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Flooring Solutions for High-Traffic Cafes: The 6 Top Materials

Coffee culture and cafés have a long history worldwide, from the Middle East to the Western world. No matter where you go, the idea is always the same; cafés are a place to socialize, work, and enjoy a coffee. 

Designing a café is limited to your imagination, though some key areas require special consideration. One such area is the café flooring. It is critical to choose floors that are attractive and resilient, and capable of withstanding the day-to-day activity in a café. Here are six flooring options to consider installing in your café:

1. Porcelain Tiles


When you’re looking for versatile commercial café flooring, consider porcelain tiles. They are one of the more expensive options, but they are extremely resilient and come in a wide range of patterns, colors, and sizes, to allow you to get creative in your designs. The versatility of porcelain tiles means they can work in various areas of the café, like the front room, bathrooms, and even on the walls. 

2. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

Real wood flooring is extremely desirable in many instances, but it isn’t the best option for a business like a café. Wood floors are expensive, difficult to install, and can scratch easily, especially with table and chair legs constantly scraping against them. Spills can also lead to costly flooring damage.

One great option to get that real wood design without using real wood is LVT flooring. It is a cheaper, more resilient, and easier-to-maintain option that looks so much like real wood flooring customers won’t know the difference. LVT flooring is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about damage from liquid spills. 

3. Laminate

Another highly durable flooring option is laminate, which can handle the daily activity of a café without wearing down too quickly. Like other flooring options, laminate options come in various styles, textures, and colors, to help you find the perfect flooring for your café. One of the most popular options is wood grain, which looks like real wood flooring. Like LVT flooring, there are waterproof laminate options, which can easily withstand the café environment.

4. Carpet In Select Areas

Carpet is one of the café flooring ideas that require careful placement. You should avoid placing carpet in the work and dining areas of the café, where food and beverage can spill and create messes that can be difficult to clean. The best spot for carpet in a café is the entrance foyer. You can also use it to create an area for kids. It is important to choose commercial carpet options that have the necessary durability. 

5. Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a unique flooring material with a long history, with examples from over 500 years ago in Italy and potentially even older examples in Turkey. It is a composite flooring option composed of concrete sediment filled with pieces of marble, glass, and granite, then finished with a glossy varnish. Terrazzo was a popular flooring option in homes during the 70s and it has recently seen a resurgence in popularity, from flooring to accent pieces, which makes it an option to consider for your café flooring design. While expensive, it is a durable, seamless option that can help your café stand out.

6. Concrete Outside

Concrete is another flooring option that requires specific placement. While not great for indoor spaces because it creates echoes, it is great for outdoor seating areas. Concrete is not just durable; it is also very versatile and easy to customize. You can stain it a wide range of colors, stamp patterns on it, and so much more. There are so many creative design idea possibilities that make it easy to create a unique look that is unique to your café.

Finding Your Café’s Perfect Floor

Cafés have long been places for people to enjoy a drink with friends or work in a different setting. You want your café to be welcoming–you also want to choose materials that will last and stand up to the expected wear and tear. Your floors are especially important, with the constant movement and potential for messes. The above list is just a few café flooring ideas, each with different advantages. 

For LVT and laminate café flooring, look to Ultimate Floors, who offer a wide selection of both. Their selection of Aqua Armor Tech Waterproof Laminate Flooring and LVT all feature a beautiful wood-grain texture in various colors and levels of distressing, for a wide selection. With commercial-grade durability, you can also rest assured that the floors will last for years without showing any wear or needing replacing.

Contact us today to learn more about the Ultimate Floors product offerings and find the right floor for your café. Our expert staff can help you find the perfect match for your project!


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