Best Flooring for your Dining Room

When it comes to flooring, the dining room can present an interesting challenge. It needs to be functional, of course, and able to withstand the spills that inevitably happen at meal times. On the other hand, the ideal dining room is also attractive- whether it’s elegant or understated, you want it to look nice and show off your furniture to its best advantage. Fortunately, there are many options on the market that can give you a nice looking floor that’s still practical and durable.

  • The general consensus seems to rate hardwood as the best dining room option. There’s nothing quite so warm and beautiful as true hardwood floors. They’re very durable, and though they’re initially expensive, they last essentially forever, which makes them cost effective if you plan to own your home for a long time. One concern: Climates with high humidity and natural elements like sand that are carried in on shoes and feet can damage hardwood floors.
  • Engineered wood and high quality laminate come in second. These types of flooring mimic the look of hardwood, but for a much lower price. They’re less prone to seasonal shrinking and swelling, and can often be installed right over the existing floor, which saves time and money. They don’t have the longevity of hardwoods, though, and they won’t stand up to refinishing as many times as true wood floors will.
  • Tile and stone can be viable options, but your climate is a factor. Especially if there’s tile or stone in the kitchen, and the dining room is adjoining, it may make sense to carry the same flooring into the dining room. This is a great idea if you live in a warm climate, but less so if you live where it’s cold. If you love the look but are concerned that the floor will stay too cold, invest in a good rug to help regulate the temperature. Tile is fairly easy to maintain, but make sure to have the grout sealed, in order to prevent staining.
  • Cork is an interesting, outside-the-box choice. Cork has a very unique look, and while it’s durable, it’s softer on the feet than hardwood. Not everyone likes the look, though, and it’s sometimes hard to create a harmonious design with cork in just one part of the house.
  • Carpet can be a risky selection. Carpet provides an elegant look, and is soft on the feet. However, in a dining room, it may not be the best choice. Particularly in homes with children, dining room floors will sustain food spills, and carpet is difficult to keep clean and stain-free in those circumstances. A better choice is a high quality area rug, to give the same feel as a carpet, but with lower maintenance required.

At Carpet Empire Plus, we’re experts in finding the right flooring for every room. Having served the area for over 18 years, we’re proud to offer just about every style of flooring and window covering available, at prices that will match any budget. Because we have our own installers on staff, you can trust us to make your home look beautiful and stand by our work. Visit one of our showrooms in Cathedral City or Indio, or call us at 760-324-9797.

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