As a room that you will cook in every day and relax in every night, it’s important your kitchen is both clean, comfortable and reflects your personal tastes. Your kitchen flooring significantly alters the overall look of the room and can transform the space into a modern and minimalist kitchen or a striking retro space. Browse our collection of high-quality flooring for kitchens at affordable prices or read on for additional advice.Read more
What is the best flooring for kitchens?
As well as reflecting your preferred style, it’s essential your kitchen flooring is practical and will withstand the test of time. There is a lot of versatility offered with this room, and the best kitchen flooring options can be anything from solid wood flooring to vinyl.
Solid wood creates a striking finish with authentic wood floors in the kitchen. This type of flooring is both durable and versatile and is available in a variety of shades and styles. For example, you could opt for a dark walnut hue for sophistication or a light beech for a more open appearance.
With wooden flooring, you also have more choice when it comes to grading. A rustic grade floor comes with the typical characteristics of wood, including lots of knots and grooves, whereas a classic grade offers a simpler piece of wood more suited to a modern look.
Engineered wood features a top layer of real wood covering several layers of plywood. Because it doesn’t use solid wood throughout this offers a cheap kitchen flooring solution in comparison to solid wood, while looking the same. This flooring is easy to maintain and fix, should it undergo the occasional scratch.
Laminate kitchen flooring is one of the best flooring types as it is more water resistant than solid wood or engineered wood. This means that any spills or damage on your flooring is more likely to recover than engineered or solid wood which might swell with excessive moisture. Laminate flooring is also cheaper than these types of floors, so is the best flooring for kitchens on a budget.
Finally, kitchen vinyl is also one of the best floor coverings for kitchens because it is durable and easy to maintain, not to mention the most waterproof type of floor. This is why vinyl is popular in bathrooms and kitchens. Also, vinyl is available in rolls or sheets which are easy to install without the need for a handyman.
What is the most durable floor for a kitchen?
Many different types of flooring are suitable for your kitchen. However, if your priority is durability, vinyl or laminate is the best option.
While solid wood and engineered wood may offer longevity, this may not be the case in a room which has high moisture levels, such as the kitchen. This is because real wood can swell with excessive liquids, causing the floor to lift. If you’re neat and tidy and rarely have any mishaps, this type of flooring can still create a striking finish.
However, if you’re prone to spills and stains, laminate or vinyl is the best way to go. Vinyl is the most water resistant of the two, whereas laminate can eventually suffer from wear and tear if exposed to lots of water of a long period. Therefore, if you have lots of pets or children, or are prone to mess, vinyl would be the best kitchen floor covering for you.
How to maintain kitchen flooring
The type of maintenance your flooring will need depends largely on which type of flooring you opt for.
- With solid wood it’s recommended you sweep away dust and dirt to keep your flooring clean. It’s also helpful to apply the occasional varnish to protect your floor.
- With engineered wood, you can use a damp cloth or mop to keep your flooring clean. Any obvious scratches or marks can be sanded away, and then your flooring refinished.
- Laminate flooring is one of the easiest types of floors to maintain and again requires a damp cloth. For extra shine, add a cleanser to the mop.
- Finally, to maintain your vinyl flooring, try to avoid any scratches or dents. This is done by adding padded protectors to the bottom of any heavy furniture. To clean your vinyl you can use a wet mop and won’t have to worry about water damage.
Kitchen flooring ideas
Now you know all the practicalities associated with your kitchen flooring, it’s time to consider the style of floor you want to have. Different types of floors will be suited to different décor. For example, solid wood or engineered wood is perfect for a traditional home; the rustic grade especially adds a warm charm to your home which is perfect for a country style.
For something a little more modern, laminate comes with a variety of options. You can still achieve that wooden effect for a traditional style, however, laminate is also available in a range of colours for something different. Grey, white or black laminate creates a beautiful finish which stands out. Light and neutral hues can add to a Scandi aesthetic and help maximise the appearance of the room. However, bold dark hues, such as black, can create a minimalist look, while also disguising any dirt or marks.
Vinyl also offers an abundance of versatility. With vinyl, you can recreate the look of wooden floors without worrying about damage. You can also have kitchen floor tiles with vinyl. These tiles can alter the look of your kitchen via their colour or even their size. For example, large tiles appear more contemporary than several smaller tiles. Neutral hues such as grey or beige can easily blend in with your current colour scheme, whereas a bold black and white tile pattern creates a striking and unique look for any kitchen.
If you have any questions about our range of flooring, or you need some assistance with choosing your new floor, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact one of our experts by calling 0330 100 00 15.