It’s cool to be small. Puppies. Babies. Mini Coopers. Even bathrooms.
Tiny bathrooms are great. They’re easier to clean, faster to paint, cheaper to floor. Cue segue into a discussion of flooring for small bathrooms:
Pros: Small floor space means you can ramp up your flooring budget. Some homeowners even take this as they opportunity to install high-end flooring, such as real travertine, Of course, it all depends on how much money you care to spend. But consider that a floor that even costs as much as $10/square foot will be only $550 dollars for a 50 square foot bathroom. Spend away, baby!
Cons: Careful with those seams. Prominent seams, made all more visible by grout that highly contrasts with the tiles, can give a weighty, ponderous appearance to your tiny bathroom. Use grout that doesn’t stand out so much.
Cheap and Easy: Ceramic Spiral Tile
Here’s an idea that doesn’t range too far from normal: spiral mosaic tile.
This is unglazed porcelain mosaic that can be used for either the bathroom flooring or walls. It’s four white rectangular tiles spiraled around a square black tile. Simple but effective.
You’re looking at Old World Spiral Tile from tile manufacturer Merola.
Small Bathroom Flooring Ideas: Luxury Vinyl Plank
Massive hardwood is never one of the most recommended floor coverings to be laid in your bathroom. Water is the main problem. Vinyl, as the saying goes, is final. This means that vinyl can be considered the ultimate waterproof solution.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring: Vinyl, but better
But you say you don’t like vinyl tiles? You think it’s mauly and plain? Then a luxurious vinyl floorboard might be the way to go. Vinyl has grown old with this product (often abbreviated as “LVP “) as it looks more like real wood than before.
Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Cheap luxury vinyl floor is 2mm thick or even up to 1.5mm thick and available in the peel-and-stick version. To put this into perspective, the LVP value, like the Karndean Canadian Maple Plank pictured, is just 5mm thick and features click-and-lock carpentry.
Be careful when using the wider floorboards in small bathrooms. They tend to overwhelm the room. Wide planks are more suitable for larger bathrooms.
Small Bathroom Flooring Ideas: Waterproof Laminate
You say that bathrooms and laminate flooring don’t mix? Ordinarily, you are right. But in this case, major flooring maker Aqua-Step wants to have a few words with you.
Their laminate flooring is one of the smartest ideas around because it combines the look of wood, without wood’s poor performance in baths or without “going LVP,” if vinyl bothers you.
What Is Waterproof Laminate?
The key is the product’s thermoplastic core, not laminate’s traditional water-hungry fiberboard base. That fiberboard swells up to 8% upon contact with water; plastic, none. Laminate would be a bad choice for real water-prone areas such as basements, near water heaters, under clothes washers, and of course, bathrooms.
Not a Cousin to Vinyl: Different Base
But since this has no wood product, isn’t this just vinyl flooring in disguise? No. Vinyl flooring has a dense, integrated layer structure. Waterproof laminate such as that produced by Aqua-Step is up to 8mm thick, with a honeycombed plastic base. This base means the flooring has “give,” a feeling more akin to conventional laminate than with vinyl flooring.