October 22, 2020
Waking up first thing in the morning and touching the ground with your bare feet can be greatly enhanced with a luxurious or pleasantly tactile flooring finish.
Similarly, last thing at night when tucking up in bed it’s comforting to have the feel of a snug floor underfoot before going to sleep. Bedroom flooring is not perhaps at the top of the ‘must do’ list when embarking on an interior design project but nevertheless it repays time and investment to choose a good quality option. Bedroom flooring is one of those areas where a little imagination can go a long way.
The flooring treatment and finish can make the difference between a luxurious and calming interior and one that will just do one. Bedroom flooring can lighten a dark oppressive bedroom. In this article, we will consider what are the best flooring options for your bedroom and provide an overview of what’s involved with the installation of each option.
LUSH WHITE NATURE 120X120
Carpeting was at one time the only real flooring option in the bedroom—after its mass manufacture made it more affordable. Having replaced floorboards and rugs in an earlier period the thick pile carpet is still popular but nowadays there are many more great flooring choices that will bring a different and unique ambience to the bedroom.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a very suitable option for bedroom flooring due to their excellent performance in terms of the attractive range of available finishes, durability, and easy maintenance.
Because we spend so much time in the bedroom space tends to generate a lot of dust. With tiled floors, cleaning and dust collection is much easier than with other flooring options. Under-floor heating is also compatible with tiles in the bedroom which provides an extra dimension of comfort. Rugs and mats also help warm up the floor and provide a complimentary designer flourish.
44.3 × 44.3
White porcelain tile with a matt-gloss finish and a concrete effect.
As with other flooring options, preparation is crucial and following manufacturer’s advice is imperative with regard to adhesive, grout and spacers.
The preparation of a dry run so to speak is also recommended in order to make sure the floor tiles don’t require any awkward cuts. When laying tiles it’s important to have all the necessary tools at hand because timing is everything when it comes to achieving an even and lasting result. Start in the middle of the room and work towards the edges in rows using a spirit level to ensure the floor tiles are level and even. This link provides helpful tips regarding how to tile a floor.
The feel of natural wood and its grain underfoot provides another sensation that can convert the bedroom into a room not just for sleeping.
Generally speaking, parquet flooring is divided into two groups: solid (milled from a solid piece of timber) and engineered (composed of different layers). Equally, there are many variations on parquet flooring designs, from the straightforward parallel boards to patterns including herringbone, chevron, brick pattern, etc. that lend very different results. Parquet flooring can be glued down (using a bonding agent) or float (involving one of a number of clicking-together mechanisms). Parquet flooring in the bedroom adds value to a home.
Advance 1L Natural
18 x 220 x 1.1
220cm Long and 18cm wide with HDF core, thickness of 1.1cm with 2.5mm hardwood wear layer. The click system for assembly allows for an easy and quick installation.
The most important consideration for parquet flooring is ensuring a good quality installation that will remain solidly in place.
The choice of system depends on the substrate and structure of the home. Always consult a specialist to get the optimum timber flooring for your individual situation. Follow this link to find out more about how to lay parquet flooring.
For warmth underfoot, an organic feel and its range of colours and finishes it is hard to beat laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is one that is composed of several layers all fused together in order to ensure durability and comfort.
It is typically installed as planks or boards that ‘click’ together. The sophisticated finish of wood laminate flooring ensures a realistic imitation of organic timber. Likewise, stone laminate flooring recreates the surface finish and texture of natural stone which can add a designer feature in the bedroom that compliments bedroom furniture and other installations, such as wardrobes and storage. Because laminate flooring is a composite material suitable qualities for bedroom flooring include its soft impact, durability and easy maintenance.
AC5 Cross Chevron Grey
This product stand out due to its installation system, as it is mounted on a strip measuring 118.4×29.34×0.8cm which then adopts a chevron layout.
Manufacturers recommend laying a foam underlay as part of the substrate which provides a damp proof membrane that keeps the flooring dry and prevents rising damp. It also provides additional sound and impact absorption.
The most important layer of the laminate flooring is the High Density Fibreboard (HDF) which guarantees its quality and durability. Laminate floors ‘float’, that means that they are not glued down with adhesive, instead they depend on a click mechancism to remain in place. This makes laminate flooring suitable for installation over existing floors.
A good quality laminate flooring material should be between 6 and 12mm in thickness. Remember to make allowances for door saddles and architraves when laying the laminate flooring. Always allow for expansion joints of 1cm minimum around a room perimeter. Remember to set out any new laminate flooring at 90 degrees to any existing floorboards. Click here to learn more about how to lay laminate flooring.
Soft under foot, practically indestructible and very versatile vinyl flooring has evolved like no other flooring option in recent years.
These improved qualities make vinyl ideal for bedroom flooring. The vinyl roll of a previous era has been brought bang up-to-date with a range of finishes inspired by nature, available in tile and plank options. Because vinyl is particularly suited to wet or humid environments the bedroom flooring can be continuous with the en-suite.
Linkfloor Mountain Ash
17.78 × 121.92 × 0.5
Mountain Ash has the natural look and feel of wood but with all of the practical advantages of vinyl flooring.
The substrate must be perfectly dry and perfectly level before commencing the laying of vinyl. Leave the vinyl in the room to be floored for a minimum of 24 hours prior to starting the job.
Using a damp proof membrane is recommended under the vinyl which should be aid in overlapping rolls. Leave a gap of 1cm around the perimeter of the room using nylon spacers, then start form one end of the room and lay the tiles or planks. Do not leave lees than a 30cm between adjacent planks to ensure and even surface. Most tiles or planks have a click mechanism that ensures a good fit. Follow this link for a more in-depth description of laying vinyl flooring.
Just like any room in the home some flooring options are preferable to others for the specific circumstances of the bedroom. Much depends on the individual circumstances. Ceramic tiles are recommended for their easy maintenance, durability, and range of styles, among other things. Laminate and vinly flooring can provide excellent results on a more restricted budget (although there are also high grade variations as well) while parquet bedroom flooring is an investment that will provide years of pleasure and warmth underfoot.
The most important thing for ensuring a good result is that the floor should be even and free from moisture. See vinyl flooring above for a general overview regarding precaution and recommendations for laying vinyl flooring.
Vinyl flooring is not only suitable but recommended for the bedroom. Its hygienic and easy to maintain qualities make it appropriate for bedroom flooring.
This depends on the orientation of the room, the position of the furniture within the bedroom (especially the bed itself) and the scale of the space. For smaller bedrooms keeping the boards parallel with the direction of the bed helps make the room feel more spacious. For larger spaces that include a dressing area and perhaps a separate chair or small sofa having the planks perpendicular to the bed will create greater visual interest with the collection of furniture as a whole. Alternatively with parquet diagonal or random patterns are an option.