Flooring advice

What's The Best Flooring For Families?

Advice| Buyer's Guide

Picking out a new floor for your home means finding something that works for everyone, even more so for families with pets and kids. Everyone's needs are different, but there is a floor out there to match whatever matters most:

Getting your family to agree on something is, as we all know, not an easy task. That's why we've made this guide so you can see where in your home every floor is best suited and who in your household could get the most out of it, so you can find a floor that everyone can get on board with.

Family in empty room

Solid wood

Best for - Teenagers, older families, rooms pets and school-age children will not use.

Not recommended for - Homes with school-age children, babies and toddlers, and pets as they can cause scratches.

Ideal rooms - Bedrooms, dining rooms, and hallways

family in dining room

Solid wood flooring has been a household favourite for decades thanks to its unique feel and character. With the proper care and maintenance, it can last to be enjoyed by the whole family for a long time to come. As a real wood floor, it should not go anywhere it could get frequently scratched, scuffed, or wetted and for the same reason should not be used around homes with pets.

Engineered wood

Best for - Older families, teenagers, and older pets (with lacquered finishes)

Not recommended for - Homes with school-age children, babies and toddlers, and pets (without lacquered finishes)

Ideal rooms - Bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways

bedroom wood floor

Engineered wood flooring, like solid wood flooring, brings the coveted character of real wood into your home with the added benefits of easy installation options, greater stability, and finishes that add extra protection. The protection from spills offered by a lacquered finish makes this flooring a viable option for a family with pets provided you can stay on top with cleaning and maintaining this floor.


Best for - School-age children and teenagers, older or less active pets

Not recommended for - Homes with babies and toddlers, and active pets or those with joint difficulty

Ideal rooms - Bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and hallways

cat on table

Versatile and modern laminate offers an easy to care for and easy to install floor that can be enjoyed by almost all the family. A fuss-free floor like this is perfect for school-age children and pets to play on, though do not offer the type of comfort you may want for babies and toddlers. As with any hard flooring, pets that suffer from joint difficulty might have trouble manoeuvring on a floor such as this. If you have a young pet yet to be house-trained, then consider a water-resistant laminate such as Audacity or Aqualock for some added protection.

Luxury vinyl

Best for - Pets, especially young ones that are still being housetrained

Not recommended for - Older families, older pets and those with joint difficulty

Ideal rooms - Bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways

black dog on floor

Luxury vinyl, especially rigid core, is the best flooring for a busy family thanks to its durable and easy-care nature. Whether click or glue down, it is also an excellent choice for homes filled with furry friends - easy to care for, 100% waterproof, and scratch resistant, meaning there's little even the most terrible of terriers could do to damage this floor. Rigid core vinyl also makes it a great choice for conservatories, as it can withstand surface temperatures up to 60 °C. As with any hard flooring, pets that suffer from joint difficulty might have trouble on this floor. If you have an older family you might prefer something that offers classic style and comfort over practicality.