Dining Room Flooring
The dining room is a place where family and friends gather to enjoy meals together, celebrate special occasions and holiday meals, and also to eat less-extravagant dinners together. Generally they are a room where families spend the most time communicating; around the table they catch up on each other’s lives and share stories and socialize without the distraction of television or computers or mobile phones.
The dining room is also one of the rooms in the home that many people take great pride in, choosing furniture and décor that they can be proud to share with those people who they bring into their home. Dining room flooring is just one aspect of the room’s look and feel, but it is an important one, and it should be chosen with a lot of thought as to the appearance, durability and ease of maintenance.
Flooring choices for a dining room
- How often the dining room is used, which will have a direct impact on durability and ease of maintenance
- The other design elements of the room – if the furniture and walls are wood, you’ll likely not want to do wood floors
- The comfort level on your feet – slate and stone are not be as warm or soft on the feet
- Whether you expect a large number of high heels to be worn on the floor, as some flooring is prone to damage from high heels
- How much money you want to spend and how long you want the floor to last
- If spills are a concern – carpeting may not be the best choice
While there are many factors to take into consideration, it’s helpful to know what types are out there and what the most popular or wise choices are.
Vinyl sheet flooring is becoming a popular choice due to its easy cleaning and wide variety of design choices, including textures and colours.
Hardwood flooring is an expensive but traditional and beautiful option that many people still continue to install.
Engineered wood flooring looks like hardwood but is less expensive and easier to install.
Ceramic tile, stone, slate and marble are also options that look beautiful and can add value to the home, as well as richness to the room.
Laminate flooring is inexpensive and looks clean and classy when installed properly. It’s also one of the easy-clean options like vinyl, wood and ceramic.
Carpeting is also a viable option, but it’s wise to take into consideration the type of carpet and level of stain resistance.
Some of the softer flooring options include cork and bamboo, which not only allow for a more cushioned floor to walk on, but also an eco-friendly option. Like many of the manufactured flooring, it is wise not to allow high heels on this type of flooring or permanent damage can occur.
Spend the time to weigh up your options and choose wisely as the investment you make into dining room flooring is one that you, your family, and your friends will enjoy for many years as you enjoy meals and share aspects of your lives with each other.
Please remember the above is just a guide and you should seek professional advice.