The answer is simple: we need it because it makes life more bearable.
It’s the most basic of human needs.
If you’ve ever felt like your home was too cramped and your neighbours were spoiling you, or your home just wasn’t as cosy as you’d like, then you need some sort of flooring to help keep it livable.
“Our home has always been a very livable environment,” resident and business owner Jessica Stacey says.
“There’s not really much room to move around, so we always wanted to make our own flooring, and we found this in the kitchen and kitchen sink.”
Stacey and her husband, Scott, moved into the property in 2014, and by now their home has been decorated in various styles and patterns, ranging from white to the latest retro designs.
Stacey’s husband has been a fan of her designs, and has even taken her to her local market to purchase custom-made flooring.
They’ve also created a custom flooring in which the colour of the flooring matches the colour and texture of the walls.
“It’s kind of a bit of a quirky thing,” Stacey explains.
“We do a little bit of colour-matching to give the floor more colour.”
“We are very picky about where we go with our flooring.”
For instance, they’ve used white to create the floor in their kitchen sink, and grey and green to decorate their flooring at the backyard shed.
“I would say there’s only one flooring we’re using now that’s really good,” Stacys says.
But how do you know if you need floorings?
There are some guidelines to look out for, and if you’re a fan, you can be confident that you’re getting the best possible flooring that meets your needs.
“What we try and do is try to get a couple of different designs that are different colours, a couple that’s a bit more muted and then maybe have some colour-blocking to help the carpet stay put,” Stace says.
If your flooring isn’t up to par, or you don’t have the funds to spend on a good quality product, there are also options for you to pick from.
If that’s not the case, you might be able to order custom floorboards online.
These floorboards can be tailored to your individual needs, and are typically a cheaper option than buying a custom-built flooring from the local hardware store.
“If you’re looking for a really good product, then it’s probably better to have a little extra in your budget,” Stacy says.
She advises those with budget constraints to try and buy a custom built flooring instead, and to have the money to spend.
“But you can also just buy some flooring online, or find a home decorating company and give them your design.”
The best flooring for you?
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own aesthetic, there’s also a lot to consider when choosing flooring styles.
For instance: do you need a specific floor to fit in your home?
Do you want a wall that’s high enough for a chair, or one that’s low enough for children to sit on?
Is the type of floor you’re going to use going to be for a child or adult?
If you’re considering a custom designed flooring or if you want to use flooring bought at the local shop, it’s worth looking into the materials used.
“A lot of floorings, even for home decorators, are made of wood,” Stacedes says.
“[Wood is] not always the best material for the job.
If it’s too soft, it doesn’t feel right, or if it’s not flexible enough, it might come off as plastic.”
And while a lot of custom floorings have a solid base, they don’t necessarily feel durable, as you’ll need to adjust them and re-lay them to make sure they stay put.
“In the end, it comes down to what your budget is,” Stacia says.
The best way to know if flooring you want is going to fit your home is to talk to a professional.
“You should always ask questions like, ‘is this what I’m going to do with my floor?'”
“Because it’s a very subjective question, there will be times where you can ask the question, ‘do you want this in my house?’ and they’ll probably say, ‘yes’.” In the end it all comes down a personal preference.
“One of the biggest things that we try to do is give our clients as much information as possible,” Statham says.
For Stacey, she wants her customers to be informed of the best options for flooring they can buy and the types of materials they’ll need.
“Some of my clients have a very limited budget, so it can be very difficult to get something that fits their needs,” she says.
As a result