Rustic Floors
Log Cabin Flooring

What to Consider When Choosing
Rustic Flooring for Your Cabin Décor

Rustic floors for your rustic home décor can vary from traditional wide plank flooring to reclaimed oak flooring or ceramic floor tiles, and even to new types of synthetic flooring.

For those who are into living green, there are a number of rustic floorings made from natural materials.

And, for those who are economy minded or consider easy maintenance to be important, there are synthetic floors that can meet their needs.

The first consideration for choosing your log cabin flooring is your goal or needs.

After that, the sky is the limit, as you have many designs and types of flooring to choose from!

Dog lying on oak flooring, which is popularly used as rustic floors in log and timber homes.

Hardwood oak flooring can be used in rustic décor.

What Kind of Flooring is Used
in Log Homes or Lodges?

Log cabin flooring is not what it used to be. Years ago, almost all log cabins and homes were constructed with heart pine flooring, which was often wide plank flooring.

While you do still see wide plank flooring made from pine, you also see other types of flooring, as well:

  • Wood flooring - You might use any of the following: oak flooring, reclaimed oak flooring, heart pin wood flooring, mesquite rustic hardwood floors, wide plank pine floors or wide plank oak floors. Some people building rustic homes use more exotic (and a renewable resource) wood flooring like bamboo.

    While wood floors are always beautiful, they do have some drawbacks. Most log or timber homes are built in the country and may not have sidewalks or paved driveways.

    Small stones or gravel can easily travel inside on shoes and will cause indentations or marks on wood flooring. Dogs can scratch wood flooring with their nails. And, in addition, wet feet from rain, mud or snow can damage the finish on rustic wood floors.

Ceramic tile can be used on rustic floors in log and timber frame homes.

Ceramic tile is a practical solution for rustic flooring.

  • Ceramic or porcelain tile - There are some lovely porcelain tile designs on the market, and many are rustic in appearance. And ceramic floor tiles can be a very practical solution for rustic country homes.

    Ceramic tiles are not harmed by gravel or water and snow tracked in on shoes, and they are easily cleaned. For this reason, ceramic tile flooring is a good choice for entryways, mud rooms and porches.

  • Laminates - Laminates have come a long way in the last few years. Many are almost indistinguishable from real wood flooring or real ceramic tile. They are quite durable and can withstand some abuse. And, if you are handy, putting down a laminate floor can be a do-it-yourself project.

Laminate flooring that looks like wood.

Laminate flooring can look just like wood.

  • Linoleum - Linoleum is far more durable than it used to be, and it has also improved immensely in its appearance. Linoleum is ultra-easy to maintain, and it lasts quite a long time if you get a good quality linoleum. One drawback to linoleum is that, if you drop a knife or sharp object, you can get a nick in the flooring.

When choosing your rustic floors, consider where you live and what you will expect from your floors. If you are very informal and people walk right into your great room from outside, consider a practical rustic flooring instead of carpet, which will be ruined within months.

Of course, another alternative is a durable, hard surface floor with a nice area rug that compliments and enhances your decor. Check out our guide to

cabin rugs. And don’t forget to consider maintenance. The reason you have a log or timber home is so that you can enjoy your home and its surroundings. Make sure you don’t spend all your time cleaning and maintaining your rustic home and its furnishings!

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