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Best Rooms for Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

There are two main factors to choosing the best rooms for luxury vinyl plank floors. One factor is where the flooring style works well and the other is what the luxury vinyl flooring will look like. There are even 3D programs to mock up what the different options will look like in your house. Once they know your room dimensions, you can sit with the flooring experts and see the many options and how they look in your space.

Best Rooms for Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Why Choose LVP Flooring?

From a budget point of view, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an attractive alternative to hardwood flooring. This allows you to bring the look of classic wood. Luxury vinyl plank flooring is water-resistant, low maintenance, and durable.

LVP retains heat quite well and the flooring installation process is also relatively easy. The nature of the floor it is to be laid on and the size of the room, will determine if it can be left floating or must be glued down. Both flooring options are quick and easy to do.

What Rooms Are Suitable For Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Basement

LVP flooring is more affordable than stone and is more comfortable underfoot than tile floors. Not to mention, LVP floors are more resistant to water than wood, making LVP a natural fit for basements.

Mudroom

The mudroom, the area that forms part of the entryway, can be a messy, high-traffic area. As a result, this area requires water-resistant and durable flooring that is both stylish and affordable.

If using LVP in the entrance and throughout the house, install planks perpendicular to the front door for proper installation. Then have the planks follow straight back into the house.

This will help create a natural flow of flooring. However, if the flooring does not extend deeper into the house, the plank grain can run across the short side of the space.

Bathroom

Bathrooms can benefit from water, steam, and moisture-resistant flooring. While hardwood flooring looks great, it will require more maintenance than other flooring styles. That makes LVP a suitable candidate.

Kitchen

Just as with the bathroom, hardwood, while it is warming and beautiful to look at, is not ideal for kitchen floors. In addition to potential damage from moisture and steam, and warping from flooding dishwashers and sinks, there is the threat of stains from spillages.

Luxury vinyl plank doesn’t twist, discolor, or warp when it comes in contact with water. Furthermore, LVP has a little more give underfoot which makes it more comfortable to stand on for protracted periods.

Success Of Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring In Different Rooms

LVP looks good, no matter the wood-style pattern or color you choose. The best thing to do is to borrow a couple of samples from the vendor or contractor. Flooring samples will help you to decide on the right size plank and wood grain for a room. LVP flooring samples can also help to determine which way the grain should flow, especially in square rooms.

Plank Size And Considerations

LVP planks range in width from six inches up to seven and ¾ inches. They vary between five inches and eight inches and standard lengths range from 36 to 48 inches. This is so that the sizes resemble hardwood planks. Hardwood planks are usually at least six inches wide and four to six feet long.

  • Bigger and wider rooms lend themselves to wider and longer planks. Using narrower planks in smaller spaces and rooms will create a traditional look and feel.
  • Narrow planks in a big room will look very busy and can make smaller rooms feel bigger.
  • Long, wide planks in a small room will look awkward as they will be out of proportion.

Along with the size of the room, plank size and color is important. Style design and personal taste will also determine the final decision.

Room Shape

The shape of a room will decide which way the grain of the planks should run. Ideally, we want the grain to run along the longer length of a room as this feels right and makes rooms seem bigger. This is great for narrow hallways or in L-shaped kitchens or U-shaped spaces. For angled rooms there is the option to install on the diagonal, starting in the middle.

Additional Reading: The Right Type of Flooring for Every Room in Your Home

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