When it comes to choosing a flooring material for your bedroom, you’ll quickly find out there’s no perfect decision. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks. To help you choose the right material for you, we’ve come up with an article that compares pros and cons for bedroom flooring choices.
Carpet is probably the most popular bedroom flooring material choice. The fact that it’s warm and soft underfoot plays large role in why it’s so popular. Carpeting will also insulate from both cold and noise. On the other hand, carpet easily traps dust and other allergens, takes a lot of effort to keep clean and can possibly release harmful gases when installed.
Hardwood is another popular flooring material for the bedroom. It’s a good looking and durable material that’s easy to keep clean and can actually be recycled after it’s been replaced. Although it’s nowhere near as soft underfoot as carpeting, it’s much warmer and more comfortable than tile or stone. Problems with hardwood is that it’s relatively expensive, is somewhat tricky to maintain and doesn’t really provide much insulation.
Cork is nowhere near as popular as carpet or hardwood when it comes to bedrooms, but its popularity is growing all the time. Cork’s spongy texture is very soft underfoot and it’s much warmer than hardwoods. Because of its composition of tiny air chambers it’s naturally insulating and will keep heat in and noise out. Cork is easy to clean and actually has anti-microbial properties. On the downside, cork is easily scratched and not as durable as many other flooring materials yet can be almost as expensive as hardwood.
Vinyl is a popular choice because it’s relatively inexpensive and still soft underfoot. It’s easy to install and maintain, water resistant and quite long lasting. There’s also many different styles and patterns to choose from. Vinyl isn’t a particularly environmentally friendly material during its manufacture. There’s also the possibility that it will release harmful gases once installed and it won’t be recyclable when decommissioned.
Laminate flooring is often chosen because of its cheap price point, durability and wide range of designs available. It’s also easy to install and easy to clean. On the other hand, laminates are hard underfoot, don’t provide much insulation and are easily scratched. Laminates are difficult to restore and aren’t recyclable once removed.