Kitchen Floor Buying Guide

The floor lays the groundwork for style and function in your kitchen. Think about your lifestyle and cost when choosing the right surface for you.

Old World Kitchen Design by Suzanne Furst

Designer, Suzanne Furst

Designer, Suzanne Furst

These wood floors with inlayed slate tile provide durability along with an air of sophistication.

The kitchen is the hub of your home, where you cook family meals and gather for parties. The floors in this busy spot must withstand heavy foot traffic, dropped dishes, and spills galore. But they also must indulge your craving for style. How to choose? Get started with these considerations.

Lifestyle. At home, you're the star of your own cooking show—and chances are, sauce gets spilled, silverware gets dropped, and spouses, kids, and pets check in often. It's important to choose floors that stand up to this type of wear and tear. And if you have young children or plan to stick around for years, nonslip floors are important for safety.

Your Style Sense. Choose floors that complement your kitchen, whether it's rustic and country-style or cutting-edge contemporary. Consider the kitchen's size, as well as existing colors, textures, and patterns. Should the large surface underfoot serve as a neutral backdrop or a vivid focal point?

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Stylish Inlaid Flooring

Designer, Suzanne Furst

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Amy Bubier

Designer, Amy Bubier

Timeless Wood Flooring

Designer, Elizabeth Rosensteel

Trendy Bamboo Flooring

Practical Ceramic Tile Flooring

Natural Stone Tile Flooring

Resilient Porcelain Tile Flooring

Low-Cost Linoleum Flooring

NKBA

Durable Laminate Flooring

Armstrong

Versatile Vinyl Flooring

Comfort. If you spend hours on your feet slicing, dicing, and stirring consider floors with a bit of softness and resilience. Tile floors, for instance, can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. Wood is better for reducing leg fatigue. And resilient floors, with their elasticity, are the most comfortable for feet. Whatever you choose, a soft mat or rug can add comfort as well.

Ease of Cleaning. Between food spills and tracked-in dirt, kitchen floors can get pretty grimy. To minimize time spent on maintenance, choose a material that's easy to clean, water resistant, and not prone to staining.

Cost. If you're planning a remodel, your budget is probably divvied among countertops, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, and more. Where does flooring fit in the plan? Once you've determined your flooring budget, measure the kitchen to get an idea of square footage. Remember that additional costs may apply, including underlayment, delivery, installation, and removal and disposal of your previous floor.

Kitchen Flooring Options

Wondering which type of floor you should pick for your kitchen? Check out the following articles to discover the pros, cons and best uses for each of the floor types available.

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