Let’s face it. Flooring projects can be expensive. Aside from the flooring materials, you also need to factor in the installation cost. Depending on the type of flooring you choose, installation may cost you about $1,500 to $4,000.

Considering the cost, we understand that many of you are looking for ways to save money. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune to have gorgeous flooring in your home.

If you are willing to make some compromises and you know where to look, you can find inexpensive flooring. Here are some gorgeous but cheap flooring ideas for your home.

Carpet tiles

Most homeowners who have young kids or live with their aging parents prefer carpet for their home. This flooring material is ideal since it protects them from slips and fall. However, we all know that carpet doesn’t do well with spills and stains. Although wall-to-wall carpeting isn’t that expensive, it will require professional installation.

For those who are looking for a cheaper alternative, you may want to look into carpet tiles. This type of flooring is easy to install; thus, allowing you to save money.  Even inexperienced homeowners can easily install this type of flooring. Plus, you can easily clean the affected area in case of spills.

Vinyl plank

Modern vinyl planks closely resemble hardwood flooring. In fact, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Some would even mimic the appearance of reclaimed oak, cherry, and maple. Plus, vinyl planks are water and scratch resistant. That means, you don’t have to worry about spills, stains, and even pets running around your home. The best part is, you can get vinyl planks for at about $1 per square feet.


If you want the look of wood, but you don’t have the budget for it, consider laminate flooring. There is an abundance of inexpensive laminate flooring in the market. Plus, it doesn’t require gluing, so you can easily install laminate floor on your own. You can have the look of a handsome dark hardwood at less than $1 per square foot.

Painted wood floor

Hardwood flooring looks stunning, until it is filled with scratches, nicks and dents. Wood floors can be refinished, but it may set you back $3 to $7 per square foot. If you are looking to give your floor a facelift without having to spend a lot of money, try painting over it. I know it sounds crazy, but it will be worth it in the end.

A fresh coat of paint, bold stripe or a classic checkerboard is all you need to give your hardwood floor a new look. Plus, it’s a simple project that can be completed over the weekend.