bathroom flooring

Choosing the perfect bathroom flooring

As you all may know, our household is a busy one, two adults, four children and a dog. This means anything we get for the house must be hard-wearing or cheap enough to replace at short notice. Our bathroom floor is something that we would love to look at replacing next.

Obviously, the bathroom gets a lot of use and over the years has taken some wear and tear which brings its own challenges – tiles become cracked, the furniture could also do with replacing along with the floor.

Choosing the perfect bathroom flooring

Flooring considerations

With all the different types and styles of bathroom flooring out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one, not only for you but also for your bathroom structure (floorboards or concrete, wet room style or traditional). Where do you even start?!

Environmental Restrictions

Regarding the many choices of materials, e.g. tile, laminate, vinyl, Karndean Floors, Amtico or real wood, it all depends on what overall look you want to achieve in the bathroom as well as the environmental restrictions, for example, if you live in an area where there is quite a lot of ground movement (clay/chalk foundations) then a wet room style wouldn’t be advisable, as the cost of preventative measures may not be worth the overall effect. 

Also, knowing the limitations of certain materials is a must. For instance, most laminate floors cannot be used in a wet area as they will warp and deform, in which case you would use a polyurethane laminate like Karndean or Amtico, which has been specifically designed for wet areas and come in a wide variety of styles and colours including walnut and oak.

Choosing the perfect bathroom flooring

Which tiles?

Tiling the floor comes with its own choices, ceramic, porcelain or vinyl – for those who don’t know the difference between these, ceramic is like your coffee mug, a lighter material, usually the pinkish clay type which has a glaze of paint put on it – it is cheaper than porcelain but not as strong.

Karndean is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury vinyl tiles and is a popular brand here in the UK. It is available in myriad sizes, colours and designs, Karndean floors are waterproof and highly durable.

Porcelain is stronger and is the same colour material throughout the tile as the surface, think of them as a cake, ceramic is like a wedding cake with marzipan icing over the top, where porcelain is like red velvet, the same colour all the way through).

Tiling the floor also needs preparation such as levelling the floor beforehand (hardboard on floorboards, levelling screed for concrete) because if these measures aren’t done correctly you will end up with cracked and broken tiles throughout the bathroom. Again there are plenty of tiles to choose from including limestone, graphite and my personal favourite – white ash.

What has made it very apparent to me is that speaking to someone who is knowledgeable in these areas, companies such as Stories Flooring, really help not only with the design of your space but also of how easily choosing the wrong product can turn into costly mistakes?

Choosing the perfect bathroom flooring

Whilst we are on the subject of bathrooms you might want to pop over to my friend Mandi’s site and read her article on basin replacement.

Choosing the perfect bathroom flooring


  • Amy – All about a Mummy

    January 12 at 5:08 pm

    We are trying to decide between kardean and tiles at the moment. Definitely need to get some professional advice.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 14 at 1:46 pm

      I hadn’t heard of them at the time we did our kitchen and hallway but our bathroom is next so it’s definitely something we are considering.

  • Wendy

    January 13 at 8:08 am

    The bathrooms in the photos are beautiful! Who knew there was so much to consider when choosing a bathroom floor! It is at times like this I’m glad we rent, I wouldn’t have a clue where to start with making decisions like this xx

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 14 at 1:47 pm

      I always thought it would be fun to design my own house, until we did and then it was so stressful because a lot is at stake if you don’t like it. Like you say, renting was easier x

  • Miranda (Anosa)

    January 13 at 9:07 pm

    We are renovating our bathroom and we’ve been struggling with the tiles that we love being out no longer sold.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 14 at 1:47 pm

      Oh no that’s so annoying when you have finally made a decision isn’t it.

  • Su (Ethan & Evelyn)

    January 14 at 9:01 am

    I would love to have a nice shiny new bathroom floor. There are so many great options to choose from.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 14 at 1:48 pm

      I know, I can’t wait until ours has been done x

  • Sonia

    January 14 at 2:34 pm

    We had a new bathroom a couple of years ago, I think our tiles are the same as the ones from the first picture actually lol! I love Karndean floors- they are gorgeous. I am having one in my dining room later this year x

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 15 at 1:19 pm

      Oooh that’s good to know, obviously they were a good choice if you are considering them again x

  • Jenni Fuchs

    January 21 at 3:08 pm

    We just changed our bathroom floor from wood to tiles. The wood was not very compatible with the kids flooding the bathroom all the time, tiles are much easier to wipe up.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 22 at 2:09 pm

      Yes children do have a tendency to spoil interior design don’t they, it’s a good job we love our little darlings 😉

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