5 Bathroom Flooring Ideas on a Budget
1. Floor PaintOne of the cheapest and easiest DIY options is floor paint that can be used on tile, hardwood, laminate, and more. You just clean your floor, paint it, and then add a top coat. A few years ago we gave our master bath a $100 bathroom makeover and I used regular, interior, latex paint with a top coat of polyurethane to update our bathroom tile with paint.
No matter what paint you use though, paint, over time can chip and may need touch ups. It’s one of the least durable options. So I’d use it as a temporary solution in a bathroom.
- It’s typically water resistant and not waterproof
- It’s long term durability isn’t that great for a high traffic bathroom that gets really wet
- Up close and underfoot it can feel cheap and look cheap depending on the brand you use. There is a chance of separation of the vinyl tiles over time
It was relatively easy to install ourselves, we just laid it over our old laminate flooring.
4. Waterproof Laminate FlooringLaminate flooring is another great long term bathroom flooring option. There are many options that look like real wood. You can install it yourself or hire it out. It’s similar to the vinyl plank tile, with a tongue and groove interlock. We haven’t used this in a bathroom yet, but we did use it in our son’s nursery makeover. We used Pergo Outlast in Vienna Oak. It’s waterproof, extremely durable, looks like real hardwoods, comes in wide plank sizes (which looks more high end), and it’s easy to clean. It comes in a lot of pretty color options too! I really love the look of it and it’s one of my favorite flooring options for any room. I have a full Pergo Outlast flooring review too.
Also, because the flooring is so durable we had to buy a new miter saw blade while cutting it. The material for the flooring really dirt’s up on the blade.
I think the biggest negatives with tile are the installation process and demo of the old floor. Also, having to clean and maintain grout over time isn’t fun.