Flooring recommendations

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Rowenberryjelly Tue 04-Aug-20 14:44:13

I need new flooring in a sitting/dining room, with a door out to the garden. Small children, so food/paint likely under dining table and mud from garden so I don't want carpet. Don't want laminate due to previous injuries slipping on laminate. What floor covering would you recommend that is easy to clean and not too hard/slippery?
Thank you

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BigGee Tue 04-Aug-20 14:52:39

Linoleum? Proper lino, I mean, the natural stuff. It's an expensive purchase though, not just to buy but to get it laid properly. It comes in some really nice colour combinations now too, not just school grey and brown. It's pretty much bombproof....Look up the forbo flooring website - my last work used this stuff a lot and it's surprisingly modern looking, depending on the design and colour you go for.

If this may be a short-ish term thing, maybe a printed vinyl that you can replace with a carpet once the kids are less likely to be muddy.
Harvey Maria do some absolutely amazing designs, including Cath Kidston prints.

Rowenberryjelly Wed 05-Aug-20 08:20:52

Thank you, I will look into those. Was thinking vinyl, but wondered about other options.

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wowfudge Wed 05-Aug-20 08:22:28

LVT - luxury vinyl tile. Very durable, easy to care for and clean plus it can look like wood or stone.

Dogsgowoofwoof Wed 05-Aug-20 08:24:44

We’re going for LVT.

MovingTowardsANewPositivity Wed 05-Aug-20 08:44:37

We've just done our conservatory, living room and hallway with self adhesive vinyl planks ourselves. It was quite a tricky job as we had to use self-leveling compound on
the floors first but laying the planks was not too hard at all, they cut with a sharp craft knife, so easier to fit round tricky shapes, the finish is really good and they seem hard wearing so far.

The planks were about £10 m2, which was cheaper than carpet/vinyl/wood and they are so easy to clean too! I just sweep/vacuum them and then use a spray mop. If you wanted softer areas you could use rugs as well, we have in the living room smile.

Darkestseasonofall Wed 05-Aug-20 08:46:23

If you can afford it then LVT. It's a dream to clean and practically bomb proof.

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Ylvamoon Wed 05-Aug-20 10:12:37

We have solid wood planks, laid about 18 years ago and just had them sanded down/ refurbished- still going strong and looking beautiful. Survived 2 DC, 3 puppies and several paries. It is pricey at approx. £40-50 m2, but worth the investment if you are in your "forever home". Refurb cost us just shy of 1.5k ... but it's a large open plan living dining area.

Rowenberryjelly Wed 05-Aug-20 19:19:14

Thank you all! How hard is lvt? Looking in the shop it seemed very hard.

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wowfudge Wed 05-Aug-20 19:22:51

Well it's softer than concrete if you fall and things don't smash when dropped like they do on tiles.

Darkestseasonofall Wed 05-Aug-20 19:45:19

I've a crawling baby and his head is certainly more protected than having bashed onto tiles etc.
I think the click down is possibly softer than the stick down, but not as hard wearing IMO.

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