When it comes to designing the bedroom, they focus their efforts on the color palette, the linens, and the furnishings. While all of those elements are certainly important, there’s another aspect of bedroom design that warrants as much attention: the floor.
When you think about it, you have a pretty intimate relationship with your bedroom floor. It’s the first surface your bare feet touch when you rise in the morning and the last thing they feel before you go to bed.
Bedroom flooring has a physical and psychological effect on you. It also has a big impact on the overall look of the space, as it grounds the entire room and pulls together the design.
Given how important your bedroom flooring is, choosing the right material is crucial. Whether you’re remodeling your existing bedroom or you are building a new house and choosing the materials for the space, you should put a lot of focus on the flooring selection.
But there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration – the look, the feel, durability, how it’s constructed, and your budget, for example – and so many different flooring materials to choose from that trying to figure out which option to choose can seem like a daunting task.
To help you on your quest for finding the perfect flooring material for your bedroom, we’ve put together a list of some of the best and most popular options. We’ve also highlighted the pros and cons of each option. If you want to find the best flooring for your bedroom, this list is a great place to start.
Of all the different flooring material options, carpeting is by far the most popular for the bedroom. It’s soft and warm underfoot and it creates a cozy feeling, so it’s easy to see why.
Carpet provides the perfect tactile experience for bare feet; it prevents you from getting feet when the weather is cold and it just feels lush and luxurious as you walk across it – especially carpeting that has a high pile and is made from high-end textiles.
Carpeting is also a sound-dampening material, so it can minimize the level of unwanted sounds from traveling into and out of the bedroom through the floor. When top-quality padding is laid underneath, carpeting also provides thermal insulation and prevent heat loss and keep your room nice and cozy.
Despite the numerous benefits carpeting can provide, there are a few downsides. Namely, it can be difficult to clean, allergens can get trapped inside the fibers, and typically, carpeting isn’t recyclable.
Lastly, lower-end carpeting may be made with harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can off-gas; an obvious health concern.
- It provides an excellent tactile experience
- Maintains warmth
- Available in an endless array of styles and colors
- Depending on the type, it can be very affordable
- It has sound-dampening qualities
- It’s difficult to maintain
- Allergens can get trapped in the fibers
- Some carpeting may off-gas hazardous chemicals
- Unless you’re experienced, it should be installed by a professional
Hardwood is also an extremely popular flooring choice for bedrooms. In fact, it’s one of the most popular flooring materials for living rooms, dining rooms, dens, home offices, and several other rooms in the home.
Not only does hardwood flooring offer a timeless elegance, but it’s durable and adds coziness to the space. Additionally, hardwood is extremely durable; as you change the décor in your bedroom, you’ll never have to worry about hardwood not tying in with the design. And, believe it or not, hardwood is actually quite eco-friendly.
Dark mahogany, cheery cherry, light maple; there are so many different colors to choose from. There are also an assortment of finishes available and the size of the planks vary, too. You can even combine different types and create details inlays and borders.
In other words, you can create a really customized, one-of-a-kind look with hardwood. Plus, it’s relatively easy to clean, and unlike carpeting, there’s no need to worry about allergens or off-gassing.
There are a few downsides to note, however. Hardwood doesn’t have thermal or sound insulation qualities, so heat and noise transfer could be a problem. Though it’s easy to clean, it can be difficult to maintain.
Hardwood is prone to scratching and while it can resist stains to a certain degree, staining is possible. Hardwood floors also have to be sealed on occasion, and eventually, they have to be stripped and refinished.
It doesn’t provide any cushioning and it’s harder on the feet than carpeting. Depending on the type and the size of your bedroom, it can be pretty expensive to install.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Endless color and design options
- Extreme versatility
- Offers timeless elegance that will last for years to come
- Increases property value and offers a great return on investment
- Relatively easy to clean
- It can be quite pricey
- It’s prone to scratching and does require occasional resealing and eventually, it does have to be stripped and refinished
- Doesn’t offer an thermal or sound insulation properties
- Doesn’t provide any cushioning
If you like the idea of hardwood flooring but you aren’t keen on the idea of walking on chilly, hard floors, cork may be the right option for you.
Though it isn’t as widely used as carpeting or hardwood, cork is gaining popularity as a bedroom flooring material. It’s softer than hardwood and has a bouncy feel as you walk across it.
In fact, it’s almost as forgiving as carpeting; it’s warm underfoot, too. These factors combined create a great tactile experience.
Thanks to dozens of small air bubbles throughout the material, cork offers great thermal and sound insulation properties. It retains heat a lot better than hardwood and it also reduces the amount of noise transmission. As long as the surface is properly sealed and reapplied, cork is quite stain-resistant and it’s easy to maintain.
Lastly, cork is an anti-allergen and anti-microbial flooring material, which means you’ll breathe a lot better while you’re sleeping.
Now for the downsides. Since cork is a soft material, it’s prone to scratching; even pet claws and heeled shoes can potentially damage the surface. Another problem: while it can be refinished from time to time, eventually, it will have to be replaced.
In regard to eco-friendliness, it actually isn’t as green as hardwood. While the material itself is renewable, synthetic resins and adhesives are applied to it, which can have an impact on the environment. It’s for that very reason that most recycling centers won’t accept cork flooring.
However, despite this, cork is still a more environmentally friendly than carpeting and laminate. Lastly, it can be expensive.
- The warmth and “sponginess” of cork feels great underfoot
- It offers both sound and thermal insulation properties
- It’s an anti-allergen and anti-microbial flooring material
- It’s stain resistant
- It looks great and it’s highly versatile
- It scratches easily
- Though it can be refinished, the average life-expectancy of cork is about 25 years
- It can be expensive
- It isn’t as environmentally friendly as hardwood
If you’re looking for something that’s highly durable, can be easily customized, and doesn’t cost a bundle, vinyl flooring is a great choice. Sheet vinyl comes in an endless array of colors and styles, so you can really create a unique look for your bedroom.
There’s also high-end luxury vinyl flooring, which comes in tongue-and-groove planks that mimics the look of authentic hardwood, natural stone, and ceramic tile so well that it’s virtually indistinguishable from the real deal
The big downsides to vinyl is that it isn’t an eco-friendly flooring material and as a result of the chemicals that are used in production, it can off-gas.
- It’s almost completely waterproof, making it an ideal choice for bedrooms in coastal areas or that feature an en suite.
- It’s easy to clean and maintain
- Though it isn’t as soft as carpeting or cork, vinyl is softer than hardwood
- It’s cost-effective
- Installation can be a relatively easy DIY project
- Available in a wide array of designs
- It has a relatively long life expectancy, with high-quality vinyl lasting as long as 20 years or more
- It isn’t eco-friendly, as it requires non-renewable petroleum and a significant amount of energy to produce. Additionally, it isn’t recyclable.
- Depending on the type, vinyl flooring can off-gas toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, for weeks after it has been installed
- It doesn’t offer any sound or heat insulation properties, so it may feel cold underfoot and noise transmission may be a problem
- If damaged, it may be difficult to repair
Flooring Materials to Skip for the Bedroom
While any of the above-mentioned flooring materials would work well in a bedroom, there are some materials that you should avoid; namely, natural stone and ceramic tile.
Both are hard and cold and can be uncomfortable to walk on. They also provide even less noise insulation than hardwood and vinyl, so unwanted noises traveling into and out of your bedroom can be a big problem.