Home Office Flooring
Whether you’re creating a new home office from scratch or just refreshing your existing space, the right flooring can make all the difference. We take a look at the pros and cons of various flooring types you might be considering for your home office.
If you want to create a comfortable, welcoming feel in your office, you can’t go wrong with carpet. Patterned carpets or very brightly coloured designs can be distracting in a workplace and might look dated quickly, so you will probably be better off with a plain carpet. Neutral colours are generally calming and will complement a wide range of furnishings and decor styles. When it comes to carpet pile, it’s important to think about how you use your office. If you tend to work in slippers (or bare feet!), you can get away with more luxurious deep piles. If you wear shoes in your office, you’ll want something more hard-wearing and practical. Likewise, if you have a wheeled office chair and tend to scoot back and forth between your desk and printer or filing cabinet, a shorter pile carpet will create less resistance and won’t be flattened. Remember to add protective cups to furniture legs to prevent damage.
A less homely option than carpet, vinyl flooring is a practical and durable option. This is a great choice if your office is located in an outbuilding and you’ll be walking directly into it from outdoors. Vinyl is incredibly easy to clean and is difficult to damage. You can get vinyl flooring in a huge range of designs, including wood and tile effects. The colour options are endless too, meaning you’ll always find something to suit your taste. If your furry friends tend to accompany you into your home office, vinyl is an excellent practical option – muddy paw prints can be wiped away easily with a damp cloth or mop.
Laminate flooring is another practical option, although it can be cold underfoot in the winter. If you want to add a bit of warmth, you can easily lay a rug over laminate flooring. Laminate offers many of the same benefits as vinyl, but if you’re installing it in an out-building office, make sure you choose a laminate that can handle moisture, as there will be times when you’re walking over it with wet feet on rainy days. Laminate is very hard-wearing and provides a smooth surface for wheeled chairs or other office furniture. You can add protective felt to the legs of furniture to prevent scratches on your floor.