Cheap Flooring Ideas for the Budget-Conscious

Having a new floor put in can be expensive. If it’s something that’s going to last a long time, it’s often worth the money. But even with that knowledge, many people aren’t able to justify the cost of more expensive flooring materials. Luckily, there are always cheaper options. They may not last as long or be as durable as some of the more costly options, but they’re excellent for installing a new floor when you’re in a pinch. And some materials are both cheap and hard-wearing, even if they might not be as beautiful as dearer options. If you want a new floor on a budget, here are some materials you could choose from.

Engineered Wood Planks

If you want a wooden floor but can’t afford proper hardwoods, engineered wood planks could be a better option for you. As well as being cheaper when it comes to material, you can install them yourself, so you’ll save on labour too. They come in planks, which you snap together so that you don’t have to do any gluing, drilling or sanding to get everything in place. They have strips of hardwood on the surface to give the appearance of it without the cost. You can find lots of colours and different types of wood to choose from, so you won’t be limited in your choices.

Vinyl Floor Tiles

The idea of a vinyl floor might not sound too appealing, but vinyl tiles make an excellent option for a budget surface. Even though it’s a cheaper way to install new flooring, it can still look fantastic if you choose the right colour. Like engineered wood planks, you can install the tiles yourself, so installation won’t cost you anything. For the cheapest option, choose a solid colour for the whole floor. If you want something a bit fancier, you can also find tiles with patterns or that mimic the look of more expensive floors. This budget option is super practical too.

Medium Density Fiberboard

MDF is a very versatile material, and people use it for everything from building furniture to making decorations. However, you can also install a floor using MDF if you know how to tackle the project. It’s possible to make a long-lasting floor from this cheaper material, but you need to put the effort in to make it durable. It’s easy to work with, and it’s a strong and durable material, but you have to care for it correctly. You can add a finish to it with polyurethane to help protect it, but you need to be aware of what could damage the floor.

The DIY, Recycled Option

If you want to create a unique effect on your existing floor to give it an update, you can do it with several recycled materials. For example, you can use brown paper bags to create an attractive effect on plywood floors. You can also use recycled bottle caps as small tiles to create a colourful mosaic on your floor. Or you can just jazz up an existing wooden floor with a coat of paint.

Putting a new floor in doesn’t have to be enormously expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can still achieve a beautiful new floor using the right materials.

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