Flooring is expensive and is one of those things that you’re probably only do once (twice at the most). So it’s not something you want to screw up and making the wrong choice.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to choose new wood flooring for the main parts of my home, but I did have to add new flooring for my pretty laundry room makeover and my kids’ bathroom makeover. It was hard figuring out what type of flooring I would use, but thankfully, I made the right choice and I’m totally happy with my flooring in most of my rooms.
5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing New Flooring
QUESTION #1 – How Much Floor Can I Afford?
Let’s be honest: flooring is not cheap! I recently had gotten carpet in my bedroom, but at that same time, I also had priced some new flooring for my master bathroom. My bathroom is not huge at all, but that little space was going to cost at least $500 – $600. Yikes! I wasn’t budgeted for that at all. Be realistic in knowing that flooring may cause you to go bankrupt. 🙂 So be sure to know how much you’re willing to spend before you start getting excited about new flooring and risk going way out of budget.
QUESTION #2 – What Material Do I Want?
They are sooo many flooring options on the market today, from wood, vinyl, ceramic, laminate, etc. Again, cost will play a role in your decision, but the overall aesthetic of the room will be important, too. Think about common sense things, too. Unless your basement floors are warmed up with fake heating, you’re likely not going to want to walk on ceramic ice cubes, right? 🙂 Try warmer flooring, like carpet. Keep in mind that some materials are easier to care for, as well.
QUESTION #3 – Are My Kids Going to Ruin It?
I know…that’s mean. To assume that all kids will ruin your good ‘ole home furnishings. But it’s true. I’ve got three little boys that drag toys through the house, attempt to ride their scooters over the floor, scuffing it what used to be nice wood flooring. The easy solution is to set rules about what they can and can’t do in the house. But maybe another idea is, while kids are young, to keep your flooring as durable as possible until they’re older, then splurge your retirement dollars on treating yourself to the best flooring money can buy. Just a thought ;).
QUESTION #4 – Will My Floors Go Out of Style Like MC Hammer Pants?
Oooh, what a bad analogy. In case you didn’t know, MC Hammer pants really are coming back in style (YIKES)! But do you really want your flooring going in and out of style? Doubtful. Choose something that will be timeless, so that in 20 years, some new homeowners aren’t moving in wondering why in the world you chose lime green vinyl tiles.
QUESTION #5 – Can I Do It Myself?
You know how we do here at Thrift Diving: if we can do it ourselves, we will! You might want to consider flooring that you can install yourselves, especially if your budget is non-existent. Some flooring is easier to install than others, like vinyl flooring versus ceramic tiles. If you’re up for the challenge, you can watch YouTube videos, learn from blogger tutorials, and more, so that you can get the job done right yourself instead of paying professionals. Just don’t beat yourself up if it’s not perfect. No one will notice but you ;).
So those are my 5 tips! Do you have your own tips for choosing new flooring? Leave a comment below and add to the discussion!