Best Flooring Options For Gaming Rooms 2021 (Tiles, Hardwood, Carpet, Play Mats, Vinyl & Laminate Ideas…)

So you are renovating a gamer room, mancave, family room or gaming office and you’re looking for exciting flooring ideas … what kind of flooring is the best choice and how to start planning?

All gaming room floors (residential or commercial) must be durable, with high performance, look exciting, reduce noise, resist spills and high-traffic, allow easy cleaning.

Your decision should depends on what machines or furniture you will have in the gaming room, what is the current floor situation, your budget, how often you will change the layout etc.

If you want to keep the current flooring and improve the situation of your gaming room then you can add a carpet at the area of gaming chair, or install a layer of plastic tiles on top of the gaming area to achieve your propose of decoration, anti scratching or reduce noise.

Below are the your top choices and why you should or should not use them in your gamer room.

When thinking about your game room, the flooring may not have been at the top of your list of considerations. Likely the actual games and activities, the location of the room, decor, and other aspects were on your mind. But, to create a warm, welcoming, and fun environment that will be low maintenance, durable, and dependable – game room flooring should not be overlooked.

✅ Tiles Flooring

Slate tile flooring is extremely durable, no scratches will appear if you put something heavy on it, no maintenance and it is heat resistant as well.

The labor is what is expensive when doing tile flooring for gamer rooms, but it lasts at least 20 years if not your lifetime in most of the conditions.

If you have pool table then ceramic tile might be out because of the pool table balls dropping on the floor. You can still consider high quality porcelain or ceramic tile which is thicker. And you will need to get a few extra boxes of tiles just in case a few get broken. A budget friendly strategy is to use some inexpensive but nice looking area rugs to accent and give some padding to high risk areas.

If you have a naughty cat or dog, then tile flooring is your best choice as it discourages any non-litterbox activity.

✅ Hard Wood Flooring

Hard wood floors are rich and inviting, but they also will dent and scratch. It is sensitive to damages from shoes, pets, game tables, furniture, arcades.

Hardwood flooring is relatively more expensive to install, repair, maintain or replace. It is not ideal for gaming room unless you add an area rug on top at the areas of more activities.

Hardwood floors are not for concrete flooring because the moisture will cause warping of the floor. Your best choices on concrete are carpet and tile.

Plus, if you have pinball or arcade machine, you do not want to stand on hard floor for long time.

✅ Carpet Flooring

Dark carpet with some pattern is my personal favourite. It will hide all the dirt so you can pretend clean. Low maintenance is the key for many gamers.


  • Carpet is good for acoustic and noise absorbance. It can get really loud really fast with multiple pins in a small-ish room with wood or tile.
  • There is a lot of colorful patterned carpeting options.
  • Comfortable to step on even for long period of time.


  • Carpets collect dusks and can trigger allergic. Full installed floor carpet is hard to clean. Area rugs or carpets will be easier to be cleaned by washing machine.
  • Carpet is static. It might be a factor to be considered if you use gamer room for collection display.
  • If you have cats then carpet gets old and nasty soon.

There are loads of carpet and area rugs that combine support, cushion, and noise reduction with a unique pattern and design to suit anyone’s needs and preferences of color, pricing, materials, and sizing for the ideal gaming room.

✅ Game Room Carpet Tiles Flooring

Carpet tile system is a modular floor covering that uses a non-adhesive installation system which allows for you to change the design as often as you’d like. One great thing about using carpet tiles is how easy it is to replace it if you mark up a small section. 

So, if your gaming tables and systems change and you want the look of the room to change with it, carpet tiles are a great option for you.

Each tile is easy to cut with a utility knife when needed, and each tile has two border strips, giving you the freedom to create corner and side tiles.

These carpet squares are durable, stain resistant, commercially rated, comfortable, and injury minimizing. They also have a PVC-free polyurethane back that is engineered to absorb rolling and foot traffic, so the usable life of the carpet is greatly extended for gaming room.

If you like the look and feel of carpet, but you are installing a game room flooring in a space that isn’t ideal for carpet, then carpet tiles are the answer.

✅ Colorful Foam Play Mats Flooring

If you plan to have a colorful theme or if you have kids who will spend time in the gamer room with you, then you can add comfort cushioned feel play mats to give a variety of colors to a portion of the room.

There are numerous styles of play mats, rubber floors, foam floors, and more to help you select the perfect game room flooring for your space.

Foam play mats are an excellent option if you have a nice tile, concrete or hardwood floor, but you’d like a soft, cozy, cute area to play on while also protecting the existing floor. Foam play mats are lead and latex free, waterproof, stain resistant. These floor mats are easy to install without the use of adhesives; you simply put them down like you would put a puzzle together. This is also handy if a mat should become damaged, as you simply remove it and swap it out for a new one.

✅ Wood Grain Foam Tiles Flooring

If the look of a hardwood floor gamer room appeals to you, but you want something more affordable, soft and comfortable to step on, interlocking wood grain foam floor tiles can be for you. They will give your gaming room flooring the look of classic rich hardwood and cozy feel of foam.

Wood grain foam tiles are waterproof, lead free, latex free, easy to clean, easy to install, and simple to replace.

Wood grain foam tiles have wood pattern on one side and a solid tan color on the reverse side. They can be laid out in a number of ways providing for a tight-fitting, interlocking result.

They are easy to move around on and comfortable to spend time on. For a clean look and comfortable feel with limited budget, wood grain foam tiles are among the best game room flooring options.

✅ Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl plank and laminate flooring look similar to each other, and are available in a variety of wood styles. They are both durable, affordable, and easier to maintain than hardwood.

Vinyl is a better choice when you need water resistance, lifespan, and durability in your flooring. Meanwhile, laminate is preferable if you want a more stylish appearance, lower costs, and a comfortable feel underfoot.

Vinyl flooring has to be glued down or will stretch/bubble up when you move your heavy pinball machine across it.

✅ Laminate Flooring

It is an affordable way to go if you want a wood look. However be aware if you are a heavy user for the gaming room.

Laminate flooring will scratch if you slide a pin across it but you could get felt sliders and put them under your legs if you like to move them around.

If you have a pool table and pinball machines, then you really should not install a floating laminate floor. Floating laminate floors scratch fairly easily. The floating floor may separate if you slide a pool table or pinball machine on it (even if you use furniture sliders).

Laminate floor looks good but works well only on top of concrete floor, or else it will wrap and will not level.

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