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Hard flooring that would work in kitchen, bathroom & living room

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crabapplecrumble Mon 22-Oct-18 10:10:22

My sister has just bought her first flat. She needs to replace the horrible stained carpet tiles throughout the flat. She's getting carpet for the bedroom, but the living room/kitchen/diner are all one room, so she wants a flooring that would work for that room & the bathroom and tiny hallway. It's ground floor, so no worries about noise with a hard floor.

She can't afford anything expensive like engineered wood, so the options are probably laminate, lino/vinyl or ceramic tiles. She's not sure if any of these would really work - e.g. laminate probably not ok for wet areas, but lino or tiles might not work in the living area. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am thinking lino might be the best option as not too cold for a living area but seems to come in quite a big range of designs, but not sure she could afford the 'posh' versions - Karndean, etc.

Any ideas please for what might work and not cost too much?

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UnRavellingFast Mon 22-Oct-18 10:15:19

Laminate is fine for wet areas so I would go for a decent quality laminate.

Ladi85 Mon 22-Oct-18 12:41:16

Wood effect tiles x

crabapplecrumble Mon 22-Oct-18 14:35:48

Thanks UnRavelling - I didn't realise laminate would be ok for the bathroom. Will pass that on to my sister.
Ladi85 I really like wood effect tiles (have them in my kitchen) but I think they would be cold for a living room unless she can afford underfloor heating.

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Bamaluz Mon 22-Oct-18 15:01:48

Camaro is a type of luxury vinyl tiling similar to Karndean but cheaper.

loveka Mon 22-Oct-18 16:41:10

I am doing a similar flpor in my annexe.

I am having riven slate flagstones, from.Ms Stone Store
After 6 months of debating and samples!!!

UnRavellingFast Mon 22-Oct-18 21:10:56

Ooh I love riven slate. Yes OP I have had same (cheapish blush ) laminate in kitchen and bathroom for a decade and no sign of problems at all despite dcs going from toddler to early teens and splashing bathroom to death and ddog peeing and pooing in kitchen as a young puppy urgh!!!! Also very sloppy fish tank cleaning in bathroom! So well tried and trusted.

LittleBLUEsmurfHouse Tue 23-Oct-18 08:40:35

Vinyl in a wood effect. Shop around and you can get nice wood textured ones for a fairly low price. Then have a nice rug in the lounge area.

Laminate is slippy, can swell if it gets wet, and things can break more easily if dropped on it.

crabapplecrumble Tue 23-Oct-18 14:05:18

Thanks for all the ideas. I'm going with her to a couple of flooring shops at the weekend to see what they have in the way of vinyl and laminate and suitability for bathrooms, cost of installing, etc.

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TheKitchenWitch Tue 23-Oct-18 14:07:45

We have tiles in a slate grey throughout the house, everywhere (including bedrooms), with rugs laid on top in key areas. Works really well!

crabapplecrumble Wed 24-Oct-18 18:41:05

TheKitchenWitch do you have underfloor heating? I think tiles would be ideal because they are so hardwearing and easy to look after, but worried about them being cold in winter.

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TheKitchenWitch Thu 25-Oct-18 17:07:33

Yes, we have underfloor heating (it's a new house we had built), which I thought would be weird but it doesn't ever feel hot, just very pleasant.
I don't know how it would be without underfloor heating, although with more rugs I guess it would be ok? Plus I wear slippers <old fogey> so am not so affected by floor temperature smile

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