Universal Design: Flooring Options

05/01/2009 by Andrea Sillah

If there is one things that can’t be stressed enough as you select materials, it’s safe flooring. Here are some tips for accessible, universal design flooring.

Flooring Options

Glazed ceramic tile, stone, vinyl flooring with a matte finish, and wood are all good flooring options. Although thick, plus carpet is comfortable under foot, low-pile, tightly woven carpet is a more accessible option.

Two flooring options that are growing in popularity are cork and bamboo. Cork is recommended because of its naturally cushiony consistency. Bamboo is a popular green option, because although it looks and feels like wood, bamboo is a grass that quickly replenishes itself. Bamboo is similar to wood in durability, and installed much like standard wood floors.

This article is excerpted from Universal Design Ideas for Style, Comfort & Safety.