When it comes to renovating other parts of your home, like the kitchen, bathroom or even your hallways, flooring is often a feature high on the design priority list. The same goes for a conservatory – picking out your conservatory floor is an exciting task but in space like this, it’s important to consider style and substance. A conservatory floor needs to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Below, we explore some great flooring options for your conservatory, including some pros and cons of each so that you can make the right choice for your home.
Things you need to consider before selecting a conservatory floor
Firstly, here are some important questions you need to ask yourself before going on a quest for the perfect conservatory flooring:
Does the space have underfloor heating? If so, you will need to pick a flooring material that is compatible.
How much sun does the conservatory get all year round? If you get a great deal of sunlight in the space for most of the year, which most conservatories do, you’ll need to consider heat resistance and colour fastness (to prevent fading).
How much traffic does the area get? If the space is used a lot, you’ll need a more robust material for your floor that isn’t easily damaged, worn or scratched.
What is the conservatory used for most? If the space is used as a dining area, you’ll want a different type of floor than for a conservatory that is used as a children’s playroom, for example.
What is a realistic budget? The price of conservatory flooring ranges from super affordable to mega expensive – make sure you pick something you can realistically afford.
What will suit the rest of the interior design? Don’t design the space in isolation – consider how it will flow with the rest of your home.
The most popular types of conservatory flooring
The three most popular choices for conservatory flooring are carpet, laminate and vinyl – and for good reason too. Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail so you can figure out which is most suitable for you.
If your conservatory is used as an additional living or entertaining space, carpet creates a cosy finish. High pile carpet will create a plush effect, while low pile will be more suited to higher footfall. Lighter shades and neutral colours are recommended to avoid fading in the natural light exposure.
If you don’t want to carpet the space completely, you could consider a rug or runner for textural dimension, extra temperature regulation and some acoustic control.
Laminate is perhaps the most appealing all-rounder when it comes to conservatory flooring options because it is:
- Easy to install
- Diverse in design
- Easy to maintain and clean – perfect if the space leads out onto a garden or if children and pets use the space regularly
- Typically highly resistant to heat and UV rays
As well as being slip-resistant and super easy to clean, vinyl is also comfortable underfoot and hardwearing. Thanks to the diverse array of designs on offer, vinyl also provides a fantastic alternative to real wood. Another added benefit of vinyl is that it reflects sunlight naturally so will give the space a bright, airy feel.
Ceramic tiles and solid wood are other options you could consider for your conservatory floor but both of these are more expensive and more prone to damage. That’s why we’d always recommend opting for carpet, laminate or vinyl if you’re looking to extend the lifespan of your floor and spend your budget most wisely.