A craft room remodel or redesign is all about pulling together the craft room ideas that work—including the craft room flooring! Choosing craft room flooring is different than other rooms. Any crafter who has dropped a small piece can tell you how difficult it is to find a small piece in a fluffy carpet. Messy crafters can tell you how important craft room floor clean-up is, especially after they’ve spilled on it. Fortunately, there are many floors that can meet the needs of crafters AND look great.
Crafters, this floor checks off several boxes. Luxury vinyl floors resemble wood or tile, making it a good fit with almost any decor. For DIYers, luxury vinyl plank floors (which look like wood) can be installed as a floating floor without a glue or adhesive. (Check out these tips for an easy luxury vinyl plank install. Don’t hesitate to ask local flooring pros any other questions.)
For messy crafters, luxury vinyl floors are water-resistant and easy-to-clean. This is perfect for crafters who drop a bottle of glue or paint occasionally (or a lot); spills can be easily cleaned up with a damp cloth. Because luxury vinyl floors are a hard surface, it’s easy to find and pick up sequins, needles, string, and small scraps.
Luxury vinyl floors are also known as a durable floor, though they can be damaged when a scissors (or other sharp crafting tool) is dropped. If the craft room is a sun room or porch, ask about the temperature range for each luxury vinyl product; some floors are only recommended for rooms that don’t get too cold or hot.
This craft room idea adds creativity and softness to a space—without some of the problems that come with carpet. Carpet tiles can be installed (easily) in patterns, perfect for DIYers who want to put their stamp on craft room décor. Some carpet tiles add the softness of carpet to a room without making crafters search endlessly for small pieces. Carpet tiles with low piles have shorter carpet fibers and tighter loops, so it’s easier to find small scraps, sequins, needs, and string when they drop.
For crafters worried about the mess, carpet tiles are easy-to-clean. If a spill does permanently stain the floor, the carpet tile is just replaced with another tile. (Purchase additional tiles for those “just in case” situations.)
Hardwood floors add character and beauty to a craft room. Available with different grains or in wide and narrow planks, it’s another craft room idea with a personal touch. For color, crafters can choose the stain that fits perfectly with shelves, chairs, and craft room decor. If a hands-on flooring project is appealing, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed as a floating floor.
Wood floors are easy-to-clean, though crafters do need to be careful about spills. Wood floors can be damaged when puddles sit on it. To prevent the damage, crafters should keep a soft towel close at hand to promptly wipe up spills.
Besides the beautiful look, the main advantage of hardwood is longevity. When wood floors look worn, they can be refinished to look brand new again. Some engineered hardwoods can also be refinished; ask a local flooring pro to see engineered hardwood products that look great and last through many years of crafts.
Laminate flooring is affordable, durable, and versatile. Some laminate floors are even waterproof (ask a local flooring pro to see water-resistant laminate flooring). Laminate floors are incredibly hard to damage (though crafters should be careful with sharp tools!), especially when felt pads are added to every piece of furniture (i.e. tables, shelves, chairs, etc.)
Laminate floors come in a variety of styles; some resemble wood so closely even guests can’t tell the difference. Unlike traditional wood floors, laminate floors are an easy DIY install, requiring no glues or adhesives. These floors are also versatile enough to be installed as an incredibly unique feature wall.
There are two distinct differences between cork and traditional wood floors; both differences make these floors an appealing option for craft rooms. Cork floors are softer than traditional wood floors, making it easier on the knees (especially for crafters who stand for long periods of time). These floors are also a green product, because cork can be harvested without harming the tree. (That same cork tree is ready for another harvest every nine years.)
Like traditional wood floors, cork floors can be refinished. These floors do need regular maintenance for continual water resistance, as well as a prompt wipe up to avoid stains. Unlike other wood floors, cork has natural sound-proofing qualities that can make a craft room feel like a private kingdom.
Tile is a craft room idea with a lengthy list of pros. Modern tile is affordable, durable, water-resistant, easy-to-clean, and a fairly straightforward do-it-yourself project. A tile installation only requires a few tools, installation tips, and a big decision; tile comes in a variety of styles and colors suitable for any craft room. Some tile products are made to resemble wood; crafters can enjoy the look without the worry of water damage to wood floors. Because tile is a hard surface, it’s easy to maintain and pick up small craft supplies.
One of the biggest cons of tile is the cold feel underfoot. Many crafters can counteract this concern by installing the tile over underfloor heating (either electric mat or radiant). Tile is a natural conductor of heat, giving the crafter a warm feel during the winter. The other con of tile is that the flooring is incredibly hard; this can be a big problem for crafters with fragile projects (don’t want a craft project to break after all that hard work!)