Hardwood flooring is by far the most popular flooring material for dining rooms.
We analyzed 107,455 dining rooms and out that, a whopping 77.35% had hardwood flooring. The second most common flooring was ceramic tile coming in at 4.69% of dining rooms.
We set out a chart and percentages for all floor types below our dining room photo gallery.
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Dining Room Floor Data
Here’s a chart illustrating just how popular hardwood flooring is for dining rooms, based on analysis of 107,455 dining rooms:
Here are the exact percentages for each flooring type:
Why is hardwood so popular?
It’s really the ideal floor for dining rooms. Here are the benefits:
Looks fabulous: Hardwood works in any interior design style and actually looks spectacular. The only reason it’s not used to such a high degree in other rooms is that sometimes another flooring type is more beneficial such as carpeting in bedrooms and perhaps a more “durable” floor for bathrooms and kitchens that can withstand more water and spill.
Relatively easy to clean: These days with a decent finish, hardwood can withstand spills and liquid which are easy to clean up on a dining room floor (where spills are bound to happen). You don’t want to let liquid sit there for days, but a few minutes isn’t a big deal at all.
Able to add an area rug (which looks great): With an area rug you get the best of both worlds. You can add warmth, softness and sound reduction without going full carpet. In fact, as you’ll see above, many dining rooms in our gallery have area rugs sitting on hardwood flooring.
What does all this mean for you?
What this means is if you’re renovating your dining room or building a new home, you should really consider putting in hardwood in the dining area. Not only is it likely your first choice, but because it’s so popular, it’s a selling feature that potential buyers will appreciate.
Now I know you should design your home the way you want it, but at the end of the day or decade you’ll sell and if you’re on the fence between hardwood and some other material, go for the hardwood.