You probably spend a lot of time in your home office, so you want the flooring to be comfortable. You may also see clients there, so you want the flooring to look professional.
You’re busy, so a practical floor that is easy to maintain is also essential. What home office flooring options meet those criteria?
This Home Flooring Pros guide gives you the top choices in flooring for the home office.
- Laminate Flooring – Simulating hardwood flooring, natural stone flooring or even tile flooring, this product is a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative. You’ll find a wide range of styles to give your home office just the look you want. Add a few rugs for warmth and accent beauty.
- Carpeting – Commercial-grade carpet is made in hundreds of patterns, colors and styles, so finding one that fits your design won’t be hard. Quality carpet will help insulate the office from outside noise, hide traffic and look good with just regular vacuuming and occasional cleaning.
- Hardwood Flooring – Solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring are both wonderful home office flooring options. These products are made in many different species, styles and finishes.
- Cork Flooring – This ecofriendly flooring material is easy on the feet and can endure light to moderate “business” traffic.
- Bamboo Flooring – Bamboo is another green flooring option and like solid hardwood can look very smart. If you are using office chairs with wheels it is worth putting down a protective chair mat to prevent scuffing.
- Vinyl Flooring – If the volume of foot traffic is high, and the office is entered directly from outdoors, vinyl is worth considering. It stands up well to water and is very easy to clean and maintain.
Wholesale Cost Comparisons
So what can you expect to pay for the various different home office floor options? Let’s take a look at the average wholesale prices for each type of flooring.
Laminate Flooring – You can buy laminate for as little as $1 per square foot but we wouldn’t recommend such a cheap option. Look to pay between $2 -$3 per square foot wholesale.
Carpet – On average you would normally expect to pay around $4.50 per square foot for wall to wall carpet but this amount can vary wildly depending on the quality and designer status of your carpet choice. Wholesale prices start at around $1.50.
Solid and Engineered Hardwood – Again prices will fluctuate depending on the type and quality of the wood you choose. As a guide line expect to pay $5 per square foot for engineered hardwood floors and $7 per square foot for pre finished solid hardwood at normal retail price. However for less well known brands and a reduced choice of materials you can find wholesale prices of $2-$3 for engineered hardwood and solid wood flooring from $3 to $4.
Cork and Bamboo – Average wholesale prices for bamboo flooring are around $2.00 – $3.00 with cork wholesale prices being slightly higher at $2.50 to $4.
Vinyl and Linoleum – Both these flooring materials are pretty cheap anyway but you should certainly be able to pick up some decent vinyl flooring for no more than $1 a square foot from a reputable wholesaler.
Care and Maintenance
The good news is that your home office is unlikely to be what one would call a high traffic area, on the downside you will certainly want to keep it looking neat and tidy if you want it to look like a professional workplace. All the flooring options listed above should provide you with good durability for your home office, now it’s just a case of taking care of it regularly so let’s take a look at some best maintenance and cleaning practices.
1. Run a hoover over your home office carpets at least once a week, no one likes hoovering but such a small space takes no time at all. Don’t forget all that accumulating dust behind desks!
2. You can also hoover laminate and wood floors, just make sure the beater bar is deactivated, if your hoover has on to avoid wear and tear. Click here for more detailed info on vacuuming hardwood floors.
3. A light damp mopping is the only other way you should consider cleaning your laminate, hardwood, bamboo or cork. Don’t get your wood floors, even laminate, overly wet. Even better, look to invest in a micro-fiber dust mop or pad and forget about water all together.
4. Rolling office chairs are the most likely thing to cause scratches and wear to your hard floors so look to invest in office chair mats or protectors of some description.
We’d like to hear from you. What flooring have you used in a home office, and how did it work for you? Use our comments section below to share insights and ideas that will help other readers find the best home office flooring options. Or, you can take a moment to contact us.
Other Places To Find Home Office Flooring Ideas and Projects
- Home Office Makeover – Find the best options when you decide to put new flooring in your home office.
- Design Biz– BuildBiz, Inc. is the Internet’s leading creator and operator of a vertical business community for the home decorating market.
- Wide Plank Flooring – Great article on getting the very best out of your office space.