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The flooring of your home can have a huge impact on how each room looks.  Tattered or damaged flooring can ruin all of your efforts to make the room look a certain way.  But replacing it can be expensive and not everyone has a massive budget for the task, especially when you have just moved in.  The good news is that there are lots of options for budget flooring for your home.

Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the traditions of the flooring world and involves boards or planks made from a particular type of hardwood that is installed on the floor, usually by nailing them in place.

There are finished and unfinished versions.  With the unfinished type, you need to sand and finish it once it is installed whereas finished is ready to go as soon as installed.  Finished will cost more but unfinished will need more time to complete.

Hardwood flooring is long lasting and some of the types of wood aren’t as expensive as you would think.  They are ideal for living rooms, halls and bedrooms but not so much for kitchens or bathrooms.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the UK’s most popular types of flooring and tends to be even more budget friendly than wood flooring.  It is made from plywood or compressed fibre with a photographic layer on the top that looks like real wood and is finished with a plastic coating.

This makes laminate very stylish as well as very hard wearing.  It doesn’t need any finishing or polishing and is easy to clean.  It usually comes in easy to install styles, but it is still worth having an expert fit it, especially in non-square rooms.  It works well in high traffic rooms and even in kitchens but not so much in bathrooms where it can be slippery.


Linoleum or lino has been the kitchen floor’s friend for over 150 years and is made from renewable, natural materials.  It comes in sheets or tiles, sometimes in planks and has a protective coating to protect against wear and stains.

Lino is one of the most durable types of flooring and is budget friendly.  It can be a little vulnerable to lots of water, so it isn’t ideal for the bathroom.


Carpets come in many different styles and some of those are very budget friendly.  At one end of the scale, you have luxury materials such as silk then you have things like wool.  At the budget end, there are man made fabrics such as nylon, polyester and acrylic which all do a great job and are friendly on the wallet.

Carpet does take a little more maintenance than other types of floor to stop debris and dirt building up in it.  But it offsets this by offering great acoustic protection – you don’t hear people walking around, talking or the kids playing as much with carpet on the floor.  It works well in living rooms, bedrooms, studies and other high traffic, low moisture rooms.  There are specialist kitchen carpets available too. Get the best flooring for your new home from Adamms in North Shields.