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Having a laundry room in your home is a major bonus. (To someone like me, who lives in a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment, it sounds like downright paradise!) Having a laundry room means you don’t have to lug your dirty clothes, sheets, and towels to the laundromat every week, and when those emergency messes happen, you can just throw muddy clothes or soiled sheets directly into the washing machine.

But what type of flooring is best for this sudsy space?

If you’re considering new laundry room flooring, it’ll have to be durable. You’ll have two very large, heavy pieces of machinery on top of it, so you want something dent-resistant.

Laundry room floors should also be waterproof – or at the very least, water-resistant. While ideally the water from your washing machine will stay in your washing machine, spills do happen, wet clothes drip on the floor, and sometimes (though hopefully never, in your home!) washing machines leak or even overflow. It should also be stain resistant and easy to clean.

And, of course, you’ll want it to look great. Who doesn’t, right?

Here are some laundry room flooring options we think you’ll really like!

Luxury vinyl tile

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Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, is the hot thing in flooring right now, and for good reason. It’s durable, water-resistant, low-maintenance, and looks great. Yes, you read that right – today’s luxury vinyl visuals are more realistic than ever, thanks to advancements in printing and design technology. As more customers get on the LVT train, manufacturers are investing in updating and improving the product. 

There are two different kinds of LVT – flexible and rigid.

Flexible products feel a little more malleable and soft in-hand, making them comfortable to stand on and better equipped to handle heavy objects. (Like, for example, a dryer.)

Rigid products are thicker, and feature a solid core generally made of limestone that makes it more dimensionally stable and, well, rigid. This flooring feels more like a plank of hardwood when you hold it in your hand. It’s heavier and inflexible, but softer underfoot than something like laminate. Some products with expanded cores (that means they feature more air and less limestone content) can be more susceptible to indentation from heavy objects, but the products with denser cores are generally less likely to get dented. The rigidity also makes it a pretty DIY-friendly product, especially for people who have some experience with flooring installation.

Whether you opt for flexible or rigid LVT, you’re going to have laundry room floors that loos great, hold up against water, and are easy to clean.

Sheet vinyl

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While we’re on the subject of vinyl as a laundry room flooring option, let’s take a look at sheet vinyl. In addition to having a lot of the same benefits as luxury vinyl — easy to maintain, water-resistant, comfortable to stand on — it’s also pretty budget-friendly.

But don’t skimp on sheet vinyl – you’ll want a thicker product in order to prevent scratching, tearing, or gouging if you need to move a washer or dryer. 

Like LVT, sheet vinyl also has a lot of great design options. In addition to styles that mimic popular hardwood and stone trends, there are also a lot of fun and funky sheet vinyl patterns out there. It’s a great product if you want your laundry room floor to have some personality!

Tile

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Ceramic and porcelain tile floors tick a lot of boxes when it comes to laundry room flooring priorities. It’s easy to clean (though the grout can be a little high-maintenance), it’s waterproof, and it’s very durable. 

Tile comes in two types of finishes – glazed and unglazed. Glazed tiles go through an extra step in the firing process, where an extra layer of liquid glass is added. Unglazed tiles tend to be thicker and more dense, and provide better slip resistance than glazed tiles. However, glazed tiles are more resistant to staining, thanks to its extra layer. 

Tile floors also have the added benefit of looking gorgeous. You can find a tile floor that fits in with just about any interior design preference.

However, tile floors are not the comfiest surface for standing. Fortunately, this can be fixed by adding a padded floor mat.

About The Author

Lauren Moore

Proud flooring aficionado and office dog mom, "Flauren" has been a professional writer and editor for more than a decade (though she still maintains her magnum opus was "The Day it Snowed Slurpees," written at the age of 6).

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