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What would the original flooring look like in a 1920s or 1930s house?

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SwedishEdith Sun 25-Feb-18 17:35:40

Looking online, I can see a lot of black and white but I think that's more Victorian? I still like the black and white but I'm wondering what would have been more likely. Has anyone got their original floor still?

clarrylove Sun 25-Feb-18 17:38:00

This is our original hallway - late 1920s.

DragonsAndCakes Sun 25-Feb-18 17:38:06

From what room? We had stained wooden floors in the sitting and dining rooms when we took our carpets up. The porch is terracotta tiles with a black border.

yomellamoHelly Sun 25-Feb-18 17:43:59

Downstairs front room, front bedroom and stairs floor boards are stained very dark around the edges. No idea what was in the middle. (It's a very plain house though. No coving in back of house for example.)

Geneticsbunny Sun 25-Feb-18 18:09:09

Parquet was popular or linoleum (see marmoleum for modern alternative). Or quarry tiles in a kitchen

ScienceIsTruth Sun 25-Feb-18 18:11:25

Ours is late 1920s and has quarry tiles in the hallway and kitchen areas. The rest is wooden floorboards.

whoareyoukidding Sun 25-Feb-18 18:17:08

Ours is mid 1930s and has parquet flooring under the laminate, and I would have loved to restore it.

Tors33 Sun 25-Feb-18 18:31:41

This is the original floor in the hallway don't know what year though

whoareyoukidding Sun 25-Feb-18 18:33:43

Oh it's lovely Tors

Tors33 Sun 25-Feb-18 18:36:26

Just had a look it's 1930s ☺

Elementally Sun 25-Feb-18 18:36:47

Ours had a strip of lino around the edges of the room and then presumably a large rug in the middle. Hallway was lino too.

Tors33 Sun 25-Feb-18 18:40:03

Thankyou when we moved in my partner wanted to put sticky tiles over it is looked at him in disgust I don't bloody think so it was my grandparents house originally thy past away and I moved in

AdaColeman Sun 25-Feb-18 18:40:23

What a lovely hall Tors!

The houses I've known from that era have had terracotta tiles in the hall and kitchen, usually dark red, and wooden floors in the other rooms.
I think they sometimes stained the edges of the wooden floor, and had a carpet in the centre, fitted carpet is quite a modern idea! smile

SwedishEdith Sun 25-Feb-18 18:45:37

Oh, wow, some lovel floors here. envy.

I should have said hall floor really. So, it looks like original floors were usually either quarry tiles, Minton tiles or parquet.

JoJoSM2 Sun 25-Feb-18 19:22:17

Our house was built in 1928 and there were floorboards everywhere. Presumably, they would have been covered with carpets.
The only tiles I’ve seen in early interwar housing is red terracota.

Tors, that’s Victorian tiling - either your house is older or previous owners put down a Victorian style floor.

JoJoSM2 Sun 25-Feb-18 19:24:13

Actually Tor, it must be a much earlier house? Your hallway looks extremely narrow
and by the 1920’s even the most modest 2/3 bed terraces had hallways twice the width.

IknowIwillbeflamed Sun 25-Feb-18 19:48:58


I am in a very modest mid terrace from the 1930s and the hallway is narrow like Tors33's.

Maybe it depends on location as well ascmine is 'up north'.

IknowIwillbeflamed Sun 25-Feb-18 19:50:34

Stupid fat fingers and small phone!

as mine and not ascmine

0hCrepe Sun 25-Feb-18 19:52:05

IVe got a 30s semi and it’s all floorboards with the tar or whatever it is round the edge. We’ve put parquet on top though.

PigletJohn Sun 25-Feb-18 19:52:29

depends how posh it was. I had a modest late 1920's house with floorboards throughout, and quarry tiles in the kitchen.

In living rooms there had formerly been carpet squares with boards painted black round them. Hearthrugs. Fitted carpets are a relatively recent introduction, even more in expensive homes.

DelphiniumBlue Sun 25-Feb-18 19:55:31

Often parquet flooring for the hall, then wooden floorboards for other rooms,with a large rug in the centre, leaving maybe about 30 cms of floorboardvisible around the edge. Linoleum was used in kitchens but also other rooms.

HotelEuphoria Sun 25-Feb-18 19:57:48

DPs house is 1930s another one with red quarry tiles in the kitchen and floorboard in the hall.

BrazzleDazzleDay Sun 25-Feb-18 20:01:25

@Tors33 my dp's have a victorian house, those tiles are almost exactly the same as theirs.

BarbaraOcumbungles Sun 25-Feb-18 20:01:49

My 1935 house has oak floorboard in the Hall, pitch pine in he reception rooms and quarry tiles in the kitchen.

Some of the ones in the street have Minton tiles envy

Tors33 Sun 25-Feb-18 20:08:02

Ah I didn't know that I just Googled it it's my dad's house he said it's the original flooring most of the houses on this street have the same hallway floor I don't have a clue when this house was built in know it's a very old house though

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