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The main difference between the working and domestic space in your home is functionality. The office, unlike the bedroom, will benefit from efficiency rather than comfort, and should therefore be designed in a way that that increases the productivity of the person working inside.

At the same time, a designer is not expected to sacrifice appearance for the sake of functionality.

A good designer will balance between them even in the smallest home office, or such that is actually a part of a room with a different purpose. If a home office is not functional, it will be a vain investment you won’t even use. That’s exactly why you should pay attention to every detail.

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What we are trying to say is that picking great chairs and desks will not be enough. The thing people often neglect in an office is flooring. Home office flooring options should be tough and durable, ideally compatible with the rest of your décor.

Still, coming up with home office flooring ideas that are suitable for your space can be challenging. This is why we made some basic comparison, and gathered few good ideas that can help you deal with this issue:

Laminate floors

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Even if their price is fairly affordable, laminate floors are durable and damage-proof. They are highly resistant to stains, wear, soil, and abrasions; and they give your office an expensive wooden visual.

You can also use laminate floors to personalize your space: their versatility will enable you to pick styles and colors that match the rest of your home.

Still, laminate works best on lower home levels, because of the hollow sound it creates when applied on upper floors.

Still, if your office can not be transferred to the ground level, you can always hire an expert contractor to install specific underlayment and extra cushions.

Cement floors

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Loft homes and office spaces provide the ideal surfaces for cement/cement-durable floors. Cement is durable and strong, and its coldness can be easily defeated with few soft rugs in the places where you lay your feet while working.

Another advantage is that cement can be easily repaired even in the case of serious damage (sometimes, it takes only few minutes to do it).

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Besides, cement is no longer the dull, gray material it used to be. They come in all tones and nuances, sometimes even sparkly, or with subtle details that reflect light inside the room. That means that you can forget grey floors completely.

Carpets

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Carpets happen to be the perfect choice for certain type of offices. While they are more difficult to maintain, soft carpets add a feeling of warmth and comfort, and look extremely homely. That’s why only specific careers can benefit from a carpet in their office.

Carpets require no specific effort to be laid, and could spread from one wall to the other if you want them to. Still, try to choose such that will resist the replacement of furniture, and will show no signs of extensive wear after only few years.

Hardwood floors

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Hardwood flooring is the classic choice for traditional and antique home offices, chosen mostly because of its durability.

Besides, hardwood is a very beautiful option. Those of you, who are concerned about their floor’s solid upkeep, could purchase engineered pieces for their home offices.

Considering the benefits of hardwood flooring in your residential area, there is no reason to ‘skip it’ in the office space.

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You won’t have to put too much effort to clean it, and there is almost no risk of damaging its various finishes. An additional benefit is that hardwood flooring comes in many colors and nuances, all the way from bright ash to elegant mahogany.

Tiled floors

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Believe it or not, tiles are an excellent choice for every office. Assuming you’ve laid them down evenly, they will reward you with admirable durability and sophisticated appearance. Uneven tiles, however, are prone to damage and cracking.

Tiles are usually made of porcelain, ceramics, stone (travertine or slate), or even recycled materials. Depending on the material, tiles have different features: for instance, Mexican Sautillo tiles are porous and difficult to maintain.

Natural stone-tiles, on the other hand, have different sizes and shapes, which means that you would have to combine them in mosaics and interesting patterns in order to camouflage that difference.

An additional benefit of tiles is the variety of shapes, textures, and colors.

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The best way to make a decision is to consider your personality and the nature of your profession: creative jobs will benefit from colorful porcelain that boosts creativity and inspires ideas, while subtle stone choices (limestone, for instance) are better for strictly-regulated roles (business, finance, law, etc). Both choices, however, look elegant and sophisticated.

Vinyl floors

Vinyl floors are perfect for office owners who prefer durability to aesthetics. You’ll have no trouble cleaning even the most persistent stains, and maintenance will never be of any concern to you.

You could roll chairs around, or replace cabinets without being afraid that your floors will be harmed. The thing you should remember, however, is to put foot pads under the desk and the cabinets, so that there won’t be any risk of damage.

Besides, vinyl is the most eco-friendly option for a home office. It is entirely made from recycled materials, and it comes in an amazing green color and a variety of vivid patterns.

Bamboo floors

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Bamboo is ideal for small or middle-size offices, since it allows you to use chair mats and have an attractive floor at the same time. Besides, they are smooth, environment-friendly, and easy to maintain.

Protecting your floors

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As much as you try to protect them, floors will show signs of ‘wear and tear’ after a few years. Sun exposure, foot traffic, or even furniture reconfiguration will leave traces or even damage the floor significantly.

That’s why you should choose durable floors, ideally ones that are covered with a lot of protective mats.

Few extra tips

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Before choosing the ideal floor for your home office, make sure you have the following information:

  • Would the floor have to ‘tolerate’ a lot of foot traffic?
  • Would the floor be exposed to seasonal damage (ice, snow, rain, etc)?
  • Is low-maintenance flooring a good option for your office?

These questions will help you narrow down the perfect flooring options, and to choose something that can actually meet the needs of your working environment.

Price is probably the most important factor you would have to consider. You’ll need to invest in proper furniture, blinds, accessories, and utilities, and these expenses could restrict your flooring budget.

However, remember that floors can really make a difference in how the room looks and feels, and they are not the right items to save on.