Bedroom flooring explained by National Floors Direct

How to Choose Flooring for a Bedroom: Your Options Explained

Did you know the international flooring market was valued at over $388 billion in 2020?

With such a huge industry, it can be difficult to know which flooring options would be best for you and your bedroom. It can feel overwhelming to walk into a showroom and wander the aisles aimlessly searching for inspiration. That's why narrowing down your wishlist is so important.

Luckily, we're here to help. Read on to learn how to choose flooring.

Know the Mood You Want

The flooring might not be the first thing people look at when they walk into a bedroom, but it's definitely what's going to set the tone. It's the first thing you step on in the morning, and it's the last thing you touch before you go to sleep. You might not realize it, but it can make an impact.

There are a few questions you can ask yourself when considering any potential effects:

  • Who's room is this for?
  • Do you plan on selling your home sooner rather than later?
  • Are you aiming for environmentally-friendly materials?
  • How easy is it to maintain?

The answers to these questions (and their ultimate outcome) are going to depend on you, but you'll already have a great head start.

No matter what, you'll have lots of options to choose from. Here are a few flooring materials along with their pros and cons.


Since carpet is softer than other materials, it's a pretty prevalent choice for a lot of homeowners. You're barefoot in this room a lot of the time, and it's nice to have that coziness in a space you'd like to feel safe in. It's also available in a lot of different colors and variations, so you're sure to find something you like.

It's also a great sound dampener, so if your kids run around the space (or you're carpeting their rooms) they can be loud without all the echo.

It can also help your room feel more luxurious. When you're at a spa or fancy hotel, you love wrapping up in those plush robes, right? Having a good carpet is a great way to mimic that same feeling.


Hardwood flooring is another popular choice for a lot of homeowners, and it's also one of the most coveted types of flooring. It's long-lasting and relatively durable, making it great for a lot of different homes. Also, when it's served its time in your home, it can easily be recycled.

If you're looking to resell, wood is also great for the value of your home.

Some of the best basic types of hardwood flooring are ash, walnut, oak, and maple. Planks are usually solid or engineered wood. 


Laminate is a great alternative to hardwood flooring — especially if you're on a budget. This material is made from a thin layer of plastic laminate with a design printed on it. It's bonded to a base layer of high-density fiberboard and then topped with a layer of protective plastic coating.

It's a versatile material that's easy to clean and even install as a DIY project. It's great for bedrooms that won't experience a lot of spills. Laminate holds up well against daily activities, but it can be susceptible to scratching or buckling if liquids puddle on top.

It's almost impossible to repair, but keeping an extra box or two of planks around is a great alternative. If you ever have problems, you can just replace the affected flooring.

The material itself doesn't offer any insulation, but a good quality underlayment can help dampen sound and provide temperature control.


Cork flooring is most often used in kitchens since it's durable while remaining comfortable enough to stand on for long periods of time. While it isn't the most common material, it's still great to use on bedroom floors.

It's also able to provide soundproofing and provide extra insulation to help keep extreme temperatures during the warm and cold months.

If you walk on this material with shoes, you're likely to make an indentation on the floor, but you can be sure that it'll bounce back after your foot is moved. Over time, though, heavy furniture can leave its permanent mark.

Cork, however, is eco-friendly and easy to recycle if you ever decide to replace it in the future.


Tile is often considered too cold or noisy for bedrooms, but it can work well when incorporated with certain styles. Whether it's Mediterranean, Spanish, or even Moroccan themes, tile can offer a layer of decor that other flooring materials simply lack.

This material is also a lot simpler to maintain than others. It won't easily absorb liquids, and it's simple to vacuum or sweep up dirt and debris. Tiles can be damaged if there's enough impact, but they're easy to replace one at a time.

Area Rugs

Finally, if you'd like the beauty of another material with the comfort of rolling out of bed onto a carpet, you can opt for area rugs. The options are truly limitless here, and they're also easy to maintain. They're also easy to swap out while designing a room if your taste changes.

With this option, you get the best of both worlds without breaking your bank.

Learning How to Choose Flooring Is Essential

When you have the right flooring, your bedroom becomes your oasis. That's why learning how to choose flooring is so essential. It's easy to second guess your wishes and go with what's on trend if you want something different, but remember that your bedroom ideas should be everything you want them to be, not what's on the cover of a magazine.

Luckily, we're here to help you out every step of the way. Contact us to get started today.