The family room is an important space in the house. It’s likely the area where you do your entertaining. Perhaps it’s the room where you relax and unwind in the evenings. And, fitting to the name, it’s likely the room of the home where you spend a fair amount of time as a family.

Noting all of this, it’s important that your family room emits a vibe that is warm, inviting, and relaxing – and a lot of this can be accomplished based on the type of flooring that’s in it. There are numerous types of flooring that work well in the family room. This post is intended to serve as a cheat sheet of sorts that weighs the pros and cons of several options to help you better decide what might be the best fit for your situation.

Carpet

Pros: Carpeting comes in all different types of styles, pile lengths, and colors, so it’s fairly easy to match the style you like to any room of your home, let alone your family room. It’s also fairly easy to clean and maintain with regular vacuuming and occasional deep cleanings. Furthermore, carpeting is generally comfortable to walk on and does a good job of absorbing sound. It’s also fairly inexpensive, although cost varies based on type.

Cons: Carpet can become matted down over time, especially in high foot traffic areas. It can also stain if spills aren’t addressed immediately and usually requires removal and replacement in the event of extensive water damage. Finally, carpet may not be the ideal choice for homes with cats and dogs, as they may damage it.

Hardwood

Pros: Hardwood flooring is trending up these days, largely because of its sleek, modern look. For these reasons, adding hardwood flooring to your family room – let alone any room – can add value to your home. Like carpeting, hardwood flooring comes in several different styles, making it easy to match types to the theme of your room. Hardwood flooring is also easy to clean, as it doesn’t hold in dirt and grime like carpet does.

Cons: The main disadvantage to hardwood flooring is that it’s a more expensive flooring type. It’s also important to clean up water spills immediately, as it isn’t immune to water damage.

Laminate

Pros: An inexpensive flooring type, laminate is durable and can last for up to 30 years. It’s also easy to clean, resistant to staining and can be installed right over a subfloor or existing hardwood floor. Because of its durability, it’s an ideal choice for homes that have pets.

Cons: While laminate has its benefits, the main disadvantage is that it doesn’t look quite as nice in a family room environment as some of the other options on this list, and likely won’t increase home value as much as other flooring types. It may also not be as comfortable of a floor to walk on compared to hardwood and carpeting.

Bamboo

Pros: Generally speaking, bamboo flooring looks great and is less expensive than other types of hardwood flooring. It also has more of an exotic look, which can be a big draw for family rooms that are looking for more of that vibe. Aside from being stylish, bamboo flooring is durable, available in different varieties, easily maintained and also an environmentally friendly flooring option due to the fast-growing nature of the plant itself.

Cons: Like hardwood flooring, bamboo is not immune to water damage and isn’t ideal for family rooms that are high in humidity. Bamboo may also not be an ideal option for homes with pets, as it can scratch, especially if the bamboo is soft.

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