Although carpet is often the first choice for flooring in your home, it’s often one of the most difficult to maintain, requiring special chemicals and/or equipment to get rid of stains. Luckily, there are options other than carpet, which are easy to maintain, comfortable to walk on, and fit in with your current decor. The right choice of flooring depends on several factors, including budget, and how much work you want to put into the project. Here are the four most popular types of non-carpet flooring for bedrooms, with their pros and cons.
The warm, elegant look and feel of hardwood floors in a bedroom fits perfectly with any decorating scheme. Hardwood is durable, easy to clean and looks beautiful, however it can become scratched and scuffed over time. Be careful with heavy furniture, and make sure it’s protected with a sealing coat.
If you prefer to keep things simple in your bedroom, vinyl flooring is a great choice. Vinyl is easy to install, but can be tricky to remove if you need to make repairs or modifications. It’s soft and quiet to walk on, available in a range of colours, and great for anyone on a tight budget. For the eco-conscious, it isn’t the best choice as it’s difficult to safely dispose of, and uses high levels of energy and chemicals during manufacture.
Laminate is an inexpensive alternative to expensive hardwood. It’s easy to fit, simple to clean, and pretty resistant to scratches and dents. However, if it does get damaged, it can’t be sanded like hardwood, which is a major disadvantage if it becomes heavily worn or grooved.
As a soft flooring, linoleum is perfect for bedrooms, particularly with its easy-to-clean features. Although seemingly interchangeable, linoleum and vinyl are very different types of flooring, with linoleum often seen as the better choice due to its more eco-friendly properties. If sealed properly, linoleum can last up to 40 years.
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