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Cheap flooring ideas

If you have a large floor space to cover and a tight a budget, it's time to explore less expensive flooring options. Or, maybe you would just rather spend money on something other than fancy flooring. Advances in concrete finishing techniques as well as natural and man-made fibres have made it possible to achieve results that are both inexpensive and attractive, so you can create attractive flooring for your home or business without spending a fortune.

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Concrete Finishes

If you have damaged carpeting over bare concrete or new construction, consider one of the many concrete stains. Stains sink into the concrete material, to create a transparent, yet coloured surface. You can apply these stains yourself with a bit of preparation. The floor surface must be thoroughly cleaned, and tested for any previou sealers. If it’s sealed, you’ll have to apply a sealant remover before applying the stain. Choose acid stains in earth tone colours, or for a large variety of colour choices, go with acrylic stains. Use colours that complement your existing decor, or decorate around your new colour choice.

Sealed Concrete

For a simple floor surface, consider coating your bare concrete floor with high gloss epoxy. To create the look of tile, rent a grinder with a diamond blade to carve the lines into the finished surface. Try a tinted epoxy sealer for a coloured concrete floor. This is a less expensive way to add colour to concrete, and takes less time than an acid or acrylic stain.

Area Rugs

Purchase a large area rug to cover an unfinished floor. Large discount retailers such as Ikea and Target carry rugs that are both colourful and large enough to cover a living room floor. Sisal mats and seagrass rugs also can be purchased in area-rug sizes. Check for sales to save extra money.


Shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot for discounted or discontinued nylon Berber carpet styles or remnants. Nylon is long wearing, and inexpensive compared to wool and other types of carpet fibres on the market. Berber is name for type of irregular tufted weave. Berber carpeting is attractive, which is why it's been a popular style of carpeting for many years. It's available in many earth tone colours.

Cork Tiles

Cork tiles are softer than ordinary linoleum tiles, and have a rich, natural look. They’re also inexpensive when compared to other types of natural flooring. You can tile a large living room floor in cork for a few hundred dollars. They can be stained in rich shades of golden brown and many other natural colours.

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About the Author

Ingrid Hansen

Ingrid Hansen has been published in "Twin Cities Business" magazine, the "Murphy Reporter," "Twin Cities Parent" magazine and the "Southwest Journal" newspaper. She has also written more than 30 non-fiction books for the K-12 library and education market, and has been a subject matter expert and a course designer for online college curriculum. She teaches English Composition at a local college, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University.

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