Best flooring for dining rooms

Best flooring for dining rooms

Your dining room is one of the areas in your home that will see a buzz of activity, from midweek dinners to homework sessions, heart-to-hearts over a cuppa and everyone pitching in on a giant jigsaw puzzle. Lots of life happens around a dining table, so making sure your floor can stand up to all the busy-ness is key!

Our handy guide will help you find the right flooring for your dining room – whether it be vinyl, LVT, engineered wood, laminate, or carpet. We’ll explain some of the reasons why different flooring types might be best for you, and show you the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision – after all, you’ll want flooring that lasts for a long time.  

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What is the best flooring for my dining room?

The best floor for your dining room will tick these boxes for you:

  • Fits into your ideal budget
  • Will look good for a long time
  • Suits your style

Consider your dining room flooring ideas together with your decor and furniture – how do you want them to work together? How important is it to you it’s hard or soft underfoot, absorbs noise, is pet-friendly, or lasts for a very long time? Book one of our free home visits to have a Tapi expert help you out if you're not sure which direction to go in. Here's our handy guide to 'What type of flooring suits your decor?’, which can be helpful if you’re struggling to nail down what style feels the most… you.

If spills and accidents are part of daily life in your dining room (this is especially true if you have young children or pets who eat in your dining room) then it’s worth considering laminate or vinyl flooring for your space because both are amazingly easy to maintain and keep clean. Different types of flooring vary in cost, so ensuring there are no surprises will make the process much simpler. To get a better idea of how much it could cost for new flooring in your dining room, you can use our flooring calculators on every product page.

Dining room flooring ideas

The top options for dining room flooring include:

  • Carpet
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • Luxury vinyl
  • Engineered wood
  • Tiles

Let’s take a look at the benefits of each of these options to help you decide which one works best for your home.


Carpet is one of our softest and warmest options, so works best for dining rooms you spend a lot of time in or dining rooms that are connected to your living room. They provide a lot of softness under your feet, so they’re very comfy to walk on and rest your feet on as you sit at your dining table. This is one of the classic choices for a dining room because it’s a great sound absorber and it works well in medium to low-traffic areas. Dining areas are not often the most used rooms in the house, so you can afford to get a nice carpet in your dining room and know that it will look good for years to come – especially if you follow our carpet care guide. If your dining room is a little busier and people pass through it a lot, you can always opt for a stain-resistant carpet that’s a bit more hard-wearing.


High up the list of flooring ideas for dining rooms is the ever-popular laminate flooring. This type of flooring is durable and cost-effective, making it fantastic for family homes and properties with pets – no need to worry about stains or accidents with laminate flooring, especially when you pick from our scratch- and stain-resistant collections! This is a very attractive alternative to old fashioned wood flooring and it comes in a very wide variety of finishes, colours, stains and styles, so you can pick a laminate floor that fits right in with your style. It can also simulate the look of stone or tile if you want a cohesive look to flow from your kitchen into your dining room, or it can work if you have a dining nook in your kitchen instead. If you're struggling to choose between the different types of flooring on offer, our laminate vs carpet guide could help you to pick the right flooring for you.

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Vinyl and luxury vinyl tiles

Vinyl and luxury vinyl are great options for your dining room flooring. You can choose from a huge collection of vinyl effects to suit your dining space, including wood, tiles, marble, and stone. It’s a great alternative to ceramic tiles, as it’s very hardwearing and can come in a lot of different looks, and it’s worth mentioning that it’s very easy to clean and keep in top condition with minimal effort. If you’re concerned about adding extra softness to a dining room floor, a cushioned vinyl option works well. LVT has lots of different fantastic finishes and realistic textures, whether you want a rustic wood effect, a realistic tile finish, or an ornate Victorian pattern. You're sure to find one that suits your home and style. Again, for more help choosing between different types of flooring, discover whether to pick vinyl or laminate.

Engineered wood

Luxury options such as a tiled or real wood floor always create a 'wow' factor in a formal dining room, and you can create the warmth and character of hardwood with engineered wood flooring. In addition to having a top layer of genuine wood, engineered wood has multiple layers of composite materials underneath, making it both practical and low-maintenance. If you want a tile- or wooden-effect floor at a great price, you can also choose vinyl or laminate flooring – there are no limits to what styles you could bring into your home.

Discuss your dining room flooring ideas with Tapi

Whether you love the idea of a tile-effect vinyl to suit your busy home or a cosy carpet you can step onto every morning, we’ve got flooring ideas to suit every room in your home, and you can find your dream dining room flooring by popping into your local Tapi store. Our floorologists are always keen to hear what you think would work best for you and to help you problem-solve if you don’t quite know yet! We also have the option to book a free home visit, so we can come to you and see the area for ourselves to give our expert opinion. You can have your dream dining room flooring sorted in minutes!

Alternatively, if you want more room-specific inspiration, head on over to our ideas hub. There, you can find guides on everything from best flooring for wet rooms, to home offices, bedrooms, and more.

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Published: 06-03-2023