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The Best Type of Flooring for Every Room in Your Home

Outfitting your house with new flooring is an overwhelming endeavor.

There are countless different flooring options to choose from these days. Many people abide by certain rules when it comes to flooring, but there's no reason to restrict yourself. Obviously, you're not going to put carpet in your kitchen or tile in your bedroom, but there's plenty of room to play around and come up with creative flooring ideas.

We find the best way to think about flooring installation is to go room by room. In this post, we're going to help you put the right type of flooring in the right room. As one of the nation's flooring leaders, we know a thing or two about choosing flooring, so keep reading and let us guide you through these big decisions.

Kitchen and Mudroom

Let's start in the most important room in any house. The kitchen is where you do all of your meal prep, where some families like to eat, and where people often spend time with one another during family get-togethers and parties. Americans spend 400 hours per year in the kitchen.

Because it gets so much use, choosing the right type of flooring can be complicated. Of course, you want something that looks beautiful and that people want to spend time on. At the same time, you need something durable that can handle a lot of wear and tear.
Certain types of hardwood are widely used in the kitchen, but that's mostly an aesthetic decision by homeowners. Wood is susceptible to warping and chipping as a result of spills, dropped utensils, and general use. A good substitute for wood is laminate or engineered wood.

Your best bet for the kitchen, as well as your mudroom, is probably going to be porcelain tile. It's easily the most resistant to scratching and dents, not to mention the fact that it's completely waterproof.

What's great about porcelain tile is that it comes in a variety of styles, colors, and textures. We have a range of porcelain tiles available.

Bathroom and Laundry Room

Your bathroom also needs durable flooring, not because of high traffic but due to the water and humidity present. In the bathroom, water will inevitably splash out of the tub, and showers will create plenty of steam, so more delicate types of floors won't cut it.

You could go straight back to porcelain tile for the bathroom, but there are other options that can provide the durability a bathroom floor needs. In particular, vinyl flooring is both a durable and, more importantly, an affordable flooring choice for a bathroom.

You'll find a number of vinyl flooring options on our website, many of which are in hardwood styles. Each of these will also work nicely in your laundry room, where many of the same challenges exist.


In your bedroom, you want something warm and comfortable but something that's also pleasant to look at. For many reasons, carpet is the best choice because it's comfortable and naturally insulating, so it ticks both of the boxes you want for your bedroom.

The other great thing about carpet is that it dampens sound, making your room peaceful for sleeping, morning and night. If you're worried about children tripping, your carpet bedrooms will cushion their falls. One critique of carpet floors is that they can be tricky to clean.

In all reality, you can put most types of flooring in the bedroom. Hardwood, cork, and laminate are all popular choices. If you go with hardwood, it's particularly good for resale and you can put area rugs in the room to achieve some of the warmth you get with carpet.

Dining Room

Many homeowners choose to match their dining room flooring with their kitchen flooring. Porcelain tile is certainly a good choice for any dining room, but it's also a place where entertaining is a priority. If you're entertaining, you want to put your best foot forward.
To set your dining room apart, you may consider something unique and attractive. A dark hardwood will bring a classy warmth to your dining room. Yes, it's susceptible to damage, but it's always going to give you the wow factor a dining room needs.

Family Room and Basement

Your other main common area is your family room, where households tend to gather around the fireplace or watch TV. Much like your bedrooms, you want a family room to have a cozy atmosphere. If comfort is your main priority, then you've got to install carpet in your family room.

With carpet, you're going to have to choose between countless varieties. First, you'll want to decide on the pile. High-pile carpet sits higher and gives you that extra bit of warmth. Low-pile has smaller loops but it's much easier to maintain.

We've got different carpet styles and a wide variety of colors within each style, so you'll have to take your time deciding which to choose. Carpet is an excellent choice for these large communal spaces, like family rooms and basements, because it's affordable in addition to being comfortable.

Get Every Type of Flooring From National Floors Direct

Now that you know what type of flooring to put in each room of your home, it's time to start shopping for your flooring today. National Floors Direct is one of the country's biggest flooring suppliers, prioritizing amazing deals, personalized service, and industry knowledge.

Whether you need to outfit your entire home or just a single room, we'll show up at your house with samples and help you choose the best flooring for your needs.

We know that choosing flooring by room can be overwhelming. Contact us today to arrange a free in-home estimate for your flooring installation.