A floor is not just the surface we walk all over in our house. In fact, it represents a platform on top of which we can build up the furniture arrangement and that we can decorate to our heart’s content!
If done properly, laying out your floor can be an excellent way to make your small bathroom look bigger and more spacious, in general. Whether it’s tile, wooden planks, rubber, or some other sort of bathroom flooring, preparing it and setting it down will take some time and doing a certain amount of homework beforehand.
(This is why it’s important to get it right in the first shot!)
Messing up a flooring installation can lead to costly repairs and in the case of using a completely out-of-place refurbishing material that you now decided doesn’t work as well as you thought it would – you maybe even looking at a complete redo, to the tune of the whole price of initial setup!
That’s a grim scenario right there, so, in order to avoid it – you might want to look more closely into the different flooring options for small bathrooms beforehand.
In this article, we’ll talk about small bathrooms flooring solutions and what are the features of each individual option we propose. Also, since it represents the most popular way of laying down flooring, we’ll present to you different flooring options for bathrooms that come in the shape of a tile.
Right then, folks, without further ado – here’s the deal!
Types of Bathroom Flooring
Thanks to its excellent watertight properties, its reasonable price when compared with other flooring options, as well as its pleasant appearance that will make your bathroom sparkly and shiny all over, porcelain is a material that falls into the category of highly popular solutions for bathrooms.
Regardless of the size of your bathroom, porcelain tiles will work wonders to make it look orderly, attractive, and well arranged. Also, small bathrooms will look bigger with some carefully-arranged porcelain tiles.
Another advantage of porcelain, when it comes to its looks, comes from the fact that you can find this material in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and other visual arrangements. This means you can bring your bathroom to life with lively colors and different cheeky patterns by simply ordering a bunch of porcelain tiles with a particular pattern!
If we take a look at vinyl’s properties as a flooring material, we’ll clearly see that this thing is made to be used in bathrooms. Possessing possibly the best degree of water resistance of all materials on this list, vinyl can be an excellent choice for a bathroom that does not have shower curtains or tends to have lots of water on its floor for some other reason.
(It’s a kid’s bathroom, so children splash water around willy nilly, for example.)
On the other hand, vinyl also has the capacity to look good, so to speak. Although this material isn’t that attractive on its own, it is possible to print a pattern of your choice onto it. (Wood, ceramic, or even concrete can be the theme of a vinyl sheet – it’s all up to you!)
If you can afford it – stone flooring for your bathroom will easily end up being by far the most attractive part of your household. The effect that stone has on a room it’s installed in is one of coldness, colorful patterns, and solidity you simply don’t have with other materials.
That said, there are a couple of problems with stone as a material for bathroom floors. First off, it can be quite cold. (This can be resolved by installing floor heating, but this will also raise the costs of maintaining this type of floor.) Second off, one of the things that you do need to take care off if you plan to use stone in your bathroom would be the level of slipperiness.
Other than being quite cold, stone can get incredible slippery (especially since it doesn’t absorb water), so the best way to battle this would be to sandblasting the stone you’ve got, or buying a completely new batch of textured stone.
The main qualities of laminate flooring, in general, is that it’s considerably less expensive than wooden flooring. Also, its easy installation contributes to its popularity among homeowners. The thing is, while mostly made out of laminated resin and a thin protective layer on the top, laminate is actually tough enough to survive for decades! (With proper maintenance, of course!)
Another interesting perk of this type of flooring would be the fact that its top protective layer can assume the appearance of virtually any material you fancy. Do you like wood? – It can be printed on top of a laminate plank. Have an affinity toward ceramics – laminate can be made to look like ceramics, as well!
Last but not least, would is a material that’s traditionally beloved option for flooring tasks around the world. Whether it’s the bottom of a ship, a living room, a concert hall floor, or, indeed, a bathroom floor – wood will both look good and last for ages before it would require a replacement.
There are two main types of wood that are used for flooring: 1) engineered wood, and 2) natural wood. While natural wood looks better, on the whole, engineered would possess better moisture resistance properties – making it a better solution for bathrooms, in particular. (Also, engineered would is made out of several layers of wood, so the top layer will look like regular, natural wood anyways!)
Tile Options for Small Bathrooms
Regardless of the material used, tiles are one of the most important options when it comes to the form in which bathroom flooring is realized in, so to speak. For example, if you’re using ceramics or porcelain, you can get yourself a bunch of tiles in various shapes, sizes, and colors – and turn your bathroom into a well-refurbished shiny place that you’ll love to visit!
Here are some tile pattern ideas for small bathrooms.
As their name itself suggests, penny tiles are a form of tile that comes in the shape of, well, roughly a penny. (The size isn’t much larger than a penny, either.) If you decide to go down this road of penny tiles, you’ll have to get a lot of them in order to cover the entire bathroom.
The great thing about these is that they’re small enough for you to create various patterns on the floor by combining them into shapes of your liking. This way, you can write down a name, or form some shape that you fancy – it’s up to you!
An easy way to turn an ordinary bathroom into a modern-looking one is to install flooring based on hexagon tiles. Hexagon tiles have six sides, hence their name, and they can be easily connected between each other without the need to correct their shape in order to match them. The only tricky part of installation would be that hexagon tiles need to be trimmed in order to be installed near the corner.
(With square tiles this mostly isn’t a problem, but with hexagon ones, you’ll have to pay attention to it.)
When it comes to flooring patterns, whether for your bathroom or some other room in your house, few can beat the good ole checkerboard style pattern.
Even if you aren’t that fond of chess as a game, chances are – the chessboard pattern will look attractive to you. As you probably already have realized, the idea behind this design is quite a simple one – you have to have two sorts of tiles – a lighter shade (white or light brown), and a darker one (black or dark brown), and then organize them in the checkerboard fashion. As simple as that!
All in all, figuring out what materials to use and what design to go for when it comes to your bathroom flooring can be an interesting creative process you’ll love to do! We hope you liked this article and found it helpful. Best of luck with your bathroom overhaul and cheers!