When it comes to what gets used most in your kitchen, you may think that certain appliances or a work surface sees the most use on a day to day basis. However, the thing that actually gets used most in your kitchen is your floor.
You'll find that certain areas of your kitchen floor get walked over constantly, which can cause damage and wear, not to mention spills and general dirt that it will get covered in. This is why it pays to invest in long-lasting flooring for your kitchen.
Taking time to choose the right flooring for your kitchen not only ensures it works with the overall design, it also allows you to match it as closely as possible to your lifestyle. After all, there is little point in investing in high-shine flooring if you have pets that will scratch it or leave it looking grimy in no time.
Here are some great ways to choose the right floor for your kitchen to ensure it lasts as long as possible:
Set a budget
Obviously this is the first place to start. You need to have a solid budget in place before you even start trying to decide on the right flooring, otherwise you could end up overspending massively or incredibly disappointed because you can't get the style you like.
It can be a good idea to research different flooring types when setting your budget so you have a better idea of what is realistic. After all, there's no point in convincing yourself you want a certain type of flooring only to find that there are no options that fit your budget.
See what areas get used most
To choose the right flooring, you need to know how your kitchen gets used and which areas see the most footfall. The chances are your kitchen is a popular room, but certain sections of it will see more use than others.
Once you know what these areas are, you can see what sort of design features would be good to bear in mind. For example, if people spend a lot of time standing by the sink, it could mean that a lot of water ends up on the floor so a really waterproof flooring option could be good.
How resilient does your floor need to be?
It is also good to know how resilient your floor needs to be. Do you have animals that are often in your kitchen? Does the room lead to your garden so is likely to get muddy? All these things can impact the type of flooring you need, especially as you want to select a material that is going to last and not get damaged.
If you need a very resilient floor, stone or tile is a really good choice, while vinyl flooring is also quite good and is suited to smaller budgets. Wood looks good but can get scratched and look worn much quicker if you choose the right finish.
Look at extras
If stone or tile flooring seems to be the best option for your kitchen, you may be put off by something like how it feels underfoot. There's nothing worse than stepping onto a cold floor, especially in bare feet, so you may want to consider extras like underfloor heating if your budget can stretch further.
This means your flooring could be more practical while still looking good and suiting your needs. Each type of flooring has extras that can be used alongside it to make it look or feel better and last longer, so it's worth seeing what else is available and whether you need the extras.
Hopefully, thinking about all of these points will help you find the right flooring, especially as you'll probably be looking at it for years to come.