What are the Best Bathroom Flooring Options?
The best flooring options for a bathroom are water-resistant and slip-resistant while also providing style. The most practical and popular flooring options for a bathroom are ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone tiles. LVT/LVP and waterproof laminate floors are also popular as budget options.
January 24, 2023, by: Jamie Sandford
While the bathroom doesn’t get heavy foot traffic or lots of dirt, it is subjected to plenty of water and sometimes spills of cleaning solutions, cosmetics and more. So, you need a durable floor as well as one that gives you the visual appeal and the warmth you want in this area of your home.
In this Home Flooring Pros guide we share the top bathroom flooring options you may want to consider.
- Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring – Vinyl flooring handles water a bit better than linoleum, but linoleum has the advantage of being very Eco-friendly.
- Ceramic Tile Flooring – Used for many years in bathrooms, it comes in hundreds of styles, colors and patterns. You won’t have any trouble finding one to fit your design scheme, and a couple of area rugs will keep bare feet warmer. Take a look at more great bathroom flooring ideas.
- Engineered Hardwood Flooring – Solid hardwood flooring isn’t suitable for bathrooms, but engineered flooring is. You’ll find a great range of domestic woods like oak, maple and hickory as well as imported wood types. Engineered bamboo flooring is also an option for bathroom installation.
- Cork Floors – Soft on the feet and resistant to moisture, cork is also naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria. It’s available in a nice range of colors, types and styles.
Wholesale Bathroom Flooring Prices
Vinyl and Linoleum -Standard vinyl flooring, whether sheet or tile, can easily be found at around $1 per sq/ft while luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or plank flooring costs a little more, but you can still find a decent selection at around the $2 mark. Linoleum is harder to find at discount prices as there are only a few retail brands available, expect to pay upwards of $3 per square foot.
Tile – You can find plenty of cheap bathroom tiles at $1 per sq/ft but a better option would be some discounted travertine stone floor tiles at around the $2.50 price range. If you’re looking for something special then take a look at our bathroom floor tiles ideas.
Engineered Hardwood – Be wary of going to cheap with engineered flooring. $5 per sq/ft should get you a good quality product and we’ve seen flooring in this price range discounted by about 50% at some wholesale outlets.
Cork Tiles – Cork flooring, like linoleum, is another green flooring option that doesn’t come cheap, in fact most cork (glue down tile or engineered planks) is as expensive as hardwood with an price range between $4 and $8 per square foot. If you look around you can find cork discounted to around $2.50. Check out our reviews of some of the best cork flooring brands.
No matter which of these bathroom flooring options you choose, you’ll find enough selection options to meet your style and budget requirements. See our comment section below to get feedback from other readers. Take a moment to contact us and tell us what type of bathroom flooring you’ve used in the past and whether or not you’d recommend it to others.
Other Places You Can Find Bathroom Flooring Ideas and Projects
- Elle Decor – When you’re looking for great bathroom design ideas, you’ll find them at the Elle Decor website.
- Life of an Architect – Comprehensive article on cork flooring from Bob Borson’s excellent site.
- Daltile – Get up to speed with the latest bathroom trends on this great page from Daltile.
Bathroom Floor Photos to Inspire
About the Author:
Jamie Sandford is the Owner and Chief Editor of Home Flooring Pros (find out more). After 12 years’ experience in screen and stage set construction, followed by a further 15 years working in the home renovation/remodeling business, he now writes and curates online home improvement advice.
“Buying and installing home flooring should be a fairly straightforward process, but often it isn’t. After more than 15 years experience in home flooring and remodeling, I started Home Flooring Pros in 2013 to help homeowners navigate the often-over complicated process of choosing, buying and installing a home floor. The aim is to save you time and money by helping you to make better floor buying decisions.”