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Choosing flooring for the upstairs of the house

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA         When it comes to choosing what type of flooring you want for the upstairs of the house, you can separate the rooms into two categories: wet rooms (such as bathrooms) and then the rest. This article looks at the rest: bedrooms, the landing, stairs, and any other rooms you may have upstairs. To read about what type of flooring to include in wet areas, please click here.

Carpet – the popular choice
It is quite normal for people to put the same type of flooring throughout the upstairs of the house, usually carpet. But why is carpet such a popular choice for the upstairs rooms of the house? Because more often than not you will be walking around barefoot upstairs, whether that is last thing at night when going to the bathroom to brush your teeth, first thing in the morning when heading to the shower, or walking to your child’s room in the middle of the night when they’ve had a bad dream. You’ll be barefoot usually, so you want something that is soft, warm, luxurious and comfortable.

One of the other advantages of carpet is that it is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, so you don’t have to have the same carpet throughout– you can have a blue carpet in the master bedroom to match the decor there, a green carpet in the spare bedroom to match the decor there, and a beige carpet on the landing and the stairs if you so choose.

Carpet is also available to suit a wide range of budgets. If you are trying to save money, it makes sense to put a better quality carpet in the master bedroom and on the stairs and landing, as you are going to be spending more time walking on the carpet there. You should put a cheaper carpet in the spare bedroom, as it will probably only get walked on about once a week and so will last longer.

Other options

Although carpet is by far the most popular choice for the upstairs rooms of the house, it isn’t your only option. You might not want carpet upstairs because you or your family are asthmatic, or because carpet would not match the character of your house.

All of the other four key types of flooring – laminate, wood, vinyl or luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) are good options for the upstairs of your house, however they will probably feel quite cold on bare feet, especially in the winter, so you might want to consider underfloor heating.

If you do want to go down this route, your options are an engineered wood floor, a laminate floor, or an LVT floor. LVT floors in particular look fantastic in bedrooms, and each floor is unique, meaning you can design a floor to match the character and feel of your bedroom. An LVT floor is limited only by your imagination!

For more advice on what type of flooring is best for which room of the house, please take a look at our room by room flooring guide, give us a call on 01522 524374, or pop in to our company showroom where our experienced sales staff will be happy to guide and advise you further.

Choosing flooring for wet areas

Bathroom imageOne question that we are frequently asked is what type of flooring is suitable for certain rooms in the house. Quite often this is regarding rooms in the house that are likely to get wet. The key rooms that fall into this category are the bathroom and the kitchen.

Out of the five main types of flooring – carpet, wood, vinyl, laminate and Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs), wood is the most unsuitable choice for a wet area. We would advise against putting it in a kitchen, and would categorically refuse to put it in a bathroom. Why? Because a wood floor will soak up water like a sponge, drawing moisture from the air when it is damp and expanding, releasing moisture and shrinking when the air is dry.

You can use carpets in both kitchens and bathrooms, although very few people put carpets in their kitchens these days. This is largely due to cleanliness and hygiene issues – carpet gets wet, dirty and greasy from cooking. People do still like to have carpets in the bathroom for the same reason that they have carpets in the bedroom and the rest of the upstairs area of the house – because it is soft, warm and comfortable underfoot.

The downside of course is that it absorbs water and you get a damp carpet, although if you house has central heating then this is not as much of a problem as it will dry out. Still, if you want carpet in your bathroom, you might want to consider a hard area around your shower or bath so that you don’t step out on to your carpet with bare feet, and you also might want to consider manmade fibres.

Laminate isn’t a great option for wet areas either, although it can be used in kitchens and frequently is. It is low maintenance and looks fantastic, but doesn’t perform well if it gets wet. A washing machine leak or a back door that’s frequently left open can ruin it, so you need to take steps to make sure it doesn’t get wet if using it in a kitchen.

The two best options for wet areas are LVTs and vinyl. Vinyl doesn’t mind water, making it ideal for areas that get wet. It is low maintenance, looks great, and good quality vinyl is hardwearing and (most importantly for wet areas) slip resistant. Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) look incredible and have a fantastic impact. They allow you to be unique and creative with your flooring, and are quite low maintenance. Also, both vinyl and LVT floors allow for underfloor heating, so you can walk around barefoot in your bathroom or kitchen if you want to, without getting cold feet!

For more advice on what type of flooring is best for which room of the house, please take a look at our room by room flooring guide which covers all rooms of the house, give us a call on 01522 524374, or pop in to our company showroom where our experienced sales staff will be happy to guide and advise you further.