What is the best flooring for a hallway?
Hallways are busy places and as such, you will need a floor that is long lasting and resistant to wear and tear. While they do see a lot of foot traffic, hallways are relatively free of extreme stresses and strains like excess moisture. For this reason, there are plenty of options for hall flooring if you want to move away from cold tiles.
- Laminate – this type of flooring works brilliantly in hallways because it is hardwearing while still giving the appearance of a real wood floor. It is also much more affordable and extremely easy to fit. There are many great laminate options for the hall including light colours like grey which will brighten a small hallway or darker colours which will add length and depth to the space.
- Vinyl – one of the most durable and affordable hall flooring options, vinyl is becoming increasingly popular in lots of different rooms. It’s easy to clean, doesn’t mark easily and is also waterproof. So, if you leave your wet umbrella on the floor when you come in, you won’t cause any damage! The beauty of the soft finish on this material means it is quieter – ideal for shared homes where people come in and out at different times of the day. Vinyl is available in plenty of different designs including tile or wood floor effects.
- Engineered wood – with the look of solid wood but without the upkeep, engineered wood is composed of several layers and is extremely stable. The biggest selling point of having this in your hallway is the opulent look you will achieve. You won’t have to worry too much about damaging it with heels as it is much more durable than real wood. However, if your floor does become damaged, it can usually be mended or refinished.
- Solid wood – sometimes you just can’t beat the real deal. Solid wood floor looks beautiful but can mark easily if walked on with high heels. If you really want solid wood in your hallway, invest in a runner or ask people to take their shoes off at the door. This should keep your hallway wood floor looking beautiful for years to come.
How To Install Flooring On Stairs
- Before beginning to install laminate flooring or wood flooring on your stairs, ensure you have wood glue, a saw, a nail gun and a hammer. Also ensure you have a stair nose that matches your colour choice. This is the bit of flooring that overhangs on each step, providing extra safety on your stairs.
- Cut the boards so that they fit tight on the sides. Number each board with the stair where it will be installed and ensure your stairs are clean and dry.
- Starting at the bottom, install the first riser and tread with your wood floor glue and nails to secure, if required. The riser is the front of the step (the part you don’t stand on) and the tread is the part which sees footfall.
- Continue to do this to each step until each one has risers and treads, at which point you can then affix the stair noses.
- To do this glue the stair noses into place, and then use the nail gun three to four times along the length of the front of the stair nose. If you wish to cover these nail holes you can do so with a floor putty that matches the colour of the floor.
- Allow your stairs around 24 hours to dry.
The best durable hallway flooring
One of the most important things to consider when choosing your entrance hall flooring is durability. Hallways are often forgotten about when it comes to redecorating, but they’re actually one of the most used spaces in the property, connecting rooms and acting as the entrance to your home.
The best hallway flooring should have certain properties to ensure that it stays in good condition without heavy maintenance. You should choose a flooring style that is easy to clean and won’t become damaged when exposed to small amounts of water. If you have pets, you should also consider flooring styles that won’t mark or scuff easily. For this reason, vinyl and laminate are most likely the best styles to use in hallways.
Hallway flooring ideas
As you use your hallway every day, you’ll want to ensure you choose a style that suits your home, incorporates your aesthetic and makes the most of the space you have.
Small hallway flooring ideas
Small hallways have the risk of looking even smaller if you choose the wrong flooring. As the floor covers the whole area, you need to find a style that makes the room feel open rather than enclosed. For this reason, light flooring styles work well, including light wood, white and grey laminate, as well as light tile effect vinyl.
Large hallway flooring ideas
If you have a large hallway, you’re lucky because any flooring style will work well. If you want to add depth to the room, a dark wood or dark wood effect flooring will give a traditional but opulent feel. Bring warmth into your room with an oak or medium shade of wood or wood style flooring.
General hall floor ideas
This is the entrance to your home, so it should be inviting and show off your décor in the best light. An easy way to achieve coherence throughout your home is by matching the flooring throughout. Whether you live in a flat or a house, you can have flooring that flows well throughout each room and can even match with the stairs for a complete look.
Whether you choose traditional or modern hallway flooring, the quality remains excellent and you won’t be disappointed. Get in touch for further information by calling 0330 100 00 15.