I am trying to work out the logistics for turning the end of our carpeted living room into dining space, there are 2 issues I hope someone can help with...
First the edge between carpet and new wipeable floor is about 3.5m long but metal/wooden join strips seem to have max length of 2.7m, is there another option or would a join be so terrible?
Then secondly, as this is a temporary (1-2yr) change until our extension work happens, what wipeable floor is best....lino I guess is cheaper but if we glue it down will it peel back off easily? Or would (cheap) laminate be better..?
Fishfingers - thanks I should have said in my OP, my kids are 3 & 4 and fairly messy eaters/drinkers, I'm not sure i could keep up with the carpet cleaning 2-3times a day and I don't want a small plastic sheet under them either <fussy>
vinyl flooring does not have to be glued down. It flops down flat and stays. Some people like to run silicone sealeant round the edges for the joint with the skirting board. If the old floor is floorboards (planks) or uneven it will need a layer of harboard or thin ply, otherwise it will wear out very fast in lines.
Linoleum flooring is almost never used now.
A join in the strip will not be too bad, but I would prefer to put the big piece in the middle (or wherever the main traffic path is) with short bits at the end where they will not get trampled or kicked much.
Fishfinger....sadly DP will not countenance a dog, a v jealous!
Pigletjohn- thank you! That is just the answer I was looking for, DP said glue would be needed and I just believed him, you have made me v happy... and thanks for note on Lino vs vinyl you saved me some embarrassment in shops there . Good point about the joins at the sides, that makes sense.