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What is the Best Type of Bathroom Flooring?


Choosing bathroom flooring can prove to be a difficult task. There are various factors from finish to design that you will need to take into consideration. The best flooring examples will be able to tolerate water spills and humidity whilst looking great. In today's article, we will be discussing the different types of flooring available and helping you to decide what will work for your bathroom.

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are:

  •     Hardwearing 
  •     Impervious to water 
  •     Resistant to stains 
  •     Easy to clean 

There are many benefits that porcelain tiles offer. One of the biggest draws towards porcelain tiles has to be their appearance. Porcelain has an elegant appeal that is desirable across the home. It is also very durable, resistant to wear, and breakage. Porcelain is known for working exceptionally well in bathrooms as it is impervious to water and easy to clean. You can team porcelain tiles with underfloor heating so you never step foot onto a cold tile during those harsh winter months.

Our recommendations

Alberto Giorgio Wood Effect Floor Tile

Ever wanted wooden flooring but considered it to be impractical in a bathroom space? The Alberto Grigio floor tile replicates genuine wood grain perfectly and will add warmth to your bathroom design.

Vitoria Marfil Gloss Wall and Floor Tile

This set of tiles replicate the appearance of concrete but at the fraction of the price. For a harmonious look, tile your entire floor with the Vitoria tiles for a polished poured concrete effect. These tiles look excellent when paired with light wall tile (or vice versa) which adds contrast to a bathroom and visually enlarges its size.

Stone Flooring

Stone is:

  • Widely available and there is lots of choices 
  • Hardwearing 
  • If treated, water will not ruin its surface 
  • Visually appealing when polished  

Stone flooring is a sure-fire way to add a touch of modern luxury to your bathroom. However, real stone flooring needs to be treated and handle properly before it is used as bathroom flooring. This is because natural stone can be porous. However, most stone tiles are treated with a protective sealant before the stone is fitted. Stone may require more care than flooring options such as porcelain and will need to be resealed every couple of years.


Vinyl tiles are:

  • Water-resistant 
  • Softer and warmer underfoot than stone or porcelain 
  • Works well over underfloor heating
  • Available in wood and stone effect, as well other stunning finishes

Vinyl is perfect for the bathroom as it is designed for high traffic areas. You don’t have use your bathroom in fear that you’ll scratch your floor or something split

will not be able to be removed. Vinyl also looks great and comes in a wide choice of patterns and colours, a great choice for those wanting to print pattern or colour to their floors.

Our recommendations

Pergo Premium Click Vinyl Black Scivaro Slate

Black slate fits seamlessly with any type of bathroom fixture providing you with greater flexibility when creating your dream bathroom. This design is perfect if you desire the look of slate but the warmth and softness of vinyl flooring.

Pergo Premium Click Vinyl Taupe Mansion Oak

If you seek the contemporary look of natural wood with the waterproof properties of vinyl this option is for you. Each plank is part of a click system that makes installation incredibly easy even for DIY novices.

Harvest Oak Luvanto Click Vinyl Flooring

The harvest oak flooring offers an elegant style that showcases plenty of charm. Each panel has different markings to give you the look of genuine hard wood flooring.

White Oak Luvanto Click Vinyl Flooring

For unmatched quality and easy installation look no further. These flooring panels have everything you could want from bathroom flooring. The grooves of these panels create a sense of space enabling you to breathe a new lease of life into your space.


Laminate is:

  • Easy to clean 
  • An alternative to real wood that tends to move in humid environments

Unlike solid wood that requires a lot of care and attention as well as a suitable environment to be installed in, laminate is much more flexible. Laminate is protected by a strong external layer meaning that it is highly durable. Additionally, laminate flooring is one of the most affordable types of flooring which means that if you’re budgeting you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Our recommendations

Highway Laminate Wooden Flooring

With a mixture of wood grains, colours, and patterns the Highway flooring panels will certainly leave a lasting impression in any bathroom.

Mustang Slate Laminate Wooden Flooring

These panels are dark and charming with ripples of grey running through them. Mustang slate panels would look incredible in any contemporary space.  


Light Varnished Oak Laminate Wooden Flooring 

Vanished oak such as this will look exceptional in traditional bathroom suites. 


American Black Walnut Flooring
This selection of flooring offers tremendous value for money with its hardwood wear layer and beautiful rich walnut tones.  


Volcanic Oak Herringbone Wooden Flooring

This stunning, new, laminate click Herringbone collection striking and luxurious. Simply click panels together and lock them into place to create a stunning finished floor.

What is the best flooring for families?

It's bath time. The first thing a child will want to do is splash in the bath water as if it were a paddling pool. Therefore, in a family bathroom used by young children, the flooring will need to be able to withstand lots of water whilst providing slip resistance. For the elderly, the bathroom will need to be accessible with a good level of slip resistance, and a floor which is soft underfoot in the event of falls. We suggest Pergo Vinyl flooring (mentioned above) as it offers all of these qualities and has an attractive appearance.  


We recommend installing flooring across the entire floor rather than cut around sanitaryware. This is to ensure you do not have to replace your flooring if you need to switch out your bathroom fixtures in the future. If you cut around existing furnishings, you’re risking leaving gaps in your flooring.

We hope that today’s article has offered you all the information you will need to select the flooring option that is best for your bathroom. For more flooring choices be sure to visit our tiles and flooring range. At Bathshack, we supply a variety of flooring options specially designed for bathrooms.