Whether it’s baking, cooking, or socializing, kitchens are made to be used. But, that can sometimes lead to discomfort from hours of standing on a hard floor.
The last thing you want to do is fall victim to feet, knee, hip, or back problems from doing something you love. We’re not doctors or chiropractors, but we can suggest a few flooring changes to increase your comfort level in the kitchen.
Changing to comfort flooring is not an all or nothing solution. You can still have the sleek look that comes from concrete or tile flooring in parts of the kitchen that are not as heavily used.
Here are few of the options:
Rubber floors are common in restaurants and other commercial kitchens, but are now starting to catch on at home as people realize those chefs were on to something!
The soft and durable material will absorb the pressure that comes from standing and is a great choice for those who spend a lot of time on their feet in the kitchen. You might even get a little spring in your step as you move around.
Rubber flooring comes in tiles and sheets ranging from $6 to $12 per square foot. It is easy to clean and maintain and can stand up to even the toughest spills. It should be sealed after it is installed and resealed every year or two after that depending on how much traffic and wear it receives.
Cork flooring was popular in the 1960s and 70s and is now making a comeback as a new generation of homeowners comes to love its comfort and retro appeal. Plus, it’s very environmentally friendly. Cork regenerates on trees after it is harvested, creating a lasting renewable resource.
Made from the bark of the cork oak tree, this flooring option comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. You’ll have much more design flexibility than you would with rubber while still maintaining a high level of comfort.
Costs range from $4 to $14 per square foot for the cork itself, plus the cost of sealing.
Cork is not quite as durable as rubber, so you’ll want to use protective pads on furniture make sure that you sweep up crumbs regularly before they get caught in the cork.
Bamboo is one of the softer varieties of wood flooring and provides a nice blend of comfort and durability. Like cork, it’s naturally renewable making it a sustainable option, too.
Expect to pay between $5 and $12 per square foot. There are a variety of options available ranging in firmness and durability. However, there are not as many color and pattern options as with cork.
Our design team at Three Week Kitchens can help you choose the right type of bamboo or any other flooring to achieve the look and feel you want in your kitchen.
With just a few small changes, your kitchen can quickly become one of the most comfortable rooms in your home!