Living Room Flooring Buying Guide

When choosing flooring for the living room there are a number of factors that come into your play. Aside from the material and type of flooring – carpet, vinyl or laminate – you must also think about the look, colour and design as well as the practicality with regards to cleaning, maintenance and general use.



Living room flooring can be neutral to fit seamlessly into existing decor or bold and patterned to add a unique style element and focal point to the space. The flooring you choose can even help to make your living room look and feel larger, and is therefore a vital component of any interior style.

1. What type of flooring can you have in a living room?

Living Room Carpets

Promising a soft and luxurious feel underfoot, carpets are a traditional flooring choice that remain relatively popular in living rooms. Sinking your toes into the deep fibres of carpet is an indulgence many love and with such a diverse selection of plain and patterned carpets in various designs, colours and types there really is something for everyone.

One thing you should look out for is hard wearing carpets which are designed to withstand heavy footfall and lots of traffic. The living room is one of the busiest rooms in the home, so you need a carpet that is made for heavy use and won’t suffer from constant wear and tear or be easily marked by heavy furniture.

Loop pile is a good option for this purpose, providing you don’t have pets, while twist carpets are an all-round option suitable for living room carpets.

Our Berber carpets come with either 5 or 10 year guarantees which makes them another popular choice in the living room.

Living Room Laminate Flooring

For those who want a modern hard floor for their living room, laminate is an obvious choice. Laminate flooring is a relatively new flooring solution and has taken the world by storm due to its versatile nature and the fact it’s reasonably priced.QUATTRO 8 IMPERIAL OAK LAMINATE FLOORINGLaminate flooring is a favourite in living rooms because it is extremely attractive and scratch resistant which is ideal if you have young children and/or pets in your home. It also comes in a great range of styles including authentic textured wood and stone or tile effect laminate which mimics the appearance of traditional floors, but for a fraction of the price.

Laminate flooring is also much easier to clean than some other options and this means busy families find it a practical choice for the living room. Dirt, pet hairs and other material can be easily swept or vacuumed (providing you have an appropriate vacuum cleaner) while wet spills will not soak into the floor and can be easily wiped clean.

Living Room Vinyl Flooring

Another hard floor option, vinyl flooring is similar to laminate but sold in sheets or tiles that are stuck to the subfloor rather than as interlocking planks or tiles which “float” above the surface. Although vinyl flooring is most commonly used in the bathroom or kitchen, it is still a suitable option for living rooms and offers a great range of styles, designs and colours as well as outstanding practicality.

Like laminate, it is easy to clean and maintain but it also comes in variable thicknesses to match your needs. Styles include everything from mosaic vinyl flooring to tile effect and wood effect solutions that give you the freedom to create the look you want in your home.

2. Which flooring should you choose for a living room?

Choosing the right flooring for your living room will depend greatly on how often the room is used, if you have children or pets, and your overall taste in style. It is important that your living room floor not only complements your interior style but also works well with your lifestyle and is fully functional.

What are the benefits of carpets in living rooms?

Carpets have been used in living rooms for many years and that’s because of their charm, elegance and above all – comfort. With the installation of a high quality carpet in your living room you can be sure of pure luxury underfoot and additional warmth throughout your home.

Carpets are also known for their fantastic sound and heat insulation but are also energy efficient, meaning you can save your money on your energy bills. Their range of styles, designs and colours makes it easy to add a focal point to your living room and means you’re guaranteed to find the perfect choice for you.

What texture carpet is good for a living room?

The texture of your living room carpet will depend greatly on your lifestyle and how you use the room. For example, if your living room is only likely to be used on a few occasions for entertaining guests or on special occasions then you could opt for a Saxony carpet which has a larger loop pile and is extremely soft underfoot.

For the majority of people who use their living room on a daily basis, a more hard wearing textured carpet is needed. Shorter pile and twist carpets are recommended for those with young children or pets as they boast higher durability and won’t be as easily snagged by pet claws.

Why is laminate flooring a great choice for a living room?

Laminate flooring has many benefits when added to the living room. It is easy to clean which means that family homes with kids and/or pets can benefit from a stylish and attractive floor that doesn’t require lots of maintenance. Its range of designs and styles also guarantees that there will be an option to suit your preferences and even allows the look of traditional wood, stone and tile floors to be recreated at a fraction of the cost.

Laminate floors are also easy to install and can even be fitted by keen DIY enthusiasts with no professional help. As the floor “floats” on the surface of the subfloor, it is more flexible and the interlocking planks can also be replaced if damage occurs.

Most laminates are stain, scratch and slip resistant too which makes them incredibly safe to use in the living room. They may also be suitable for use with underfloor heating systems to provide additional comfort in this crucial area of the home.

Is vinyl flooring a stylish option for a living room?

Rhino style moyen wood effect vinylYes. In many ways, vinyl flooring combines all the benefits of carpet with the practicality of laminate flooring. With a range of wood effect vinyl flooring available from Carpetright along with tile effect options, you can be sure to create the ultimate modern edge in your living room with this stylish choice.

Which type of flooring would suit a modern living room?

Whether you choose vinyl, laminate or carpet for your living room you will find modern options to suit your decor. With carpet, block colours are recommended over traditional patterns with neutral tones particularly popular. For hard floors such as vinyl and laminate, wood effect is an ideal choice for modern homes and can be combined with plain or patterned rugs for added depth of style.

Wood effects in natural grains, such as oak effect laminate, or in painted options such as white are particularly popular for modern homes while some tile effect vinyl and laminates can also add a modern feel to this room.

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.

Why not take advantage of our sample services to ensure you’re making the right choice?

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3. How do you care for living room flooring?

All types of flooring require maintenance and care, especially those fitted in the living room. If you have a living room carpet then it is essential that you clean it on a regular basis with a vacuum cleaner. Carpet shampoo or steam cleaning should then be completed periodically to lift deeper dirt and stains.

AUCKLAND BERBER TEXTURED CARPETFor hard floor options (vinyl and laminate), a similar approach is needed. Brush on a regular basis to remove loose debris, dirt and pet hairs, or use a vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment. A fairly frequent wash should also be completed using warm water and detergent – but you should ensure that you never soak these floors or leave water to stand on their surface as this will cause damage and pose a risk of slips and trips.

Instead, use a well wrung out mop or damp cloth to clean the floors. Cleaning wipes are also available. You should check any detergents or chemicals are safe to use before use and ensure the floor is dried thoroughly afterwards as these floors are non-absorbent.

Useful products and accessories

1. Carpets

Browse our full collection of carpets to find stylish, hardwearing options for your living room or other areas of your home. Take a look at our accompanying underlay to get the best new floors you can.

2. Laminate Flooring

Take a look at our laminate flooring choices for a practical addition to your living room. Available in wood and tile effects, these floors are also suitable for other areas of the home.

3. Vinyl Flooring

Explore our vinyl flooring collection and see how this practical option can be used in your living room or other areas of the home.

4. Living Room Flooring Safety Advice

Always read the labels of any cleaning products you use to ensure they are safe for your flooring and for the rest of your family.

For vinyl and laminate always ensure that any spillages are cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent slips and falls. If you add a rug to the floor then ensure it is slip resistant or rubber backed.

Always fit carpet with underlay to protect the subfloor and prolong the life of your flooring. Arrange furniture sensibly in the room to reduce the risk of damage or injury and re-position heavy items every now and again to reduce the depth of indentations left in carpets or marks on hard floors.

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