Flooring Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring flooring ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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What to Know About Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Resilient wood-look planks and stone-tile look-a-likes are more convincing than ever. Here's how to choose and use luxury vinyl flooring.
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Best Washable Rugs (2024 Guide)

Homeowners without carpet may find hardwood or tile flooring to be cold and uninviting. A well-placed rug helps tie furniture together and creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere. To find a stylish rug that’s easy to care for, learn more about our top picks for the best washable rugs.

The 5 Best Area Rugs (2023 Review)

Area rugs transform your space, anchoring furniture, adding warmth, and creating textural interest. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best area rugs on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

All About Cork Flooring

It’s cushiony underfoot, easy to care for, and far more versatile than you might think. Here’s what you need to know about choosing and using this resilient natural floor material in your home.

The 5 Best Handheld Vacuums (2023 Review)

Handheld vacuums can be useful for a variety of tasks, including cleaning under the sofa or in the crevices of your car. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best handheld vacuums on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

6 Cheap Bathroom Flooring Ideas

Give your bathroom an instant facelift with these great inexpensive flooring options.

Spotlight on Hardwood Accents | TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Here’s a look at how designer/owner Amy Matthews incorporated the natural beauty of Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods throughout the Modern Barnhouse.

8 Cheap Flooring Options to Consider in Your Home

Thanks to technological advancements, the world of inexpensive flooring has expanded, giving homeowners and DIYers lots of options. Read this guide to learn more about affordable flooring options.

How to Choose Hardwood Flooring for Your Home

Hardwood flooring provides many benefits from its warmth and softness to its durability. Consider your needs to determine which style of wood floor would best suit your home.

Best Vinyl Flooring for Bathrooms

When you’re searching for the best vinyl flooring for bathrooms, consider your style preferences and the amount of traffic it gets. Learn about these waterproof flooring options.

Best Flooring for Kitchens in 2022

If you’re searching for the best flooring for your kitchen, consider what your family needs most. From durability to eco-friendliness, there are great options for kitchen flooring.

Fine Hardwoods of the TOH 2020 Idea Houses

Get inspired by the beautiful doors, floors, and wood accents that elevated this year’s pair of TOH Idea Houses.

Laminate Flooring Guide: Underlayment & Installation

Today, laminate floors are durable, comfortable, and can even look like real wood. Plus, they are economical and easy to install. Read on to learn more about the basics of laminate flooring.

7 Kitchen Flooring Ideas for the Busiest Room in Your House

Picking the ideal kitchen flooring is an important investment in your home. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of popular kitchen flooring materials.

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Once installed, laminate must be properly cared for to keep it looking as good as day one. Read on for our tips for cleaning your laminate floors.

The Best Flooring Options for Bathrooms

Need to know what the best type of flooring is for a bathroom? Consider ceramic, vinyl, cork and concrete, to name a few.

The Best Flooring Options for Basements

Find the best flooring option for your basement by comparing cost, comfort, durability, appearance, and installation details.

Wood Floors Are Lightening Up

Dark wood floors are out. Pale hues are in

All About Bamboo Hardwood Flooring

Looking for the best bamboo flooring? Read our guide on what to look for, the difference in cost and durability compared to that of its rival hardwood, and how it delivers on style and versatility.

All About Linoleum Flooring

Durable, easy to clean, and eco-friendly before green was a selling point, linoleum is winning new fans. Here's what you need to know if you're considering it for your home

Fun Facts in Rug History

World-renowned appraiser Stephen Fletcher looks back at the history of American floor coverings

5 Easy Room Updates You (Probably) Never Thought Of

The folks at Apartment Therapy share nifty, thrifty interior-design ideas in a new book

11 Ways to Update Your Floors With Paint

Lively and budget-friendly paint ideas for the surfaces beneath your feet

American Artisans Whose Work Will Floor You

Check out hand-hewn flooring that brings home details to new heights

All About Prefinished Wood Floors

With the classic good looks of solid wood in a DIY-friendly package, these floors are easy to love—and install

All About Vinyl Flooring

Durable and easy to maintain, this practical, affordable floor covering is continually improving in looks and performance

12 DIY Projects to Add Old-House Charm

Coffered ceilings, beautiful newel posts, wainscoting, and other beautiful details

13 DIY Flooring Projects

Looking for a home improvement project that takes on new ground? Refresh kitchens, baths, living spaces, and even garages with a flooring installation upgrade.

Fixing Squeaks Under Carpet

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates a special screw that lets you secure loose flooring right through carpet

Fix Now, Save Later

Our experts help you address 9 little trouble spots around your home before they cause big—as in big bucks—damage down the road

How to Paint a Wood Floor

Turn a worn floor into a cottage classic with a simple checkerboard pattern

Decorative Flakes for Epoxy-Coated Floors

With a flick of your wrist, you can change the entire look of your floor using a sprinkle of decorative flakes that come with a variety of color and coverage options. Good for covering imperfections and breaking up the look of a solid floor, color flakes can even approximate the look of terrazzo or granite.

11 Ways to Save While You Splurge

Easy ways to cut costs, not corners, on some of the most high-end home-improvement projects