7 bathroom flooring ideas for a revamp

A much visited but often overlooked part of the home, the family bathroom is ripe with possibilities when it comes to flooring options. So whether you fancy underfloor heating for your complete redesign and want to know what flooring works best, or simply want to pull up that old carpet and have no idea of what to replace it with, our handy guide is sure to help. Bathroom jobs don’t need to be big. It could be as simple as booking a plumber for a leaking waste pipe or getting a Homyze handyman to help with some tiling.

But if you want to undertake a transformation, just let us know. We would be happy to talk bathrooms in any style … we all have our favourites (hello, The Beaumont!)

1. Rubber Flooring

Rubber bathroom flooring - bathroom flooring ideasAffordable, durable, waterproof and with a design for every bathroom, rubber can often be the go-to answer to your bathroom flooring needs. As such, rubber is a popular choice for those with young families. Its relatively easy installation and ability to work well with underfloor heating only further enhance its position as a great choice for the bathroom.

Cost

One of the more affordable options when it comes to bathroom flooring ideas, rubber can often be bought for as little as £5 – £10 per square metre.

Practicality for DIY

With such relatively cheap material costs, rubber can be the ideal solution for those looking to redecorate on a budget. And obviously, if you’re looking to save on costs, doing the work yourself rather than hiring a tradesman to fit your flooring is a great money saving option. Luckily, installing rubber flooring is often a straightforward undertaking and our simple step-by-step guide can show you how.

1) Prepare for the job in hand

First, gather all the required tools and materials. For a successful bathroom installation you will need the following:

  • Rubber flooring
  • Utility knife
  • Carpet roller
  • Double-sided tape
  • Metre stick
  • Chalk or pencil

2) Clean the floor

Start by preparing the floor by clearing it of any dirt or stains and ensuring the area is dry. You will also want to ensure that your floor is level and free from any cracks as any damage now will likely create bigger issues in the future. Once your floor surface is ready, apply the double-sided tape alongside the perimeter of the room’s floor.

3) Put down the flooring

You will now want to roll out your rubber flooring. Hold the roll of rubber flooring against the wall and unroll it over the bathroom area. Any excess flooring can easily be trimmed down with the utility knife. If working in a smaller bathroom, it may be easier to take down your room’s measurements beforehand and cut your rubber flooring to fit, not forgetting to add a slight overlay.

4) Smooth the surface

Once your flooring is down, go over it to press out any pockets of air that may have formed. It’s now best to leave it for roughly an hour before again pressing down upon your new floor, ideally with a carpet roller, to ensure that the rubber flooring has stuck to the tape.

2. Wood Flooring

Wooden bathroom flooring - bathroom flooring ideasSolid wood bathroom flooring is rarely recommended due to its tendency to swell and discolour when regularly exposed to water. However, engineered wood or bathroom specific laminate can be used as a great alternative to real wood as it’s specifically designed to resist moisture and withstand the constant temperature changes of a busy bathroom. And as such, engineered wood can make a great option for those planning on having underfloor heating installed within their home.

Cost

Much like with other types of bathroom flooring options, a wide variety of woods make it hard to pin down an exact price point. Though, if fitting for a bathroom and using an engineered wood you can expect to pay £30 per square metre.

Practicality for DIY

When it comes to practicality for DIY, wood is far from being the easiest to install. First, you will need to ensure that you have the correct wood, while when installing you need to account for the expansion and contraction of the wood that will take place due to the heat and humidity of the bathroom. The correct wood flooring finish, either a wax or oil lacquer, will also need to be applied once your floor has been installed. If you’re thinking of installing wood flooring for your bathroom, our professional handymen are here to help!

3. Stone Flooring

Stone tile flooring in bathroom - bathroom flooring ideasThe right stone flooring can transform any bathroom into one of elegance and luxury, while its durability and versatility make it a good option for those planning a complete bathroom redesign. Stone is also a great option for those tackling the challenge of a small bathroom as tiling is considered by many as the best way of creating the impression of space.

However, the one clear drawback for stone flooring is in its ability to become incredibly slippy when wet, which can be a major issue for those with young children. It’s also far from being the most affordable to install; while without underfloor heating its cold touch can be incredibly unpopular during the winter months.

Cost

Unfortunately, stone flooring is often at the higher end of the price scale when it comes cost, with a square metre costing anything from £20 up to around £50.

Practicality for DIY

When it comes to installing stone flooring you will find there is plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong, and as such, a professional tradesman is highly recommended. Having all the correct tools can be another key reason for hiring someone with the correct know-how. The right equipment can quickly end up costing you a few hundred pounds, which is a fair amount to spend for what will most likely be a one-time job.

3. Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring example - bathroom flooring ideasEcologically friendly, great at resisting mould and easy to maintain, Linoleum is a great choice for those who don’t have the time to be worrying about their bathroom flooring.

Good linoleum flooring should also be fairly water resistant; though it is never a guarantee, as excessive water exposure can still lead to warping.

Cost

When it comes to pricing, Linoleum is often a fairly reasonable option with prices ranging from as little as £15 per square metre and increasing in value to around the £40 price mark.

Practicality for DIY

Linoleum flooring can be a tricky procedure to carry out, and unless well experienced, should always be left solely to a professional tradesman.

4. Cork Flooring

Cork bathroom flooring - bathroom flooring ideasA throwback to its 60’s and 70’s heyday, cork is starting to slowly find its way back into the public’s hearts and bathrooms.

Often chosen for its eco-friendly qualities, cork also provides bathrooms with warmth while also being both water and mould resistant.

Cost

Much like with other flooring options, cork is available in a variety of ranges, and its varying pricing reflects that. At the cheaper end of the scale, basic cork tiling can cost around £10 per square metre, while the cost can rise up to around £100 per square metre for the real high-end flooring.

Practicality for DIY

Installing floating cork bathroom flooring can be a relatively straight forward undertaking for those with the right know how and can be placed directly over existing flooring making it the perfect option for a DIY project.

 1) Ready the room

Prepare your bathroom for the upcoming work by removing any obstructions and gathering the correct tools and materials for which you will need the following:

  • Mitre saw
  • Hammer
  • Tapping block
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Protective clothing
  • Pencil
  • Cork flooring
  • Scrap wood

2) Cut away at the baseboard

Next, you will want to remove your bathroom’s baseboard by cutting away at the joint between the top of the baseboard and the wall with a utility knife. Pull away the baseboard and replace with scrap wood for the time being.

3) Place the cork

Lay down your new cork flooring starting from the longest wall. Cut down any tiles to fit smaller spaces you may end up with.

4) Account for the change in height

As floating cork flooring is simply placed over the existing surface, you will need to account for the increase in height. Doors are the key issue here and being unable to enter your new room because of the flooring is obviously a major problem. Cutting down your door casings will easily resolve this issue. First, place your cork flooring against the door casing to measure the correct height before cutting away at the lower door casing to allow the cork flooring to snugly fit your new gap.

5) Snap into place

Once your new cork flooring has been measured up, it’s time to get to work on installing the tiles. Set the first tile in place before snapping each subsequent tile into place. After you’ve completed placing every tile into place, double check to ensure there’s no gaps or unsteady tiles.

5. Laminate Flooring

Laminate bathroom flooring - bathroom flooring ideasProviding much the same effect of hardwood but coming in at a lower price point, laminate flooring can be a great option for those that desire a classic wood style on a budget.

Laminate is also a great option for resisting troubling mould, while keeping the floor at its best is relatively easy due to laminates ability to resist stains, thus making it fairly simple to maintain.

Cost

One of laminate floorings many advantages is its ability to share the same look as hardwood flooring but without the cost. Available in planks as well as tiles, choosing laminate as a flooring option can cost you as little as £5-£10 per square metre.

Practicality for DIY

Another relatively easy to install flooring option, click laminate can easily be placed over existing flooring, apart from carpet, and does not require any adhesive. To install yourself, simply follow the same straightforward instructions listed under Cork.

6. Marble Flooring

Marble bathroom floor and walls - bathroom flooring ideasA popular choice for those seeking both luxury and glamour, marble also makes a great flooring option for its strength. It’s also very versatile and works great matched with other marble features within a bathroom such as a sink, bathtub or even marble walls.

There are a number of ways in which marble can come – slabs or tiles – and can be laid – book-matched or through-matched.

Cost

Coming in towards the higher end of the flooring price bracket, marble can vary widely in price per square metre going from £50 all the way up to £200.

Practicality for DIY

Marble and DIY very rarely go hand in hand and for a good reason, and while laying marble flooring tiles isn’t the hardest of jobs, there is plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong. Which in the long run, can see you spending more time and money getting the problems resolved.

7. Porcelain Flooring

Porcelain bathroom tiles with marble effect - bathroom flooring ideasIt’s a guarantee that your bathroom flooring will see more than its fair share of spills and splashes during its lifetime, so when it comes down to waterproof flooring the best choice is often porcelain.

Not only is porcelain great at dealing with large amounts of water, it is also relatively cost effective and rather stylish with its rich and textured look.

 

Cost

As mentioned above, porcelain is a fairly cheap bathroom flooring option and can be bought for as little as £15 per square metre.

Practicality for DIY

Whilst not being the most difficult of bathroom flooring installations, laying porcelain flooring does require more than its fair share of tools and hard work, something that can put many off. Hiring a qualified tradesman allows you to get the work done without having to splash out on expensive equipment you will rarely use, while in the same time knowing that your bathroom is in a safe pair of hands.

In Summary

We know bathroom renovations can be daunting, but your Homyze are here to help. You can find some useful information in our Guide to Tackling A Bathroom Renovation and we are only ever a phone call away if you need more help.