Flooring plays an important role in your apartment, perhaps even more so than in a traditional house. This is because apartments tend to be smaller and can have more of an open floor plan. Flooring in apartments works on both an aesthetic and functional level. It can help create the illusion of separation between different areas, and it also needs to perform practical duties in a smaller area. In terms of your deposit, you also need to consider the durability of your floor, as damage to it (perceived or otherwise) is one of the things building managers look for when you leave the premises.
So what options do you have when it comes to the style of flooring in your apartment? You need to balance both practicality and appearance when making this decision— something that looks good may not necessarily fit your habits.
The epitome of classic style, finding an apartment with hardwood flooring is a definite plus. You need to be vigilant to not damage these floors – clean up any spills as quickly as possible. You also shouldn’t go overboard on cleaning. Sweeping is fine, but when it comes to mopping, you must be careful as chemicals can damage the finish, and cost you a chunk of your deposit in the process. You should speak to your building manager about what type of cleaner they prefer you use on the hardwood to avoid any issues.
More practical than hardwood, wood laminate is a popular choice in many apartments. They mimic the appearance of traditional hardwood, are easily maintained, hygienic and durable. A simple solution of white vinegar and water can be used to clean them.
Carpets are great at insulating homes and they create a cozy vibe. However, they can be a pain to clean depending on the style. That being said, it isn’t as obvious when they are dirty, so this flooring option requires less attention than other flooring types. Just remember to get your carpet deep-cleaned before you move into a new apartment, especially if it had previous tenants. If there are any marks on the carpets when you move in, make sure to take pictures and record it on the inspection checklist.
Tiles are a superb choice for bathroom and kitchens as they are relatively easy to clean and difficult to stain. They don’t hold a great deal of heat, so if you don’t enjoy cold toes you’ll want to invest in some house slippers or bath mats. Tiles can be either vinyl or ceramic, both of which have their own benefits.
How Can I Change My Flooring?
If your apartment comes with flooring you’re not crazy about, there are things you can do to alter it to fit your taste. Obviously, some changes require permission from the building manager, so just make sure to have a chat with him or her beforehand to avoid any repercussions.
- Accent Rugs – These are easy to lay down and don’t require you to change anything in the apartment. They add a lot of character to bare floors.
- Canvas or Vinyl Floor Cloth- This rustic look is common to cover hardwood floors. They often feature fun geometric designs on canvas.
- Carpet Tiles- These are a bit of an investment but make a major change to your apartment. This temporary solution allows you to choose a variety of carpets to cozy up your apartment home.
Apartment floors tend to make a statement in your home. With this advice, you’ll be sure to keep them sparkling and in your own style.