When choosing a flooring type for your kitchen and bathroom you have to look for aspects that will not only enhance your room but also offer longevity. Several types of tile flooring will work great but tile can be hard on your legs and feet when working in the kitchen. The best type of flooring is cork or bamboo, it is softer, easy on your legs and feet and is great in damp areas.

Materials and Tools:

protective eyewear
measuring tape
rubber mallet
circular saw
tapping block
pneumatic flooring nail gun
underlay pad
bamboo flooring
quarter-round shoe molding


  1. Take measurements of the area where the new flooring will be installed.
  2. Before laying down your new flooring, install the underlay pad. Do not overlap pads; this will create an uneven floor.
  3. Put on protective eyewear.
  4. Place the bamboo flooring along the most prominent wall. Lay the flooring with a 1/4-inch clearance along all walls. Use 1/4-inch spacers if needed.
  5. Lay bamboo flooring away from the wall, staggering the boards.
  6. Use a mallet and the rubber tapping block to secure the boards together.
  7. Nail the boards in place using a pneumatic flooring nailer. Align the nailer next to the newly set row of floorboards and release. This allows the nails to attach the boards at an angle, so the nail holes will not be seen on the surface.
  8. Once the entire flooring is in place, reinstall the baseboard molding.
  9. To cover expansion gaps along the wall, install quarter-round shoe molding at the bottom of the baseboard.