Everything you need to know about flooring for bathrooms

Knowing where to start when kitting out your bathroom with new flooring is easy with our everything you need to know guide. From versatile vinyl to budget-friendly laminate, we’ve got plenty for you to pick from. 

Is vinyl or laminate better for a bathroom?  

The most common flooring options for a bathroom are typically vinyl or laminate. When comparing laminate and vinyl, many of their qualities overlap, which makes sense as they’re both suitable for bathroom use.


Whilst at a glance, laminate and vinyl flooring look similar, the difference lies in the textured surface. Laminate flooring will typically mimic hand-scraped materials, such as hardwood, stone and ceramic more closely, whereas vinyl has a smooth finish so this depends on your personal preference. 


But when it comes to choosing between the two, we’ve put them side by side so you can see which would suit your home best.


Laminate

Renowned for its budget-friendly price tag and easy-to-care-for nature, laminate is available in a variety of wood-effect finishes so you can get the look you love in a room that’s typically off-limits.


This water-resistant floor is as easy to maintain as it is to install with its locking system. What’s more all of our laminate ranges are sustainably sourced and locally manufactured. 


We’ve hand-picked some of our favourites to help you with your search. Starting with our Brecon Slate which is a modern graphite slate effect laminate, or perhaps our Rushmore Chestnut will be more up your street in a beautiful warm-toned wood effect. Looking for grey laminate? We’d recommend our Tomahawk Oak that’s sure to tick all your boxes.


Vinyl

A household favourite due to its versatility and affordability. Plus, vinyls water-resistant and cushioned nature make it the perfect solution for bathrooms and hallways. 


For a contemporary look opt for our Gemstone Topaz Vinyl with a subtle two-tone wooden effect or, if you’re feeling a funky refresh, our Gemstone Garnet Vinyl will add a playful edge to your bathroom thanks to its mosaic patterns. 


LVT

If you require something a little more durable, our luxury vinyl tiles, or LVT for short, may be the one for you. Our Endurance Livia is a premium and hardy choice, available in three attractive colourways.  


One of the key differences between vinyl and LVT is the way they’re made – vinyl comes in rolls, whereas LVT comes in packs and how they’re fitted.


Whilst LVT comes with integrated underlay, it requires a perfectly even surface to be laid on, vinyl is a lot more forgiving though needs a ply base.


Choosing between the above three options is all based on personal preference, as well as the condition of your current bathroom floor. 


Is a vinyl floor good for a bathroom?

As we’ve already established, a vinyl floor is good for use in bathrooms mainly because it’s one of the best waterproof floors making it extremely easy to mop up any splashes that are inevitable from the bath or shower. A wonderfully low maintenance option for a busy home, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about.


Vinyl also has a lot of other great things going for it: it’s durable, fuss-free, easy to maintain, and offers warmth and comfort underfoot.


Looking for some bathroom flooring ideas? There are also plenty of pattern options for you to pick from, including herringbone, funky geometric prints and the look of modern marble. So you can enjoy the best of both worlds with style and practicality.  


What to consider with a vinyl floor for a bathroom

The main thing to consider with vinyl flooring is that it’s essential; to have a perfectly flat and even surface for the best results.


It’s also important to consider the colourway and pattern you’re going for, as with any floor, as it’s an investment you want to ensure you pick a colour and style you’re going to love for years to come.


Another consideration of vinyl is that it is easier to dent than carpet or hard floors such as laminate. 


Is carpet in a bathroom hygienic? 


Having carpet in your bathroom was a massive trend back in the 1970s. Whilst vinyl or LVT is more hygienic, durable and easier to clean, carpet is certainly suitable for the bathroom.


As bathrooms naturally withstand many spills and splashes, all of our bathroom carpets are rubber backed to prevent any water from seeping through. This also means that no underlay is required so this is extremely cost-effective.  


Why choose carpet for your bathroom?

Your bathroom is often a space to unwind and rejuvenate, and opting for a plush carpet enhances the feeling of relaxation. Carpets offer a level of protective cushioning and help to avoid slipping. This is particularly beneficial if you have young children or elderly relatives as laying a carpet in your bathroom can offer you peace of mind that any slips are less likely.


If you have uneven flooring in your bathroom then carpet is an ideal solution as it can be folded, bent and rolled any way you want. It can easily adapt to the floor beneath it and conceal any unevenness once laid, compared with vinyl where this would be more prominent. 


Opting for carpet in your bathroom is a personal choice and we’ve got flooring options for everybody. 


Considering carpet for your bathroom? Take a look at our Signature Cosy Bathroom Carpet which comes complete with a waterproof gel backing, specifically made with your bathroom or wetroom in mind. What’s more, it’s available in a wonderful range of 16 colourways so you won’t be limited on choice. 


Another popular carpet option is our short pile Associated Weavers Gladiator Carpet, made from 100% polypropylene meaning it’s bleach cleanable and easy to care for. Plus with a 15-year wear and stain warranty, you won’t have to worry about inevitable wear and stains. With many modern colours to choose from and a variety of widths available, you’ll be sure to find the bathroom carpet for you. 


Choosing your new bathroom flooring should be a fun process and certainly one that’s not limited on choice and colours.


Now we’ve rounded up the best bathroom floors, hopefully you’ve discovered the one that’s right for you and your lifestyle. 


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Published: 17th March 2022