8. Choosing a non-slip bathroom floor makes sense. With the water and moisture present in the bathroom, falls here are common. When choosing a bathroom flooring material, safety should be one of several factors you consider. Safety is also an important consideration for other standing areas in the bathroom such as the shower base floor. Of course, safety isn’t the only issue – you’ll also want to consider your style preference and your budget.
The good news is, you have a number of options to consider for the floor in your bathroom..
One of the best overall options is the use of tile. Both ceramic and porcelain tile can be a good option. Several manufacturers offer a slip-resistant option.
Non-Slip Vinyl Flooring
Perhaps one of the best options for slip resistance is vinyl flooring. Some products are specifically designed to provide slip resistance. Vinyl flooring is also very easy to maintain. It does not stain and does not damage from water (if the product is designed to be waterproof.) It is also very durable, meaning you are unlikely to damage it using a wheelchair.
Cork or Bamboo Flooring
A cork or bamboo flooring product can work well in some bathroom settings. Both products offer some nice features in terms of looks and trendy designs. They are a good option for those who want to minimize sound traveling through the space. And, they tend to be a warmer option than using any type of tile. When choosing bamboo or cork flooring, really learn about the product details. Manufacturer options range widely.
Carpeting is an option for the bathroom. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was more common to find carpeting extending from the bedroom into the bathroom. Of course, it offers a few key benefits. You can choose from a wide range of colors, material types, and patterns. You also get to choose a product that offers the piling you enjoy. And, carpets absorb moisture. This creates one of the best barriers to falling. You are less likely to fall when carpet is present.
There are a few drawbacks to consider as well. Carpet flooring will absorb moisture. And, like bamboo or cork, needs to fully dry out in order to prevent the buildup of mold or mildew in the space.
A less commonly thought of product is rubber flooring. It may not be the most ideal in terms of the way it looks or feels under your feet. However, it can be a good option for seniors and those who need slip resistance. When wet, this type of flooring does not become slick. You can count on it being a better option overall for this reason. If you do fall in the bathroom, rubber has a nice cushion to it. This can help to absorb some of the shock and protect your body from injury.