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What is the best flooring for a living room?
Most types of flooring are suitable as living room floors, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to this room. Because this is a room which doesn’t see much moisture, you have further options than you would have with a kitchen or bathroom, and anything from vinyl to solid wood works well as flooring options for living rooms. This includes laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring and solid wood flooring.
Laminate flooring recreates the look of authentic wood while being more water resistant than wooden flooring. It does this by featuring a layer of photographic appliqué over fiberboard. This makes it perfect if you’re looking for cheap living room flooring. Also because of its water-resistant properties, it’s ideal for houses with children or pets, who may see more mess than others.
Engineered wood flooring involves layers of plywood topped with a layer of real wood. Enigneered wood is more authentic than laminate flooring but also is not as moistures resistant. Therefore, this type of flooring for living rooms is best if you’re looking for something authentic, but more affordable than solid wood.
Finally, solid wood flooring boasts the luxury of real wood throughout, so it is the best flooring for living rooms if quality and aesthetic is your main priority. Solid wood floors offer longevity, not to mention a beautiful finish for your living room.
Living room flooring ideas
After deciding on the type of flooring you would like, colours and styles should be taken into consideration. Your living room is the place where you’re most likely to entertain guests, and the flooring largely adds to the overall look of the room, so it’s important to find a floor that reflects your style.
Whether laminate, engineered or solid, wooden flooring can create a variety of aesthetics. Wood flooring ideas for living rooms include a rustic and traditional style. This can be created using oak, walnut or beech floors. These neutral hues complement any colour scheme, so you don’t need to worry about colour clashing. Lighter colours such as beech are perfect if you’re short on space and want the room to appear more open, while dark walnut shades create a luxurious floor which will hide dirt.
If you’re after modern flooring for living rooms, a black or white laminate can create a striking and contemporary look. These work well with a minimalist style and are also very easy to clean if your home is prone to mess.
Another thing to consider when choosing your wooden flooring is the grade, this only applies to real wood, so is something to look at if you have engineered or solid wood flooring. For example, a rustic grade flooring features the typical characteristics of wood, including many knots (the small ovals you would find in wood), whereas a classic grade features no knots and creates a more modern look.
How to lay living room flooring
After choosing your living room floor it’s important to understand the installation process. Laying living room flooring is not as difficult as it looks and can easily be done by yourself without paying handyman fees.
Each type of flooring may have different installation methods, for example, solid wood may be a little tougher to install than laminate. However, most of our flooring follows a simple click method which involves simply clicking each plank into place using the tongue and groove system.
All types of floors for living room require underlay, except for vinyl. So start by adding a sheet of underlay to your subfloor. After that click each plank into place starting from the left-hand corner or the room. Certain types of flooring, for example, solid wood, may require nails or glue to fix the planks into place. If in doubt, be sure to read the installation guide that comes with your specific flooring.
After laying the boards, finish off by adding some beading to the perimeter of the room using a hammer and nails and your new floor is complete.
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