How To Choose New Flooring For Your Home In Under 30 Minutes

January 28, 2014
Posted in Decor

Choosing new flooring for your home doesn’t need to be stressful. This quick guide will help you pick the perfect floor for any room in the house, in less than 30 minutes! So, whether you’re moving into a new property, or just redecorating, make use of these handy tips.


The rooms
Firstly, make a list of any rooms that you want to purchase new flooring for. It may just be one room in the house or the whole property that needs redoing. You will need to measure each room and add it to your list, so that you have it with you when you go shopping for the new flooring. You should measure the width of the room and the depth, using a tape measure and an extra pair of hands. If you have an oddly shaped room, with alcoves or curved walls, then it may be worth asking a professional to do it for you, so that you have exact measurements.

Next up is the budget for the new floors. You can either set a budget for each room or give yourself a total budget to spend, depending on what you find easiest. Some people prefer having a budget per room, as some flooring may be more expensive for certain parts of the house. If you have no idea what your budget should be then take a look at the price of flooring online, to work out the average cost. Keep your budget in mind at all times when you’re shopping for flooring; otherwise you could end up going well over your 30 minutes trying to decide if its worth the price.

Carpet, wood or vinyl?
You have a list of rooms and the budget together, now it’s the most important step of all; deciding what kind of flooring you want. Here are the main types of flooring and their pros and cons:
● Carpet – The most popular for all living areas of the home. Perfect for insulation but can be difficult to keep clean.
● Wood – A lovely alternative to carpet if you prefer something more rustic. Maintaining wood flooring is not always easy, but it is the best looking option.
● Vinyl – Most houses use vinyl flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. It is easy to keep clean and generally the cheapest out of the three. Vinyl flooring may not last as long as other types though.

Colours and Design
The final step is to pick the colour and design of your new flooring. You don’t have to be an interior designer to know what looks best in your house, but have a look online for ideas and inspiration. You can also use websites such as Butler Cox Flooring to see pictures of certain floors in different settings. Pick neutral coloured carpet for pale-walled living rooms or geometric patterned vinyl for contemporary bathrooms. Choose wisely, as a great floor can transfer an entire room.

Phew! That’s it; you’re done. You now know exactly what you need; go ahead and purchase your new flooring. Oh, and don’t forget to find someone to fit it for you too.

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