The 7 Best Cheap Flooring Options That Don’t Compromise Style

Are you finding yourself in a position to put down some new flooring, but are curious as to the best cheap flooring options?

Well, there are quite a few of them.

Even some of the flooring options that haven’t been traditionally considered affordable are coming down in price, or are offering cheaper options than were available in the past.

And don’t worry.

Cheap flooring options no longer have to look cheap.

In fact, there a wide variety of options now that not only look great but are much lower in maintenance than hardwood floors.

We’ll look at seven of those cheap flooring options here.

1. Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular and affordable flooring ideas. And it makes sense. It’s durable, versatile, easy to install and comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

Plus, it’s a high-quality option available at a reasonable price.

Laminate flooring performs similarly to hardwood floors. It can be installed in any room of the home -including the kitchen and bathroom where water can be an issue – because laminate floors are resistant to the growth of bacteria and mold.

Another benefit of laminate flooring is that it does not require a subfloor. It can be installed over an existing floor, saving you money on labor.

These floors are remarkably low maintenance with a protective top layer making it resistant to stains.

Keep in mind that while laminate flooring looks very close to wood, it is not. The grain patterns will repeat and it will be obvious that it is not real wood.

2. Linoleum

Linoleum is cheap.

It is certainly far less expensive than natural materials such as ceramic, wood, or stone, and its pricing is comparable to laminate flooring in terms of purchase.

Like laminate, linoleum floors are resistant to water so they’re a great choice for kitchens, bathroom, basements and laundry rooms. They’re easy to clean and are exceedingly low maintenance.

A linoleum floor can last over 40 years and are often available with a warranty for up to 25 years. And since it’s so durable and long-lasting, you can even purchase vintage linoleum – though that’ll probably run you a little more.

The tough part about linoleum can be in the installation.

Unless you’re buying self-stick linoleum tiles with the adhesive already on them (the ultimate in cheap flooring), linoleum floors need to be applied with a spread adhesive. This can get messy quickly.

And though linoleum tiles cut easily, if you don’t have a steady hand, you could end up with uneven cuts that will expose the floor. So what you save in price you may have to compensate for in installation.

3. Carpet tiles

Though wall-to-wall carpeting is actually cheaper than carpet tiles, you save big money on the installation because you can do it yourself. You basically need a square, chalk snap line, utility knife and measuring tape.

If you’re especially artsy, you can choose “mix and match” style carpet tiles that are a “grab bag” of manufacturer remnants. These super cheap carpet tiles are great for any space that’s meant to be bright and playful and that welcomes a splash of different colors.

Maybe you need something more subdued. No worries. Peel and stick berber carpet tiles come in more traditional tones like beige, blue, grey and burgundy. A relaxed solution for a space that needs some sound-absorption and coziness.

4. Cork flooring

This one may not have crossed your radar, but cork is one of the best ideas when it comes to cheap flooring. It’s a natural and renewable material which has a nice look and a soft feel on the feet.

Because it’s so soft, it’s an excellent option for families with young children who are more prone to accidental injuries from tripping and falling.

Cork flooring is durable, and it’s resistance to cracking and abrasion. It can be laid in with relative ease like laminate flooring and is also resistant to mold and mildew.

Also like laminate, it comes in various sizes and colors – though not as many.

Plus, cork flooring is fire resistant, anti-microbial and has great insulating properties. With cork flooring, rooms are warm and quiet.

5. Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood is not laminate flooring.

Engineered wood floors have different properties and are manufactured in a different way. These floors are the closest you’ll get to hardwood flooring with a significantly smaller price tag.

This flooring is resistant to moisture and humidity, is environmentally friendly and is easy to install and repair. Engineered wood flooring can even be sanded or refinished – depending on the thickness of the veneer.

Available in a variety of colors and finishes, the wood floors are stable, comfortable, easy on the feet and can be used really anywhere in the house.

Although engineered wood floors are a cost-efficient alternative to hardwood floors, they do tend to be more expensive than laminate, tile, and carpet.

6. Utility grade wood flooring

You have to get this from lumber liquidators and it can be a little dicey as to the kind of quality you’ll get.

It’s ridiculously cheap and not a lot of people know about it.

It’s also known as builder grade or rustic grade, but whatever the name – it’s 100% solid wood flooring. But to be clear, this isn’t the floor for your kitchen or living room, unless you live in a very rustic home or cabin.

This flooring is ideal for workshops or outbuildings.

Many of the boards in the box from the liquidator will be split or splintery. And there will usually be some bad boards. Even so, this is still a cost-effective solution is you have the skills and constitution to install it.

7. Ceramic floor tiles

Yeah, putting ceramic floor tile on the list of options for cheap flooring is questionable. On average, most tiles run $5 – $10 per square foot, which isn’t cheap.

But the pricing spectrum is vast for ceramic floor tile and so it can be found for considerably cheaper if you have time to hunt.

Ceramic producers can now make material which can be printed in numerous ways. You can mix and match solid tiles in patterns or accented with designs of motifs. Some are even being printed to reproduce the look of natural stone and even hard wood.

Plus, the tiles can be cut and shaped into triangles, rectangles, and planks so there’s no cutting to be done on your side.

If you’re able to find really affordable ceramic tiles, they can last for 20 years or longer, if well maintained. They’re easy to care for and can add long-term value to a property.

Do you have other cheap flooring options you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment!