If you’re a renter, you may be on the lookout for renter-friendly flooring options. Sometimes the floors may be old or outdated and you want to liven the place up a bit to make it feel more like yours. Luckily, there are flooring options that can be easily installed and removed to do just that. Let’s talk about what those options are.
Renter-Friendly Flooring Options
First and foremost, let’s discuss temporary flooring as a whole. Temporary floors are designed to be installed and removed conveniently and easily. They are just as durable as the floor underneath them. The two main categories of temporary flooring are peel and stick flooring and floating flooring. There are options that cater to all styles, and neither of them needs nails or adhesive to install. Today we’re going to discuss area rugs, carpet tiles, vinyl floor decals, foam tiles, vinyl sheets, laminate planks, and artificial grass.
The easiest way to cover up flooring that you’re not happy with is with area rugs. An area rug is the best renter-friendly flooring option because you can simply roll it up and move it to a new room when you’re ready for a fresh look. Choose the right area rug to help you define the space you’re decorating and compliment your interior design choices, like furniture and artwork.
If you simply hate the hardwood floors you were dealt, carpet tiles may be the perfect option for you. In fact, they’re available in both tile and plank form, as well as different height options. They also come in different patterns, designs, and colors. Thanks to modern advancements, the removable adhesive on the back will leave no residue. Therefore, there’s no need to worry about leaving anything behind. If you don’t want the entire floor covered in carpet, you can just put them in a smaller area creating a “rug”.
Laminate Vinyl Floor Planks
Laminate planks are snapped and locked together over your existing floors and even carpets. Keep in mind, however, that if your carpet is high plush, you’ll need to use a ¼” thick plywood. Flooringinc.com explains that “laminate floors are constructed of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and a tough melamine wear layer that provides awesome durability.
Expertly tested for durability and wear, laminate flooring is scratch-resistant, water-resistant, and in some cases waterproof, making it an excellent temporary flooring for renters.” It specifically has an excellent ability to mimic real wood, giving you a truly classy and elegant space.
Vinyl Floor Decals
Peel and stick flooring has come a long way over the years and peel and stick vinyl is no exception. New advancements in peel and stick don’t leave any residue or damage to the floors once you remove them. As a result, you don’t need to worry about that process. There are even wood and stone looks you can go for if you’re wanting a classy look. If they get stained or damaged over time, you can easily and cheaply replace them with new ones.
Foam tiles are a simple and easy way to protect your floors from wear and tear. They’re perfect for home gyms and play areas for the kids. If you have heavy furniture on top of the foam tiles, you can protect them with sliders. In fact, the closed-cell foam is resistant to odor and water and they now come in wood visuals and colorful options.
Vinyl rolls, or vinyl sheets, are versatile, beautiful, and (most importantly) low maintenance. Some are even water-resistant and allergy-friendly. You can choose between a wood look, a stone one, a ceramic look, or a more decorative one. However, installing vinyl sheets tends to be a bit of a meticulous process. As a result, it’s recommended to hire a professional for this one.
Want to spruce up your deck or patio? Artificial grass may just do the trick. It comes in tiles, rugs, and customizable rolls perfect for any outside space. Flooring Inc. defines it as “man-made synthetic grass made from durable, synthetic fiber materials like Polyethylene, or Polypropylene. It is designed to withstand the outdoor elements, so it’s UV stable, heat-resistant, and frost-resistant.” It may be just the perfect accent piece for your next BBQ!
Renter-friendly flooring options
You no longer must be stuck with the floors you’re renting. Gone are the days where you have to worry about damaging them from temporary flooring. Whether it’s area rugs, carpet tiles, vinyl, foam tiles, or planks, there are many options to meet your flooring needs.
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