Asked on Apr 19, 2014

Should I Put Wood Floors in My Master Bath??

Johnnie L
by Johnnie L
We are moving to our forever home in 3 weeks. The space is amazing, but needs major updating. I am aiming for a vintage farmhouse style. I am a junker and a reclaimed wood addict. The master bath has forrest green tile flooring that is never gonna cut it for me. (We will talk about those outdated honey oak cabinets and the lighting/ brass fixtures later). I want the look of wood flooring. What are my options? I am huge into doing everything on the cheap and eco-friendly whenever possible, but I am open!
  125 answers
  • Melissa Melissa on Apr 19, 2014
    I would go with tile. They now have it in a wood grain that looks just like wood. It is elongated and more narrow. Best of both worlds! BTW, we just pulled up jewel tone green Tile is so amazing and you can really abuse it!
    • Catherine Giarlo Scheer Catherine Giarlo Scheer on Apr 20, 2014
      Yes, that's what I did in a white wash for the bathroom. Did a driftwood in the kitchen and laundry room. Looks just like wood. Love it!
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Apr 19, 2014
    Don't do wood. The moisture will eventually warp it. Good advice from Melissa. I would tile anytime.
  • Glyniss M Glyniss M on Apr 19, 2014
    I agree with the two above posts! We have wood in a bathroom and it is not good! It swells and smells!
  • Charlotte Kent Charlotte Kent on Apr 19, 2014
    My opinion... use tile because of the possibility of water damage to wood.
  • Designing Home INc. Designing Home INc. on Apr 19, 2014
    Wood is not right material at possibly wet area. but if you like the wood looking floor there are many different color porcelain tile look like wood floor. check the picture from similar project we finished.
    • Terri Kotula Terri Kotula on Apr 20, 2014
      @I have this and it's beautiful! It would look nice in a bathroom! If you go with lighter colors just use the lighter grain tile.
  • Terry's Flooring Terry's Flooring on Apr 19, 2014
    Never put wood in bathroom , kitchen , or laundry room ....I know this from all the calls I get after a flood occurs...
  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Apr 19, 2014
    Wood, water & germs... wait... wait... wait... No! Definitely not a good idea.
  • Shari Shari on Apr 19, 2014
    Congrats on the new home! How exciting! I would steer clear of wood and definitely no laminate. Since I don't like the cold, hardness of tile on the floor (and I hate grout), I wanted a wood-look alternative and decided on Trafficmaster Allure vinyl planks (sold at Home Depot) after I read about it on "The Lettered Cottage" blog. I have it in one bathroom and love it so much that I cannot wait until the day I can have all the laminate in my house ripped out and replaced with Allure. Allure looks like wood (with lots of colors to chose from) but it's water resistant, easy to care for, soft under foot, quiet to walk on, durable and very inexpensive. Trafficmaster also has a waterproof version of Allure called Allure "Ultra." It is rated for commercial use as well as residential and it is scratch resistant. There is a lifetime residential warranty on it (10 years-commercial). It has gotten better than average reviews on the Home Depot website. There have been some complaints of seams separating or corners popping up on the regular Allure but from what I have read, following the installation instructions to the letter is key if you are doing a DIY install. It seems the instances where the seams separate or corners pop up is primarily due to faulty installation (dust or dirt getting on the glue edge causing the edges to not stick well or the seams not being rolled or pressed together well etc.) I have had absolutely ZERO problems with the regular water resistant (not the waterproof Ultra) Allure I had installed in my bathroomover 3 years ago. I've even started using a steam mop on it.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 19, 2014
    Put in tile and since you plan on this being your forever home, install heat underneath! This is one area that you need to install the heat since it is not a "comeback and add later" like you can with things like fancy moldings! Or just have a warm fuzzy rug to step onto when you get out of the tub!
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    • Michelle Vizzo Dalling Michelle Vizzo Dalling on Apr 20, 2014
      They also make a beautiful tile that looks like wood. My sister just ordered it for her home. It's a bit costly but if you're planning on being there forever it is well worth the investment! I had hardwood in one of my bathrooms and it was sealed very well but it still ended up getting warped! We ripped it up and put tumbled marble down.
  • Sheila Haines Sheila Haines on Apr 20, 2014
    Check out Mannington Adura, Luxury Vinyl Planking! Perfect for any bathroom. I sell it to home owners all the tile :)
  • Barbara Moore Barbara Moore on Apr 20, 2014
    They have tile that looks just like wood planks. I would suggest using those in the bathroom.
  • Mary Mary on Apr 20, 2014
    You should check out tile that looks just like wood. Beautiful, the best of both worlds.
  • Angie Martinez Angie Martinez on Apr 20, 2014
    tile that looks like wood if you really want the wood floor look but stick with tile. You can even get heated floors if tile is to cold for you.
  • Bonnie Powers Stopa Bonnie Powers Stopa on Apr 20, 2014
    Engineered wood will be fine, but real wood can be an issues in a bathroom. How about the new tile that looks like wood?
  • Dolly Smith Dolly Smith on Apr 20, 2014
    I would look for tile that looks like wood, especially if you have your heart set on wood. I have read that you can use bamboo flooring in a bath, but I would investigate about it really well before proceeding.
  • Bethaknee Blake Bethaknee Blake on Apr 20, 2014
    You can use wood, just take a few extra steps. Fill in the cracks with wood putty and seal with extra coats of polyurethane. You may have to refinish every now and then, but I think it would go well with the farmhouse look considering most older farmhouses had wood floors. Consider a very light colored stain :)
  • Roe328530 Roe328530 on Apr 20, 2014
    They do have some really nice tile that looks like wood. I have it in my family room and absolutely love it !
  • Kimberly Kimberly on Apr 20, 2014
    Get tile that looks like wood flooring. Its beautiful.
  • Cheryl Green Cheryl Green on Apr 20, 2014
    i have the tile that looks like wood planks. Even feels like the roughness of wood. I have it in the entry of the back door, kitchen, through the hall way and in the hall bath. I do not recommend using a steam mop my edges came loose on some when I did this. Nice thing is with these you just pull up the damaged plank and lay down a new one. We love it have had them in our house for 5 years.
  • Terri M Terri M on Apr 20, 2014
    I too would avoid actual wood. There are so many choices out there for you! I am planning on using the vinyl planks in my basement work area, it really does look amazing. My friend put it in her kitchen and unless you get on the floor and touch it, you don't know it is vinyl! I have used a parquet vinyl tile in my laundry room that looks pretty darn good too. Another option would be Bamboo, however that is costly. If you are planning on replacing the cabinets, I would imagine you want to keep the cost of the flooring down.
  • The206120 The206120 on Apr 20, 2014
    Bamboo is impervious to water. We actually purchased a sample and submerged it in water before we put it in our bathroom.
  • Carol King-ricca Carol King-ricca on Apr 20, 2014
    There is tile that looks like wood. That would be your best bet. No wood.
  • Barbara Joan Barbara Joan on Apr 20, 2014
    I have seen people use epoxy paint and stencil tile....if the tile is in good condition, do some might save you time and money.
  • Keri Keri on Apr 20, 2014
    I dont believe in having wood floors in any areas that water is so often used. Did you know you can but ceramic tile that looks exactly like plank wood flooring? Its even textured. My husband and I are finally starting our Master remodel this week and we're using the whitewash plank tile on our floor. So excited! Good luck on yours!
  • Cta313082 Cta313082 on Apr 20, 2014
    I have had hardwood in my half bath for almost 2 years. Have not had a problem with it at all. However if you are reluctant you need to go out and look. There are amazing options out there, including flooring that looks like wood.
  • Ri-Lee Ri-Lee on Apr 20, 2014
    Never put wood floors in a bath. It will ruin after time. You can't help from getting water on it. Doesn't matter, if it is real wood or laminate, they will not hold up. Use stone and have heat put under them.
  • Reta Lane Reta Lane on Apr 20, 2014
    You should never put in flooring where there is water and moisture. I made that mistake in my kitchen and when my pipe underneath my sink dripped out, water got on my floor and warped the wood. Lots of good ideas on here for using an alternative. Also, even laminated wood warps. I had that happen to me too.
  • Joanna Nelson Joanna Nelson on Apr 20, 2014
    Ever thought of cork flooring? Soft under foot and it's brown like wood flooring. Or tile that looks like wood. I'd be afraid that if there was an overflow of water from the bathtub, that the wood flooring would curl up and then you'd stub your toe! ouch!
  • Kim Zeigler Kim Zeigler on Apr 20, 2014
    I would steer away from a real wood floor. Even with filling and extra urethane you will have problems with it being slick and still possibly warping. My son has the manufactured wood and it still warped. If you don't like the look of ceramic tile, how about slate?
  • Terri Schanken Terri Schanken on Apr 20, 2014
    Tile, no wood. Take it from one who experienced a water leak. I wish we had used ceramic.
  • Martha Burrell Martha Burrell on Apr 20, 2014
    We have real wood flooring in our bathroom and kitchen.. After 15 years it still looks great and we have had no problems. We do plan on refinishing the kitchen area due to wear but it still looks good.
    • John John on Apr 20, 2014
      @Martha Burrell We have inlaid wood floors in our kitchen for the past 30+ years. We have had it sanded and stained three times. It holds up, just don't let the water stand on the floor, and use a commercial grade polyurethane coating on it. The last time I did it was a couple of weeks ago, and the floor guy used restaurant grade sealer. Never any issues.
  • Cathy M Cathy M on Apr 20, 2014
    I have hardwood floors in a half bath that we use often. I would never recommend it.
  • Fenya Kashergen Fenya Kashergen on Apr 20, 2014
    they make some wonderful vinyl plank floor pieces. We found one we put in our kitchen, so the washing and cleaning was at a minimum. I recommend over wood.
  • Cdvessels Cdvessels on Apr 20, 2014
    We have wood floors in our family bath and we love it, we put them in 11 years ago and they still look great.
  • Samantha Samantha on Apr 20, 2014
    There is now a tile that is sold at Home Depot that looks like hardwood!! Best of both worlds if you ask me.
  • Shelley C Shelley C on Apr 20, 2014
    We refinished hardwood floors in our circa 1929 house 20 years ago.In our master bath (which was a hallway/stairwell area in the original floorplan) we used marine varnish on the oak and it is still perfect. The main living areas we finished in the usual manner and have refinished them twice since we moved in.
  • Bernice Masters Bernice Masters on Apr 20, 2014
    If you want the look of wood there is a really nice wood looking ceramic tile. I don't know if it fits in your budget or needs but it comes in a barn wood look. I think I saw this at Lowe's.
  • Barbara Drummond Barbara Drummond on Apr 20, 2014
    i had hardwood in my kitchen and throughout the whole house..I would not recommend .. get the tile that looks like wood.. we had a leak from the hose to the refrigerator ice maker and it was over 9000 dollars to fix the floor when he boards warped tear it up and then refinish the whole floor so the repair job matched only to have it happened again 2 years later when the dishwasher blew a hose... I can not tell you enough that I would never again put hard wood where there is water.
  • Ilene D Ilene D on Apr 20, 2014
    The bathroom would be the last room in the house I would put wood flooring. I'd be concerned with leaks/warping. A pipe burst in my bathroom and I just absorbed financially major renovations.
  • P.j. C P.j. C on Apr 20, 2014
    We're planning to install faux wood porcelain tiles in the kitchen of our 160 yr-old house. It's not terribly expensive, comes in 2-3' long "planks" & several wood tones. Lowe's carries a nice looking style that is under $3 sf, & there are several online sources.
  • Dana Bryniarski Dana Bryniarski on Apr 20, 2014
    No wood in the bathroom! They have so many other options that may be better suited for the moisture! Good luck keep us updated!
  • Caroline Hargrove Caroline Hargrove on Apr 20, 2014
    Agree, a bathroom is NO place for a wood floor. Not safe and a water leak could ruin it and then you would have to replace all your hard work.
  • Kellie Alexander Kellie Alexander on Apr 20, 2014
    What about bamboo? I hear it's excellent for kitchens and baths and quite water resistant
  • Amanda DeLoach Amanda DeLoach on Apr 20, 2014
    They do make tile that looks like wood now...seen it in Lowes
  • Tamara Tamara on Apr 20, 2014
    If you put wood in, you will be miserable. Some people, depending upon climate have good luck with it. You can put in teak, that would work well, but other than that, I'd go with the wood look tile. Frankly, depending upon what you are going to do with the cabinetry, wood will be too much. If you are going to paint the cabinets white, go with wood look tile. Otherwise, I wold do terra cotta. I did terra cotta in my guest bath and wish I had done it in my master bath as well. I love it. Reminds me of Italy and the farmhouses we rent in the Tuscan countryside.
  • Joy S Joy S on Apr 20, 2014
    Tile that looks like wood. Wouldn't want wood in a moisture ridden area. We have wood in our hallway outside of the bathroom and there is already moisture damage on our wood floor. Tile is best in the bathroom.
  • Mary DeWolfe Mary DeWolfe on Apr 20, 2014
    Our house was 102 years old when we bought it and was in very poor condition, having been a rental for about 30 years. We removed all the awful carpet & lino and discovered hardwood downstairs, which we refinished. It has stood up great, even in the kitchen. Upstairs we discovered wide board floors, which we painstakingly caulked (every joint - what a job!) and painted - even in the bathroom. As I painted them white, I have redone them once and will probably do them again in another year or so... But they look great! I should add that we bought our house in early 2008.
  • 'Joan Williames 'Joan Williames on Apr 20, 2014
    They make wood look ceramic tiles that look like wood and you don't have wood water issues. and if you are worried about wood and water.
  • Hip326672 Hip326672 on Apr 20, 2014
    No, Because of Moisture, Spillage, & WATER & MOLD..
  • Elise Wetzel Elise Wetzel on Apr 20, 2014
    I do love the vinyl that looks just like wood they make now.
  • Pat223415 Pat223415 on Apr 20, 2014
    I have been exploring options for my old farmhouse flooring in the kitchen, mud room, laundry, bathroom and dining room...I really wanted something easy care and that would stand up to heavy moisture and dog urine...the dogs are housebroken, however, accidents do happen...I discovered a wood-looking, totally vinyl flooring. I was told it would be great for my use. It comes in plank lengths, just like the floating hardwood flooring. It was not too locks together and is floating (I thought since it was lock together/floating, if moisture got too bad, I could probably take it up to dry out underneath....I am trying it out in a small bathroom in the bottom of my unheated bank barn. I will probably go ahead and get the same thing for inside the house. There was not a big selection of patterns/colors, but I found what I wanted. Got it at Home Emporium.
  • Got319292 Got319292 on Apr 20, 2014
    You could tile over tiles
  • Mary N Mary N on Apr 20, 2014
    Leave it!
  • Mary N Mary N on Apr 20, 2014
    It is beautiful as it is!
  • Angie W Angie W on Apr 20, 2014
    I had wood in my last house in the bathrooms...I loved it....It looked amazing, I never had a problem with it, I just kept very nice rugs on the floors........but there were no children around either.....If there are children or you bathe animals, you may not want to use wood...
  • Jackie Steel Jackie Steel on Apr 20, 2014
    We did our floors in tile that looks like wood flooring. Best decision ever. Wealso
  • Jackie Steel Jackie Steel on Apr 20, 2014
    We also used silicone grout instead of regular grout, this way we don't have to worry about water getting into the grout. We love it. If you would like pictures, I let me know and I'll send you some.
  • Shirley Batik Shirley Batik on Apr 20, 2014
    If those tiles are black, as they appear, and if they are all as nice as the ones visible in the photo, I wouldn't touch them! Nothing beats beautiful tiles like that in a bathroom!
  • Pam W Pam W on Apr 20, 2014
    I think the bathroom is very nice as is, except for the lighting. I would change the lighting to bronze, and maybe bronze faucets. I would also put a frame around the mirror. Place some nice accessories in there, and it will be great.
  • Mary Mary on Apr 20, 2014
    I would not put a wood floor in my bathroom. Im sure it would look amazing! But, especially if you have kids, its going to start to swell if it gets wet repeatedly. And the moisture in the air will do it, too. I learned from experience that the floating floor is not a good idea, in the bathroom. It starts to swell in the cracks, where it locks together. It has been about 2 years, but it needs to be replaced. This time Im going to try something different. I dont know what yet.
  • Sonia T Sonia T on Apr 20, 2014
    I have laminate floors that look like distressed hickory. It's been 2 years and it still looks fabulous. No problem from steam or dampness. My only advice would be to use a much lighter color than I did. I really wish I had used something that looked pickled or white washed, for a more weathered look.
  • Diane Murray P Diane Murray P on Apr 20, 2014
    There is a new tile , dark or light very nice that looks like wood, can use in the shower, floors and walls. would look very nice.
  • Diane Murray P Diane Murray P on Apr 21, 2014
    They have a tile now, looks just like wood, dark or light, you can put the tiles on the floor, in the shower, on the wall would look beautiful.......
  • Candace P Candace P on Apr 21, 2014
    I personally would not put wood floors in the bathrooms what if you have at something overflow.
  • Beth Webb Beth Webb on Apr 21, 2014
    Hubby has been in flooring biz for over 40 yrs they have came out with the no glue vinyl that looks just like distressed wood it is 6 inch plank he has it down in several of our rooms people think its real wood until we tell them different. You may want to check out this option..
  • Mary McNamara Mary McNamara on Apr 21, 2014
    Leave it alone ;) Tile is so easy to clean and wood is beautiful ,but the moist bathroom could give you problems and cost you $$$$$
  • Sherry Gill Catalano Sherry Gill Catalano on Apr 21, 2014
    You now can buy tile that looks like wood. We are having it put in our home we are building. It's beautiful!
  • NCRealtorTracy NCRealtorTracy on Apr 21, 2014
    I put wood floors in our bathroom a decade ago with no problems I put a bank of tile in front of the shower (because you only need a small amount you can use something expensive without breaking the bank) the floor still looks great!
  • Terina Maria Terina Maria on Apr 21, 2014
    I love wood floors, but would probably use slate or another 'natural' looking stone to keep with the farmhouse feel. Good luck and post the 'after'!
  • Vicki Vicki on Apr 21, 2014
    we have wood floors in are bathrooms LOVE IT ....
  • Carol Burchett Carol Burchett on Apr 21, 2014
    paint the cabinets, frame the mirror, replace the faucets,paint the window frame, and put in a splash of a BOLD color and the floor with speak "look at me" pretty to replace and use that money to update the other features.
  • Joan Dingeldein Caughlin Joan Dingeldein Caughlin on Apr 21, 2014
    I wouldn't use wood in the bathroom-- besides it might look too woody with those cabinets. Why not go with a color that ties in with whatever decor you like? Japanese, Spanishetc ? I think black might look good in there depending on what direction you are going! Good luck!
  • Sherry R Sherry R on Apr 21, 2014
    I agree with Carol Burchett..and you have an amazing bath!
  • Debbie Crawford-Frank Debbie Crawford-Frank on Apr 21, 2014
    put in that tile that looks like wood. I've heard good things about it.
  • JoAnn Cline JoAnn Cline on Apr 21, 2014
    If you're not totally committed to actual wood but want the wood look, we used vinyl planks in our bathroom that convinces everyone it's the real deal. A We shopped Lowe's and at less than $2 a square foot plus the adhesive it's VERY affordable. Many wood grain colors to choose from. It's been 4 years and still looks new. LOVE IT.
  • Connie Wiesniak Connie Wiesniak on Apr 21, 2014
    We just put laminate flooring throughout our upstairs. It's sort of a driftwood look. I think that would give a farmhouse feel. I'm figuring you are going to paint the cabinets and distress them a little. Beautiful bathroom though.
  • Jeanette Navarro Jeanette Navarro on Apr 21, 2014
    I completely agree with @Carrol Burchett. Leave the floor and paint the cabinets, frame the mirror. There is a great product for cabinets that I'm using right now on an old veneer nightstand called Rustoleum Transformations, it works great for painting cabinets, veneer, etc. I'm doing mine in an espresso color and the wood grain is still showing through, and turning out gorgeous! The best part is, no sanding required!!!
  • Katie Young Katie Young on Apr 21, 2014
    Wood works very well in a bathroom, as long as you choose the right product. It gives a beautiful farmhouse feel. I would, however lose that dated tub in a red hot minute, paint the vanity and frame out the mirror. Add some vintage lighting and you'll have the a great bathroom.
  • Libbie B Libbie B on Apr 21, 2014
    We used the porcelain tile that looks like wood. I added glass tiles to break it up but had I not done that the floor would match our hardwoods in the rest of the house pretty well!
  • Christine Christine on Apr 21, 2014
    We have wood floors in our master bath in our 100+ yr old farmhouse. They look amazing! However we did have an overflow and it was a mess! We had to use a fan and concrete blocks (to prevent warping) for 4 days to get it completely dry. The floors are now sealed with several coats of urethane. You just have to be very careful about water on wood. But again wood is perfect for old houses!
  • Vickie Hartlaub Vickie Hartlaub on Apr 21, 2014
    why change them they are nice the way they are. Just use rustic décor Just my opinion :)
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Apr 21, 2014
    I would never put wood in a bathroom as the humidity would eventually seep through the seams and warp it. But I like the ideas that several have given you to use wood-looking tile. Good luck.
  • Kim S Kim S on Apr 21, 2014
    If you are a serious DIY person you can paint tile. It's not easy but you can save a ton of money. I have done tub surrounds and exterior monuments. Search "paint ceramic tile" and there is a lot on info. Sanding the shiny tiles to give it tooth is the first step. Then the painting process (many ideas online), then the sealing. I recommend Aqua products. C-500 in a marine grade water based sealer but you need to use AquaGaurd first.
  • Susie Allread-Jones Susie Allread-Jones on Apr 21, 2014
    Love the tub!!! I would also use spanish tiles , maybe in a burnt ochre?
  • Karen Eustice Karen Eustice on Apr 21, 2014
    If anything, as a tiler myself, would either leave the tile or use tile that looks like wood. Never use laminate in a bath or kitchen area! Real hard wood is good but needs more care then tile.
  • Karen Eustice Karen Eustice on Apr 21, 2014
    I forgot to add... If you do take up old tile and go with wood look tile consider heating may under tiles. You will not regret it. DYI for under $300 with thermostat
  • Jason Matthews Jason Matthews on Apr 21, 2014
    there are some amazing wood look tile planks now,and some you can't tell from real wood once they are installed
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 21, 2014
    At one point, I used pine planks in my bathroom. I wanted a very rustic look, so I used regular boards, ship-lapped them and then beat them up (I'm very aggressive), stained them, and put multiple coats of matte-finished polyurethane on the planks before installing them. If you go this route, don't forget to paint the sides of the boards black to give them an old appearance, so that when you look at the planks, they appear to have accumulated years of use. I had three kids at the time, and the floor held up great for the five years we lived in the house after the project was completed. I agree with you that there's nothing like wood, and I now live in a small apartment, where I am contemplating removing the stained 45 year old linoleum and putting down some of the new laminate flooring that looks like wood. Luckily, the room is small enough that it shouldn't cost me more than 70 or 80 dollars for the materials. So in answer to your question about whether you should put wood floors in your master bath, my answer is a resounding "Yes!"
  • Kim325757 Kim325757 on Apr 21, 2014
    Cedar planks.
  • Catherine T Catherine T on Apr 21, 2014
    They even have tiles that resemble wood now
    • Amy Rohde Amy Rohde on Apr 21, 2014
      @Catherine T I was going to mention these. They are very nice looking and practical for a bathroom!
  • Norma R Norma R on Apr 21, 2014
    No wood in the bathroom! Water is bad. I like the idea of tile that looks like wood. Too much up keep. If you have kids that leave wet towels on the floor, it's bad.
  • Cathy B Cathy B on Apr 21, 2014
    personally, I think that you will be sorry if you put in wood. It is just not practical. Go with ceramic wood looking tile laid really close together to minimize the grout amount(better for keeping clean). Regarding the wood cabinets....sand and refinish darker color stain.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Apr 21, 2014
    I had wood laminate in my kitchen and my bath and never had a problem. I had no water leaks though and no children at home.
  • Used to sell flooring. Bad idea wood in the bath. But u could used a tile with a wood grain look. It would give the same effect and wouldn't have to worry about wood worping or if the toliet ever over flowed or any water related disaster!!! Just a thought!
  • Tina C Tina C on Apr 21, 2014
    The way to go is to use the tile that looks like wood -- place it in the herringbone patterns... these tiles are very easy to find at big box stores and they look very real! They are rectangular
  • Judith Rio Judith Rio on Apr 21, 2014
    The wood look in solid vinyl...just put it in my great room and dining room 35 x 18 and it's wonderful. Not affected by moisture, easy to clean with the wonderful warm look of wood.
  • Nedra Brush Bohan Nedra Brush Bohan on Apr 21, 2014
    Wood in a wet bathroom sounds like trouble waiting to happen! I would never do that no matter what!
  • Caron Faherty Caron Faherty on Apr 21, 2014
    I have wood in a half problem but large tiles in master. The woodlike tiles would probably be great for you. Good luck
  • Tija Tija on Apr 21, 2014
    Luxury Vinyl Planking is perfect and works great in a bathroom! Great vintage looks available!!! I sell flooring...we are selling this like hotcakes!!!!
  • Lisa Breitbarth-Cleeland Lisa Breitbarth-Cleeland on Apr 21, 2014
    Nooooo wood. Use the tiles that look like wood.
  • Karen Gastrock-Gamlen Karen Gastrock-Gamlen on Apr 21, 2014
    I put wood in our bathroom. Didn't last very long. Kept getting wet.
  • Allison K Allison K on Apr 21, 2014
    I have wide plank pine throughout my house which everyone remarks about. It looks fabulous and I love that it's unique to my area. On the flip side, I HATE the wood in my bathroom!!! It's just too much to maintain, condensation or any other water is a major issue. Since we didn't build the house we didn't make the choice. We lived with it to see what we were getting ourselves into and I think it's a major mistake.
  • Linda G Linda G on Apr 21, 2014
    Cedar for sure or teak works well in moist rooms.
  • Robin Gilbert Robin Gilbert on Apr 21, 2014
    The most on the cheap and Eco- friendly is to use what you have! Redo around it and challenge your self to make it work! Paint the cabinets, add towels, mirror, etc. to work with the floor as it is. Stain the grout..... Get a big rug to cover a wide area of it if it is too much of the green. Destroying it but talking Eco friendly and green..... Is not very "green" . Tile can be painted, too.
  • Rosie Velasquez Rosie Velasquez on Apr 22, 2014
    NO!!! Just Paint the cabnets gray to match the floor, then everything will fall in place
  • Peggy Price Peggy Price on Apr 25, 2014
    We just redid our entire house in tile planks that look like wood... its beautiful. Everyone that has seen it thinks its wood. So easy to keep clean.
  • Susan Susan on Apr 25, 2014
    I installed Vinyl Planking called Allure from homedepot in my laundry room and downstairs bathroom it is just great has a wood grain finish and has a rich dark cherry color stands up to the dogs and grandchildren great
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on May 20, 2014
    NO, NO, NO,,,,,,,,,IF ITS REAL WOOD.... Vinyl look alike, or tiles are fine....ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES, and some bigger ones ... several reasons..the upkeep in tht area, the moisture and lastly,,BOYS (some big ones too) are NOT the most TIDY..when itcomes to the potty issue..... IF the floor gets wet, repeatedly over a long period, a bit hits the wrong area , it could spell trouble..
  • Barb Barb on Jan 12, 2016
    May I add one more NO! We bought a new house that had carpet in the bathroom. Another mistake. Go with whatever can take a lot of water so you don't have to worry about it.
  • Yda8468035 Yda8468035 on Aug 01, 2016
    I have had 3/4 inch hardwood in my bathroom for 22 years, it's still beautiful!
  • Sam Sam on Oct 14, 2016
    Wood floors are beautiful - especially if you want a country or rustic look, but they don't hold up well to a lot of moisture (i.e. bathrooms, kitchens) and they take a lot of maintenance so I would suggest a wood-look porcelain tile. They come in various 'wood' colors and patterns found in most home improvement stores or online. It may cost a bit up front but will last as long as the house does so it may be worth the investment. It sounds like you may be a DIYer and that would save a lot of $ right there. As far as those honey oak finish cabinets, add decorative wood trim to add character, choose a new color with chalk paint, change the hardware, and add a new faucets and maybe the sinks. A nice clawfoot tub would be great for a farmhouse look.
  • Gayle early Gayle early on Oct 14, 2016
    I just installed the vinyl plank flooring in master bath. Love it, and it's meant for wet areas like bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms. Check it out
  • Judy louderback Judy louderback on Nov 02, 2016
    I recently installed tile in my bathroom that looks like wood planks. Home Depot. Beautiful
  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2022

    it all depends how yu take care of it .. There are lots beautiful tiles that look like real wood

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 06, 2022

    NO! Not a good idea!

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 07, 2022

    Recently they have come out with water proof hard wood.

  • I would use vinyl plank flooring. you can have the look of wood without worrying about water damaging the real wood floor.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 16, 2023

    No not wood! You could use Wood look Tiles though or Cork if you want it warmer under foot!

  • Personally, I would not. Water and wood are not the best combination.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 06, 2023

    Wood and water not a good combo. Sooner or later there will be moisture problems. Almost as odd as putting carpet in a bathroom.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 13, 2024

    LVP is available in a waterproof option. We use them in the bathrooms of our rentals and have not had a problem at all. Congrats on the new house!

  • You can buy tiles that look like wood. That's what I would do!

  • Dee Dee on Feb 24, 2024

    I would never put wood in the bathroom. It is under constant heat and water pressure. I would buy the tiles that look like wood and install t hem. My friend had her tub overflow and ruined her flooring.

    You need something waterproof in the bathroom.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 12, 2024

    I would not recommend, however, if you really want wood, then take some safety precautions. You can get leak detectors for under your sinks, so you're alerted to faucet leakage. The detectors can be set up quickly with an app to your phone or sounding of an alarm. For me the wood flooring would be a no/no similar to the carpet that some builders installed in the 70's/80's. NOT PRACTICAL...but can be done. :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 13, 2024

    No! but you could use Ceramic wooden tiles. They look pretty good to me!