Flooring materials can be expensive, and sometimes cost-prohibitive to homeowners faced with mounting renovation costs. Some cheaper flooring options skew towards the tacky end of the style spectrum, so when attractive affordable flooring options crop up, we're always eager to take a closer look.
In addition to lingonberry jam, minimalist, flat-packed furniture, and space-saving products, our favorite Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA, once had several flooring options available to consumers.
IKEA Flooring Material: Laminate
While some folks may cringe when they hear the phrase "laminate flooring", modern options are a far cry from the designs you may have seen in your grandmother's basement. Despite its bad rap, there is nothing wrong with laminate flooring, and in fact, laminate flooring can be a great option for budget-conscious renovators: it's versatile, easy to clean and simple to install. IKEA's flooring is laminate, which generally consists of a number of layers that go from bottom to top like so: moisture barrier, particleboard core, image layer (i.e., the photograph of wood so that the flooring can simulate the look of wood), wear layer (transparent layer to protect everything else).
IKEA Flooring Price
At press time, IKEA flooring is no longer available to U.S. consumers. Historically, IKEA flooring was priced fairly competitively at approximately $1.86 per square foot, similar to options found at Home Depot or other big box stores.
IKEA Flooring Availability
Over the years, IKEA flooring has come and gone from their U.S. retail stores, though international customers have generally had luck finding the product fairly regularly. Unfortunately, at this time U.S. consumers are out of luck—flooring is no longer available at IKEA.