sharp objects, and exposure to direct sunlight discolours it over time.
For the environmentally conscious, cork flooring combines style, functionality and sustainability. It’s become popular because of its contemporary appearance, insulating properties, sound buffering and cushioning which makes standing on cork more comfortable than hardwood. In short, you start your day by stepping on a cushioned surface after getting out of bed.
This easy-to-install, eco-friendly flooring material is also entirely recyclable, naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, which is why it’s a suitable choice for people with allergies.
On the downside, cork flooring can be damaged by temperature fluctuations, pet claws and heavy furniture. If not sealed with a polyurethane coat, too much moisture can cause swelling, while improper maintenance can remove the seal.
If you want to give your bedroom a minimalist look, concrete flooring is the right choice.
Smooth, easy to clean, and sophisticated, it enhances any design style and looks smooth. It can also be polished, acid stained or dyed to create unique colours and patterns. To keep it in good shape, mop it periodically with a neutral cleaning agent.
Concrete is also dust and stain-resistant, thus making it an ideal choice for families with children and/or pets and those with allergies. It’s also durable, strong and relatively inexpensive. The best thing is that high heels, furniture legs and pet claws won’t scratch it.
Choosing a suitable flooring material for your bedroom is important to get the look you want and enhance its comfort. From durable and timeless hardwood to eco-friendly and contemporary cork, there’s a wide array of materials to choose from. Make sure you consider the drawbacks of these materials as well so you make an informed decision. If you need help with your selection or more information regarding various flooring materials, contact us at 416-201-9611.