Bedroom Basics: Three Flooring Options to Consider
You should be able to start every morning off right. Maybe for you, that means waking up with the sun, enjoying a cup of coffee, or going for a jog. Perhaps it means lounging in bed and relaxing as long as you possibly can. Whatever your morning routine may look like, a good day should begin when you first step out of bed.
That’s why it’s essential to have the best flooring for your bedroom. Every flooring material has its pros and cons, but what matters most is your priorities and how they factor into your decision. Today, we’ll take a look at a few of the top flooring solutions for your bedroom.
Putting carpet down in your bedroom is a surefire way to ensure cozy toes in the morning. However, recently, it’s started to fall out of favor in lieu of a preference for sleeker, more modern surfaces.
Having permanent carpet in your bedroom is excellent for insulation. Not only does it help with thermal retention, but it also has excellent sound-muffling properties. Lots of folks find they sleep better in a warm, quiet, carpeted bedroom. Many homeowners prefer carpet for bedrooms because it makes the room feel comfortable and homey. It also has a highly cushioned surface, making it a safe choice for young children’s bedrooms. Best of all, carpet is highly economical, ringing in at approximately $2-3 per square foot.
Along with being an absolute magnet for stains, carpet fibers can trap all kinds of dirt, dust, and debris. Even with regular cleaning, things can still get packed down and stuck in the carpet backing. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, carpet can play host to all manner of microscopic beings that may exacerbate your medical issues. Carpet should be vacuumed at least weekly and shampooed every few months. For the environmentally-conscious homeowner, carpet may not be ideal, either. New carpet uses a lot of chemicals in production, which can later off-gas in the home, and it can’t be recycled, so after you’re done with it, it’s off to the landfill.
Hardwood flooring is a highly sought-after feature for many homebuyers. Even years after installation, hardwood retains its original elegance and durability.
There’s a reason hardwood floors are timeless. Hardwood is beautiful, strong, and, when well-looked after, will last for many, many years. It is more durable than other options and is warmer to the touch than ceramic or porcelain tiles. It’s easy to clean, and unlike carpet, it is a good choice for those with allergies. Not only will you love hardwood in your bedroom, so will the house’s next occupants. Hardwood can be a big selling factor for prospective homeowners and can increase your home’s market value.
Probably the biggest drawback is that the natural elegance and durability of hardwood comes with a hefty price tag. Depending on your choice of materials, hardwood can range in price from $6-25 per sqft. Although hardwood is quite resilient, when damage does occur, it can be tricky to repair or replace. It also needs to be periodically resealed to help maintain its quality and appearance. To its benefit, it lacks carpet’s dust-retaining attributes, but it also lacks carpet’s sound and thermal-insulating capabilities.
Laminate strikes a happy medium between carpet and hardwood. It is an excellent, affordable solution that will satisfy any homeowner.
Laminate is attractive, lightweight, and easy-to-install. Because it is a manufactured textile, its design is extremely versatile. You can find laminate that imitates tile, stone, or even hardwood, and does so quite convincingly. It is highly durable thanks to its thin plastic wear cover, making it scratch, stain, and fade-resistant. It is also decently resistant to water, and it is super easy to clean; all it needs is a regular sweep and an occasional mop. Best of all, laminate is extremely affordable, costing around $3 per square foot.
Although laminate is designed to mimic other natural flooring materials, some eagle-eyed homeowners have found it to look “fake.” Like hardwood, laminate is quite durable, but damaged pieces can’t really be repaired and instead should just be replaced. Laminate can also be slightly slick, so if you have mobility issues, it might not be the right one for you because of slips and falls.
If you’re still unsure about which bedroom flooring option is right for you, the design team at Winthorpe Design & Build is ready to help you explore the possibilities. We’re your local experts for all things home improvement. We’ll do the heavy lifting so you can sit back and enjoy the results. Reach out today, and let’s talk about it!