The home office is a multi-faceted space. For many homeowners, this particular room needs a clear, flowing layout with little disruption. This includes top-notch storage and organization tools, calming but work-friendly lighting options, ample natural light, and an atmosphere that is both relaxing and energizing.
It seems like a tall order, but that can’t be further from the truth.
There is one critical room element that can help tie an office layout together, harmonize with lighting, furnishings, and decoration all in one simple swoop: Flooring.
Durable and stylish flooring is critical in any home office. Regardless of your home’s size and scale, all homeowners need flooring that is as beautiful as it is long-lasting. We compiled the best flooring materials that are a mix of classic, substantial, and on trend.
Which flooring option will make your home office sing? Read on to discover the perfect floor.
Before you Take a Step
What should you know before you start? It’s safe to say all homeowners want office flooring that is both aesthetically pleasing yet sensible, and falls in line with the budget.
Keep these points in mind whether you tackling this solo or working with a contractor:
- Dimensions of flooring space
- Purpose of home office
- Expected use and frequency
- Budget for materials and installation
Take your Pick of Home Office Flooring Options
These options are easy to maintain and keep your productivity engines humming.
Go Natural with Bamboo
Bamboo is a unique flooring option. It’s sustainable and resilient, while also resembling hardwood in tones, texture, and color. Bamboo is totally green and eco-friendly, as it strikes a balance for pet and kid-friendly floors, but the classic look elevates bamboo into a classic realm.
If you choose bamboo for the office, you’ll need to install padding to create a noise barrier.
Price: Bamboo flooring begins at $5 to $7 per square foot.
Add Personality with Carpet
Carpeting is a plush, warm, and pleasant flooring option for the home office. The material adds another layer of comfort and quiet to bustling workspaces that thrive on keen focus and mindfulness. From writing rooms to social spaces, carpeting provides the balance of harmony, relaxation, and productivity.
While this flooring option can last for years, it can be the most difficult to clean and needs frequent maintenance to keep it in tip top shape. How often the flooring should be maintained depends on the color, texture, and depth of the carpeting. It can also trap allergens easily, so it’s important to adhere well to a cleaning routine.
Not sure if you want to commit to carpeting across the entire floor? Mix and match area rugs in various sizes, textures, and colors to elevate the atmosphere.
Price: Synthetic carpet starts between $2-5 per square foot.
Hardwood flooring is a classic and popular choice. It’s also practical: If there is hardwood flooring elsewhere in the house, it makes sense to extend it to the office space as well. Hardwood adds definitive character to a room with unique wood grains, stains, and finishes.
The material is long-lasting, making it a sound choice for an office as it can withstand design changes and trends. The product can be hard, slippery, and thick, so for additional comfort and safety, many homeowners augment a room’s function and form with area rugs for additional plushness.
Price: Hardwood prices per square foot can start at $6, but can be as high as $25.
Laminate is a durable, hard-wearing flooring that can mimic the tone and texture of wood or stone. This material is made of compressed particle wood and plastic, which is then coated with a finish. The easy click and lock installation makes this a breezy addition to an office.
It’s important to note that laminate flooring can create a bit of an echo noise effect. Homeowners might want to keep this in mind when choosing a flooring option that can impact noise and focus.
Price: Laminate runs at $1 to $5 per yard.
Vinyl flooring is a versatile option for the home office. This material is ultra-durable and ultra-easy to clean. In fact, this product sure knows how to deal with heavy duty wear and tear. Vinyl tiles can handle industrial office furniture like metal filing cabinets, steel supplies, and rolling chairs and other furnishings. But being tough isn’t its only strong suit; vinyl is resistant to scuffs and scratches, so this product also works well in study rooms for kids and training or play areas for pets.
It seems like vinyl is the perfect option for an office that sees tons of traffic or noise. But, this flooring doesn’t even produce much in the way of squeaks. The cushioned-back flooring works wonders in noise reduction. Keeping in mind with the material’s durability, vinyl appeals to a variety of styles and colors. This material is available in a wide array of colors, patterns, and designs.
Price: Vinyl tiles run $2 to $8 per square foot.
Stephanie Valente is a Content Director and Editor in Brooklyn, NY. She’s previously held writing and social media positions at Barkbox, Men’s Journal, and currently works at a full-service advertising agency. She’s a self-confessed home and design enthusiast. Stephanie is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. When she’s offline, you can find her taking a yoga class, running, hanging out with her rescue dog Pepper. Find her on stephanievalente.com.