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Originally posted 2nd November 2022

Last updated 5th May 2023

What’s The Best Wood Floor For My Kitchen?

Wood floors in the kitchen - yes or no? Our experts run you through your...

Simon Golder

Product Analyst

3 min read
Written by Expert

Wood floors in the kitchen - yes or no? Our experts run you through your options.  

Most of us love the look of a wooden floor, whether it’s a dark oak or a light birch. But does wood make a good choice for your kitchen floor? The short answer is yes. The best floor for your food prep area is waterproof, slip-resistant, easy to clean and simple to fit.

These options tick all the boxes. Let’s take a look at what best suit your needs:

Real Wood Kitchen Flooring

For a classy, natural option, you can’t beat real wood. Its heavyweight construction makes it capable of handling stains, footfall and heavy kitchen features - such as islands - without spoiling. Real wood can be sanded and refinished many times so makes a good long term option. Just be aware that it may warp over time if repeatedly exposed to moisture. 

Choose real wood in your kitchen if you’re looking for a:

  • Soft, natural appearance, ideal for balancing out shiny surfaces
  • Traditional, long lasting floor - 20 year lifetime guarantee
  • Extra grip, thanks to its exposed natural grain

Engineered Wood Kitchen Flooring

Engineered wood has a real wood top layer, and a core made from materials that are very moisture and heat-resistant. As such, it’s a great choice for working kitchens, or for older homes that suffer in the heat and wet. Like real wood, it provides a warm, classic look and is very easy to care for. Many come with click installation too.

Choose engineered wood in your kitchen if you’re looking for a:

  • Super-moisture proof solution, ideal for busy kitchens
  • Very wide choice of looks and finishes
  • Easy install option, ideal for first time fitters!

Our customers lay it right:

@rachaelsomervilleinteriors [IG] shows how it’s done, using Herringbone Parquet Engineered wood flooring to create a coffee-and-cream kitchen floor that’s the perfect complement to crisp white units.


Wood Effect Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are less expensive than real wood, but are still incredibly hard wearing. Moreover, they come with cushioning as standard, making them feel a little more luxurious when you’ve lost your slippers.

Choose LVT wood flooring in your kitchen if you’re looking for:

  • Cushioning underfoot - ideal for young and older household members 
  • A super-waterproof option for kitchens that need a lot of cleaning
  • Authentic designs to suit a range of looks

Our customers lay it right:

@homebygem shows that LVT can look as good as the real thing, with cloud-light herringbone in this stylish kitchen. Get the look with Aqua Plank Shore Oak Herringbone Click Vinyl.


Wood Effect Laminate Flooring

Unlike engineered or real wood, there’s no actual tree in the top layer of a laminate. The decorative surface is printed onto a wood-composite core, meaning that it’s very scratch-resistant, while durable. For that seamless finish, make sure to add matching beading - this is basically a strip of floor edge trim - which can be used on its own or in conjunction with a skirting board. 

Choose wood effect laminate floor in your kitchen if you’re looking for a:

  • Cost-effective alternative to real wood
  • A seamless, polished modern finish
  • Fashion looks, from light oak to deep walnut

Our customers lay it right:

@stantonrenovation works the neutral trend to create a flawless contemporary look, thanks to the Prestige Herringbone Faded Oak laminate wood floor.


Wood Effect Vinyl Flooring

The most-cost effective way to get that rustic appearance, hardworking wood-effect vinyl flooring can transform a newbuild kitchen into a cosy cottage. That said, vinyl allows you to really play around with different styles, with everything from classic oak to ultra-modern dark grey and black finishes available.

Choose wood effect vinyl floor in your kitchen if you’re looking for a:

  • Super budget-friendly flooring option
  • Textured or smooth finish
  • A wide range of looks to blend with your interiors

@ashwood_house_  showcases a mix of warm, earthy tones from floor to island with Ecostep Sintra 532 Cushioned Vinyl, creating a calm haven for morning coffee.

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About the Author

Simon Golder, Product Analyst

Simon has been a key team player with over 20 years experience, he started his love of wood as a carpenter before joining our team. He is heavily involved with every product that we offer, looking at all the key aspects including finishes, colours and performance. Simon is responsible for all of the images shown throughout our website, making sure that we give the very best realistic view of all our products.