The flooring within your studio is literally its foundation — the place where students hone their practice and work to ground themselves. Therefore, ensuring you have the right flooring must be conducive to achieving those goals. Here, we highlight what to consider when making a flooring choice, in addition to how to maintain flooring to prolong its lifespan.
What to Consider
According to Colleen Winschel, the administrative and marketing assistant at Matéflex, the biggest question yoga studio owners should ask when considering what flooring to install is whether they are renting or planning on moving spaces in the near future. “If moving, then modular flooring is the perfect solution because it is designed for portability,” she explained. “Traditional hardwood floors are a classic look for yoga studios, but they are usually permanently installed. Having a portable floor allows owners to invest in a beautiful flooring system that they will not have to leave behind should they have to move.”
Patrick McCarty, a co-owner of FujiFloor, said another important factor for studio owners to consider is the environment — for example, if the studio is heated. “In a heated studio, the hot, humid air can make lots of the hardwoods, laminates and roll-out closed cell foam types of flooring move,” he said. “Flooring that bubbles, expands, contracts, discolors or is slippery when wet should be tossed out from consideration. Consider a bonded foam core product in a firm density. Remember, the heated room will make most materials feel slightly softer than when at room temperature — go a touch firmer when in doubt.”
Because flooring is such a large investment, Winschel said a common mistake she sees studio owners make is going with the cheapest solution. “The quality and appearance of their floor is one of the most important impressions customers have of the facility,” she said. “Having a high-grade, comfortable flooring solution is one of the most important aspects of a studio that will leave a lasting impact and keep customers coming back.”
McCarty agreed, stating studios should look at flooring as an investment and consider quality over price. “When assessing your options, don’t skimp when it comes to the right flooring system,” he said. “It’s designed to endure many years of practice, temperature and moisture changes, and ultimately is one of the key ingredients that lends to the beauty and performance of your studio.”
In addition, McCarty explained studio owners often don’t take into consideration the cost of installation and flooring longevity. “Be sure to factor in not only cost, but also installation and longevity,” he said. “When your contractor quotes the flooring installation, be sure to have them leave this line item separate in case you decide to save with some DIY elbow grease. Most projects can be done in one day.”
Once you’ve picked flooring for your studio, maintenance then comes into play to ensure you prolong your floor’s lifespan and get the most out of your investment.
“The best solution for maintaining any floor is being proactive and preventing dirt and debris from entering the facility as best as possible,” advised Winschel. “Using walk-off mats to collect dirt before it enters the studio and not allowing street shoes in the workout area will help. Once preventative maintenance is in place, cleaning floors should be very simple with basic dust mopping daily and damp mopping as needed.”
And McCarty said floor maintenance should be top-of-mind for any studio owner. “A priority for most studio owners should be a clean space,” he said. “Not only for hygiene, but also to lend to the experience for your clients; a ‘stink-free’ studio is key. Avoid carpet or fibers at all costs. A moisture-proof material for your floor system makes it easy to clean, sanitize and neutralize the bacteria-causing odors that can cling and fester in fibrous and porous materials.”
Remember: Flooring is the foundation of your studio. Therefore, it deserves as much care as your students put into their practice.