Flooring Options for Restaurants and Pubs

Restaurant Flooring

When choosing a flooring type for a restaurant or pub, you need to think about hospitality design. The flooring type, design, and color is part of other interior aesthetic elements of a restaurant like interior colors, wall design, furniture, sitting plans, and lighting. The combined effect of the aesthetic elements should create a relaxing and comfortable environment.

Branding Needs of a Pub and Restaurant Flooring

The floor of a restaurant or pub contributes to the overall food and beverage branding experience. Therefore, the floor type should be part of the restaurant branding plan.  A customer in a restaurant or pub has psychological and social needs and the bar should provide the environment to meet those needs. The flooring type should have a subliminal effect and make the customer want to stay long whenever they are around and make them want to keep coming back.

You need to be a design-savvy to get this right. Your target market or niche market will also play a big role in the flooring type you choose. The following restaurants will most likely have different flooring types: a Chinese restaurant, a pizzeria or an international sandwich bar.

Noteworthy, since the color and floor pattern should be in sync with the restaurant and pub branding,  you can contract a qualified interior designer. The designer can provide several 3 D plans and then the restaurant managers can choose what represents their brand.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Flooring Type for a Restaurant or Pub

A restaurant or pub flooring should consider five important factors. Namely brand aesthetic elements, safety and security, therefore, it should be waterproof and slip-resistant. In addition to that, durability due to high traffic is an essential factor. Moreover, the floor should be easy to maintain because the high traffic means it gets dirty easily. And if the area experiences winter and snow, mud will be dragged into the restaurant and pub. The cleanliness of the floor in a restaurant or pub impacts the customer experience. Likewise, the floor should be slip-resistant which may be caused by rain, snow, and spills. You should also consider your budget and the ROI you expect from the business.

The Best 5 Restaurant and Pub Flooring Options

There is a wide range of flooring options to suit different restaurant and pub interior decors, styles, different budgets and needs. The type of flooring for the customer contact points; the food service area, eating area, dance floor and restrooms should be different from the kitchen flooring even if the color is the same.

Here are flooring types you can consider when opening a new restaurant or pub or renovating an existing one. Each of the flooring types has its pros and cons.

1. Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) Flooring Options

As the name suggests, luxury vinyl tiles is a luxurious flooring type. Besides, technological advancements have introduced models that are not only comfortable, luxurious and relaxing but also sturdy and waterproof. This flooring type is easy to clean. What’s more, it is slip-resistant and therefore safe for your customers and even playful kids. It is sturdy and it can withstand high traffic. The floor also requires low-maintenance and durability.

There are LVT flooring types available in different patterns and colors. While hardwood floors have a timeless beauty, LVTs are good imitators of wood and tiles in terms of aesthetics. Hardwood floors are much harder to maintain and more expensive to install.

2. Laminate Flooring Options

Laminate flooring has various layers and the top layer can be customized to your needs including printing your business logo or colors. It is also durable and water-resistant and suitable for high traffic areas like pubs and restaurants.

3. Vinyl Flooring 

Vinyl has become a popular flooring option because it can hold up to the challenges that come with a high traffic area. It is water-resistant, low maintenance and it is durable. You can also get the color and pattern you want because it is available in a wide range of styles, textures, and colors. It can also simulate stone or hardwood. When purchasing, insist on a commercial grade vinyl flooring type.

4. Hardwood Flooring

You can use both solid hardwood and engineered wood in high traffic areas. Engineered hardwood flooring is especially ideal if you want to install underfloor heating. Wood is sturdy and if well maintained it can withstand the demands of a high traffic area. However, wood is sensitive to moisture and it is not 100% water-resistant. Therefore, it should not be installed in the kitchen or washrooms. If you choose to install a hardwood floor in a restaurant or pub, then choose the hardest wood varieties in the market.

5. Carpets

Cleaning carpets is a daunting task which makes carpets a high-maintenance flooring because they are not water-resistant and they get stained easily. If it is a high-end restaurant or pub, then the high maintenance costs of a carpet can be justified. Alternatively, you can install a carpet in a restaurant but away from the entrance. It can be in a kids’ corner or near the foyer. In such a case, choose a sturdy commercial carpet.


A pub and restaurant should be a relaxing and comforting place. It is also a high traffic area. Popular restaurants put a lot into designing their spaces and that includes flooring types for especially all the contact points. All the design elements should set the restaurant apart and create a unique identity and persona while at the same time being functional. The interior design should reflect the restaurant or pub’s brand, value, and culture. It should leave a lasting impression on the customer.

1 thought on “Flooring Options for Restaurants and Pubs”

  1. Thanks for the very helpful breakdown! Like you mentioned, I really like vinyl, specifically Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) as an option for restaurants. Waterproofing is the first thing that brought my attention to them, but also their superior price compared to most other types. In addition to this, there’s an option I’ve come across through another recent blog called Embossed in Register (ER). This is a texture upgrade, where each plank is closely modeled, or embossed, nearly identically to the original plank of wood, known as the register. This means that nearly every grain is captured in close detail, even the wood knots, to the point of it feeling just like real wood. In addition, you have a increase in surface area that leads to a heavy decrease in slipperyness while they’re wet. This seems like an even better choice for the restaurant, either in the dining room to help with spills or in the kitchen for similar reasons. Is this something you’ve heard of or like?

    i’ve only just come across the topic. Here’s one of the articles I’ve found that goes into a bit more detail:

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