A home office is a place where you need to feel comfortable and relaxed in order to perform better. Believe it or not, an old ugly floor that is tattered and torn is going to leave you not wanting to spend the next 8-12 hours in that space.
For this reason, it’s important to consider updates in your home office every few years to refinish, refresh, and add a certain sense of renewal to it. If you want a few flooring ideas which will make you ‘want to’ work in your home office, here are a few flooring options to consider the next time you do an update.
Install a Floating Floor: Laminate Flooring
Floating flooring might not be something that you’ve heard of before, but I think this might pique your interest. A lot of times when you install a wood flooring you need to use adhesives or nails for the installing on a subfloor. Well, with floating floors commonly known as laminate flooring you don’t need adhesives, screws or nails. Instead, it uses an interlocking pattern that can be either glued or snapped together. This makes it a very easy weekend project to do that you can do on your own; it’s not only easy to figure out how to install it, but it can be done pretty quickly too. These flooring can be installed over almost any subflooring such as concrete, plywood, vinyl. You can even install it over ceramic tiles! Although laminate flooring can’t be sanded down as many times as something like engineered wood flooring can, the factory applied coating is incredibly durable, even more so than that of a coating on engineered wood, which means it’s perfect for any room in your home.
In just one day you can begin the flooring, finish it, and start adding in your office furniture!
Cork Flooring – A New Trend
In the same way that bamboo is becoming more and more popular, so is cork flooring. Cork flooring can come in several different shaded colors from a darker brown to a coppery brownish yellow, it’s very attractive to look at. Also, since its cork, it tends to have a softer underfoot feel to it than something like hardwood floor and it also adds warmth and comfort. Cork is very durable, which makes it a good option for a home office, even if you plan to use a chair with wheels. It’s also very easy to install, much easier than hardwood or engineered wood. Most of the manufacturers that offer cork flooring these days do so with the floating floor design mentioned above.
If you already have a flooring down, like a vinyl checkerboard pattern, but it’s dirty, scratched, or even faded – did you know that you can actually paint these tiles? Yeah, that’s true. It’s going to save you money because you won’t have to buy brand new flooring but it’s also very easy and quick to do. All you need to do is to measure carefully for each square and then find a really good floor paint like garage floor paint to paint each of the squares.
You can do an on & off, keep it checkerboard in design or just paint the entire floor one color.
Vinyl Tiles For The Home Office
Many people are used to seeing vinyl sheets. But these are actual tiles. They come in 12×12 tiles and they are available in all sorts of patterns, styles, and colors. These are also very durable and easy to install. They are crack resistant and you can clean them with a simple mop and some water or use a broom and a dustpan throughout the week to keep dirt, debris, and dust from collecting on the flooring. A trusted bathroom renovation experts suggests that this tends to be a very popular material in offices (corporate and home), kitchens and even bathrooms. It takes around 6-8 hours max to reinstall a new vinyl tile floor.
Keep It As Is!
The article was of course about updating your home office. But some people just don’t have a few hours to install a floor or the budget to do so right now. So the very last option you have available to you is to simply leave the floor like it is right now but to add something like an area rug, oriental rug or mats to the space until you get the time or the money to upgrade. Area rugs work really well in a home office; just make sure that you use the area rug for the middle of the space and a mat for where your chair is. Your chair can easily get stuck on the trim or outer part of the area rug and cause a snag.
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