New floors - what have you got?

(57 Posts)
MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 12:39:30

We are looking at new floors.

What have you got in your
- living room
- bathroom
- kitchen
- bedrooms?

Do you like it, any recommendations. Thanks

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 12:45:49

Actually just bathroom. What do you have in the bathroom?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 16-Nov-12 13:32:20


Bamboo in the kitchen, dining room, utility room, hall, cloakroom and both the bathrooms.
Bedrooms, stairs and living rooms are carpeted.
Picture of the kitchen floor on my profile.


MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 13:37:34

Excellent! Bamboo. I had not thought of that at all.

Looks good.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 16-Nov-12 13:40:48

We have black and white chequer board style ceramic tiles in our bathroom. Previous owners put them in. I don't like them but tolerate them because it could be a lot worse and there are other priorities to attend to before the bathroom. But eventually we'll put natural stone in there.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 13:45:18

Interesting. I was thinking about black and white cheque tiles but fear they may be slippery or too cold (not sure if that is an issue at all), but perhaps natural stone is warmer and nicer.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 13:47:06

For some reason bathroom is the hardest.

kitchen - tiles of some sort
bedroom - hmm fluffy carpet I guess
living room - wood I guess. Would love parquet.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 14:14:31

btw Rhubarb are you enjoying the new house?

(I remember your moving threads!)

BlissfullyIgnorant Fri 16-Nov-12 14:28:42

Talkin don't know how long you've had the bamboo but we've had it for about 11 ears now and it is totally loathesome. It was glorious for the first few months, then, very slowly the laquer started to wear under the dining chairs, then over the years it's shrunk quite a lot and where the glue has worked well, the boards have split along the bonds. It was the recommended type of flooring for a south facing conservatory with underfloor heating so we followed 'professional advice' and did as we were told like good little customers.
We were looking in a flooring shop a couple of years after we laid the bamboo and asked if he sold it (in case we could replace some of it) and the owner said they refused to sell it - he said it goes just exactly as you would expect the bamboo canes you have in the garden to go; grey and cracked, not the beautiful glossy blond we had installed. You know what? He was absolutely right.

Next time, it's Amtico! Got that in the kitchen (south facing) and the well used entrance hall and its fab.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 16-Nov-12 14:44:09

Ours is four years old, and no, its not glossy all over any more. This is a home not a showroom. The floor has scrapes and scrapes and dinks, just like the wooden floor in any old home. We have parties where everybody tramps in and out from the garden. People bring dogs and slide chairs. So what. I budget that in another 5 years time I'll have the whole kitchen diner sanded back by 1mm and resealed. the bamboo is 13mm thick and glued to the substrate (no underfloor heating) so have had no problems with splitting or stuff.

1789 Fri 16-Nov-12 14:49:16

just to add an extra dimension to your flooring decisions - it's good to be aware of the various chemicals that go into flooring products and choose the one that's safest for your family.

jollydiane Fri 16-Nov-12 18:04:06

Hi Marsha. I have a similar dilemma. Whilst I have not finally decided I think I am going for Laminate in lounge, Kardean in the kitchen dining room, vinyl in the bathrooms, and carpet in the bedroom.

Mandy21 Fri 16-Nov-12 18:27:24

Couple of points to add to the thread - we have bamboo is the hall - gets huge amounts of traffic and bashing with 3DC. Its been down about 3 years now, we have a high gloss version in quite a dark colour. If you look very closely (on your hands and knees) you can see scratches in it, but still has its lacquered finish completely in tact, hasn't warped, still looks great.

Bathroom - we have vinyl - something a bit like this design (although this is rubber flooring and ours is vinyl).

I wouldn't have this again, or any type of vinyl that has that rubber type finish. Its not sticky exactly, but fluff / dirt etc sticks to it iyswim. Means you can't sweep it and get it clean and mopping doesn't really work either. We literally have to be on our hands and knees with a cloth and properly wash it. We only have a very small bathroom so its not a massive job but still a pain.

We also had tiles in our previous bathroom which was huge but always very cold underfoot (no underfloor heating). Got the vinyl as I thought it would be cosier, which it is, but definitely harder to keep clean.

Not much help, sorry!

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 18:27:41

What sort of carpet jollydiane?

Do people do wool these days or something else?

For the bedrooms I was thinking something quite thick and luxurious.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 18:28:38

No, it's all good to know Mandy!

Rhubarbgarden Fri 16-Nov-12 19:09:32

Loving it, thanks! smile

The tiles aren't cold or slippery (no underfloor heating), I just don't really like them. I prefer the look of stone, though as far as practicalities go it's pretty much the same as ceramic tiles.

lljkk Fri 16-Nov-12 20:03:18

I am agonising over this, too, although not in bathrooms. We have something like vinyl in one bathroom and some kind of handsome mock wood (?karndean) in the shower room.

Interesting about the bamboo. I like sound of it, but our karndean has deep scratches & holes in it after 10 years, so heaven knows what would happen to bamboo.

Engineered smoked oak in sitting/dining/family room and kitchen. Quarry tiles in porch and futility. Sanded floorboards in our bedroom. Carpeted in DCs. I chose a wool mix carpet (didn't like the feel of the 100% manmade) but one that is not as dense as a downstairs carpet (so only 40grammes per er...inch I think rather than the 60 or 70 grammes for a sitting room style carpet). Was about £15 per square metre plus underlay/grippers/fitting. 2 rooms costing £850. Sanding was £550.

Carpetwise -go to an independant and ask for advice from owner - feel the stuff, take samples home - what looks right in the shop can look awful at home.

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 09:27:07

I shudder to think what all that lovely wood flooring cost!

We have been quoted £3.2k for carpets (2 lounges, 3 bedrooms, stairs & landing). £800 for kitchen floor.

MarshaBrady Sun 18-Nov-12 11:14:40

I know, it is a lot isn't it. Trouble is all ours are the same state (here before we moved in) and if you do one room it looks odd.

Thanks FishfingersareOK. I have an independent guy coming round in a couple of weeks to measure it all up. They sound really good actually.

But even they said not 100% wool, too expensive. Which fibre are you getting Lijkk?

Wood was 3.5K for 75 square metres - that included the underfloor heating underlay. Doesn't include fitting though. Got from Worked out just under £40 sq/m if it helps.

Oh and ensuite - tiles floor (same as walls) and main bathroom just sheet vinyl (got a strong black white brick tile look on the walls so plain white my only option - that is going to cost£14 sq/m plus minimum fitting as it titchy - so will be around £100

When we do the loft conversion in about 100years time due to money! I would pick one of these for the floor and then choose wall tiles.

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 12:15:29

Wood floors: I was going to ask if were cold, but I guess not if you have underfloor heating! Not sure we're up for that. I love wood floors, though. If cost were no object (so I could just replace it or get someone in to sand down any problems as occurred). I'd have an interior decorator, though, if cost were no object. I have zero interest in home decour or improvement, otherwise.

Fibre: man said that 80:20 wool:synthetic was what we already have & have been happy with, and is good because 100% wool sheds like a furry cat (I already have 3 of them grin).

I can't find the sodding carpet-flooring quote (sob). I think we need about 80m^2 carpeted, though. I just estimated my fairly large lounge as about 29 m^2 (does that seem plausible?). Plus 6 other rooms (effectively). The £3.1k quote includes fitting cost and not having to move most the furniture out (headache).

I was quoted £425 to have most the downstairs furniture & some boxes moved out & stored a mile away for a week & put back. Don't think would be cost effective, although I have an extremely heavy piano that has to be moved out & back by professionals (I'm hoping get that done for £80 or so).

They said carpet-fitting-only costs for our fairly large lounge, even with fitters having to move furniture, would only be £45.

MarshaBrady Sun 18-Nov-12 15:53:30

Thanks lijjk. Will check out 80:20. Your post has reminded me I'd love a piano some day soon.

Have ordered 3 samples from your site fish so that's great.

The problem is there are so many options. Even when you get onto one site it's so many. Then if you shop around. Anyway will stick with this and the local people who seem good.

We did all the walls last year and new walls make the old floors look so much worse.

stuffitunderthebed Sun 18-Nov-12 15:57:16

Carpet in lounge, dining room and on stairs. Tiles in kitchen. All upstairs rooms are stripped back floorboards and varnished.

CanYouHearMe Sun 18-Nov-12 17:21:10

Is there a way of viewing profile pics larger? I can't see the detail AND I have my glasses on!

DalekInAFestiveJumper Sun 18-Nov-12 17:41:51

I have massive (12" x 12") slate textured ceramic tiles in the bathroom and kitchen. They look amazing. They're easy to clean.

I hate them with a white hot passion.

If they get even a bit damp, they become ice-slick. I litter the bathroom floor with mats, as it's the only way to prevent disaster.

MarshaBrady Sun 18-Nov-12 17:55:31

Oh no Dalek. Argh

bonzo77 Sun 18-Nov-12 18:13:18

We just had our bathroom floor done. Had rubber. Not vinyl, not Lino, not amitco. Sorry I can't link from phone, but its the same as the stuff with the raised dots that you get in airports and gyms. There's a brand called Dalsouple which is very expensive, this is a cheaper version from a company called Kimpton in wales who you can google. Anyway, it comes in all kinds of colours, is soft and warm underfoot, not slippery and hard wearing. It won't mark like vinyl, it can scuff but you can restore the surface with amitco emulsion.

jollydiane Sun 18-Nov-12 23:03:50

I have tip that you must follow. You MUST get a sample and try it out first. I was really close to buying Karndean, ready to sign on the dotted line and at the last minute decided to take a sample home. It looked awful. I am now rethinking everything. It would have been a very costly mistake.

bonzo77 Sun 18-Nov-12 23:39:35

Yes. I got heaps of samples. Similar products from different suppliers can differ wildly!

Cahoots Sun 18-Nov-12 23:55:16

Good quality engineered oak with no knots. Wide and long strips. Look fab and looks as good as new early two years on. (with lots of traffic ) It has an extra thick top layer so I can have it sanded a good few times unlike cheap versions. It was as expensive as solid oak.
I have through colour porcelain tiles in the bathrooms and kitchens so if they ever chip the chips will not be noticible. Underfloor heating is great if you can budget for it.

Ihatemytoes Mon 19-Nov-12 07:53:41

We have bamboo in the hall, living room, dining room, study. had it 3 years, looks as good as new. Marmoleum in the kitchen, down 11 years, still looks fab, warm underfoot and easy to care for. Carpets in two of the bedrroms, and vinyl in the two upstairs bathrooms.

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 08:11:05

How careful are you with your bamboo floors, TOES? Do you have covers on furniture legs, for instance? Shoe-wearing banned in the house? Dogs banned?

I've been told we really need to have those things with Karndean, and bamboo is supposed to be much less durable.

We've got carpet (80:20 wool/synthetic mix, with awesome underlay) upstairs in the bedrooms and on the stairs. It's lovely.

The bathroom has ceramic tiles that were put there by the previous owners. They're not cold at all, despite not having underfloor heating. I haven't even thought about at we'll put when we re-do the bathroom.

Downstairs, we have oyster slate in the kitchen. It's lovely and hides dirt brilliantly. The reception rooms and downstairs hall have decent quality laminate (from the previous owners too), which we can live with until we have the money to replace with wood. It may be engineered wood as we're thinking about underfloor heating because there are no great options for radiator positioning in the reception rooms. The living room radiator is currently behind a couch and is completely useless as a result.

My mum used to have karndean in her kitchen. It looked lovely and was very durable. It didn't scratch (at least not so you'd notice) and she didn't have covers on her chair legs or anything. She's now replaced it with (quite ugly) ceramic tiles.

FundusCrispyPancake Mon 19-Nov-12 08:51:09

We have wool mix carpet throughout the house except bathroom and kitchen which are tiled. Same carpet, same colour (sort of grey/beige) every room and done all at once, cost 2.5K. It looks nice and is warm, soft, and quiet.

We had laminate before and it was awful, noisy, hard and freezing cold. I love the look of wood and bamboo but unless you have underfloor heating I can't imagine they are any warmer than laminate. Plus, the noise! CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP all day long, arrgh!

Ihatemytoes Mon 19-Nov-12 09:01:14

We're not that careful with it! We have felt covers on the dining room chairs, that's about it.

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:05:39

Yes wood could be loud. Soft carpet is nice, thick. Wood could have a pretty (Persian?) rug on top. In say, living room and hall.

Anyone have wood not tiles/slate in kitchen?

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:06:30

Oyster slate sounds lovely.

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 09:39:49

What regular maintenance do you bamboo & wood floor owners do on your floors? I remember my parents getting our wood floors revarnished maybe once in 15 years. My folks were very live & let live, though, we wore shoes everywhere in the house, no furniture leg covers, either.

Our Karndean is "only" ten years old & we have deep scratches & holes in it. The Flooring guys gasp at the condition of it. That's when they suggested no dogs, no shoes and furniture leg covers.

Okay, maintenance: maybe that's why our karndean is so degraded. I've never used the propietary cleaners on it, just usual cheap supermarket brands. Should I have done more, reapplied polyurethane layer, maybe??

TalkinPeace2 Mon 19-Nov-12 12:04:43

bamdoo - yup, its got scratches and dents. I rub olive oil into them, they vanish.
I have felt on the bottoms of chairs and feet under the metal dining table feet
have cats not dogs
hiking boots are worn all over the house
yup, the floor will need a sand back and reseal in another few years - its 13mm thick. it'll cope
sweep daily, mop weekly with waitrose finest.

its a HOME not a SHOWROOM

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 13:31:33

Is that the bamboo that gets sanded down occasionally? (Sorry, being thick).

TalkinPeace2 Mon 19-Nov-12 16:07:06

apparently it can be - I'm not planning to in a hurry.

financialwizard Mon 19-Nov-12 16:38:40

In the hall/dining room/lounge we are having laminate installed. In the kitchen and WC ceramic tiles (the ones in the wc are anti-slip). Up the stairs, on the landing and in all of the bedrooms carpet, and in the family bathroom and ensuite anti slip ceramic tiles.

I cannot wait to see it finished.

daisydoodoo Mon 19-Nov-12 16:50:18

Cream ceramic tiles throughout downstairs. They were here when we moved in and whilst not entirely to my taste they are practical, I do like the uniformity of it though. There is underfloor heating everywhere too.

They aren't shiney so not slippery when wet. I guess they are limestone effect as closest comparison. Anyway with 4 children and 2 dogs they are a breeze to keep clean.

We had a stone/beige coloured carpet fitted on the stairs, landing and bedrooms when we moved in but it's already flattening after only 6 months.

The bathrooms are vinyl/lino black and white tiled effect again easy to keep clean and not as cold underfoot as tiles.

BellaTheGymnast Mon 19-Nov-12 16:51:18

bonzo, how are you finding the fluff issue that was described up thread? I like the look of Dalsouple very much but am afeared of the cleaning!

Anyone have a wooden floor in a bathroom?

bonzo77 Mon 19-Nov-12 19:45:26

bella no fluff to speak of. Our house can be quite dusty though not fluffy because we only have carpet in the bedrooms. Because the rubber has the raised dots I find vacuuming better than sweeping. Then I mop with washing up liquid. When it was laid we didn't bother with the surface treatment that was recommended, but found that it was getting dirty quite fast due to a slightly matt finish. So I used amitco emulsion on it as recommended by a flooring person. 2 coats applied with a j cloth at right angles to each other, 30 minutes to dry in between. Very quick job which I did on Saturday and so far looking spotless. I think that it could be the matt surface that attracted fluff in the pp's case, and the dirt in mine, but the emulsion leaves a shines surface which seems better. It really does look nice. I have pale grey in the family bathroom and bright green in the ensuite.

BellaTheGymnast Tue 20-Nov-12 09:05:33

bonzo, thanks. Our bathroom's tiny so hopefully that shouldn't be too much upkeep. Did you buy Dalsouple or Amtico, or a bargain version? And did you lay it before the bathroom suite?

Sorry for hijack!

lljkk Tue 20-Nov-12 09:26:19

My boiler guy (lovely man, serviced it yesterday) said that he has a floating bamboo floor in upstairs bathroom. Excess from when his kitchen was done. He reckons that bamboo is much warmer underfoot than tiles. He also said that the bamboo in his kitchen is holding up well to abuse.

We had quarry tiles in previous house kitchen & I really didn't think they were that cold as flooring goes. I loved them tiles.

MarshaBrady Tue 20-Nov-12 09:29:30

Oh it's all helpful. Sometimes you have to live with something to know if you love it.

We're still talking about carpet v wood for most of the rooms. Tiles or wood (?) in the kitchen.

BellaTheGymnast Tue 20-Nov-12 10:11:18

I'd love a wooden floor in the kitchen <parquet perv>.

bonzo77 Tue 20-Nov-12 10:22:47

bella it was bargain stuff from kimpton. Do get samples before you buy. It was laid after the suite because we only tarted up the room and kept the suite as it is fine. You do need a fitter who knows what they are doing as the sub surface must be perfect (level and smooth, we had ours put over nasty old tiles and they skimmed them with latex first) and the joins are quite technique sensitive.

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 13:59:29

The samples arrived and they are great. The trickiest thing is we have an E15 table bigfoot. With different chairs to the pic. But it's about 3m quite substantial bit of wood. The floor can't look too bad with this.

Anyway, also remembered that I loved this ultra glossy parquet. I love light so if the floor bounces light then great.

Anyone have a glossy floor? Know where to look?

How about polished concrete?

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:49

Dh would love that and mentions it a lot. But I think it would be too stark for me.

So wood or carpet, but need to avoid wood grain overload!

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:56:43

So maybe pale plush carpet and wood in kitchen, even dark wooden table in kitchen.

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:57:04

Even, as in no grain.

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