Temporary But Effective: 5 Ideas for Hiding or Minimizing an Ugly Floor

Temporary But Effective: 5 Ideas for Hiding or Minimizing an Ugly Floor

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 5, 2014

Do you have ugly floors? What a bummer, considering how huge of an area flooring usually covers in one's home. If you can't completely change your floors because you rent, or don't have the time or budget right now (and doing something like painting a pattern on them is also out of the question), it doesn't mean you can't disguise an ugly floor — or at the very least minimize its ugliness. Peruse these ideas for inspiration on how you can change the look of an ugly floor without pulling it up or permanently altering it.

Stitch and scatter:
(Pictured above) Now the debate whether or not placing an area run over top carpet is an okay-thing still rages on pretty strongly these days, so we won't tell you to do this idea over carpet if that's going to bug you. But an affordable way to cover large areas of ugly flooring with area rugs is to buy or thrift many of them, layering and/or stitching them together to create one look. It's definitely gonna have a Bohemian vibe, but if that works with your style this could be a way of disguising an ugly floor.

(Image credit: Kimberly Watson)

Carpet tiles
It's not cheap, but it is quite effective. The reasons for going the carpet tile route versus just an area rug is that it's a bit more flexible this way. Instead of just buying a standard-sized area rug that will only cover part of your ugly floor, with carpet tiles you can buy many and trim them so you could basically cover every inch of an ugly floor (and take it with you when you move). Here's how to cut and install FLOR tiles.

(Image credit: Gregory Han)

Temporary vinyl flooring
Check out both the idea in the post A Renter's Solution for Ugly Flooring as well as the comments. Seems many folks have gone with cheap vinyl flooring — both the roll-out kind and tile kind — and used removable adhesives to adhere them to their terrible rental home floors. It seems like a lot of work, but it sounds like real readers have had good results that may inspire your own temporary ugly floor fix.

(Image credit: Creatively Southern)

Floor cloths for ugly kitchen floors
While a simple area rug might cut it in a living room or bedroom with ugly floors, you can't always use one in a kitchen with an ugly floor, depending on how you use your kitchen. But a floor cloth is more suitable for kitchen use, and could help disguise an ugly floor while being easy to care for. They're easy to DIY, too. We love this simple striped DIY floor cloth spotted on Creatively Southern.

(Image credit: Sumit Basu)

Cover carpet with laminate flooring
If this sounds like a wild idea, well it is. But as evidenced by this post, it's not an impossible one. Though it would take some time, energy and money to tackle this particular ugly floor fix, the results would probably be pretty impressive.

How have you disguised or hidden your ugly floors in your apartment or house without ripping out the old one or permanently damaging the flooring?

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