Transform a Bedroom From Carpet to Cork Flooring

4 Materials
7 Days

If you have been following my blog post for a while, you know we added cork flooring to our daughter's bedroom. If you want to see the transformation, visit it here ( Cork Flooring Bedroom Project). We hoped to do the same thing to my son's room, which is adjacent to hers. And finally, I have completed this project. YAY! Follow along and see how we transformed my son's bedroom from carpet to cork flooring.

Before bedroom carpet being replaced

Before pictures of the bedroom that we are about to transform.

Before closet carpet being replaced

This is the walk-in closet we were replacing as well. The padding was completely flat, and the color was faded. It was over 25 years old, so it was expected.

Removed the carpet, tack strips, vacuum floor then added the underlayment

We removed the carpet, removed the tack strips, then vacuumed the entire floor in the bedroom and closet. We inspected the floor and screwed down some of the flooring that was squeaking. Then added the underlayment.

Underlayment completed

We cut out the areas that needed exposed like the air vent and cut around the door. It was easy to install and only too about 1 hour or so.

Cut around the door and the vent

We cut under the doors using a door jamb saw so the planks would slide under them easily and create a clean look.

We used a table saw to cut out the vent and starting laying the floor down. It is an interlocking floor planks so no glue or mess. We had to cut the planks in an angle to frame the entry door so that took some time.

Then, we added the corner round molding around the edges to finish the cork flooring. We also caulked the holes and painted them.

After picture of the walk-in closet

Here is the picture of the flooring after we installed the custom shelving unit we had removed when doing this closet. 

After bedroom flooring

Feel free to read more details of this DIY transformation on our blog by clicking on the link below.

If you want, you can add urethane to it and let dry for an extra protection. We did that in our daughter's room, but did not in this room. It makes the floor a little shiny.

Final picture with furniture

Here is the final picture with furniture in the room.

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1 question
  • Carolyn
    on Oct 31, 2020

    So very nice, but without the poly are you not risking the cork become too water saturated when cleaning? It looks wonderful.

    • Chez
      on Nov 1, 2020

      We never used water on our cork floors. We would use wax floor polish every Friday and buff up with an electric floor polisher. This was an early post war apartment where we all grew up and got married from and our children would visit and play. Went back there a couple of years ago and asked if we could look at the childhood home. Those cork floors are still down there and looking fabulous. Still being waxed. The cork weave was a lot closer and looked more like linoleum. The polish gave the floor a soft shine and also waterproofed it at the same time. The cork was laid throuout the house including the kitchen and bathrooms.

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  • Dasana101
    on Nov 1, 2020

    Beautiful ! Thanks for sharing

  • Dulce
    on Nov 1, 2020

    From The Spruce, ‘Pros and cons of cork flooring’.


    Soft, cushioned surface. Good insulator. Can be refinished if solid, not engineered. Hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and eco-friendly. Easy to install and maintain.


    Susceptible to damage. Divots from heavy furniture and appliances. Easily damaged by pets. Requires water sealing with multiple layers. Can fade in sunlight.

    • Sabrina's Organizing
      Sabrina's Organizing
      on Nov 1, 2020

      Thanks for sharing. I did not experience the fading in my daughter’s room we did 5 years ago. The room only has one window. I think all wood floors can get damaged by pets. My wood floors in another area of the home is proof of that. The dog very rarely goes in those bedrooms.

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