Which Type of Flooring Should You Buy? Read our Guide to Find out!

There are tons of different flooring types available which can make it tricky when choosing new flooring. If you are currently in the market for new flooring, keep reading our guide to find out which type would suite your home best!


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Every year the flooring industry is coming out with so many new and improved flooring types, which makes it hard for regular homeowners to keep up! Laminate flooring for instance, has drastically improved to the point that it’s difficult to tell the difference from real wood! Vinyl tiles have also become so popular and such great quality, that it makes us forget about installing real tiles in our homes. However, there are four main flooring types that are the most popular and the most cost efficient at the moment. Keep reading to find out which ones are the best and why!

Laminate Flooring

You’ve probably heard of laminate flooring by now, since it’s a very popular and cost efficient flooring option today. Laminate is basically flooring that looks like real wood for half the price! Using multiple layers of synthetic flooring, it is fused together using a lamination process. Then a photographic applique that simulates wood is glued on top with a clear protective layer. Laminate flooring is durable, easy to install and also cheaper to install. It doesn’t require the skill that perhaps it would take to install real hardwood flooring, making it a great option for DIY-ers. It also is durable, and simple to maintain.

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Vinyl Flooring

If you have a house full of children and pets, vinyl flooring is probably your best bet! Vinyl flooring is a fully synthetic floor that is made from PVC and fiber glass, making this flooring incredibly affordable and also durable. Vinyl is easy to install, and most homeowners can learn to install this flooring on their own. In the last 10 years, vinyl flooring has really come a long way. There are tons of modern styles and options to choose from, making this flooring popular once again. In our opinion, it is much better than tiles since it’s warmer and softer to walk on, and also so much cheaper!

Solid Wood Flooring

If you are going after a classic look to make your home look like the home of your dreams, traditional flooring types like solid wood flooring are the perfect choice for you. Solid wood flooring is made from 100% natural wood and every plank is made from one single piece of wood. Solid wood flooring looks beautiful and looks rustic but it can also be prone to moisture damage and scratches. It is still a good option for some since it can always be sanded down and re-stained to look brand new again, unlike laminate and other synthetic flooring types.

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Engineered Wood Floring

Also known as composite wood flooring, engineered wood is is made from binding together the fibers of hardwood and lumber scraps together with adhesives to form a composite material. Engineered wood is durable, and much cheaper than installing real hardwood flooring. It also has the ability to hold up to moisture unlike real wood flooring, which makes is particularly more long lasting.

If you are in the market for new flooring for your home, you need to ask yourself what kind of household do you live in. If it’s just you and your partner, real hardwood flooring may be the most stylish and also practical option for you. However if you have children, pets, and lots of foot traffic it may be smart to consider installing something like laminate, vinyl, or engineered wood flooring to save on costs and also install something more lasting. Our favorite place to shop a range of flooring options is www.floorsdirectltd.co.uk where you can choose from so many different styles, materials, and flooring products that will perfectly suit your home and family!

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All About Sofas – Here are Our Favorite Types of Sofas to Decorate with!

If you are trying to choose a new sofa for your living room, look no further – we’ve gathered a list of our favorite sofas that look great with absolutely any time of decorating style!


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The sofa has always been a main centerpiece and focal point when it comes to the living room. Afterall, a sofa is something you will use not only while watching TV, but also while chating with guests, while napping, and even eating. Sofas are usually what interior designers buy first, and then start decorating around it. The type of color your sofa is, the texture, and the style will play a big part in how you decorate your living room. As interior design enthusiasts, we have our heart set on a few types of sofas that make decorating a breeze. Not only will they look fabulous, they are also super easy to match with any type of decorating style. Keep reading!

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The Chesterfield Sofa

If you are into classic designs and furniture that is built to last (literally a lifetime!) the Chesterfield sofa is the sofa for you. Made originally in Britain out of real leather (and later other fabrics such as canvas) for the Earl of Chesterfield, this sofa is a design classic and one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture in the world. It is highly sought after and goes with any type of color scheme. Whether you are a fan of plain white walls, or even green walls, the Chesterfield seamlessly blends in and compliments any type of color palette and decorating style.

Velvet Sofas

One of my favorite fabrics for sofa upholstering, the velvet sofa is the perfect sofa to add warmth and comfort to any space. When decorating a living room, you want it to feel inviting and comforting, and playing with textures is one of the things you need to keep in mind. Velvet is soft, warm, and super cozy and using this type of fabric for a sofa is an easy way to warm up a space. Velevet sofas add a certain level of sophistication to a room that is great if you are looking to get that expensive look-for-less.

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Sofa Beds

Sofa beds are a great way to increase the capacity of your home, especially if you have family or friends frequently visiting. If you are also renting out your home or apartment, a sofa bed is a complete must! Sofa beds have become quite stylish in the last few years, and can be bought in tons of different styles, colors, and fabrics. So there is no need to worry about purchasing a sofa bed that isn’t stylish. Long gone are those days, as sofa manufacturers are realizing that more homeowners would like to be practical but also still stylish! You can include a sofa bed in your living room as well as your bedroom for extra sleeping space. To purchase sofa beds check out our favorite store Furco: https://www.furco.co.uk/sofas/sofa-beds. There are also sofas that are called futons. Don’t get a futon and a sofa bed confused, to learn more about the difference click here.

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Neutral Colored Sofas

If you are on the market for a new sofa to buy, you really can’t go wrong with a neutral colored sofa. Taupe, beige, and cream sofas and always a safe color to choose for your living room sofa. Even if you are a fan of color, you can easily bring your living room to life with brightly colored pillows and throw blankets. Keeping your sofa a neutral tone is a smart way to create a blank canvas and then build up your decorating with accessories and artwork.

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The L Section

Sofas that are built into an L shape are a great option if you enjoy entertaining, watching movies, or if you have a large family. Not only are these sofas super confortable and great for lounging, they can also fit a ton of people! They are also great to convert in beds if you ever have family visiting over. Consider purchasing an L section if you are certain that you have enough room in your living room and if you are ready to lounge around – they are absolutely irresistible!

Consider following some of our choices above if you are in the market for a new sofa. Whatever your decorating style is, the sofas above can certainly complement any type of style and color scheme. What’s your favorite sofa style? Let us know in the comments below!

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