We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that your mudroom has been seeing a lot of traffic lately. Whether you’re already experiencing the first hints of spring thaw or you’re still getting pummeled by snowstorms, you’ve probably needed a space to put on and take off all your weather gear. For most people, this space is the mudroom. Depending on how big your house is and how it’s laid out, your mudroom might also double as a foyer, laundry room, etc. So, you have to strike a balance between style and sturdiness with mudroom flooring. You want something that will be easy to clean when there’s mud or water all over the floor, and you want something that won’t absorb said mud and water to make stains and damage.
Tile & Stone
Tile or stone floors are an excellent choice for mudrooms, because they are super simple to clean and also exceptionally durable. A damp mop and some cleaning solution (either homemade or store-bought) will do the trick for tile floors. Our suggestion is to use large-form ceramic or stone tiles, because fewer grout lines will make the cleaning process even more uncomplicated.
Concrete is another good choice for mudroom floors. With today’s huge selection of brands and aesthetics, you can find concrete floors that are treated to look like another flooring type, or concrete floors that have been treated and dyed to look quite stylish. Additionally, they are just about as tough as floors come. One thing to keep in mind with concrete floors is that they can get very slippery when wet, so make sure to have some area rugs or floor mats in your mudroom as well to prevent falls.
Just like concrete and rubber flooring, vinyl takes its root from the commercial flooring space. Vinyl is incredibly easy to clean and install; plus, it can offer the appearance of tile, stone, and even hardwood at a much cheaper price point. As far as durability goes, vinyl is remarkably sturdy. The one drawback of vinyl in terms of durability is that it can be punctured or dented if sharp objects are dropped on it. However, we don’t foresee that being too much of a problem in the mudroom space.
Bear with us here, because you might be thinking, “Rubber floors? Is my mudroom the dishwashing station in the back of a restaurant?” However, in today’s market you have a lot more rubber flooring choices. Rubber floors have been discovered as great choices for kids’ rooms, home gyms, and even residential kitchens, so they are now available in a wide range of colors and styles. A rubber floor would be a great fit in a mudroom as well, because it is slip-resistant, very tough, and easy to clean.
Any of these flooring types would be an excellent fit in a mudroom, even if it doubles as an entryway, laundry room, or something else. They are durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic, low-maintenance, resistant to moisture exposure, and still stylish enough to not mess up your home décor.