Just Floored! 15 Totally Unexpected DIY Flooring Alternatives

Bottle caps, leather belts, and pennies are just a few of the unusual flooring materials that creative do-it-yourselfers have decided to use to add beauty and interest underfoot.

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  1. Belts Beneath Your Feet


    Wait—don't throw away that old belt! Arranged into large squares or tiles, used leather belts make a uniquely warm and soft flooring for home or office. Who would have thought?!

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  2. Salami Slices


    This salami-inspired flooring is the brainchild of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. If you look closely at the center of each tile, you will see the distinct salami-patterned swirl, courtesy of scanned and printed images of luscious charcuterie…anyone else suddenly craving a sandwich?


  3. A Passel of Pennies


    Some people say they have a money tree out back, so why not a money floor? Glue copper pennies in place, fill in with black grout, seal with clear coat, and you have a cent-sational floor that will wow your guests.

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  4. Reclaimed Whiskey Barrels


    Whiskey barrels get a second life when reclaimed to become oak flooring. This flooring's manufacturer, McKay, in the United Kingdom, carefully preserves the branded markings of sherry, whiskey, and bourbon that make this lumber so distinctive.

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  5. Cascading Wine Corks


    This one-of-a-kind floor was created from thousands of wine corks, laid horizontally in a wave pattern. If you can’t drink your way to enough corks to fill out your floor, contact local restaurants and bistros to ask for donations!

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  6. Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces


    These fun, hardwood-look floor tiles are like child’s play for the do-it-yourself crowd. The floating floor jigsaw-pattern pieces click together like laminate and allow the installer to choose a repeating or random pattern.

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  7. Bottle Cap Mosaic


    Although this crazy bathroom floor was created from thousands of beer bottle caps, any bottle caps will do, so long as they are of uniform height. Once you’ve collected your caps, fill in the backs so they don’t cave in under foot traffic. Then lay them out, grout, and clear coat for a colorful, whimsical mosaic.

    Related:  5 Things to Do With...Bottle Caps


  8. Wood...With a Twist


    Who says hardwood floors have to be boring? Created by Chicago flooring company Birger Juell Ltd., this bathroom floor comprises horizontal cuts of oak, birch, and maple, as well as tiny twigs and branches gathered from the client’s property.

    Related:  10 Things to Do With...Cross-Cut Trees


  9. Peach Pit Perfection


    In South Africa, peach pips—or peach pits, as we know them in North America—have long been used for floors. The warm hues and natural texture make these floors a delightful accent for kitchens and entryways.


  10. Not-So-Plain Brown Paper


    Ripped-up brown kraft paper crumpled into balls, soaked in liquid, and smoothed onto plywood subfloor makes this a cheap and easy project for a creative and industrious homeowner. It looks almost like high-end custom flooring, don't you think?

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  11. Pallet Parquet


    You can make more than furniture with recycled wood pallets. Taken apart, the boards can make a floor with great character. Rough hewn, they are perfect for a mudroom or porch. Once installed, a floor sander could give them a more even finish for indoor use.

    Related: 5 Things to Do with… Shipping Pallets


  12. Astro Turf


    Astro turf can be laid down with adhesive onto a deck, a plywood subfloor, or concrete floor. It’s a great DIY flooring option for rec rooms, basements or playrooms. Customize it for play with outdoor paint. You can hose it down or vacuum it when it gets dirty.

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  13. Album Covers


    Don’t let your vinyl record collection just sit in dusty boxes. Album covers can be laid out as floor tiles for an eye-popping effect in a rec room, basement or music room. Lay them down with adhesive and apply several coats of oil-based polyurethane on top for protection. It’s a conversation starter that will keep guests talking all night.


  14. Chalkboard Paint


    Put a new twist on the painted floor by using chalkboard paint. The design is then ever-changeable. Great for a playroom, or office, where inspiration needs to be recorded. Clean-up is easy. Just use a damp mop.

    Related: 10 Reasons to Go Crazy for Chalkboard Paint


  15. Carpet Tiles


    FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from runners to wall-to-wall designs. No glue or tacks are required. Simply adhere the tiles with non-toxic adhesive dots that stick to the bottom of each square. And when you no longer need them, you can send them back to FLOR in a pre-paid mailing label for recycling. Easy and earth-friendly.

    Related: How To: Choose Carpeting


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