Flooring It: 7 Stunning DIY Flooring Ideas

Depending on the type of flooring you currently have, you may need to replace it anywhere from every 8 to 50 years. Of course, this is just a general guideline, and you may need to replace yours earlier or later.

Eventually, you’ll have to go through the ordeal of ripping up your current floor to install a new one. When that time comes, you might want to do a DIY flooring job; not only do you want to save money, but you also want to take on a nice project.

But it may be hard deciding on what exactly you want to do with your new flooring. If you’re stuck on what to do, not to worry. We’ll give you seven stunning DIY flooring ideas in this article.

1. Carpet Squares

If you can’t decide on just one carpet color or texture, why not pick them all? Take every choice you like and get a few squares cut out for you.

Carpet installation can be complicated for a DIYer since they usually need to be cut in one piece. All it takes is one small mistake, and you have to trash the whole thing.

But when you’re working with squares, there’s almost no room for mistake. All you have to do is use some adhesive dots to connect the pieces.

Not only do you get a different carpet, but if one square gets destroyed, you can easily replace it without having to replace the whole thing.

2. Cork

Are you an eco-conscious person? Then consider using cork for your new flooring.

This material is 100% renewable, not to mention also very affordable. Eco-friendly things aren’t usually beautiful, but rest assured that cork will look amazing as flooring.

It’s also effortless to install. They come in tile or plank options.

For tiles, you’ll have to glue them down, which takes a little more work. For cork planks, they come in a snap-together choice that’s a cinch to do.

3. Pennies

No, pennies aren’t some new type of innovative flooring. It’s using the pennies from your piggy bank!

Grab a whole bunch of them and lay them across your floor, taking care to glue each one next to the other. After that, fill the remaining spaces with black grout and then finish it off by sealing with a clear coat.

If you don’t like the color of pennies, or you don’t have enough of them for the project, you can always use other coins, such as nickels or quarters. To get extra creative, you can incorporate coins from all around the world for your flooring.

4. Paint Your Current Flooring

Do you currently have hardwood flooring but can’t afford to swap out whole new flooring? Then paint it to give it new life!

This works exceptionally well if you’ve always wanted checkerboard tile floors but don’t have the budget to get them.

First, sand down your current flooring, so it’s smoother to work with. Start by painting the entire flooring one color.

If you’re going for a checkerboard effect, or another pattern, use some tape to layout the design. Then, put your second (or third, or fourth) colors on top of your base color. 

5. Classic Hardwood

Maybe you’re not a fan of thinking out of the box and don’t like wild flooring ideas. Instead, you want to stick to the classics. That’s ok!

In this case, hardwood may be the optimal choice for you. This flooring comes in various shades and beautiful, unique patterns from Mother Nature.

The best thing about hardwood is it’s straightforward to install on your own. You can get factory-finished floors that are ready for you to place down.

No matter what type of hardwood flooring you choose, make sure you read the installation instructions thoroughly. By familiarizing yourself with them before you get started, it’ll ensure you have a better time when you’re elbows deep in the project.

6. Laminate Flooring

Looking for another easy and straightforward flooring job? Then consider laminate flooring.

Laminate is an excellent choice if you love hardwood but can’t afford it. Of course, cheaper types of laminate will look fake, but if you put down a fair amount of money, laminate can look just as good as hardwood flooring, at only a fraction of the price.

The installation will be easier with laminate too. When you purchase your laminate, it’ll come in snap-together planks, like with cork. It’ll be so easy. It’s like playing with children’s toys!

So if you don’t want to spend much time on flooring installation, you can’t go wrong with picking laminate.

7. Floating Vinyl

Installing floating vinyl is another easy DIY project you can finish quickly.

Vinyl flooring comes in sheets and has various options for colors and patterns. Plus, it’s relatively cheap.

Once you’ve decided on your vinyl flooring, all you need to do is put it down in your home, using double-sided carpet tape to secure it along the edges of the room. You won’t need to go through the inconvenience of using any glues or adhesives besides the carpet tape.

To make sure it fits snugly into every nook and cranny, use a utility knife to cut those corners.

Use These DIY Flooring Ideas to Perk up Your Home

With these 7 DIY flooring ideas, you should now hopefully have a good picture in your head on what you want to do with your new floor.

Whether you want to go with a wacky idea or something classic, it’s up to you to do the job right. Your flooring will not only look nice but will last for years to come. Because of this, make sure you know your skills and limits, and choose a project you’re confident you can finish.

For more ideas on home improvement, please check out our other blog articles.

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