Linoleum is a flooring material that has been out of vogue for decades. When it is used, it has traditionally been relegated to the kitchen, where its resilient properties make it particularly functional. However, improvements in manufacturing technology have made linoleum tiles stronger, more durable, and less expensive than in the past, leading to a resurgence in their use, especially in new interior locations such as the bedroom.
The Comfort of Linoleum
The feel of the floor is of particular importance in the bedroom. You want it to be soft, warm, and comforting to the touch. With linoleum, you have thin, pliant pieces of material, which will take on the feel and texture of whatever they are installed on.
In bedroom installations, linoleum flooring will often be coupled with padded underlayment to make it softer underfoot. This can also be combined with radiant below surface heating systems to keep it toasty warm. However, generally speaking, the more padding and fancy underlayment you get, the more expensive the floor will be, and a quality cork layer can almost double the cost of your flooring materials.
Linoleum Flooring Design Options
The surface appearance of linoleum is created by adding pigments to the mix while the material is being manufactured. Because of this linoleum is available in a variety of colors, with looks that can replicate numerous natural materials and unique artistic patterns. These colors run through the entire body of the material so that as it wears down the image does not fade.
Linoleum is available in both tile, and sheet form. Tiles are much easier to install, and can be replaced when damaged, while sheet is a more seamless look, but also much more complicated to install and repair. You can also find linoleum click together planks and tiles which will allow you to create a floating floor.
Ecological Benefits of Linoleum Flooring
One of the reasons that linoleum is becoming popular once more is the trend towards using ecologically sustainable materials in construction and design. All natural, linoleum is manufactured from linseed oil, which is a highly renewable resource. It is completely biodegradable, and can even be recycled as fuel at the end of its functional life cycle. All of this makes linoleum one of the most eco-friendly bedroom flooring options available.
No Hassle Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum is often used in kitchens because it is a very durable, resilient flooring material. In a bedroom, which is generally low traffic and low impact, it will be a nearly impervious surface which can handle drips and drops or spills and splashes without worry. And keeping it clean just requires regular vacuuming, sweeping, and spot washing as necessary.
This is a pretty big advantage that linoleum has over other popular bedroom flooring materials such as carpet. Linoleum is also naturally resistant to the growth of mold and mildew, which can help the air quality of the space; an important factor to consider when you remember that you will be lying there, breathing the air in for hours on end, every single night.
It’s also fairly easy to install linoleum bedroom flooring. It is available in sheet, tile, and floating plank form. Sheet is the most difficult to work with, requiring precise, accurate measurements and cuts to fit it to the bedroom. With tile the pieces are usually self-adhesive backed, so they can be installed and replaced with ease. Floating floors are even simpler, clicking together without any adhesive necessary at all.
A properly installed and well-maintained linoleum floor should be able to last at least 20-40 years in even the highest traffic bedroom settings. This is great ecologically, while also cutting down on the mess and expense of replacing the bedroom’s floor every few years.