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Best Flooring Options for a Kitchen

July 19, 2021

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Choosing flooring for your home is always a big decision, but even more so when you’re considering new surfaces in your kitchen. You’ll be looking at it and walking on it for a long time so you should take your time evaluating your choices. Additionally, your kitchen has a much different use than most of the other areas of your home, so you should consider factors like maintenance, durability, comfort, ease, and style. Let’s review the best options for kitchen flooring in your home. 

Of course, the choices are endless when it comes to the various types of flooring on the market. But, keep in mind you’ll be looking for something specific when it comes to your kitchen. You’ll want to use a material that is easy to clean, durable, and of course, stylish. You might have other specific concerns to address as well. Here are our top choices for kitchen flooring. 


Real hardwood flooring is timeless and beautiful and can be a wonderful option for flooring in your kitchen. It can make a space feel inviting and warm, especially in open floor plan homes because it’ll blend nicely into your living area. But something to keep in mind is that hardwoods are not waterproof. They can be water-resistant with the proper finish but you should always clean up spills immediately if you want to keep your floors in pristine condition. Need something more durable for all of those spills from pets and kids? Try laminate or engineered hardwoods. 


Tile is one of the most popular choices of material for kitchen flooring. It’s durable, easy to clean, and there are so many styles to choose from. Tile had a “cold” feel so is great for warmer climates. You can choose from materials like porcelain, stone, and ceramic to change up the look and feel. And, you’re nearly guaranteed to find a style that matches the look and feel of your space. Of course, in addition to the many benefits of tile, it’s important to remember that it’s an unforgiving surface for dropped dishes.


For a more affordable kitchen flooring option, consider laminate. There are tons of shades to choose from and laminate is durable and very easy to clean. Plus, it can be waterproof so it is great for homes that see messes and spills on a weekly basis. If you aren’t trying to break the budget but want a similar look to real hardwood flooring, laminate is a wonderful option. 

Kitchen Flooring to Stay Away From

If you take anything away from this post, it should be this. Never use carpet as flooring in a kitchen. Imagine all of the stains, spills, and even carpet burns you’ll encounter over the years. Kitchens can get messy and your carpet would reflect that. Not to mention the risk of trapping dirt and bacteria in such close proximity to where you are preparing meals for yourself and your family.

Ready to discuss your flooring options? Contact the 12th & Oak team.