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Can a Bathroom have Wooden Flooring


Wood is a great way to inject warmth and depth into a bathroom. In most areas of the home it is a low maintenance, long lasting, and an attractive material to work with. However, it does have some drawbacks when used in moist, humid rooms such as the bathroom. In today’s article, we will be discussing the factors you will need to take into consideration if you’re thinking of installing wooden flooring in your bathroom, the pros, the cons, and the alternatives.

Hardwood Flooring for a Bathroom?

We would usually advise steering away from solid wood when it comes to bathroom design.

When we use a shower, bath, or basin water will inevitably splash onto the floor at some point. When wooden flooring is first installed it is not protected from water damage. This means that is likely to expand, warp, and stain when liquids interreact with it. 

However, many people are still drawn to wood as a flooring option. Wooden flooring is renowned for is its stunning look. Wood has a unique look as each plank of wood has different grain patterns and shades running through them. As trends come and go wood is always desirable. Wood provides a warmer feel underfoot in comparison to other flooring options like tiles. A lot of bathrooms have been tiled and whilst this is a great option for bathrooms, it can be quite chilly to walk on, especially in winter.

If you really want solid wood flooring then you will need to protect the wood. This means using a sealant which creates an invisible layer of protection over the wood. This will make the wood more resistant to water damage. The finish will be applied to the flooring several times with special attention to the seams since this is where water is likely to seep into. This may protect the wood to an extent; however, you still need to wipe up any spills immediately so that the moisture doesn’t wear away at the material's protective layer.

Alternatives to solid wood flooring


Both hard wood and laminate flooring contain wood. However, laminate is a lot more forgiving of water. Most hardwood floors installed throughout other areas of the home are installed by nailing planks to the sub floor. This means that if water seeps down beyond the surface of the wood then over time rotting could occur. As a result, laminate or wood effect flooring that is installed using adhesive or click-together methods are better-suited bathrooms.

Our recommendations

Highway 8mm Laminate Wooden Flooring  

Highway Laminate Wooden Flooring has a unique design that is perfect for quirky, eclectic bathrooms. Its V-grooves also create the cosy look of a genuine solid hardwood floor. The grooves allow you to install this flooring with very little effort, therefore you will not need to seek the help of a professional to get the job done. If you’re looking to revamp your bathroom, this flooring choice is a great choice. 

American Black Walnut Wooden Flooring

This flooring offers a rich walnut finish that provides a timeless appeal. This floor is designed to provide more stability compared to solid wood flooring. The layers of wood are bonded together to create this stunning engineered flooring. This flooring features a hardwood layer that is supported by either cross battened softwood or plywood baseboard.

Oak Natural Robust Herringbone Laminate Wooden Flooring

The Herringbone selection is designed to fit together perfectly with its handy DIY click locking system. It is suited to high traffic areas in the home such as a kitchen or bathroom. This flooring has an AC4 commercial rating, so it can be used in commercial locations as well as a busy home. 

Aspen Oak Laminate Wooden Flooring

Aspen Oak Laminate flooring has a gorgeous finish perfect for both traditional and modern bathroom suites. Its V-grooves also create the cosy look of a genuine solid hardwood floor.

Art Works Laminate

Decorative, yet highly durable, this flooring can be fitted in minutes. Featuring a stylish design that combines light and darker wood effect shades, this flooring will help to your decor without the expense of hard wood flooring.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for bathrooms thanks to its versatility. The most important benefit of vinyl flooring is that it is impervious to water penetration. It has proven to be a great choice for family homes as it is very easy to care for. Like wood, vinyl does not get cold in the winter and is generally softer beneath your feet than wood or ceramic tile floors. Additionally, vinyl flooring is relatively easy to install, though you do have to ensure that you have a completely dry, level subfloor. Even though you can probably install the flooring itself we recommend hiring a professional to prepare the subfloor for you.

Our recommendation

Pergo Premium Click Vinyl (Grey Oak)

Pergo is one of the leading manufacturers of luxury vinyl bathroom flooring. Their vinyl collection has risen in popularity thanks to its perfect fold V click system that makes installation easier making it an ideal choice for those who do not have DIY experience. The plank design of this flooring is perfect for bathrooms where you want the appearance of wood but with the soft, waterproof properties of vinyl. Vinyl is the ideal flooring option for busy family homes as it is highly durable. Take a look at the Pergo Premium Click Vinyl in grey oak which looks spectacular regardless of bathroom décor.

In summary, you can use wooden flooring in your bathroom. You just need to make considerations and protect it fully. Remember, there are other options that emulate wood successfully such as laminate and vinyl that are probably the safer choices. If you’re looking for bathroom flooring be sure to take a look at our collection. We offer an array of flooring choices so you can find something that suits your preferences.