Which Flooring Goes In Which Room: Is This A Trick Question?

Flooring is the foundation for the beauty and functionality of any home. It’s the foundation of your daily life. But at the moment, it may make you want to run away in horror. Or, maybe you just tried to ignore it until now.

Since we want you to love your home, let’s talk about that flooring. What do you want to change? Do you know which type you want in each space? Do you have an open floor plan and want to use the same flooring throughout? Is your preference to enjoy a mix of flooring types?

Asking which floorcovering goes in which room is not a trick question. There so many choices to consider. This is about selecting the ideal floor for every space in your home.

We know you have your style and color preferences. This is a rundown of other considerations and where each floor type typically works best.

First Considerations

  • Size of space
  • Function
  • Foot traffic
  • Ease of cleaning required
  • Children and pets
  • Moisture resistance
  • Expected lifespan of floor

Primary Floor Considerations By Room

  • Bathroom: durability, ease of maintenance/cleaning, moisture resistance
  • Bedroom: comfort, quiet
  • Dining: personal preference
  • Entry/Hallway: durability, ease of maintenance/cleaning
  • Living: comfort, ease of maintenance/cleaning, quiet
  • Kitchen: durability, ease of maintenance/cleaning, moisture resistance
  • Laundry: durability, ease of maintenance/cleaning
  • Media: sound dampening, comfort
  • Office: comfort, durability

General Guidelines For Usage By Floor Type

Each type of floorcovering has its own unique characteristics and recommended use. Here is a quick rundown you can use as a reference when meeting with your local ProSource Showroom team.

Carpet or Carpet Tile

Carpet is best suited for spaces where comfort, warmth and quiet are priorities. This includes the living room office, bedroom, hallway, stairs, media room and basement.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood is suitable for any room not sensitive to moisture. Just do not install it below ground level or directly over a concrete slab. Appropriate rooms include the bedroom, dining, entry/hallway, living room and kitchen .

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood goes anywhere a plank floor can go. Plus, you can install it in above- and below-grade locations. This means it can go in the same rooms as solid hardwood, but add basement to the list as well.


Where you use stone flooring depends on the room and which stone will work best for that space. As stone is a hard surface, comfort and quiet are likely not as important to you as its beauty and durability.

Ceramic or Porcelain Tile

Tile is a great choice for homes in humid locations. It is ideal for an entry, kitchen, bathroom, entertainment area, laundry and the porch. Like stone, comfort and quiet are not top priorities.


Install laminate just about anywhere in the home such as a bedroom, office, living room and kitchen. Check manufacturer recommendations about placement in any moisture-prone areas such as the basement, laundry and bathroom.


You can use vinyl, whether sheet or tile, in many space around the home. Find it in an entry, kitchen, bathroom, basement and laundry room.

These are some basic guidelines to prepare you to make flooring decisions that suit you best.

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Bring your ideas and questions to your local ProSource showroom. We’re happy to show you selections that best match your criteria. And we promise, no trick questions.

Carpet Carpet Tile Hardwood Laminate Tile Vinyl Basement Bathroom Bedroom Dining Entertainment Entry/Hallway Kids Room Kitchen Laundry Living Room Media Room Office Outdoor

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