Can I use wood flooring in the kitchen?
3 Feb 2023
At Havwoods, we’re often asked if our wood floors can be installed in the kitchen and the answer is - absolutely. Kitchens are extremely busy areas in homes; therefore, it’s important to be practical when selecting materials for this space. Since kitchen floors are normally exposed to spills, does a wood floor make sense in the long-term?
You can let out a sigh of relief as we guide you through the benefits of choosing a wood floor for your kitchen space.
TILES ARE COLD AND NOT COMFORTABLE TO STAND ON FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD
Whether you spend time in your kitchen cooking for your family or entertaining, a wood floor is a better choice as it provides warmth and comfort, whereas tiles are hard to stand on, putting more pressure on your back, and feel cold to walk on barefoot.
CLEANING IS EASY
When it comes to cleaning, hardwood floors are much easier to clean than tile floors! Tiles tend to show every bit of dirt and require more back effort to keep them clean. With wood flooring, all you really need is to vacuum once a week and clean with a dry mop (see more of our hardwood floor cleaning tips). It’s important to remember to clean any water or liquid spills immediately to ensure your hardwood floors stay in top condition for years to come. If your wood floor has been sealed, it should be protected from any routine or accidental encounters with water that can happen in a kitchen. For any stubborn stains or if you want to give your kitchen a deep clean, we recommend Marldon liquid wax cleaner (for UV Oiled floors).
Another advantage of hardwood flooring is that it doesn't have large beveled edges, unlike tile, where food and dirt can easily get trapped. Havwoods wood floors feature a micro-bevel or square edge, allowing you to enjoy the width of the plank without worrying about dirt and crumbs getting stuck in between each plank.
NATURAL AESTHETIC: BEAUTY AND BENEFITS OF WOOD FLOORS
Havwoods engineered wood flooring creates a warm and calming aesthetic, making it a versatile foundation to any design or style. Extending a wood floor into the kitchen, from your living or dining room, can also serve as a design benefit in making the space look larger and improve cohesion. This is ideal for creating a seamless feel in both large open-plan living areas and compact apartments.
Wood flooring has also been scientifically proven to improve our quality of life and wellbeing, as it brings a real element of nature inside…where we spend the majority of our time.
Fun Fact: It has been proven that natural design materials lower indoor air pollution and recreate the relaxing experiences we have outdoors. Wood, in particular, lowers stress levels, increases focus and improves mood. Learn more about this with our FSC certified products
ENGINEERED WOOD: A SMARTER FLOORING ALTERNATIVE
One misconception about wood floors is that solid hardwood is the only option. If you’re concerned about hardwood flooring in your kitchen space or want a more durable product with the natural aesthetic of wood, try engineered wood flooring.
Engineered wood boards are manufactured by layering one type of wood over plywood fibers, which produces a stronger, more durable board. Plywood is more resistant to water and moisture than hardwood, which means engineered hardwood will suit any kitchen space.
The top layer of Havwoods engineered wood flooring is genuine European Oak and so your floor will look the same as any solid wood floor, only more durable and stable due to the engineered construction.
In conclusion, wooden flooring in the kitchen can be a stylish and practical option, especially if you choose the right species and finish.
As long as proper maintenance and cleaning are followed, wood flooring can resist spills, stains and scratches and last for many years. With its warmth, character, and durability, a wooden floor can add value and comfort to your kitchen.
Ultimately, the choice of flooring depends on personal preferences, budget and lifestyle, but a well-maintained wooden floor can be a great option for those looking for a unique and natural touch in their kitchens.