Many people like to walk barefoot at home – not only because it's healthy, but also because it feels good. However, some floors radiate an uncomfortable feeling of cold. In such cases, it’s tempting to put on thick socks, especially in winter. Or to opt for warm wood floors instead.
Walking barefoot is healthy: Firstly, it strengthens muscles and ligaments, stabilising the ankle and reducing the risk of injury from twisting. It can also prevent faulty positioning of the feet, pelvis and back. In fact, your entire posture will improve if your foot muscles are even and well developed.
Contrary to a common misconception, cold feet do not automatically cause colds, but nobody wants to freeze on the other hand – especially at home. If you still want to walk barefoot in your own home, you are well advised to use a real wood flooring, as this is particularly warm underfoot compared to surfaces such as tiles.
Good to know: A floor is considered to be warm underfoot when it has a temperature that is comfortable for the feet. This is the case when it only slowly absorbs the body heat emitted via the feet, thereby preventing the feet from cooling down. How quickly body heat is absorbed depends on the flooring material. The faster your body heat is transmitted to the flooring, the faster the sole of your foot cools down and the floor feels cold. This is the case, for example, with ceramic flooring such as tiles. In contrast, wood flooring absorbs heat very slowly. This gives human blood circulation enough time to keep the temperature in the feet stable.
Parquet flooring is and remains the classic among wooden floors. With its natural and individual look, this flooring magically creates a feel-good atmosphere in every home. One reason for this is that it is considered a be a floor that is warm underfoot, which makes it particularly cosy. Not only people walking barefoot, but also many pets like the tried-and-tested wood floor. They love to lie on the pleasantly heated planks to take a nap, even in winter.
The same applies to the Lindura wood flooring from MEISTER. Just like parquet flooring, this durable flooring absorbs body heat very slowly so that even bare feet feel pleasantly warm. Nadura is another floor with a high wood content in the surface, making it particularly warm underfoot.
When you are trying to decide between hard and elastic flooring, the way you plan to use the room in question plays a very important role. The flooring in the bedroom or living room is not generally subjected to much wear, but in the kitchen, bathroom or a commercial space, flooring needs to be highly durable and resistant. Additionally, different types of flooring are laid, cleaned and maintained in different ways.
We’re often spoilt for choice when searching for the perfect flooring. The wood pattern in laminate flooring might look too random, and carpeting is no good for people with dust allergies. But what about stone-look flooring? The deceptively real design creates natural ambience, and in terms of comfort and quality, this flooring is tough to top.
Among the woods used for furniture and floorings, oak is particularly popular. Both the stability of the material and its timeless look are appreciated. But it doesn’t have to be real wood: Floors with an imitation oak look can also create a beautiful and comfortable living ambience.