Hardwood Flooring in Restaurants

Hardwood flooring comes in a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes, with many contemporary and elegant designs that can withstand heavy foot traffic, are easy to maintain, and feature matte finish to reduce the risk of slips and falls, that are perfect for restaurants.

Hardwood floors have a unique combination of beauty and durability that makes them suitable for both residential and commercial use. There are many different types of hardwood floors, some of which are more suitable for the restaurant setting.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing wood floors for restaurants:

Functionality and performance

The two common types of hardwood floors that can be used for commercial applications are solid hardwood and engineered hardwoods. Each option has unique characteristics that make it suitable for specific applications.

Solid hardwood flooring is strong and durable, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear from heavy foot traffic. This makes it ideal for hallways and dining rooms. However, it is vulnerable to moisture, temperature variations, and staining, so it’s not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, and bar areas.

Engineered wood is also strong and durable. It can also withstand heavy foot traffic, as well as scratches and dings. Moreover, it is relatively stable, and is not significantly affected by moisture and temperature fluctuations. So it can be used in areas where solid hardwood is not suitable.


The type of flooring you choose for your restaurant must satisfy all federal and local health and safety requirements. This means a flooring material that’s resistant to mold and mildew, and slips and falls. You can prevent these problems by using the right wood finish to maximize traction, and ensuring that the floor is properly installed so dirt and moisture don’t get trapped in-between the planks

Design considerations

Wood generally gives a sense of warmth and sophistication. Depending on the design scheme, you can further influence how your patrons feel when dining in your restaurant. For instance, deep, rich colors can add a touch of elegance and intimacy to high-end restaurants. Lighter wood colors are ideal for more casual dining, while reclaimed wood can emphasize a rustic or nautical theme.

It can be tough to narrow down your options for hardwood flooring for a restaurant. Please consult your local flooring supplier for professional advice.