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Do you share your home with a furry, 4-legged friend? Do you have young kids? Or both?

If so, you will want some hardcore flooring that won’t crack or become damaged in your home! As the door to the backyard is often in the kitchen, this is going to be an area of heavy foot traffic if you have kids or pets, making the flooring material crucial to keeping everyone in your home safe and happy.

Which flooring options suit homes with kids and pets? Read on to find out!

Natural Stone

Natural stone in a kitchen is a timeless look that is guaranteed to add value to your home, provided that it is fitted correctly. Stones like granite, Limestone and quartz and exceedingly durable, heat resistant, and stain resistant, making them ideal for busy kitchens that have dogs, kids, or a lot of foot traffic. They are also straightforward to maintain, with a daily clean of soap and water being enough to keep them free of debris. So, if you want something classic, simple, and hardy, head to a company like Quorn Stone.


Vinyl flooring is a highly resilient flooring that is commonly used in kitchens and other areas of the home. It is made from synthetic materials, primarily PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and other additives that provide durability and flexibility. It is also adaptable and comes in an array of colors and designs, which can complement any decor in your kitchen. It is also extremely hardy and will be able to cope with children and pets running across it. As with the other flooring types, make sure it is installed by a professional to ensure the best quality and longevity.


Laminate flooring typically consists of four layers, making it a bit different from the other options in this list, which also ups its durability. The bottom layer of the laminate provides stability and moisture resistance. The core layer is high-density fiberboard (HDF) or medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which gives the flooring its strength and stability. The visual layer is a high-resolution image of wood, stone, or other patterns that provides the flooring with its visual appearance. Finally, the top layer, called the wear layer, is a transparent layer that acts almost as a varnish. If the varnish becomes scuffed, it is easy to spot and can be sealed easily, making it perfect for homes with kids and pets.

Ceramic and Porcelain

In a kitchen, you may also want to consider ceramic flooring. Ceramic tiles are made from clay that is shaped, fired at high temperatures, and glazed. The glazing process creates a protective layer on the surface of the tile, enhancing its durability and resistance to stains and water, hence why it is so prevalent in kitchens! It is hardy, long-wearing, and easy to clean, making it a great addition to any kitchen where there are kids and pets.


Many people who have hardwood in their kitchen are able to spend a great deal of time ensuring that all of the spills are wiped up, as well as taking active steps to prevent mold that may occur with water and wood. Of course, if you are looking for hardwood to add to your kitchen, opt for woods like oak, maple, or mahogany. These are all beautiful wooden flooring options that can be paired with kitchen accessories such as chopping boards. As stated before, it is worth making sure that you are aware of the best ways to keep this floor looking and functioning as you would like it to, so be sure to ask the team who installed it for some tips!