The Best Type of Flooring for a Kitchen

Updated July 19, 2017

A kitchen is undoubtedly the most-used room in a home and the floor of a kitchen undoubtedly takes more of a beating because of it. It is very important to think practically when choosing the right flooring for your kitchen.

What type of kitchen do you have?

When choosing the perfect flooring for your kitchen it is important to analyze what type of kitchen you have. Is your kitchen a commercial kitchen, a gourmet kitchen or a family kitchen? Will your kitchen be used a lot or a little?

Considering different flooring types

The different flooring options for a kitchen include linoleum, tile, wood, carpet, cork, concrete and bamboo to name a few. Each option has its pluses and minuses.

Flooring to rule out

Without a doubt, carpet is a poor choice for any kitchen. Kitchen use involves spilling, crumbs, and more mess than any other room. Keeping a carpet clean would be a chore beyond measure. Likewise, cork flooring would not be an ideal choice for a kitchen as it is not a type of flooring that is meant to be wet on such a consistent basis.

Easy to clean

Tile, hardwood floors, bamboo floors and linoleum are easy to sweep, mop and keep clean, a very important factor to choosing a kitchen floor.

Wood and bamboo flooring

Wood or bamboo flooring is often chosen for kitchens because they are attractive, smooth hard surfaces that are ostensibly easy to clean. While this fact is true, the amount of wear and tear and subsequent cleaning of these types of kitchen floors take a toll and wear the wood or bamboo down much more quickly than in other parts of the house. If wood floors are chosen, it would be a good idea to put down a runner and/or a mat on areas which are used the most, like a mat in front of the kitchen sink.

Linoleum and tile flooring

Linoleum and tile flooring are without a doubt the best options for a kitchen floor, meant to withstand a plethora of spills and clean-ups. The biggest difference is cost and appearance. Linoleum is inexpensive and somewhat out of fashion where tile can run the gamut as far as price goes and comes in so many styles that it can suit any interior designer's plan. The important thing to remember when choosing tile is that porcelain and ceramic tiles fare much better than natural stone and slate tiles as far as staining and general wear and tear.

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About the Author

Jennie Fancher received a Bachelor of Science in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992, before attending a publishing program at Rice University in Houston Texas. Currently a writer living in Avon, Colorado, her writing has covered everything from arts and entertainment in the Greater Boston area to real estate in Austin, Texas.