If your rental has worn, outdated, or just plain dirty floors, don’t be afraid. There are several temporary flooring options that you can use to cover that dingy carpeting and still meet your rental agreement. Just because the floor is temporary doesn’t mean it’s cheap.
You can have a nice looking and durable floor that is removable and even portable. Take a look at these three cheap and easy temporary flooring ideas that will freshen up the space without costing a fortune.
What is temporary flooring?
Temporary flooring is a non-permanent flooring solution. Whether you’re renting, haven’t decided whether the style is long term for your home, or want to update your budget, temporary floor protection can be a great option.
Temporary floors can be laid over existing carpets, hardwood, or just about any other flat surface and are great for just about any room. They are generally easy to install and most importantly, they can be removed without damaging the original floor surface.
Style and price can vary widely from an area rug, which is technically a temporary flooring option, to luxurious vinyl planks. You may already be familiar with many of these options, such as: B. Laminate floors, and just do not know that they are temporary.
Most soils fall into one of three types:
Each floor type has a variety of materials to choose from. Carpets can be wonderful for bedrooms, and vinyl is functional in the kitchen because the surface is easy to clean. There are non-traditional materials you might also want to explore, like rubber or cork.
Peel-and-stick tiles are an inexpensive way to install a new floor. While they are not as beautiful as permanent ceramic tiles, they can still tidy up the room nicely. Carpet tiles are a popular option because they are easy to install yourself and can be completely customized to your desired look. The glue means no slipping or tripping on carpets. You can also buy vinyl tile, which is great for protecting the kitchen floor. If you’re looking for something unique, consider cork. It’s a great non-slip surface and not something you see every day. The downside to this approach is that the peel-and-stick tile can leave behind glue residue that needs to be cleaned thoroughly when removed.
Like linoleum, vinyl sheeting is the most common material used for single-roll temporary floors. Simply roll out, cut to size and off you go. You can either weigh it down with furniture or use tape to fix it around the edges. And while it’s ultimately just vinyl floors, they have ones that mimic the look of hardwood floors. Check out rubber floors for a more industrial feel and incredible floor protection and durability. Rubber floors are mostly relegated to the garage, but now they come in a variety of colors and styles so they make great flooring around the home too.
For those looking for a higher quality, polished look, consider looking at laminate flooring or vinyl planks. Laminate floors have been used for decades to achieve the appearance of hardwood floors for significantly less than real hardwood floors. Laminate looks good, but care must be taken not to leave water or spilled material standing for long as this can cause damage. This can be a problem if you want even flooring throughout your home but know you are likely to spill in the kitchen or bathroom. The solution for this is vinyl flooring. It’s waterproof and if you go for luxury vinyl it will look just like wood.
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each floor type, as well as the materials they are each available in: