Best Types of Flooring for Bars, Cafes, and Restaurants

While working on floor plans, your main concern as a restaurant or bar owner may be to achieve the ideal equilibrium of aesthetic excellence and safety and hygiene. You may also wonder if you can get long-lasting options since you don’t want to bear unnecessary replacement costs soon.

Not to worry, we have got you covered!

We bring you the list of the best types of flooring that you can choose from for your restaurant, café, or bar business. We’re sure that the pro tips shared here will help you make the right decisions.


LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tiles are top of our list because they give an appearance of real wood and stone without heavy investments. If you are starting a new restaurant or cafe and looking for a budget-friendly option without compromising on safety and trends, LVT is the solution.

You can use it for branding and creating unique aesthetics as it comes in an astounding variety of diverse patterns, hues, and textures. Cheaper than hardwood and stones, it mimics their appearance giving a classy and stylish look to the restaurant and bars.

When it comes to restaurants, bars, cafés, or any hospitality business for that matter, LVT is the first choice because of its world-known durability. It is made of incredibly robust materials like PVC with excellent traction and anti-slip qualities. It can withstand practically anything, including high traffic and moisture exposure.

If taken good care of, they will last up to 15-20 years. A protective layer is produced on it that makes it antibacterial and wards off various microbes, so you can rely on it for high standards of cleanliness. However, make sure that you invest in a reliable brand.

Ideal for large seating areasKitchen, Foyer, Bars, Dining Areas, and Restrooms

Pro Tip: LVT is difficult to replace if glued to the floor; better go for click lock vinyl that requires no adhesives.


When you seek durable, economical, and attractive flooring, laminate flooring is the next best option after LVT. Although they look similar from a distance, there is a huge difference.

While LVT is entirely synthetic, laminate flooring is made from by-products of wood bonded with resins. With an exact resemblance to ceramic, wood, or stone—laminate flooring’s surfaces can be deeply embossed in three dimensions.

Apart from durability, its resistance to fading is among its other top advantages for a bar or restaurant. It will keep your space looking brand new for longer.

Laminate is a fantastic material choice for your restaurant’s daily wear and tear. Its resin covering makes it scratch-resistant and simple to clean for locations with much activity. It will also be resistant to spills, which are bound to happen. Even a two-day-old stain is also easy to clean on laminate flooring.

However, due to its limited moisture resistance, avoid installing it in high-moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Ideal for: All the dry areas except the kitchen as it has lower heat resistance.

Pro tip: Walking on laminate flooring may feel and sound hollow; however, combined with felt or foam underlayment, it gets more comfortable and quieter.


When creating a cosy and warm feel to a space, carpets are the right pick. There is a low risk for injuries in family restaurants, where children are more likely to run or play around since carpets cushion the slips, falls, and trips. Because it is soft underfoot and sound-absorbing, the carpet promotes tranquillity. It is affordable and may be treated to make it simpler to fully clean and more stain-resistant.

Although recommending carpet for a public room like a pub or bar may seem paradoxical, a carpeted lounge or snug may be a lovely addition to the area. They help absorb sounds and enhance acoustics.

Many bar owners prefer carpet flooring for their entryway; after all, it is where you can make the best first impression on your visitors. With custom matting alternatives, you can keep up with the branding while also deterring visitors from bringing outside dirt and debris inside the main part of your pub or bar.

Alternatively, you can also go for carpet tiles since replacing only one or a few tiles is easier if they are irreparably damaged. 

Although they are still prone to spills, carpet tile is often far more durable and resistant to thorough cleaning. The other advantage of carpet tiles is their ability to absorb sound, making them ideal for function rooms and other quiet locations away from the hubbub of the major social areas.

Ideal for: Entrance ways, hallways, lobbies, and main public areas.

Pro Tip: If you are looking for high-end restaurants/bar projects with ambitious design aspirations, go for a wall-to-wall carpet for extensive patterning or unique motifs. If your project is mid-range and regular maintenance concerns you, carpet tiles are desirable alternatives.

However, suppose you want a high-end look without spending more. You can go for custom-designed wall-to-wall carpets in main public areas or lobbies and use other cost-effective options for lesser-used areas.

Final Words

We at Bainton Flooring understand that no matter what type of flooring you choose for your café, restaurant, or bar business, it has to stand the test of time. Simultaneously other factors such as safety, hygiene, durability, budget, ease of cleaning, and maintenance must be considered before making any significant investment. After all, all these may affect the bottom line of your business.

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Bainton Flooring offers a broad range of varieties and flooring choices for your café, bars, restaurant, or any hospitality business.

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