Best wood flooring for restaurants

In this blog post, we will explore the best wood flooring for restaurants and the reasons why it’s a great choice!

Choosing the right wood flooring for a restaurant is important when creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

Wood flooring is an excellent option for restaurants, due to its classic appearance, long-lasting nature, and easy upkeep.

At Sussex Floor Restoration, we understand the importance of selecting the best type of wooden flooring that is appropriate for the intended setting.

Our experience and knowledge about various types of commercial wood flooring mean we will help and advise on what will work well in your restaurant.

In this blog post, we will explore the various choices of wooden flooring for restaurants and the reasons why having wood flooring in your restaurant is a great choice!

Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is a classic choice for restaurants. It offers unmatched durability, a natural look, and the ability to be sanded and refinished multiple times. 

European oak, walnut, and maple are popular hardwood species for restaurants, as they are known for their strength and resistance to wear.

One of our services is restoring and maintaining wooden flooring. We have the ethos of choosing a floor that can be restored and refinished to avoid unnecessary waste and therefore a minimal impact on the environment.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is an excellent choice for restaurants due to its stability and resistance to moisture. Ideal for the restaurant environment which can fluctuate in temperature from the heat of the kitchen and a restaurant full of people!

Engineered floorboards consist of multiple layers of wood which are bonded together. This construction minimises the expansion and contraction of the wood, making it less susceptible to changes in humidity levels, common in a restaurant!

Engineered wood flooring comes in a variety of finishes, so you can achieve the right look for your restaurant.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

If your restaurant is in an older period building, the chances are there will be an old wooden floor. It may be an important key feature and important to preserve.

Using reclaimed timber from old wood that has been retrieved from other buildings may be the perfect wood flooring choice for your restaurant and ensure it is in keeping with the rest of the building, as well as the added bonus of being sustainable.

Reclaimed flooring is eco-friendly as well as a cost-effective flooring solution!

Best wood flooring for restaurants | reclaimed wood flooring

Aesthetic Appeal 

Wood floors create an inviting ambience and add warmth and character to any restaurant setting. The natural beauty of wood adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, enhancing the overall dining experience for your customers.

How a restaurant looks is a vital part of the overall restaurant experience.


Restaurant wood flooring will endure heavy foot traffic, spills, and frequent cleaning. Wood flooring is easy to clean, highly durable and will withstand the demands of a busy restaurant environment. 

Properly maintained wood floors can last for decades, providing a long-lasting investment as well as being sustainable.


Wood flooring comes in a wide range of styles, colours, and finishes, allowing you to create a unique look to suit every restaurant style and concept.

Slip Resistance

Safety is paramount in any restaurant setting, especially with trays of dishes and food being carried around in a restaurant full of people. 

Choose wood flooring with a slip-resistant finish or consider adding slip-resistant coatings to enhance traction and prevent accidents.

Best wood flooring for restaurants | people eating in a restaurant


Over time it’s inevitable that the floor in a restaurant will suffer from wear and tear.

Restaurants require frequent cleaning, so it’s important to select wood flooring that is easy to maintain.

Opt for finishes that are resistant to stains, spills, and scratches, and consider using floor mats in high-traffic areas to protect the wood.

Noise Reduction

Restaurants can be noisy environments, and excessive noise can disrupt the dining experience. Even more so when a lively party is in!

To reduce noise, consider adding an underlayment beneath the wood flooring or opting for thicker engineered wood planks.

Best wood flooring for restaurants – Sussex Floor Restoration

With our extensive experience in wood floor restoration and installation, we can help you select the perfect flooring option that combines style, durability, and ease of maintenance. Contact us today to transform your restaurant space into an inviting and timeless dining experience.

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