How to choose the best bedroom flooring

Bedroom flooring doesn’t have to stand up to the wear and tear experienced in other rooms, so indulge yourself with a floorcovering you adore

Wooden flooring in a bedroom
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When you’re choosing flooring for hallways and flooring for living rooms, hard wearing is the mantra and don’t-show-every-mark choices are in high demand. When you’re picking kitchen flooring or bathroom flooring, the ability to deal with splashes is vital. Select flooring for a bedroom redesign, however, and you can revel in options that aren’t necessarily so everyday life-proof. Want to know what’s on offer? You’re in the right place. 

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Hero Neptune Olivia headboard from £650, Flint bed base from £595, Madeleine Chair in Chloe Old Rose £390

Neptune Olivia headboard from £650, Flint bed base from £595, Madeleine Chair in Chloe Old Rose £390

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What choices are there for bedroom flooring?

Carpet’s the number one choice for many homeowners when it’s the bedroom that’s being revamped. Setting bare feet on to a soft and warm carpet each morning has tons of appeal, as does the idea of a natural floor covering made from plant fibres underfoot – hence their growing popularity. Hard surfaces, most especially wood flooring, is as attractive to many, though, and – depending on the choice – can have a contemporary or period look.

Carpet and natural flooring for bedrooms

If you want to make getting out of bed an altogether more pleasant experience, both carpet and natural floor coverings could fit the bill for your bedroom.

Plush grey carpet in a bedroom

Sensation Heathers in Riga Surf, £24 per square metre, Cormar Carpets

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Carpet for a bedroom doesn’t need the hard-wearing credentials it requires in other rooms. You can save with a lighter weight of the same carpet you’ve used elsewhere, or introduce an unashamedly luxurious style like Saxony, which has a deep pile you can sink your feet into, and produces attractive light and shade effects as the pile is brushed in different directions. 

Where in other rooms you might choose a wool blended with manmade fibres to stand up to hard wear, in the bedroom this doesn’t have to be the case, so you can realise a preference for natural materials with pure wool carpet if you want to.

The full range of carpet colour choices may also be possible for a bedroom, where they might prove impractical in other spaces. In an adult, shoes-off room, very pale carpet is an option, and can make the room look luxurious.

natural carpet in a traditional bedroom

Sisal Olympia in Silver, £37 per square metre, Sisal & Seagrass

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Natural flooring can bring textural interest to a bedroom. Check out both sisal and seagrass, but you’ll probably want to swerve coir as it isn’t the best texture for bare feet. Also look out for jute, which feels soft and silky and which, although unsuitable for heavy traffic areas, is a popular natural flooring for bedrooms. 

Hard floor coverings for bedrooms

Prefer hard flooring for a bedroom? You may want to sand and refinish old boards that have been covered up, or go for new timber flooring or a lookalike.

Goodrich coffee oak flooring in parquet in a dark blue bedroom

Goodrich Coffee Oak parquet from Woodpecker Flooring

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Wood flooring works well in a bedroom, and can be left to show off its colour and grain throughout or softened with a rug. Worried about the temperature of the surface bare feet will meet when you swing them out of bed? Solid wood can generally be teamed with underfloor heating (but check with your supplier before buying). Wood flooring is easy to clean and maintain and should stay pristine in a bedroom – although scratches and dents can be remedied.

Hardwood flooring in a traditional bedroom

Dark Luxe Mountain Silver solid Black Oak floor with a textured surface and grain pattern highlighted in silvery-white, from £149 per square metre, Junckers

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Engineered wood can also help a bedroom look luxurious and rich in natural materials. Engineered wood is made up of layers combined to make a board that’s more stable than solid wood. Invest in a high quality version with a top layer of solid wood veneer of 7mm or more. It should be compatible with underfloor heating to leave you with a floor that feels pleasingly warm on a winter morning – but check before committing to a purchase.

Wood flooring in a bedroom

Classic Salcey Plank engineered oak flooring, £100.26 per square metre, Ted Todd

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Laminate flooring can be a great way to get the look of wood if you are doing up a bedroom on a budget. It won’t feel like wood underfoot but, like wood, it should be useable with underfloor heating so can be made a pleasure to step on to. Laminate won’t be taxed by a bedroom location as it’s a low traffic space, but do invest in the best quality you can to ensure it has the appearance of timber. Cheap versions won’t pull this off.

Laminate wood flooring

Impressive Scraped Oak Grey Brown laminate, £22.99 per square metre, Quick-Step

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Vinyl flooring is another alternative to wood that will have the look (though not the feel) for less. High quality vinyl flooring is soft and yielding underfoot, however, and quiet, and it’s definitely worth bearing in mind for a bedroom where you’d have liked wood but the lease prohibits it.

Vinyl flooring in a bedroom

Rural Oak in Parquet Laying Pattern, Amtico Form collection, from £55 per square metre, Amtico

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Flooring for children's bedrooms

Carpet in a children's bedroom

Sundae Soft Saxony carpet In Plum 590, £37.99 per square metre, Carpetright

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Designing kids’ rooms creates more practical demands than designing adult bedrooms, and easy clean and stain-proof choices can be more appropriate.

Consider vinyl flooring for its soft and warm surface, or linoleum, which is composed almost entirely of natural materials and is recommended for allergy sufferers. Rubber flooring is a pleasant surface for a child’s room, and laminate can also be an easy-to-care-for option here. 

If you’re going for carpet in a child’s room, opt for stain-resistant polypropylene or a wool blend. A loop pile that can snag may be worth steering clear of, too, at least while they’re playing with toys on the floor.

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Sarah Warwick
Sarah Warwick

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes – long enough to see fridges become smart, decorating fashions embrace both minimalism and maximalism, and interiors that blur the indoor/outdoor link become a must-have. She loves testing the latest home appliances, revealing the trends in furnishings and fittings for every room, and investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper. For, Sarah reviews coffee machines and vacuum cleaners, taking them through their paces at home to give us an honest, real life review and comparison of every model.