Wooden floors have a naturally aesthetically attractive and elegant style, making them a wonderful floor remodeling option for many homeowners. If you’re looking for that authentic wood floor for your home, you don’t have to break the bank. There are numerous beautiful affordable wood floor ideas to choose from.
Note, however, that scrimping too much on the materials for floor installation is generally not the best approach either; you’ll usually end up spending more money in the long run by constantly having to replace your flooring. Its important to establish a healthy balance: budget wisely and buy the best wood floor materials that you can afford for your home.
At the end of this blog post, we’ll also provide some ideas and tips on maintaining your precious wood floor.
6 Affordable Wood Floor Ideas
1. Plywood Flooring
Plain plywood planks are cheap, easy to buy, and quite durable. These planks are also very versatile and easy to work with for a variety of creative DIY projects. If you want, you can try painting the sheets with one color to create a standard color theme for the entire house. Whether you’re chasing the latest rustic, vintage wood flooring color trends or a modern/contemporary feel, plywood is ideal for tons of unique design ideas.
You also have the option of cutting the plywood sheets in half so that each section can be painted in different inviting shades, tones, and textures. Doing so will allow you to position the wood in an alternating pattern to achieve a more interesting look. Some of the decor colors that you can consider include contrasting light and dark colors such as brown and green.
2. Pine Wood
Although pine wood is seldom used as a flooring material, you can still look into it if you are on a budget. It’s not solid hardwood, and since it’s quite soft, it can get dented when used as flooring for high traffic interior areas of the house. Make sure to place felt protectors on the bottom of any chairs and other furniture items you plan on moving around frequently. If you’re going to use this type of flooring, it is only recommended for low traffic areas such as the bedroom.
Pine wood is known for its timeless, stunning beauty, and it’s easy to install too. With proper care and maintenance, this softwood can be as long lasting as hardwood flooring.
3. Oak Wood
Oak wood costs more than plywood and pine wood, but it’s a type of hardwood, so it’s very durable. If you can afford to use this traditional, beautiful flooring material for all the rooms in your house, you won’t find the floors difficult to clean and maintain. Each wood has its pros and cons, and one of the cons of oak flooring is its inability to handle moisture, so it’s not ideal for outdoor decks that are typically exposed to cold and damp conditions .
It is therefore advisable to vacuum this popular type of wood flooring instead of mopping it. That being said, oak is also not recommended as kitchen or bathroom flooring. Since the activities that are typically pursued in the kitchen can expose oak flooring to spills and stains, it is more practical to use tile or vinyl flooring for this particular area of the house.
4. Bamboo Flooring
Although bamboo is a type of grass, it has many of the benefits and qualities of hardwood and can be used as an exotic flooring alternative for any home improvement makeover project. This is a versatile type of flooring because it’s resistant to moisture; in fact, you can even use a damp high quality wet mop every now and then when cleaning bamboo. Sweeping and vacuuming can also be implemented as part of your bamboo cleaning routine.
You will like that bamboo floors are very easy to maintain. In fact, you can sand its surface if there are already visible scratches, dents, and marks on it. Applying a fresh finishing coat will give your bamboo floors an excellent new and attractive look again. Smooth bamboo is particularly perfect for sleek coastal homes looking for a comfortable beach decorative theme.
5. Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate is one of the best wood floor ideas for large families in all seasons because it is one of the toughest types of floors. It can therefore handle the demands of high traffic situations in households and won’t easily wear and tear.
Aside from being durable, laminate wood flooring is also attractive because it has a beautiful and classic natural design. It is therefore practical to use this gorgeous, stylish flooring for the whole house, especially the family living room. Being affordable, durable, and easy to maintain makes it one of the most practical wood floor ideas when deciding on the type of flooring for one’s home.
6. Teak Floors
Teak floors are tough because they are a type of hardwood floor. Teak is highly recommended and is becoming increasingly popular for active families and for those who like keeping pets inside their home. As we all know, having cats and dogs can be very demanding on a floor, and constant clean up is required. This type of floor can be vacuumed and cleaned with a high performance wet mop without any damaging effect.
This type of wood flooring also comes in attractive shades and designs. One of the most commonly used shades is the pale honey color since it gives an amazing natural wood appeal. You can also go for the lovely dark reddish brown shade which is decorative in itself.
Cleaning and Dusting Your Wood Floor
There is no need to feel overwhelmed when it comes time to clean and maintain your precious wood floors. In this blog post, we’ll provide some basic ideas and tips to make the task stress-free and easy.
The simplest way to maintain your wood floors is to create and follow a schedule. If possible, sweep your wood floor with a soft bristled broom or dust it with an old fashioned dust mop every other day. Once a week, vacuum your wood floor, setting the vacuum to the bare floor setting. It is best not to have the brushes on the vacuum touch the wood floor as they might scratch it. At least once a month, damp mop your wood floor with either clear water or a mild wood floor cleaner.
Let’s go into a little more depth for each of these steps.
There are three choices to get up the daily dust and dirt from your wood floor. You can choose a broom, a dust mop, or both. In terms of using a broom, one must choose carefully. Choosing a too-stiff bristle broom could be more harmful than helpful. Too-stiff bristles might scratch the floor. Also, when sweeping small particles of dust or dirt, a stiff bristle broom is ineffective.
A better choice for a broom is one that is manufactured with polypropylene bristles. Also, choose such a broom that has “flagged” bristled ends. A flagged bristle means that the tips of the bristles were split at the factory. This makes the tips super soft, thus they will not scratch your expensive wood floor. In addition, a polypropylene bristled broom that has been flagged can also act like a dust mop.
Polypropylene tends to attract dust bunnies, hairs, etc. to the bristles. Also, the flagged tips of the broom allow it to sweep up extremely fine dust. An example of a useful flagged broom for a home’s wood floor would be the Champion Soft Sweep Broom. By the way, this broom is made in the USA!
The best and easiest strategy to upkeep your wood floor would be a particular type of dust mop. The dust mop we have in mind is useful, but difficult to source. The mop in question is an old fashioned dust mop that is virtually impossible to purchase from brick and mortar stores.
There was a time many years ago where you could walk into any hardware store and ask for this type of mop. Unfortunately, they’ve been replaced by expensive and wasteful disposable dusting floor tools.
The best type of dust mop for the home would be one that uses a specific type of yarn in a rainbow of colors that naturally can attract dust and dirt without the need for any toxic dusting chemicals. These yarns typically have gone through a unique time consuming process that gives the yarns a sort of magnetic property that attracts dust to the yarn. They are so effective, you simply run the mop across your wood floor and after you’re done, you simply step outside and shake away the dust!
Typically, a properly constructed mop should have a sufficient amount of yarns with a wedge shaped design. If you are lucky enough to source a mop made in the USA, then you can expect such a useful cleaning tool to last for many years and make maintaining your floor a simple quick and easy daily task.
There is a company that does offer an old fashioned dust mop. It fits all the requirements and amazingly, it is made in the USA! The mop is called the Champion Old Fashioned Dust Mop.
When dusting is not enough to make your wood floors look clean and shiny, you may need to use a mild wood floor cleaner to clean up some of the more stubborn dirt stains.
When choosing a hardwood floor cleaner, try to purchase one that is water-based and non-toxic. It should be designed and made with no hazardous ingredients. It should not leave any dulling residue, should be neutral, and to avoid creating the incorrect mixture, should be ready to use right from the bottle.
Such a product is considered manufactured from naturally derived ingredients and does not require any solvents. Just mist on lightly and then mop.
Before mopping your floor with a non-toxic hardwood and laminate floor cleaner, you should be sure to carefully vacuum up, sweep, or dust away any excess dirt or dust. Next, lightly mist on a small area of your wood floor. Only do a small area at a time to prevent the solution from drying.
Before we go on, let’s discuss the best mop for this job. Again, there are many choices when it comes to a wet mop. Our personal recommendation would be a unique mop that is manufactured from synthetic non-woven material. Here again, unfortunately, is another mop that is difficult to find, but well worth the effort in sourcing it out.
It is quite the popular mop in Europe and at one time there was an American company that offered it here in the US for many years. This synthetic non-woven material is very absorbent. When wet it has a sort of spongy feeling and importantly it won’t leave any lint behind. Your wood floor will be left streak-free.
Typically, this unique material comes in a yellow color. Again, Champion offers their Super Yellow Mop. It is extremely lightweight and very easy to use. It is the perfect home mop for the task of quickly cleaning your wood floor.
Once you have the Super Yellow Mop, put it into a pail of water, then wring it out well until it’s just damp. Then proceed with the first step, as stated already, of misting on the non-toxic wood floor cleaner. When mopping the area, follow the grain of the wood. After you’re done, allow the floor to air dry.
One note: do not mop your wooden floor with a dripping wet mop. Using too much water will most likely over the long term cause damage to your floor. Water can seep in between the cracks and over time will warp your precious floor. If you dust your floor daily, you should only need to lightly damp mop your floor once a month.
One tip to consider is to put an indoor/outdoor carpet outside the entrance to your house so it can trap any unwanted dirt from entering your house and then place another indoor/outdoor carpet inside your home by the door entrance. An excellent choice for such a carpet would be a sisal. A sisal carpet is a carpet made from the agave plant. It uses the agave plant’s naturally long spiny leaves. It is a natural and eco-friendly carpet.
We hope that whatever type of wood floor you choose that it brings you much joy and pride. Follow the simple steps in maintaining your floor and you should get a lifetime of joy from your beautiful wood floors.