Wood Flooring in the Bath

Wood floors in the bathroom were once avoided because of the worry about the wood staining and warping with moisture.  However, with today’s hardwoods, engineered wood, and laminate floors, wood floors can work in the bathroom. In fact, they can make beautiful bathroom floors.


If you do choose to put wood floors, hardwood or engineered, in your bathroom, definitely talk with us first.  You’ll want to make sure that the wood you choose can withstand the humidity and moisture in a bathroom.  For this reason, laminate flooring might be a good choice to consider as well.  Laminate flooring has come a long way in the past few years. There is a wide selection of colors and wood grains that can imitate most woods.


Whatever flooring you do choose, a few accessories can warm up the floors and the bathroom.  One or two bathmats, or a larger cotton rug that can be washed, can be placed over the floor to absorb water from the tub or shower. A rug by the sink is another good idea.  Getting in the habit of wiping up splashes of water is a good idea for wood floors.


If you want to add heat under your wood floors, be sure to discuss this when choosing your flooring. The heating elements will need to be installed first.  This might also affect what flooring will work in the bathroom.


Wood flooring adds warmth to a bathroom that stone or tile doesn’t.  With some thought and added care, wood floors can work in the bathroom just as well as these traditional choices.