Price is always a concern when choosing a flooring material, especially for a bedroom where comfort and beauty are of paramount importance. Luckily, you'll find a variety of economically priced flooring materials that can fulfill the requirements of your serene setting.
Price: $0.50–$4 per square foot; average $7 per square foot for luxury vinyl planks
Vinyl is one of the most versatile, lower-cost flooring options that you can choose for a bedroom. Made of thin resilient sheets, vinyl is a man-made material that is resistant to stains, rips, tears, damage, and water penetration. It can be printed with a nearly endless variety of patterns and colors, and can even be made to resemble natural materials such as stone and hardwood.
If you use sheet vinyl or tile vinyl, the flooring is thin and it can feel hard if it's placed directly over plywood. In a bedroom, a cork or foam padded underlayment can be used to soften the feel beneath your feet. However, underlayment can significantly add to the cost of the installation.
For an upscale look in the bedroom, consider luxury vinyl flooring (LVF), also known as luxury vinyl plank flooring (LVP). It's a thicker material fabricated in planks to look much like hardwood, and it snaps together, much like plastic laminate flooring planks, for a snug fit.
If you choose vinyl for your bedroom floor, remember that it is a man made material that may off-gas volatile organic chemicals (VOC), which can compromise the quality of your room's air for a short time.
Price: $2–$5 per square foot
Linoleum in tile or sheet form can be a comfortable choice in the bedroom. The design options for linoleum have expanded over the years, and now it can replicate natural materials as well as take on artistic patterns to match your decor.
Linoleum is a manufactured, thin sheet of resilient flooring material with properties that are similar to vinyl. It is durable, resistant to stains, difficult to scratch, and easy to maintain. The difference is that linoleum tile is made from all-natural linseed oil, and does not use non-renewable resources in its manufacture the way that vinyl does. You also don’t have to worry about the off-gassing of VOCs.
Linoleum is a little more expensive than vinyl, and it will also need a padded backing layer to make it comfortable enough for a bedroom. The material is also slightly less durable than vinyl, and it doesn’t have the same impervious resistance to water penetration.
Price: $2–$10 per square foot
Laminate flooring in the bedroom has its pros and cons. It's a frugal choice with unlimited and attractive design options, but it can be hard and noisy to walk on.
Laminate consists of a backing layer, a decorative layer, and a wear layer. The backing is generally made up of recycled, low-cost materials that make up the bulk of the actual laminate. The appearance of each piece is achieved by printing a very thin decorative strip over the top of this backing. This is then covered by an invisible wear layer that protects the material from stains and damage.
The manufacturers of laminate flooring materials are able to produce print layers which can accurately achieve the look of numerous unusual natural hardwoods and stones. Because of this, you can use laminates to create a bedroom floor which looks far more expensive than it actually is.
The material can't be refinished so its lifespan may be limited to the durability and quality of its protective wear layer. When the wear layer breaks down, the material will be exposed and will quickly start to deteriorate. However, laminate flooring may last longer than usual in a low traffic bedroom.
Price: $3–$13 per square foot (wall-to-wall, not including padding)
Soft, plush, cozy carpeting is usually the first choice for bedrooms not only for comfort, but because the material is sound-dampening and retains warmth. Yet there are plenty of pros and cons to carpeting in the bedroom. Most notably, the price of carpeting for a bedroom can vary wildly—the most luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting can bust your budget.
There are ways to buy lower-cost medium- to high-pile carpet for your bedroom. From choosing an inexpensive synthetic fiber rather than wool to buying seconds, close-outs, and in-stock styles at a carpet warehouse, you'll be able to afford to fit full carpeting into your bedroom.
Consider a Bound Area Rug
If your heart is set on carpet, consider a large area rug rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. You can get much of the same benefits for your bedroom with a large area rug as you would full carpeting, but for a fraction of the cost. Take measurements of your room before buying a large area rug to make sure it can be ideally situated under your bed and bedside tables.
Carpets are notoriously hard to keep clean, and some materials will attract dust, dirt, and other small particles which can contribute negatively to the indoor air quality of your bedroom.
Price: $1 per square foot for a fresh pour; $2–$15 per square foot for decorative etching and artistic treatments
You probably wouldn't think of concrete for your bedroom flooring, but there's more to concrete flooring than meets the eye. If you live in a home in a warmer climate that's built with a concrete slab foundation resting directly against the ground, you may be able to remove the existing floor surface coverings and use the concrete as an economical option for your floor. It will last forever, and it can be decoratively finished with stains, etching, and polishing, then warmed up with toss rugs.
Price: $5–$12 per square foot; refinishing $1.50–$5 per square foot; engineered hardwood average $4–$7 per square foot
Hardwood is an expensive bedroom flooring material. However, it is quite popular for its natural beauty which you can still have if you opt for refinishing your existing hardwood floor which costs a fraction of a new install, or choose a less expensive engineered wood floor.
Engineered hardwood is not solid hardwood, though it's constructed with layers of solid hardwood. Think of it as a durable veneer.-style flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is designed so it won't warp or bow like hardwood, and there's a protective moisture barrier installed. You have all the beauty of hardwood, along with easy care and maintenance. As with vinyl and laminate, an engineered wood floor depends on the quality and durability of its top wear layer, but in a low-traffic bedroom, that should mean it lasts a long time. As with wood flooring, engineered wood flooring can also creak and pop.