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Budget-Friendly Flooring Options Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by: Emily Cantrill on June 25, 2024

When it comes to updating your home, flooring is one of the most impactful changes you can make. However, the cost of new flooring can be daunting. Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-friendly flooring options that offer both style and durability without breaking the bank. 

In this guide, we’ll look at several affordable flooring solutions and provide tips on how to install and maintain them in the most cost-effective way.

Use remnants or off cuts

Updating your home’s flooring doesn’t have to drain your wallet. At Poplar Carpets, we offer a large range of budget-friendly options, including room-sized carpet remnants starting as low as £40. These aren't faulty or imperfect pieces of carpet, they are high quality end of rolls or off cuts that come from right across the range of our carpet we have in stock.

If you have the measurements of your room (to take accurate measurements visit our 'How to measure your room for new carpet" guide here) just visit any of our stores and our friendly teams will help you find the right piece of off cut carpet in a size perfect for your space.

Carpet remnants, or off-cuts, are an excellent and cost-effective solution for covering smaller areas. Our stores all stock a vast range of remnants in all colours and styles, allowing you to find great deals on high-quality carpets. Our flooring experts are always available to provide professional advice, helping you choose the best options tailored to your specific needs and space. 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a really popular choice for budget-conscious homeowners due to its affordability, durability, and how easy it is to install. Made from high-density fiberboard topped with a photographic layer that looks like wood or stone, laminate offers a wide variety of styles. At Poplar we have a wide range of laminates that will suit any budget.

Laminate flooring typically ranges from £5 to £20 per square metre. It's DIY friendly as is designed for easy installation with a click-lock system that doesn’t require nails or glue. If fitting, make sure you use a good quality underlay to reduce noise and provide extra cushioning and insulation.

When you purchase laminate and bring it home, leave it to acclimatise to your house for at least 48 hours before installation. This stops the laminate from expanding or contracting once it has been laid.

Sweep or vacuum laminate flooring regularly to remove dirt and debris and use a damp mop for deeper cleaning, avoiding excessive water which can damage the floor.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is another budget-friendly option that comes in a variety of styles, including planks, tiles, and sheets. It is water-resistant, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, and is really comfortable underfoot.

Vinyl flooring ranges from £10 to £30 per square metre. Vinyl is also a DIY friendly option as Vinyl tiles often come with a peel-and-stick backing, making them easy to install. For a more professional look, consider glue-down or click-lock vinyl or rolls of vinyl.

When installing make sure the floor under where you’re going to install the vinyl is clean, dry, and smooth for the best results. Keep the surface clean with regular sweeping or vacuuming and use mild, non-abrasive cleaners to mop the floor, but keep away from using harsh chemicals.

Final Tips for Budget-Friendly Flooring

Professional Advice: Always consult with flooring experts to find the best budget-friendly options for your specific needs and space.

How can Poplar help?

We have a wide range of samples in our showrooms, so call in and let one of our friendly team show you your options or go to our Visit Us page to find a store near you. Come and chat with one of our friendly and experienced team members; we look forward to seeing you!

We are a family-run business with over 50 years of experience, and we love what we do. Our team of over 250 staff members throughout the Midlands offers excellent service and support. We are here to help!

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