The best alternatives to using carpet in your home

Carpets are a popular choice in many UK homes due to their thermal insulation properties and comfort underfoot. But they aren’t the only choice! In fact, if you have asthma or allergies, although a carpet might look great, you may find they are more trouble than they’re worth. 

If you’re reconsidering the humble carpet, here are some alternatives to try instead. 

  1. Floor paint 

Whether you’ve got floor tiles that are quite simply hideous or you just want to inject a splash of colour, outdated floors can easily be covered in floor paint.

With so many colours available to match your scheme, painting your existing floor (or even floorboards underneath!) is a much cheaper alternative than buying a new floor. This is especially important with materials costs continuing to soar.  

If you’re feeling brave, why not experiment with floor stencils too? That way you can get an on-trend patterned floor for less. 

  1. Vinyl flooring 

If you like wood or stone floors but don’t like the price tag, a robust, affordable alternative is vinyl flooring. As well as being more affordable than their counterparts, vinyl flooring is warmer and softer underfoot, making it a good choice if you prefer to go barefoot. 

What’s more, as it’s so easy to fit, you may even be able to do it yourself if you’re a competent DIY enthusiast. 

  1. Tile flooring 

If you’re looking for a flooring option that’ll stand the test of time, you can’t get much better than tile flooring. Not only will you create a bold look that’s bang-on-trend, but you may also increase the price of your house. 

Tile floors are also a good choice with pets as they don’t absorb fluids or odors. If you find a certain someone has trapsed muddy pawprints through the house, tile floors can be quickly and easily swept, mopped, and hoovered.  

  1. Hardwood flooring 

Finally, a popular choice is hardwood flooring. Being a stylish, practical, and durable alternative to carpets, hardwood flooring is suitable for virtually every home. 

Whether your design scheme is Scandi-inspired, rustic, classic or contemporary, a wooden floor can add a real wow-factor to your home, without being overwhelming. 

If you do choose to go down this route, it’s important to take proper care of your flooring to prolong its life. Luckily, all you need to do is coat and re-sand your floor every so often to keep your floor free of water damage. 

Final thoughts…

Although carpet is a classic choice in the home, it doesn’t mean it’s the only option. Whether you’re looking to ditch the carpet due to allergies, pets or you simply don’t like the look of it, you can’t go far wrong with any of the above options.