The best types of flooring for those on a budget

With so many flooring options available, how can you ensure you’re choosing the most cost-effective option for your home?With this in mind, here are three of our most recommended flooring types for those on a budget.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring isn’t what it once was. Recent advances mean that vinyl flooring not only looks the part, but when properly fitted, will last for years too.

Sheet vinyl now comes in a fabulous range of colours, textures and designs, making it the perfect choice for those looking to incorporate pattern, wood effect or tile-look flooring into their home without breaking the bank.

It’s also super easy to clean. Plus, as it’s warm underfoot, it comes without the harshness of tiles and will help to insulate your home during the winter months.


With laminate flooring, you can enjoy the look and feel of real wood for a fraction of the cost. The innovative click-in design means that most brands are relatively waterproof (unlike wooden flooring which is susceptible to marks and stains). Plus, there’s no need to treat it with waxes or varnishes to protect it.

Similarly to vinyl flooring, laminate is a great insulator and will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


While it may not be suitable for areas where there is high footfall such as hallways, it’s safe to say that many of us would choose carpet for bedrooms and living room areas. There are so many types of carpet out there, but the secret to making it a cost-effective flooring option is the underlay.

A mid-range carpet will last much longer and feel more luxurious underfoot if you opt for a better underlay. It may be more expensive initially, but the small price difference far outweighs the benefits in terms of wear and tear.


When it comes to searching for high quality flooring that won’t cost the earth, there are plenty of options available. With all flooring types, we recommend doing your research and always asking an expert for advice. Plus, poorly fitted flooring will never be as long lasting, so be sure to opt for an experienced fitter when it comes to installing your new flooring type.


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