The kitchen tends to be the room where families gather, not just for meals but for socializing and entertaining friends.
Kitchen flooring must combine attractive good looks with a tough, rugged surface that can stand up to the high volume of traffic, spills and the dirt and mud that get tracked onto it.
In this Home Flooring Pros guide, we offer kitchen flooring options that homeowners have found to work very well in this area of your home.
- Vinyl Flooring –It is inexpensive, resistant to moisture, easy to clean and comes in enough patterns and colors that you’ll find one that goes well with your design scheme.
- Laminate Flooring –Today’s laminate is rugged and very durable. Choose laminate that looks like natural hardwood or newer patterns that simulate tile or natural stone flooring.
- Hardwood Flooring – Both solid hardwood flooring and engineered flooring can be used in the kitchen. You’ll find a range of domestic woods like oak and maple as well as exotic woods like bamboo, Brazilian cherry and tigerwood.
- Ceramic Tile – Used for centuries in kitchens, it’s still a great choice. This durable, moisture-resistant flooring comes in thousands of style, color, size and color options. And don’t forget the extra versatility that comes with the many different tile patterns to choose from.
- Natural Stone Flooring – While a bit pricey, granite, travertine, slate and other stone products exude elegance while having the durability you need in a kitchen.
Wholesale Cost Comparisons
If you’re remodeling your kitchen on a budget then take advantage of flooring outlets selling kitchen flooring at wholesale prices. Here are the best prices you can expect to find if you hunt around for the best deals.
Vinyl or Linoleum – Both Vinyl and Linoleum flooring are great low cost options with wholesale prices starting at $1 per square foot. Why not have a search for some Luxury Vinyl Tile for your kitchen and get the look of wood or stone for a fraction of the cost. We’ve seen wholesale outlets offering top LVT brands for as little as $2 per sq/ft compared to the usual $4-5.
Laminate – Try not to go too cheap with laminate flooring especially in a high traffic area like the kitchen. You will see offers around $1 per sq/ft but we would suggest looking at laminate at around $2 per square foot or higher. Click here for our guide on how to find the best laminate flooring.
Hardwood – Solid or engineered wood is always going to cost you more but there are wholesale deals to be found if you’re prepared to limit your choice of product. Instead of $5 for engineered hardwood or $7 for solid hardwood you can find engineered flooring for $2-$3 and solid flooring from $3 to $4.
Floor Tiles – You can find decent floor tiles for your kitchen for wholesale prices as low at $1 per square foot. Just remember that installation costs are high and some installers won’t want to work with thin inferior tiles which are prone to breaking, especially in a kitchen area.
Stone Flooring – High quality stone flooring can be expensive but you can find natural stone floor tiles at wholesale prices. Expect to pay between $2.50 to $4.50 from a reputable wholesaler.
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These are the most popular kitchen flooring options and wholesale prices. Have you used one of them, or chosen something else? Use our comments section below to tell us what you installed in your kitchen and how it worked out. Or, you can take a moment to contact us. Feedback from you will help other readers choose a kitchen flooring option they can be happy with in the years ahead.
For a more in-depth discussion of the best floor for your particular kitchen click here.
Other Places To Find Kitchen Floor Ideas and Projects
- Houzz – At this site you can find many different home improvement projects including small kitchen remodeling ideas and pictures.
- Bob Vila – Take the stress out of kitchen remodeling by becoming more familiar with your design, material, and budget options.
- Freshome – Find out what the top kitchen design trends for 2013.
- Douglah Designs – Over at Douglah Designs they have a great blog with lots of inspiration for your next kitchen remodel.
- Home Designing – We love retro styles so here are some great retro kitchen floor ideas from the Home Designing website.