Top 10 "Don'ts" for Flooring


Learn which flooring faux pas to be on the lookout for.
Learn which flooring faux pas to be on the lookout for.
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Don't use hardwood floors in rooms where water spills and splashes are the norm, unless the wood is properly sealed and maintained to prevent water damage.

 

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No Mini-Rugs!

Don't select dining room or kitchen area rugs that are too small for the area. You need a minimum of 36 inches from the table's edge to the edge of the rug to comfortably pull chairs out and be seated without straddling the rug and the floor.

8
Avoid Elevated Matching

Don't choose large-scaled patterns for carpet used on stairs. Trying to match the pattern, when it's laid on the steps, leads to a lot of wasted rug and money.

7
Proceed With Caution

Don't allow the repairman to pull out the refrigerator or trash compactor without first protecting the floor covering. Tiles and woods can be scratched, and even super-strong vinyls tear when caught on something sharp and tugging ensues.

6
Trippy Thresholds

Don't forget the thresholds! In adjoining rooms, choose floor coverings of similar thickness or height to prevent tripping or stubbed toes.

5
High-Traffic Areas

Don't choose light-colored carpet for high-traffic areas — no matter how much you love it — unless you can clean it often or plan on replacing it sooner rather than later.

4
Cheap Chic?

Don't go cheap on flooring. Pay as much as you can afford, because floor covering is the one thing you use every time you enter a room.

3
Find the Hidden Charges

Don't forget to include hidden charges in your floor-covering budget — padding for carpets, grout and sealant for tiles, delivery, furniture moving and installation!

2
Solid vs. Patterned Carpet

Don't use a solid-colored carpet in dining areas or family rooms. Patterned rugs are a great choice because they mask soils and spills.

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Seal Stone Flooring

Don't forget to seal a natural stone floor covering. Avoid water rings and moisture damage by getting the right finish and type of sealant for your surface.