Budget Bedroom Flooring Ideas

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Price is always a concern when choosing a flooring material. In the bedroom. the price of the floor has to be offset by the necessities of the space. These include factors such as comfort, beauty, and the way the floor feels beneath your feet. Luckily, there are a variety of economically priced flooring materials which can fulfill the requirements of this serene setting.

Cost Effective Vinyl Bedroom Flooring

Price: $0.50 - $4.00 per square foot

Vinyl is one of the most versatile, low-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.

Because it is so thin vinyl flooring will take on the feel of anything which lays underneath it.That means that if it is placed directly over a plywood subfloor it will be quite hard, and untapped nail heads may poke uncomfortably through. However, in a bedroom, 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.

Drawbacks: Vinyl is a man made material that is not at all environmentally friendly. Inexpensive, poorly made vinyl materials can also off-gas Volatile Organic Chemicals, which can contribute negatively to the air quality of the bedroom.

Linoleum Bedroom Flooring: The Inexpensive Natural Choice

Price: $2.00 - $5.00 per square foot

Linoleum is a manufactured, thin sheet resilient flooring material that has properties which are very 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 it’s manufacture the way that vinyl does.

You also don’t have to worry about the off-gassing of Volatile Organic Chemicals.

Drawbacks: 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. Linoleum is also slightly less durable than vinyl, and it doesn’t have the same impervious resistance to water penetration.

Budget Friendly Laminate Bedroom Flooring Options

Price: $2.00 - $10.00 per square foot

Laminate flooring 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 which 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 exotic 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.

Drawbacks: Unlike real wood, laminates cannot be refinished. The lifespan of a laminate floor is determined by the thickness and the quality of the protective wear layer.

When this wears down over time, the material will be exposed, and will quickly start to deteriorate. Luckily this is not usually an issue in a low traffic bedroom environment.

Cost Effective Carpet Choices

Price: $3.00 - $13.00 per square foot

Carpet is a very popular choice for bedrooms because it is so soft, warm, and comfortable underfoot. While the price of carpeting can vary wildly, there are numerous low-cost options available for you to choose from, allowing you to find an appropriate material for nearly any price range.

Drawbacks: 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. Higher quality and natural carpet choices will also raise the price of this flooring.

Inexpensive Concrete Bedroom Flooring

Price: $1.00 per square foot for a fresh pour

$2.00 - $5.00 per square foot for basic decorative treatments

More elaborate decorative etching and art treatments can cost as much as $15 per square foot.

Homes are built with a concrete slab foundation which rests directly against the ground dirt that the structure is set on. If the bedroom in question is on a level that meets this slab, then existing floor surface coverings can be removed to reveal the concrete, which can then be treated and used as the floor.

Drawbacks: Concrete is a very hard, very cold surface that can be quite uncomfortable in a bedroom. Radiant heating systems and rugs can offset this to some extent, but they can’t completely eliminate the austere feeling that concrete will lend to a bedroom. This is also only possible in ground or below grade bedroom installations.

Hardwood Bedroom Flooring

Price: $5.00 - $12.00 per square foot

Refinishing: $1.50 - $5.00 per square foot.

Hardwood is not a particularly inexpensive bedroom flooring materials. However, it is quite popular for its natural beauty, durability, and resilience. It is also possible to periodically refinish a hardwood floor, which can cost a fraction of a new install, while also making the material look brand new.