As one of the most frequently used rooms in the home, it is vital that you have appropriate flooring in your kitchen. This not only means finding a floor that looks great, but also one which is safe and suitable for a kitchen environment.
When choosing the best flooring for your kitchen you need to make practical as well as stylistic considerations to ensure you get the most out of this vital room.
1. What are the different types of kitchen flooring?
Carpet is a relatively uncommon choice for kitchens in today’s world but there are some options which are suitable. If you have your heart set on kitchen carpets then make sure you opt for a thick and robust pile that can withstand heavy use. Carpet tiles may be preferable to a single roll or length of carpet.
Laminate kitchen flooring
A more common option, laminate flooring is incredibly popular in the kitchen because it is easy to fit and maintain. Laminate is available in numerous designs and styles with tile effect and wood effect the most popular for kitchens. They are sold in planks which interlock together to create a “floating” floor.
Vinyl kitchen flooring
Water-resistant, hard wearing and durable – vinyl floors are also popular in the kitchen. They can be fitted in sheets or as luxury vinyl tiles and are incredibly easy to maintain. Vinyl floor comes in a great range of colours, patterns and styles too so you can match your choice to your home.
2. How do you choose the right kitchen floor?
The right kitchen floor for you and your home will depend on your personal preferences and tastes. As long as the flooring is fit for purpose and can withstand the demands of this busy area, the choice really is up to you.
Why is laminate flooring a good choice for a kitchen?
Laminate flooring works well in the kitchen because it is easy to maintain and fit. The interlocking planks create a “floating” floor which expands and contracts to provide flexible flooring while looking great. With a professional finish achieved by high quality wood and tile effect designs, laminate flooring can be found to suit any style of modern or traditional kitchen and only requires regularly sweeping or vacuuming and the occasional clean with a damp cloth or well wrung out mop. Water-resistant and slip-resistant, it is a practical choice for this busy room.
Are carpets in the kitchen practical?
Although not as common as other types of flooring, carpets can be fitted into kitchens if you desire. In terms of practicality, a hard wearing and durable carpet may be suitable in the kitchen but it is worth remembering that the fibres can absorb liquid spills and other debris and thus require greater maintenance. Carpets will be completely slip resistant and will not allow surface water to collect though so some safety aspects are enhanced.
Although all of our carpets are tested for fire safety and made to be fire-resistant, caution should still be observed and this means extra safety precautions may be needed if fitting them into a kitchen.
Is vinyl flooring the right option for a kitchen?
Vinyl flooring has many great features that make it a good option for the kitchen. As the material is resilient it can withstand the regular use of this room while also offering easy, fuss-free maintenance thanks to its wipe clean surface. Vinyl is also easy to replace when damaged or marked as sections can be cut out and replaced entirely instead of replacing the entire floor and this makes it incredible practical for rooms like the kitchen where damage may be more likely.
Which flooring option is the best for a modern kitchen?
Any type of flooring can be used in a modern kitchen providing you pick the right style and design. As a general rule, laminates and vinyls are the most popular choice with sleek tile and wood effect designs some of the most popular. Carpets are not typically associated with modern kitchens, but if you pick an appropriate design or colour then they can still look stunning.
Which type of flooring is the easiest to clean?
Vinyl and laminate floors are typically considered the easiest to clean in the kitchen. This is because they both have hard floor surfaces that can simply be brushed clean of loose debris and washed with warm water and detergent using a damp cloth or well wrung out mop. All cleaning chemicals should be checked to ensure they are safe for use with vinyl or laminate floors and these floors are much easier to clean stains caused by food and liquids from than carpets. If you do decide to fit carpets in your kitchen then regular vacuuming and cleaning with a carpet shampoo or steam cleaner can help them stay looking their best but will require more work.
Before you buy, you may need to measure up and do some calculations. You can refer to our overall flooring buying guide for extra preparation information.
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3. How do you measure a kitchen for flooring?
Like any room in your home, it is important to measure your kitchen carefully for flooring. How this is done will depend on a few factors including the shape of your kitchen and the type of flooring you intend to fit.
For square rooms, simply measure the length and width of the room and times the two numbers together to discover the square footage of the floor space. For awkwardly shaped kitchens, consider splitting the room into square or rectangular sections and work out the surface area of each section before adding together for the grand total.
If you are buying flooring that comes on a roll, such as carpets or sheet final, you can specify the length and width of flooring you need, but should ask for up to 10% extra to allow for waste, cutting and positioning.
With laminate or vinyl floors sold in planks or tiles, you will need to work out how many packs you need to cover your floor by dividing the surface area each pack covers into the total surface area of your room. Once again, you should always invest in a few extra packs to allow for cutting, positioning and the matching of pattens (where applicable).
4. How do you install kitchen flooring?
Kitchen flooring is installed in the same way as flooring for any other room in the house. Make sure that the room is clear and swept clean before starting.
With sheet vinyl and carpet, simply spread the flooring over the floor and trim to size, leaving around a 2 inch gap at each edge. Fix into place with adhesive or carpet grips and use a roller or similar too to stretch the material into place and ensure there are no lumps or bumps. Once fixed, you can trim the excess material from the edges and finish the flooring at skirting boards.
For laminate flooring, you should begin laying planks at one wall using spacers between the first board and the wall to provide the expansion gap that is needed. These planks interlock together so you should work methodically from one side of the room to the other. You will probably need to cut some boards to size when reaching the end of the room, doorways or fixed furniture.
Vinyl tiles are glued into position and you should start laying them from the centre of the room, matching any patterns as you can. Make sure you use a roller to flatten the surface of the tiles and achieve an even finish free from lumps and bumps. Again, you may need to cut tiles to size at doorways, walls and when fitting floors around kitchen furniture or units.
5. How do you care for kitchen flooring?
How you care for your kitchen floors will depend on the type of flooring you have invested in, but essentially all floors require some form of regular maintenance.
Kitchen carpets should be vacuumed regularly and cleaned with a steam cleaner or carpet shampoo on a semi regular basis to remove any in-ground stains or dirt. Laminate floors and vinyl can be swept or vacuumed clean of loose debris and wiped clean with a damp cloth or well wrung out mop and warm water with detergent. Always check cleaning chemicals are safe for use with your specific floors and ensure any spillages are cleaned immediately to eliminate risks in this busy room.
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Browse our full range of carpets to find options suitable for your kitchen. Take a look at carpet tiles for an alternative to carpet rolls.
2. Laminate Flooring
Add practicality and style to your kitchen with laminate floors – available in tile-effect and wood-effect designs that suit all interior decor styles.
3. Vinyl Flooring
Invest in easy-clean practicality with vinyl flooring for your kitchen. Buy as luxury tiles or sheet vinyl depending on the size and shape of your kitchen.
6. Kitchen Flooring Safety Advice
Any flooring added to your kitchen needs to be fit for purpose and safe to use. Ensure all floors are slip resistant and avoid adding mats or rugs which could pose a trip and fire hazard. If you do want to add a rug to your kitchen then opt for a rubber backed, non-slip rug that is flame-retardant and fire-resistant.
Always take care when using tools to cut your flooring to size and make sure any lumps or bumps in the subfloor are levelled before fitting. Ensure flooring is pulled tight across the floor to prevent lumps or bumps in your flooring and keep the area clear of unnecessary furniture or items that may pose a trip hazard.
Always keep entrances and exits clear in the kitchen and ensure the flooring you use is fire-resistant. Do not expose your floors to naked flames and keep them clear from obstacles or hazards.
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