Long lunches and dinners spent around the dining table are the stuff happy memories are made of.
Whether you have a whole room you can dedicate to dining or an area sectioned within an open-plan layout, the role of this space is the same: it should be practical enough to be used for everyday meals yet versatile enough to be dressed up for special occasions. Meals inevitably mean spills, especially if children are at the table. So it makes sense to have robust, stain-proof flooring in your dining area. Timber flooring is an excellent choice for this reason. If your budget won’t stretch to solid timber, take a look at the engineered timbers on the market today. They’re of an outstanding quality and you can rest assured they will never go out of style. Laminates and luxury vinyls are another great option for dining areas. If you’ve not considered these products, it’s worth a special trip to the showroom to see and touch them. The latest releases take advantage of new printing and adhesive technologies to deliver flooring anyone would be proud to have in their dining room. Best of all, they’re durable and very affordable. Consider bamboo for your floor if you have a heavy dining table and chairs that are likely to scrape. Bamboo boasts an extremely high Janka rating, which is a measure of hardness (it outranks even ironbark). You’d have a tough time scratching a bamboo floor. If you love the feel of carpet underfoot go right ahead and use it in your dining room. A wool carpet is naturally easy to clean, thanks to the lanolin in its fibres. But for the ultimate ease of cleaning it would be hard to go past a solution dyed nylon, triexta or polypropylene carpet, all of which offer unbeatable stain resistance. A rug is very useful tool in an openplan living area because it allows you to delineate and define the dining zone. Choose a rug that’s large enough to allow chairs to be pulled right out without catching the rug’s edges. A beautiful rug can become the foundation upon which your room’s décor is built. Opt for a style that’s easy to clean and have fun with your selection—your dining room is a space for spending time with people you love, so let your personality shine through.
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