7 Laminate Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces

If you’re not blessed with large rooms, you’ll need these great laminate flooring ideas for small spaces to help make the most of the room that you do have. Designing and decorating small rooms takes several tricks of the trade, particularly if you want to help the room feel bigger.

Our Victorian home as several small spaces that have benefited from some of these flooring ideas so I’d love to share my thoughts and research with you in today’s post.

7 Laminate Flooring Ideas for Small Spaces:

1. Long Planks for Long Hallways

In a space like a long hallway it’s always best to embrace the length, and even maximise on it. You’ll find by adding a long plank design your eye is drawn further down the space, elongating the area and pulling your through it.

Narrow hallways benefit from this technique. In our Victorian semi we have a tiny hallway, and the long laminate floor planks help the space feel bigger than it really is. 

2. Large Patterns for Small Rooms

Image: Carpetright

Definitely don’t be afraid to embrace a pattern in a small space. Sometimes there’s no getting away from the fact that your room is small – so be proud of that and add a patterned laminate floor to draw your eye down. Keep the rest of the decor simple and minimal so you don’t overcrowd the space.

We’re often afraid to add patterns to a small room, and if you’re looking at wood effect laminate flooring it can bring some natural tones and grains to the room. It’s a pattern that doesn’t overwhelm the room, but lends itself to an almost biophilic design. 

3. Dark Floors for Smaller Spaces

Image: Flooring Superstore

Dark floors work really well in a small room.

Whilst we all have the notion that small spaces need to be light and bright (and that’s no bad thing) there’s nothing to stop us adding a dark laminate floor.

Just remember to ensure there’s plenty of natural light, or other reflective surfaces in the room to help give the illusion of space. A dark wood floor will be easy to maintain and works particularly well in a hallway.

4. Wall to Wall

Let your eye be drawn to the corners of the room with wall to wall laminate flooring. Use long planks in one uniform direction and install furniture on legs to really make the most of the illusion. It’s an effect that interior designers use to great effect in room designs, and one which tricks the eye time and time again. 

Small bathrooms, small utilities and a downstairs loo all benefit from laminate floors which seem bigger than they are. 

5. Keep It Light

Of course it’s a well used design trick to create a light, bright decor in a smaller room. Use light wood laminate flooring where you’d like to create an illusion of space. 

Be careful though. Sometimes though all this does is simply highlight the fact that the room is tiny. It’s much better to add some dark or colourful touches to the lighter aspects to give it more interest. You don’t want to feel like you’re living in a tiny, white box after all.

Layer your shades of white in a room like this where you a white floor. Consider adding layers of rugs over the laminate, not to hide the wood effect, but to create comfort and keep the floor clean!

Can you use laminate flooring in the bathroom?

Image: Lifestyle Floors

Yes! You can definitely use laminate flooring in a bathroom.

Bathrooms are typically small, unless you’re blessed with a larger space of course. Most of us have to decorate a compact bathroom and the flooring can play a big part in this. Again, run the flooring to the corners of the room if you can – add wall hung loos and free standing baths where possible. All of these tricks help the room feel much more spacious than they really are.

Make up your own rules

Dining room with laminate floor, yellow table and chairs, white walls and yellow fireplaceImage: Flooring from Carpetright

Finally, let me say, just do it your way. There are lots of tips and tricks, design ideas and certainly plenty of people telling you exactly how you should decorate your home, but really, if you want a particular flooring just do it. It’s your space and you have to live there. Make it a space you love.

Now if you’re not sure what type of laminate flooring ideas for small spaces you need, or how your ideas will look in your actual room, Quick Step has Room Viewer tool that allows you to do just that. Upload a picture of your room and try out any of the Quick Step floors to see exactly how they would look. Genius!

I hope you’ve taken some inspiration from these laminate flooring ideas for small spaces when you next come to lay a new floor. 


Would you follow any rules for your flooring in a small room? Let me know below.

Jen x

Images courtesy of Quick Step

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
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  1. Rachel @ Fresh Design
    October 23, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    Great post and lots of lovely ideas for small spaces. Inspiration always helps, but I totally agree that ultimately it’s okay to just ‘do it your way’!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      October 25, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Rachel, absolutely!

  2. Kimberly Duran
    October 24, 2018 / 8:51 am

    So many good ideas here! I’m also rather impressed at how far laminate has come these days – there are some gorgeous looking floors there that you would never know weren’t wood floors! xx

    • Jen Stanbrook
      October 25, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Definitely, flooring in general has really improved in recent years x

  3. Stephanie
    October 24, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    Lots of lovely ideas here, we have ours going wall to wall but width ways as we need the room to feel wider. I really want to go for a light flooring in our lounge to make it as light as possible in the room

    • Jen Stanbrook
      October 25, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Sounds like a really good plan Steph x

  4. Antonia Ludden
    October 24, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I’m a big fan of laminate flooring and these are great tips – I so agree about using furniture on legs or wall hung vanity units and loos so you can see the floor beneath, it really helps to give the illusion of space!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      October 25, 2018 / 11:35 am

      We’ve done this in our tiny bathroom and it’s made a world of difference.

  5. Stacey Sheppard
    October 25, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    Perfect timing with this post Jen. We’re about to get some new flooring, probably laminate and we have a small living room. So these tips are really useful. We’re going for long planks but just need to decide which way to run them. Laminate is so convincing these days.

  6. Vicki / Wheel Chic Home
    November 27, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    great ideas Jen! Laminate flooring has come on leaps and bounds hasn’t it!

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