How to choose the best wood flooring for kitchens

A kitchen with light wooden floors and plywood fittings
(Image credit: Wood Works Brighton)

Kitchens are hard working spaces — so the best wood flooring for kitchens has to be able to keep up with them. There is also the small matter of the inevitable hot oil splatters and cooking spills to take into account, as well as high foot traffic, paw prints, dropping of sharp objects and scraping of stools and chairs. 

So you can start to see why giving due attention to selecting the right types of flooring in this area of the house is so important. Of course, on top of all of this, the kitchen is the room in which we now rely on as a socialising space — which means it needs to look amazing too. Wooden flooring might be one of the most popular types of flooring but while it is undeniably beautiful to look at, it is not always the most practical choice — especially in spaces that are prone to fluctuating humidity levels and where hot, highly coloured and oily substances get flung about.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.