Your bedroom is your respite from the world, the place you go to relax after a long day and get in your 40 winks. Since bedrooms are meant to provide peace and quiet and a place to rest, they will ideally have flooring that creates an atmosphere of comfort. The best flooring for bedrooms will help you feel at ease and will reflect your style and taste. If it’s time to refresh your bedroom’s floor, here’s what to consider, as well as a few ideas for flooring in bedrooms to get you started.
What to Consider When Choosing Bedroom Flooring
Before you start to look at bedroom flooring options, it’s worthwhile to consider how you use the room and who uses the room. The following five considerations can help guide you to the best flooring for your bedrooms.
1. Who Sleeps in the Bedroom
Understanding the needs of the person or people who sleep in the bedroom will help you when you’re selecting flooring. You’re likely to choose a different type of flooring for a child’s room compared to your master bedroom or a guest room. Ideally, the flooring you pick for a kid’s bedroom will be comfortable and soft, as well as able to withstand a high level of activity.
Kids often use their bedrooms for much more than just sleeping. Your children might learn to walk on their bedroom floors, build majestic castles and other structures during imaginative play or jump around on the floor. For that reason, you want to look for flooring that can provide some cushioning, and that has some sound-dampening qualities.
Adults, on the other hand, don’t usually do much more than sleep or relax in their bedrooms. The flooring you choose for your master bedroom might reflect the fact that you want to create an oasis or a sanctuary from the stresses of the world.
Another thing to think about when it comes to who will be sleeping in the bedroom is whether or not they have any sensitivities. People with allergies often prefer hard surfaces for flooring, compared to softer options such as carpet, which can trap allergens.
2. The Style of the Bedroom
Bedroom styles vary considerably. Yours might be romantic and full of fluffy, soft pillows and billowy curtains. Or, it might be sophisticated and contemporary, with clean lines and chic detailing.
Ideally, your bedroom flooring will coordinate with the overall style of the bedroom. Hardwood flooring will look right at home in a bedroom with a romantic style, especially if you had a soft, fluffy throw rug on top. A hardwood or laminate floor in a light, neutral color will also be appropriate in a room with a contemporary room.
If you are completely redoing a bedroom from the floor up, you might choose the flooring first, then pick design elements and decor that coordinate with it.
3. What You Use the Bedroom For
Although some bedrooms are exclusively for sleeping, others end up serving as multi-purpose rooms. You might have a guest bedroom that doubles as your office, or a bedroom that you’ve converted into a home gym or child’s playroom.
How you use the room determines how much wear and tear the flooring gets, which can influence the type of floor that’s best suited for the room. For example, if you use an extra bedroom as your home office, you might want to pick out flooring that won’t be damaged by the wheels of a rolling office chair. A smooth or flat carpet can be ideal for a rolling office chair, as you’ll be able to move about in the chair without it sinking into the carpet and without having to use an unattractive plastic chair mat.
4. The Flooring’s Care Requirements
Different types of flooring have different care requirements. For instance, although you can vacuum most types of floor, you can’t clean every type of flooring with soap and water.
If you decide to go with carpet, you’ll want to schedule professional deep cleaning every so often to keep the carpet looking its best. Hardwood flooring also usually requires a bit more care and attention compared to options such as tile, vinyl or laminate.
Compared to other areas of your home, the bedrooms are usually low traffic. Your family isn’t likely to be bringing food and drink into their bedrooms — you might even have a house rule that says no food or drink in rooms. When you have guests over, they likely aren’t lounging in your bedrooms. For that reason, you have a bit more flexibility when it comes to choosing flooring. You can pick a type of flooring that is a bit more high-maintenance or one that might have more particular care requirements compared to other areas of your home.
Keep in mind how much you care about keeping the floors clean and how much time and effort you want to spend on maintaining the flooring in the bedrooms. If a regular vacuuming or sweep is all you can manage, it’s better to choose a low-care, low-fuss option over one that will need deep cleaning and TLC from time to time.
5. Your Budget
One last thing to think about when choosing the right flooring for your bedroom is how much you can afford to spend on the floor. Flooring is available at a range of price points, with some materials costing considerably more than other options.
When looking at pricing, it’s essential to look beyond the cost of the floor materials themselves. Figure out how much flooring you’ll need to cover the room, as well as the cost of installation and any other materials you’ll need, such as underflooring. You might also have to pay to remove the old flooring from the bedroom, so don’t forget to account for that in your budget.
Best Types of Flooring for Bedrooms
Once you’ve considered your bedroom’s specific needs and styles, it’s worthwhile to take a look at the three best flooring options for the bedroom and weigh the pros and cons of each one.
For some homeowners, hardwood flooring is the go-to choice for flooring in any room. Hardwood is elegant and luxurious and works well with a variety of decor styles. Many species of wood are available, which also adds to the flooring’s versatility. You also have the choice of engineered or solid hardwood, depending on your particular needs and budget.
While some people would happily choose hardwood for their bedroom floor, others aren’t so sure. There are advantages and drawbacks to hardwood floors in the bedroom.
Pros of Hardwood Flooring
Some of the features that make hardwood flooring an excellent choice for the bedroom include:
- Versatility: You can find hardwood flooring in a variety of colors and made from a variety of different types of wood.
- Visual appeal: Many people consider hardwood to be an attractive and appealing choice for flooring.
- Warmth: Although hardwood isn’t as warm and soft as carpeting in the bedroom, it has a warmth to it, both visually and physically. You can make the flooring even warmer and more inviting by adding a throw rug or area rug to the room.
- Resale value: Hardwood floors tend to be popular and in demand from home buyers. If you replace the current flooring in a bedroom with hardwood, you might notice an uptick in the value of your home or more attention from buyers when it’s time to sell.
- Durability: Hardwood is a very durable material, meaning it can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear.
- Ease of care: Although you might have to purchase a special hardwood floor cleaner, the flooring is usually pretty easy to care for, as you can sweep or vacuum it.
Cons of Hardwood Flooring
A few of the drawbacks of installing hardwood in the bedroom include that it:
- Is a hard surface: Although hardwood is visually appealing, it is a hard surface, which some people might find less attractive or less welcoming. If you install it in a child’s bedroom, you might be concerned that they will fall and bump their heads when playing.
- Isn’t insulated: Hardwood surfaces don’t have the insulation that other types of flooring do, which can be an issue if your home’s bedrooms are on a second or third floor. The people on the levels below will likely be able to hear every movement made by the people in the rooms above them.
- Requires maintenance: Hardwood does require some care and attention, such as resealing from time to time.
- Can be expensive: Hardwood often does have a higher price tag than other types of bedroom flooring. Some types of hardwood are more budget-friendly than others, such as engineered hardwood versus solid wood.
If you like the look of hardwood flooring but don’t have the budget for it, laminate flooring might be an ideal alternative. Before deciding whether or not laminate is the right choice for your bedroom, take a look at some of the pros and cons.
Pros of Laminate Flooring
Some of the advantages of laminate flooring in the bedroom include that it’s:
- Durable and moisture-resistant: Laminate flooring is made from synthetic materials and is designed to be long-lasting and durable. Although this feature might matter less when it’s installed in a bedroom, it is moisture-resistant, meaning it is less likely to be damaged by water or spills.
- Available in a variety of colors and styles: Laminate flooring can imitate the look of hardwood or the look of tile. Whatever your bedroom’s style, it’s very likely you’ll find a laminate flooring option to coordinate with it.
- A budget-friendly choice: Laminate often costs a lot less than hardwood. It is also less complicated to install, which can also help you save money.
- Easy to care for: You can vacuum or sweep laminate, and you can use most types of floor cleaners on it. Unlike hardwood, it doesn’t require resealing.
Cons of Laminate Flooring
Like all types of flooring, laminate might not be right for some homeowners or some bedrooms. Here are a few potential cons of laminate to be aware of:
- It’s a hard surface: Like tile, vinyl or hardwood, laminate flooring is a hard surface. It might not be very comfortable for children to play on.
- It’s not insulated: If you install laminate in a second story or higher bedroom, people on the lower floors are likely going to be able to hear anyone in a more elevated bedroom walking about or moving.
- Repair can be complicated: If a laminate floor gets scratched or damaged, you might need to replace the entire floor. You can’t sand away or refinish a laminate surface to cover up any signs of damage.
Carpet is often a favorite pick for bedroom flooring for a few reasons. It’s available in a variety of styles, provides excellent insulation and sound-dampening qualities and is soft. That said, it does have a few drawbacks, and some people might prefer to avoid it entirely.
Pros of Carpet
Some of the benefits of installing carpet in a bedroom include that it’s:
- Soft: Carpeting provides a soft, cushioned surface on the floor of a bedroom. It can be ideal for kid’s rooms or a nursery. Some people love sinking their feet into a soft, warm carpet when they wake up in the morning.
- Provides sound-dampening and insulation: The carpet’s thickness and cushioning mean it does an excellent job of insulating a room and keeping sounds from traveling down to the floors below.
- Available in a range of styles and colors: Carpet comes in a full spectrum of colors and a variety of styles, from low pile to cut pile. It can be a solid color or patterned. Some designs and carpet types hide dirt and stains better than others.
- Relatively easy to clean: You can vacuum carpeting to remove dirt and debris. You can also deep clean or steam clean your carpeting at home or hire a professional service to do it.
- Budget-friendly: Carpet is available at a range of price points, with some styles costing a lot less than others. No matter your budget, it’s likely you’ll find a type of carpet that works.
Cons of Carpet
Carpeting might not work for every bedroom or every homeowner. Some potential drawbacks of carpeting the bedroom include that:
- Stains can be tricky to remove: If you spill on a carpeted surface, you usually need to move fast to keep the stain from setting. In some cases, speed might not help. That said, if you’re worried about stains, you can choose a style or pattern of carpet that does a good job of covering things up.
- It can trap allergens: Allergy sufferers often steer clear of carpeting, especially in the bedroom, as dander, pollen and other allergens can get caught in the carpet’s fibers.
Tips to Help You Choose the Best Bedroom Flooring
If you’re still not sure what type of flooring is the best one for your home’s bedrooms, the following quick tips can help you narrow down the field and make the right choice:
- Think about how you use the room: Who uses the bedroom and how they use it will be one of the most significant factors involved in deciding on the right type of flooring. For kids’ rooms, you want flooring that’s durable, easy-to-clean and comfortable, for instance.
- Don’t forget your tastes and preferences: Looks matter when choosing a bedroom floor. If you can’t stand how a particular type of flooring looks, don’t make yourself choose it. If you’ve had carpet in the past and disliked it, you might want to try something new.
- Think about your tolerance for dirt and stains: How dirty can you let the floor get before you have to vacuum it? Some types of flooring mask dirt better than others and can be a good pick for people who despise vacuuming.
- Take a look at samples before you decide: An easy way to get a feel for how a particular type of flooring will look in a bedroom is to view samples of it from the comfort of your home. Looking at flooring samples at home allows you to see how the flooring will look in your home’s lighting and up against your walls and other design elements.
Schedule an Appointment With 50 Floor to Get New Bedroom Flooring
Ready to redo the floors of your home? Schedule an in-home flooring appointment with 50 Floor today. We’ll bring flooring samples to your door, and one of our trained flooring experts will help you choose the flooring that will work best in your bedrooms. Once you’ve found an option you like, we’ll take care of everything else, including installation.
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