Top Five Ways to Use Left Over Flooring


We have recently had our bathroom re-decorated, with a new suite, new wall tiles but we are still deciding on which flooring to use.  You can see an update of what my bathroom looks like so far in our efforts to redecorate and smarten it up, here.

In the past, I remember my Mum and Dad using quite a bit of vinyl in their home.  It was very useful due to the ease of having muddy paw prints washed off it, as opposed to carpet.  They did, however used to have many off cuts of vinyl and we often were able to use them around the home.  Here are my top five ways of using left over flooring:

Vinyl flooring to protect the playhouse floor is needed.
The playhouse could have some vinyl off cuts to cover the floor. I think this would protect it more.

1.  To cover the floor of the playhouse.

The flooring in the playhouse often gets all sorts of things spilled on it.  I think that with a bit of lino on it, it would make it much easier to clean.  The vinyl could be removed and washed easily.  My children like to help out so I imagine them getting mops/sweeping brushes out and tidying it as part of their playing time.

2.  To cover the floors in a dolls’ house.

My parents made me a dolls’ house when I was little.  I remember that each room had its own flooring. The kitchen and bathroom both had small off cuts of lino in them and the other rooms had rugs or small off cuts of carpet in them.  As I recognised them from our own home, this made my dolls’ house much more special.  I think that this is a great idea for using flooring off cuts.

3.  To protect the surface on the top of the freezer.

The top of my white freezer has been subjected to many things being placed on top of it.  Some of which have made marks.  To protect the top of my white freezer, I think that a small piece of vinyl would be ideal.  This would be easier to clean than scrubbing the freezer as it is now.

4.   To work as a ‘packer’.

When doing some DIY, the lino is quite thin so when hanging internal doors, it could be folded and used as a packer to keep the door in place, if necessary.  I have also known it to be used to pack underneath the rabbit hutch to keep it more level, temporarily.

5.  To put under the dog bowls.

Quite frankly, my dog makes a terrible mess with her food and water.  It goes all over the place when she eats and drinks.  I think putting a piece of vinyl flooring underneath would be easier to clean.


Recently, we have been looking at Factory Direct Flooring for inspiration with regards to our bathroom.  I hope that I can choose the right flooring for us soon.  I think that after I have painted the walls then I will be able to make a final decision.  Fingers crossed!  (Decision making is not my strong point on this).


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  • sonya

    Great ideas, I used the dog bowl one and definitely protected the floor below from spills and drool!

  • Oh that is very resourceful what a good idea.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Very very good ideas, especially the last point x

  • Blue Bear Wood

    A very helpful list. Love the dog bowl idea.

  • Great tips in particular the dog bowl one, my dog does like to dribble when she has a drink!

  • mummyoftwo

    Great tips, I would never have thought to keep the leftover bits!

  • Charlotte

    Good ideas, my friend used an offcut for her porch so when they take their shoes off the floor isn’t as cold and its easy to wipe 🙂

  • Globalmouse

    We’ve got a playhouse this would be great for – we originally used carpet but it’s started to go a bit mouldy.

  • Kara

    I have used my carpet as a mat but need something to grip it to the floor

  • I’ve never thought of reusing the off-cuts but it’s a good idea.

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    Top of the freezer is somewhere I would not have thought of! Great idea.

  • When we were doing BLW we used old lino under Wilf’s chair as it was so messy! x

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    Great tips, I’ll be coming back to this post in future