Here at Floormaker, we pride ourselves on being transparent with our customers. This is important when it comes to things like prices - no one wants to deal with hidden costs when buying flooring. It can affect the way you view your budget, and this can affect your whole redecorating process!
That's why we designed an easy-to-use flooring calculator that can be used to figure out exactly how much flooring you need to purchase - and, more importantly, how much this will cost! On all of our product pages there is a breakdown of costs, along with our trusty flooring calculator tool, so you know exactly how much you'll be spending.
To work out how much flooring you need, all you need is the dimensions of your room. Simply enter the square metres or feet, and the calculator will do all of the work for you.
All you need to do is work out the area of the room you're reflooring.
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Once you've got the area, simply type it in (in square metres or square feet) and the calculator will do all the work for you. We've even made sure to account for wastage, so as long you've got your measurements right, you shouldn't have to make another order because you didn't purchase enough.
We sell our flooring in packs, so we will calculate the minimum packs you will need to complete your project. Once we have calculated this, simply add your packs to your basket and proceed with your order - what could be simpler?
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Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our flooring calculator tool or how to order from the Floormaker website.
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The hardest part of redecorating is very often the decision-making stage! With so many fantastic flooring choices on the market, it is no surprise that customers are often torn between different materials. Two of the most popular flooring choices are laminate flooring and carpet, and you may be wondering which of the two is more cost-effective.
Both carpet and laminate can be very cost-effective choices - they are both substantially cheaper than other flooring materials such as hardwood planks and stone tiles. But whether you should choose laminate or carpet comes down to more than just the initial price of your floor; it's also important to consider which one will better suit your lifestyle. So let's see how these two options compare:
- Laminate flooring comes in a range of qualities and therefore a range of prices. On average, though, laminate is still one of the most cost-effective flooring options available. Depending on the style you want and your budget, laminate flooring usually costs around £8-£25 per square metre; however, there are cheaper and more expensive options on the market as well.
- One of the key benefits of laminate above everything else is how incredibly low-maintenance it is. Most spills can be removed with a wipe from a cloth or a mop, unlike carpet which stains more easily. It also doesn't hold onto dust and mould in the same ways as carpeting can, can so it's great for anyone with allergies.
- Laminate also needs to be replaced a lot less frequently than other floors - with proper care (which is minimal), a good-quality laminate can last decades.
- One of the most cost-effective choices on the Floormaker website is our range of carpet tiles, which cost between £8-9 per square metre. Simple and fuss-free, these carpet tiles still look great in all kinds of different rooms. With a range of available colours, you can brighten up your space with ease.
- Carpet tiles are very easy to install, unlike other carpeting products (e.g. roll carpet). So there's no reason to be hesitant about adding these to your property.
- Carpet requires more maintenance than laminate flooring (hoovering, shampooing, etc.) but it is still relatively easy to care for. Low-pile carpet tiles in particular are a walk in the park, and they're great for households that includes kids and/or pets, and carpet tiles are very easily replaced if necessary.
Need any more flooring advice? Feel free to get in touch with the Floormaker team today!
We have a huge range of flooring to choose from here at Floormaker, and one of our best-sellers is our range of wooden flooring.
Now, wood flooring has been popular for centuries, and it's still incredibly popular and sought-after today. Still, with so many other options now on the market, you may wonder: Why choose wooden flooring?
In this blog post, we will discuss why wooden flooring makes for such a great choice in any home, and what types of wooden flooring we have on offer.
Why Wooden Flooring?
Wooden flooring is not only beautiful, it is also highly durable and easy to clean. Whereas other flooring materials eventually have to be replaced, a wooden floor can last decades. Any damage that is inflicted on solid wood flooring can usually be remedied by sanding and resealing, which is much more cost-effective than having to refit an entire carpet.
Wooden flooring is diverse in design, too - whatever your taste, there's sure to be a wood floor to suit it. Light, medium and dark woods are now all available in a range of colours, so whether you want something traditional or more modern, wooden flooring can still suit your style. Plus, it almost always adds to the value of the property it's installed in!
What Types of Wooden Flooring Are There?
We sell two different types of wooden flooring here at Floormaker:
Solid wood flooring is made from 100% real wood. Its authenticity means it has a naturally beautiful appearance that will last for decades. Solid wood (also known as hardwood) is easy to clean and is a fantastic natural insulator.
Engineered wood flooring is created by gluing 1-5 layers of plywood together and topping them with a real wood wear layer. This gives the flooring the look and feel of solid wood, as well as making it as easy to install as laminate flooring. This hard-wearing flooring choice is also less susceptible to moisture and temperature changes.
If you have any questions about our wooden flooring or which product will best suit your project, feel free to get in touch!
If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will be fully aware of how difficult it can be to keep a place like that clean. With various foods and drinks constantly spilling onto the floor, you want to be sure that whatever flooring you lay down in your eatery can handle it. Whether we're talking about pasta sauce or red wine, you'll need a flooring material that can recover from these messes without being permanently covered in mark and stains.
This is why Floormaker's Commercial Flooring range is such a fantastic option for any restaurant flooring project. Our commercial collection includes both vinyl and laminate flooring products, both of which are recommended for commercial properties due to their hardy characteristics.
Here are some reasons why our commercial flooring products are great for your restaurant:
It can be hard to find a floor that is both beautiful and practical enough for a busy restaurant. Luckily, our commercial range has a huge selection of designs to choose from. Whether you want light, dark, wood-look or stone-effect flooring, we're sure to have something that will suit your aesthetic. The right flooring design can really add to a room's atmosphere, so we supply flooring that is beautiful as well as hard-wearing.
Built to Last
Our commercial flooring range is durable and built to last year after year after year. For instance, our commercial vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof, so it won't absorb any liquids spilt on it – perfect for restaurants where this is a regular occurrence. Laminate is another flooring material that is resilient and doesn't take in too much moisture. Both are able to cope with the mess and the heavy footfall that restaurants tend to experience.
Easy to Maintain
Why waste hours cleaning up after the restaurant has closed? Our commercial floors are easy to clean - for most spills, you can simply wipe up the mess. It's easy to keep laminate and vinyl floors looking great with little more than the occasional mop / sweep.
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The idea of using flooring on the walls may sound rather topsy-turvy, but covering your walls with flooring materials can actually bring a beautiful, contemporary twist to your home.
This fun interior design technique is a great way to make your living space both modern and stylish. Here at Floormaker, we have a product range that's designed to give the effect of cork flooring on the walls: our decorative wall panels!
Cork, which makes for an excellent flooring material (you can view our range here) also makes for a great addition to the walls. Cork is a very eco-friendly material (since cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak and does not require the tree itself to be cut down), but that's not the only reason to love our decorative cork wall panels:
They look beautiful
Of course, if it’s going on the walls of your property, you want it to look nice. We have a wide selection of wall panel designs on offer, so you can choose a cork panel that suits your home perfectly. To view all the beautiful patterns we have on offer, please click here. Furthermore, the natural texture of cork gives a lovely 3D effect, which makes a great focal point in a room. It can be also be accessorised just like an actual cork board - our panels are perfect for mood boards, etc.
They're a natural insulator
Cork panels create a thermal barrier which can actually save your money on your energy bills. Cork will not only retain heat but also the cold, so whether you are using a heater or air conditioning, the cork will enhance the temperature.
They have soundproofing properties
Thin walls? Well, cork has natural sound absorption properties, making it one of the best materials for soundproofing. Whether you have a home music studio, or just want to hear less of what your neighbours are up to, cork wall panels are a great home decor idea.
They can be used anywhere
Unlike some materials, cork wall panels can be used in virtually all rooms, from bedrooms to bathrooms. The panels are resistant to water and rot, so they really are diverse enough for any place in your home. With very little maintenance required, your walls will remain pristine.
For more information on our decorative wall panels, or for any further inspiration for your home decor, feel free to get in touch with our expert team.
It's normal to feel like your home needs a revamp. Everyone loves a freshly-decorated space, so perhaps you've been looking for ideas as to how to spruce your property up a bit. After a few sessions on Pinterest or Houzz, you may have come across some beautiful examples of painted laminate flooring, and now you're considering whether this is something you'd like to mimic in your own home.
However, as with most things on the Internet, it’s probably not all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, you can paint laminate flooring, but it's not necessarily something we would recommend.
Painting your laminate flooring may give you an attractive new design for a while, but it's not such a good idea in the long term. Laminate floors simply aren't designed to be painted - paint often doesn't stick to laminate flooring like it does other surfaces, so it is likely to chip and scratch off. Painting your laminate floor may give you your desired effect for a while, but it's very likely that you'll have to put in a lot of time and effort to maintain it by re-painting it every time it starts to degrade.
Besides, we believe laminate flooring is beautiful without being painted, and with so many designs to choose from you should be able to find the perfect floor for your home without then having to go through even more effort to paint it. Don't believe us? Just browse our own extensive range of laminate flooring designs!
If you want any advice on your flooring, feel free to get in touch with our customer service team today.
When decorating a bathroom, you want a floor that's both attractive and durable. Luckily, we at Floormaker supply a diverse range of vinyl tiles and luxury vinyl flooring products that would be perfect for your bathroom! Read on to find out why.
Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring Oak
For one thing, vinyl is perfect for bathrooms because it is very moisture-resistant. You won’t have to worry if your vinyl tiles get wet, as you can wipe/mop the water up! Vinyl flooring is also resistant to scratches and stains, so you can be assured that it will go the distance. A good-quality vinyl floor can last up to 15 to 20 years with very little maintenance.
Attractive and Comfortable
If you want the look of hardwood flooring or natural stone in your bathroom without any of the maintenance, then vinyl is ideal for your project. This material has come a long way from looking like cheap plastic - modern vinyl products really do look like the real deal. They're also a lot more comfortable underfoot than wood/stone, and they don’t get as cold when the temperature drops.
Westco Luxury Vinyl Clic Weathered Grey Flooring
If you’re on a budget when redecorating your bathroom, you should find out how much you could save by going for some cost-effective vinyl flooring. Other materials can be attractive, but they can also be very expensive, and it can be a shock to discover how much of your budget has gone on flooring alone!
Easy to Install
No one wants to spend a large chunk of their renovation time laying down flooring, but bathrooms can be particularly tricky (especially when laying around the bath/shower, toilet and sink). You won’t have this problem with vinyl, though – it can be laid in tiles or in one go with the trickier bits cut out. Easy!
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Engineered flooring is a great compromise between the practicality of laminate flooring and the natural beauty of solid wood. Engineered boards boast a sturdy layered construction, including a solid wood layer at the very top, creating a truly stunning authentic wood look.
If you're considering laying engineered flooring in your home, most of our range here at Floormaker comes with a glueless loc system, making it easy for even DIY newbies to lay.
Step 1 - Acclimatise the flooring.
Letting your engineered flooring acclimatise in the room where you wish to lay it is the best way to make sure that your installation goes smoothly. By letting the boxes of engineered flooring sit in the room for around 2 days beforehand, you ensure that the flooring will be accustomed to the temperature and humidity by the time you lay it.
Step 2 - Clean the subfloor.
This is an important part of the process because if the subfloor is not clean and dry prior to installation, the floorboards may not lay properly. If your subfloor is damp, this could cause your engineered flooring to warp.
Step 3 - Lay the underlay.
Installing underlay prior to laying your engineered flooring is important as it helps to reduce the moisture that reaches the board from the subfloor. If your subfloor is made of concrete, you will need to use an underlay with a moisture barrier, too. You can browse our underlays here.
Step 4 - Start to lay the boards.
- It is advisable to start laying the engineered flooring from the corner of the room, working from left to right.
- Be sure to leave an expansion gap around the edge of your floor (we sell spacers for this purpose).
- Fit the tongues of the engineered flooring planks together by placing them at around a 30-degree angle and slowly lowering the plank towards the floor.
- Keep slotting the planks together until you reach the end of the row. If the last board in a row is too long, you can cut it to size.
- If the leftover piece is long enough, you can use this as a starter for the next row. If it is not long enough, cut another plank in half to ensure the gaps in between the boards are at least 30cm apart from row to row.
- If your final row is too narrow, you can cut the engineered flooring planks to fit the width of the gap.
You can browse our full collection of engineered flooring here!
It's easy to see the big picture when you're giving your house a makeover, but as we all know, the devil is in the detail. If you're replacing the flooring in your home, you may have overlooked the question of how to transition flooring in a doorway.
Although it may seem like a minor thing, a sloppy transition from one room to the next can really catch the eye (and not in a good way - you want people to notice your epic interior design skills, not focus on the threshold).
Read on for expert advice on transitioning your flooring in a doorway.
When two rooms collide
If you have two adjoining rooms without a doorway it is a good idea to use complementary flooring materials. You don't want two clashing patterns or colours to distract from one room or the other. If you do have a beautiful feature floor such as our Agura Tile Effect Laminate Flooring (pictured above) then why not choose something more neutral for the adjoining room? That way your tiles will really stand out. Just allow the flooring to meet in the middle of the threshold of the two rooms.
A change in elevation
If your new floor is a different height to the existing flooring in the next room, it is important to take the necessary steps to correct this. You can either level out your new flooring using sheets of plywood or similar, or use a reducer to bridge the difference. Just be sure to use one that won't prevent the door from closing!
When wood flooring changes direction
If you have wood flooring in adjoining rooms, it may be hard to know what direction to lay the boards in. This is actually much simpler than you might think. A general rule for wood flooring is that if you plan on changing direction in the other room, lay one of the wood flooring planks straight to create a visual threshold before you change the wood direction. If you want to lay both floors in the same direction, you can skip this step.
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The summer holidays are in full swing, and while the weather is looking typically British right now, we're still in a good mood here at Floormaker. So good, in fact, that we've decided to have a BIG summer sale!
We've reduced the price of EVERY floor on our website, from our lovely laminates to our sumptuous solid wood and our tremendous vinyl tiles. Some of our products have even been cut by as much as 25%, so if you've been thinking of re-flooring your kitchen or giving your bedroom a beautiful new look, now is the perfect time to do it!
To browse our budget-friendly flooring products, please select one of the following options - don't forget, you can order FREE samples of up to 3 Floormaker.co.uk products to help you make your final decision!
Laminate flooring from £5.91 per m²
Laminate flooring is a versatile, durable choice that comes in all sorts of spectacular styles and designs!
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Engineered wood flooring from £18.61 per m²
The best of both worlds: engineered flooring features a stunning real wood surface with a sturdy construction underneath. Beautiful yet robust!
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Solid wood flooring from £31.22 per m²
Sometimes you just can't beat solid wood. Our hardwood range has something to suit every homeowner's tastes.
Browse all solid wood flooring >
Luxury vinyl flooring from £16.19 per m²
Luxury vinyl flooring looks and feels amazing, and its water-resistant properties make it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms (as well as commercial spaces).
Browse all luxury vinyl flooring >
Decorative cork panels from £14.16 per m²
A recent addition to our range, these cork wall tiles are great for putting a unique twist on all sorts of different interior design projects.
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