Cheap Versus Steep: Kitchen Flooring

Kitchens are typically the center of the action in a home, so they require a durable flooring surface that can withstand heavy use. Browse photos of kitchen flooring options for every budget.
By: Andrew Faust

Photo By: NKBA

Photo By: Armstrong

Photo By: Designer, Suzanne Furst

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Cheap: Linoleum Flooring

Durable and low maintenance, linoleum is an inexpensive flooring option that is available in many styles and colors to complement any kitchen's design. Image courtesy of Forbo Flooring Systems

Cheap: Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is a low-cost option that is available in styles that mimic hardwood, stone and tile surfaces. Image courtesy of Armstrong World Industries

Mid-Range: Porcelain Tile Flooring

Homeowners who are willing to spend slightly more money on their kitchen flooring may opt for porcelain tile flooring, which is a resilient, low-maintenance floor surface that offers a high-end look. Photo courtesy of Mannington Mills, Inc.

Mid-Range: Hardwood Flooring

A timeless option, hardwood floors provide a durable surface that can withstand heavy kitchen traffic. Hardwood floors are soft on the foot, making them nice for chefs who spend a lot of time on their feet. Design by Roger Zierman

Steep: Hardwood Flooring With Stone Inlay

A current trend in kitchen flooring, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, hardwood flooring with stone inlay provides the resilience of natural stone flooring with the durability and warmth of hardwood floors. Design by Suzanne Furst

Steep: End-Grain Wood Tile Flooring

Made up of wood blocks cut across the grain, end-grain wood floors are extremely durable and offer a warm unique look. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt

Next Up

Laminate Flooring in the Kitchen

Affordable laminate stands up to stains and scratches and is easy to clean.

Vinyl Flooring in the Kitchen

Vinyl is economical, durable and more stylish than you remember.

Bamboo Flooring for the Kitchen

Trendy and earth-friendly, bamboo is durable and harder than many types of wood.

Cork Flooring for Your Kitchen

Cork is stylish, comfortable, and will help reduce energy costs and muffle sound because it's a natural insulator.

Tile Flooring in the Kitchen

Tile comes in many styles and can stand up to the heaviest use your family can dish out

Linoleum Flooring in the Kitchen

Linoleum is affordable, durable, easy to clean and comes in a rainbow of colors

Outdoor Kitchen Flooring Options

Get tips on finding the right floor surface for your outdoor kitchen.