Is it time to make your home office a permanent feature of your home? If you’ve been taking Zoom calls from your dining table or a makeshift space in a spare room, we think it’s time.
After all, working from home is likely here to stay for many. In fact, 85% of managers believe remote workers will become the new norm for many teams (per Tecla.io).
If remote work will be part of your future, a dedicated home office is a must. It’ll help you focus in a comfortable space, while minimizing distractions.
And a comfortable workspace starts with flooring.
Here are our favorite floor options for a cozy and attractive office in your home.
Engineered Hardwood for Warm Office Floors
While hardwood flooring is a local favorite for its warm, classic style, engineered hardwood gives you added benefits: the timeless look of hardwood with better durability and price.
Despite the name, engineered hardwood isn’t “fake” wood. It has a layer of traditional, solid hardwood over layers of other woods, making it more stable overall and easier to maintain.
Get it in the hardwood hues you love like walnut, cherry, hickory, ash and oak.
Choose engineered hardwood and give your office a serious boost in style factor. You might even make your co-workers jealous when they see your sleek space on video calls.
Luxury Vinyl to Fit Any Home Office Decor
For the hardwood look without the price tag, we love luxury vinyl plank or rigid core flooring. We’re not the only fans either. Vinyl is the new “go-to” choice for many homeowners in Austin and now increasingly for business owners as well.
That’s because vinyl planks offer a wood-look style with more options. Colors range from light oak, beige and blonde woods to whitewash, gray and darker tones like walnut. This broad variety of colors and finishes makes it a perfect fit for almost any design style.
Best of all, vinyl is waterproof, scratch-resistant, comfortable and attractive. A cushion underlayer also makes it quiet underfoot and cuts down noise while you’re working or on the phone.
If you’re looking for a modern style with a durable surface, luxury vinyl is the way to go.
Tile for Updated Flooring That Lasts Forever
Does your Austin home feature tile flooring? Carry that tile look forward into an updated home office. Durable and water-resistant, it will hold up well to rolling office chairs, desk lunches and toddler or feline assistants.
Choose from a variety of colors in porcelain or ceramic tile. You can even mimic the look of wood or stone or add a pattern for more interest.
At the end of the day, the easy care of tile will give you more time to focus on business and family life.
Carpet For a Cozy Workspace
What beats the coziness of carpet? If you like to work barefoot, spread work out on the floor or prefer tactile warmth underfoot, carpet is a great choice.
Carpet wins for having the broadest color palette and with new textured options, you can give your creativity free reign. There are even waterproof carpets for easier cleaning and a longer life.
From cozy and Zen-like to creative and comforting, carpet flooring can serve as the perfect backdrop for your space.
Which is Best for Your Home Office?
In the end, the best choice depends on your preferences, style and budget.
The type of work you’ll do at home is a big factor too. In fact, the best advice we can give you is to focus on your specific work needs. What will you be doing day-to-day?
Meeting with clients? Get flooring that’s comfortable, durable and easy to clean.
Lots of phone time ahead? Choose a quieter floor option that absorbs noise.
Need to keep samples, inventory or lots of files? Use flooring that is scratch-resistant and durable.
Want to make a good impression? Aim for drama or sophistication with a trendy floor option.
Whether you’re aiming for a calm, stress-free zone or a creative studio space, our list above can get you started with great options.