The flooring you choose for any room in your home is important but especially when it comes to key areas such as the bathroom. As well as the practical considerations you make over the type of floors you have, you also need to think carefully about style and appearance to ensure you get a great looking room that’s fit for purpose.
Our range of bathroom flooring has everything you need to get the look and feel you want in this important room, guaranteeing the highest levels of both safety and comfort. Find out everything you need to know about how to choose the right bathroom flooring for your home.
1. What are the different types of bathroom flooring options?
Although modern trends typically favour hard floors such as vinyl in the bathroom, carpet is still a viable option. We stock specialist bathroom carpets that have waterproof backings so you can sink your toes into soft and indulgent carpet fibres after a shower or bath. Bathroom carpets are typically stain-resistant too, and as they come in a great range of colours you get plenty of choice over the design and style.
Bathroom vinyl flooring
The more common choice in today’s world, vinyl flooring is perhaps most popular in bathrooms and kitchens. This type of hard floor is easy to clean and maintain, not to mention water-resistant and slip-resistant; the perfect combination for safe bathroom flooring. Also available in a range of styles and designs, you can choose vinyl in sheets/rolls or as tiles with everything from plain colours and patterned tiles or wood effect options to create myriad of styles.
2. Which flooring type is best for a bathroom?
The flooring which you consider best for your bathroom will be dependent on your personal preferences. Essentially, any flooring that is water resistant is suitable for the bathroom and can be used there.
What are the benefits of a bathroom carpet?
The main benefits of bathroom carpet are undeniably the comfort and reduced risk of slipping. Bathroom carpets have a water-resistant backing to prevent water from damaging or collecting on the subfloor but allowing it to penetrate the surface fibres of the carpet. This means no surface water can collect, thus eliminating the risk of slips and trips. Carpet is also incredibly comfortable underfoot and offers a sensational feeling when you first step out of the shower or bath.
Which type of carpet texture is best for a bathroom?
Loop pile or twist carpets are typically considered the best options for bathrooms. This is because their textures are hardwearing and durable,whilst still providing comfort underfoot. The cut fibres or twist carpets are particularly soft for those who want an indulgent feeling beneath their toes whereas tight loop piles are a more durable option designed for frequent use.
Why is vinyl flooring a good choice for a bathroom?
Vinyl flooring has many benefits that make it a great choice for bathrooms. The first and most obvious is the fact it is water-resistant which makes it perfectly suited to wet areas like the bathroom. Although vinyl floors are usually slip resistant, water can collect in puddles on the surface so care should always be taken when stepping from the bath or shower.
Another benefit of vinyl flooring is the easy maintenance which makes it a practical addition in your bathroom where hygiene is paramount. Vinyl floors also come in a great range of styles, designs, colours and patterns so you can choose plain or wood and tile effect options to suit your style. Reasonably priced, they offer great value for money too and often come with a long shelf life.
Can you use luxury vinyl tiles in a bathroom?
Yes. Luxury vinyl tiles are suitable for use in many rooms of the home, including bathrooms. They are still water-resistant, which makes them ideal for wet rooms like the bathroom, but they offer a wider range of luxury finishes that can really elevate the look of your home. They are sold in individual tiles which are arranged and fixed in place to cover the floor and can be cut or trimmed to fit awkward spaces in the same way that vinyl sheet flooring.
Why is laminate flooring a bad choice for bathrooms?
Although laminate flooring is a popular choice in other areas of your home, it is not always considered suitable for bathrooms. This is because laminate flooring is a “floating” floor which is not glued, screwed or fixed into place. Instead, the planks or tiles lock together and form a flexible floor that hovers above the surface of the subfloor. This allows it to expand and contract as necessary but also means that it could distort in bathrooms due to the combination of heat and humidity. Risks of water damage are also fairly high with some laminate floors which unfortunately makes it unsuitable for use in the bathroom.
Before you buy, you may need to measure up and do some calculations.You can refer to our overall flooring buying guide for preparation information.
Take advantage of our Sample Services to ensure you’re making the right choice in flooring.
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3. How do you fit flooring around bathroom furniture?
When you fit flooring in any room you will need to account for alcoves, recesses and other oddly shaped areas. You may also have to fit flooring around permanent features, such as radiators. In bathrooms, this requirement is enhanced by the position of bathroom furniture, but all bathroom floors can be fitted around these features easily.
With carpets or sheet vinyl you should let the flooring acclimatise to the room before fitting. Then, start your installation at the longest and straightest wall. Lay the flooring flat across the room or as much of the open floor as possible and press the floor firmly into the edges, trimming to leave around 2 inches at the edge.
Once trimmed, fix the floor into position using carpet strips or flooring adhesive. You should then continue across the rest of the room, ensuring the floor is kept flat and even while laying to avoid lumps and bumps. To cut around toilets, basins and other items of furniture, simply press the carpet even to the front of the toilet and make a cut straight from the middle front of the toilet to the back of the carpet or vinyl sheet. Re-lay the floor, placing it around the toilet, and then slowly cut the flooring around the toilet with a sharp knife before fixing into place.
The above procedures apply when fitting new floors to an existing bathroom. If you are replacing your bathroom suite/furniture and your flooring then we recommend fitting the flooring first and then adding any bathroom furniture or units afterwards to achieve the most professional finish.
4. How do you care for bathroom flooring?
How you care for your bathroom floors will depend on the specific flooring you have chosen.
Carpet bathroom flooring:
For carpets, regular vacuuming is required as with carpets in other rooms. A more thorough clean using a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner should also be completed to help remove deeper dirt. You should also ensure your bathroom is kept well ventilated and warm to help your carpet dry out after you have showered or bathed.
Vinyl bathroom flooring:
Loose debris and dirt can be removed from vinyl flooring using a soft brush or vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment. This should be done as regularly as is needed with the flooring cleaned weekly. To clean vinyl floors, use a well wrung out mop or damp cloth and warm water with detergent. Make sure any chemicals are safe for use on the vinyl and do not soak or wet the floor thoroughly, always drying any surface water immediately.
5. Bathroom Flooring Safety Advice
Always ensure any flooring fitted in your bathroom is water-resistant and slip-resistant. Do not allow surface water to collect on vinyl floor and always wipe any spills immediately to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Check chemicals are safe for use on your bathroom floor before using and ensure that bathroom furniture is well secured and positioned sensibly to avoid accidents. If adding rugs or bathroom furnishings to vinyl floors, ensure they are rubber backed or well secured to prevent slipping and reduce the risk of trips and falls.
Always take care when using knives and other tools to fit your bathroom floors.
Useful products and accessories
Browse our full range of carpets, including those suitable for the bathroom, to find your perfect style.
Take a look at our sheet and tile vinyl floors, perfect for bathrooms.
For flooring solutions to complete the rest of your home, take a look at our selection of laminate floors.