Choosing Kitchen Flooring

Choosing Kitchen Flooring

Choosing Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen flooring has so many options that choosing kitchen flooring can be overwhelming. Flooring in the kitchen ranges from vinyl and linoleum to stone and wood. Installing vinyl kitchen flooring is easy and gives you a low maintenance floor. Installing wood floors in a kitchen gives you a durable and beautiful look. Flooring in the kitchen needs to be durable and easy to care for, and it needs to fit the style of your home and your family’s lifestyle. Kitchen floors also have to be comfortable for standing on for long periods of time, so shop well to get the right material to suit your needs.

How do you decide what kind of kitchen flooring to install? Choosing flooring for your kitchen is very challenging because it usually experiences wear and tear, and lots of traffic, it needs to look good, and be easy to clean. It is also a room that many guests will see, so you want to choose flooring that looks great, as well as being functional and practical. There are several things that you need to keep in mind when choosing flooring for your kitchen.

The first thing you need to consider in choosing flooring for your kitchen is the fact that the kitchen is a high traffic area, which means that the flooring will need to be durable. The flooring in the kitchen also needs to be able to withstand things being spilled and dropped on it. It needs to be easy to clean and maintain. Your budget and your decorating style are part of your consideration in the kitchen flooring project. If you manage to merge all of these considerations, then you will find flooring that will make you and your family very happy.

Vinyl kitchen flooring is one common choice for kitchens. Many homeowners like the durability of vinyl flooring in addition to it being easy to clean. Vinyl flooring comes in many different colors and patterns and you can even mix and match colors and designs to make a kitchen floor that you will be proud of. Installing vinyl kitchen flooring is easy enough you can do yourself with just a little work and research. Select roll or tile vinyl, study the directions, and start the installation.

You may be considering installing wood floors in a kitchen area. Wood floors were previously thought to be inappropriate for kitchen use because of the danger of them becoming warped from the spills that may occur in a kitchen. Hardwoods sealers are better than ever, making them water resistant enough for installing in the kitchen. This is great news for homeowners who enjoy the look of hardwoods running throughout their entire home. Using hardwood flooring in the kitchen instantly makes the entire room feel warmer and more inviting. That is what draws many people to choose hardwood flooring for their kitchen.

There are also many other options for kitchen flooring. These include ceramic, porcelain and stone tile, linoleum and laminate flooring, concrete and epoxy flooring, and cork and rubber flooring. Choosing the kitchen floors that are right for you and your family will take time and research so that you are entirely comfortable with your decision. Research is essential for you to find the flooring that fits your decorating style and the amount of use that you and your family are going to give it. You can research online, in discount and home improvement stores, and in flooring stores. Just be sure you touch and step on any flooring that you are considering purchasing to see how it feels.

Many of the flooring options you are considering can be installed yourself. Learning how to lay kitchen flooring is not difficult in most cases, and the savings can be considerable. If you are unsure whether you can install it yourself, ask for advice at your flooring store.

Kitchen flooring is very important. It sets the tone for the kitchen, and maybe the entire house. What a way to make your family and guests feel welcome. Do not take your kitchen flooring choice lightly. Make your decision carefully and you will have a kitchen floor to be proud of.


Iam trying to find 1950s floor lino for my restored caravan. Please help me


charlie mccarter at November 22, 2007 1:37 AM

Charlie, I don’t know where you can find it, or even a good imitation/recreation. There seems to be a need for solid-colored tiles, which is what I think you are looking for, but to the best of my knowledge it’s not being made.

I love linoleum. The advantage of today’s linoleum over 50’s products is there is no asbestos in them now.

Good luck with your quest. Let us know where you find what you are looking for; others are looking too.

The Flooring Lady at November 23, 2007 10:21 AM

I need to replace my kitchen flooring and would like something that is slip resistant.I have 2 good size dogs that currently slip and slide on my vinyl floor. Can you offer me some suggestions as to what would work best.

Thank you

Diane Robinson at April 1, 2008 8:12 AM

Vinyl tends to be a slippery surface in my mind, so I’m not surprised your dogs are struggling with their footing. You could try linoleum which is made of natural ingredients and has more grip. Wood flooring — solid wood, engineered or laminate — would work well too. Tile — stone, porcelain, ceramic — would work too, especially if they don’t have a smooth surface that could be slick when wet.

Let us know what you decided to do.

The Flooring Lady at April 1, 2008 10:55 AM

Hi, do you know where i can get tiles used for professional kitchens? In particular I’m after those curved edging tiles that go up the wall a bit like skirting boards? also non slip tiles. I’m a caterer about to make a new kitchen.


madeleine Hatton at November 3, 2008 10:08 AM

I would recommend going to a search site (my favorite is and doing a search for commercial flooring, throw in the word ’tile’ as well to narrow it down.

Manufacturer’s have their own websites too, complete with phone numbers and often have their dealers listed as well.

The Flooring Lady at November 4, 2008 4:18 PM

cherkerboard black white 18″ vinal is there such a thing?

steve at December 31, 2008 10:18 PM

Choosing Kitchen Flooring

Off hand, I wouldn’t know as manufacturer’s are always coming out with new patterns. Have you thought about using vinyl tiles and buying the two different colors so you can do it yourself?

The Flooring Lady at January 4, 2009 1:41 PM

I often have guests who wear high heeled shoes. My current linoleum has holes as a result. Does cork get pock marks as easily as linoleum?

Anna Marie at January 12, 2009 5:36 PM

Yes, it can. High heeled shoes are a definite no-no on most any flooring. Sometimes you can apply a good quality polyurethane which will help protect the flooring and make the surface harder. Do a search (in the upper right hand corner) using the search terms cork polyurethane or cork varathane, you should get links to where you can read more.

The Flooring Lady at January 16, 2009 7:32 AM

I am buying a home that has an epoxy kitchen floor. i cant think of any reason to keep it, it looks hard to keep clean. I’m not sure how hard it would be to replace it, or if it is worth it. Any ideas? Thank you!

myssie at February 26, 2009 9:57 AM

The Flooring Lady at February 27, 2009 10:38 AM

I have been researching flooring for months now. Each time I think I’ve found the right one, I read or hear something negative about it. The more I research, the more confused I become! In your opinion, which is the most durable and easy to maintain, considering that I have indoor and aging dogs who have accidents & a husband who tracks in dirt. I don’t have time to clean floors everyday! I’m considering Mannington Adura vinyl planks, waterproof laminate (concerns about scratching and denting with previous 2), stained concrete (waxing is the issue), and porcelain tile (hate grout!). I will be replacing sheet vinyl in a kitchen and berber in adjoining great room. Would appreciate your opinion and expertise.

Pat at May 29, 2009 9:07 PM

Hi Pat,

It sounds like you’re going to be spending time cleaning your floor no matter which type you choose. The only way to avoid having to clean it so much is to make the husband take off his shoes before coming in and to keep your doggies out of the area to prevent *accidents*.

Porcelain tile is very durable (even though you hate grout), the secret is sealing it well. Stained concrete is great, and again, the secret is sealing it well. It won’t need waxed with the proper sealer and can be cleaned easily with a weak vinegar/water mixture — there’s more about this on other posts.

I like the vinyl planks, but with the aging dogs, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea because of the accidents. You need to use a flooring that can sealed after you have it installed.

The Flooring Lady at June 1, 2009 8:47 AM

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