When you are undertaking a home improvement project, every penny counts. And in the case of the humble penny floor, this phrase becomes quite literal. Those who are searching for a truly unique-looking floor that can be easily DIYed without breaking the bank find what they are looking for in penny floors.
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What could be more retro, bespoke, and unique than a penny-covered floor? Once upon a time, penny flooring was exclusively reserved for the crafters and the—pardon the pun—penny pinchers among us. These days, though, penny flooring is trending everywhere, from commercial spaces to Kat Von D’s home.
But before you waste your time and money—and I mean that literally—you should continue reading. Here you’ll learn all about the advantages of penny floors, precautions for installation, the cost, legality, and expected lifespan of these types of floors, and the ins and outs of installing them.
I will also be sharing some of the top penny flooring ideas I’ve come across, so you really are going to find out everything there is to know about this eclectic style of flooring. As the old saying goes, in for a penny, in for a pound.
Advantages Of Penny FlooringExtremely durable flooring option that holds its own in high-traffic areasVarious installation options to choose fromCan be used in any area, in and outside the homeDIY-friendly endeavor (for the most part)Infinite design possibilities availableAdds interest and visual appeal to a spaceA flooring option that promotes up-cycling, if you use old pennies or those that you find on your own
Disadvantages Of Penny FlooringWhile affordable, it is not as cheap as you may expect and can end up costing you more than what the pennies themselves are even worth.Money aside, every aspect of a penny floor will cost you A LOT in time too.
But is the time it costs worth it? Who am I to decide? I will let you make up your own mind by seeing what penny flooring looks like in real homes around the world.
1. 3D Cubic Penny Floor
Next Luxury – This first idea is a great way to show you just how creative you can get with your penny flooring designs. If eye-catching is what you’re after, opt for a bold design idea like the one seen here. To avoid looking “too busy,” I recommend only using this type of design in smaller spaces such as bars, walkways, closets, or pantries.2. Moody Office Penny Floor
Concrete Decor – Penny floors are not exclusively reserved for use in bathrooms or bar areas. This charming home office is proof of that. The dark-toned, 44,000-penny floor adds appeal and interest to this space that would otherwise be boring. I also love that, instead of opting for lighter, shinier pennies, the installers used deep, dark pennies to create a moody ambience.3. Sleek And Shiny Penny Floor For Kitchen
USA Love List – In stark contrast to the image above, the penny floor in this kitchen is shiny, sparkly, and practically glowing. I also think the spotlights on the ceiling reflect perfectly off the floor, making it appear even shinier.4. Complex Penny Floor Design
MSN – This photograph shows perfectly how complex a pattern pennies can achieve. While I don’t even want to know how long it took this woman to color code and sort 7,500 pennies, I will say that the end result is nothing short of astounding. Even though pennies are round by design, this image proves they can be used to create sharp, linear angles with ease.5. Natural Penny Shower Floor
A Building We Shall Go – While all of the images you have seen so far are nothing short of masterpieces, they are pretty complex and look very clearly man-made. So I thought I would show you that penny flooring can also look quite natural in the right setting, and that is personified by this image. The pennies of this shower floor pair so beautifully with the surrounding stone wall, and the two materials work coherently together. Also, is it just me or does that floor make you think of sandy beaches?6. Soft And Stunning Penny Bathroom Floor
Our Irish Manor – Again proving that pennies can be used to create incredible patterns is this community bathroom. Although pennies are hard and round, the way in which they’re used in this space makes them seem soft and flowing. This is definitely one of my favorite penny floor ideas to date.7. Snakeskin Penny Floor
Sunflower River – I am in love with the precise pattern and complex design pictured in this community bathroom. Everything about this space just works, from the intricate connective circles to the contrasting tones of the pennies. To me, it looks just like a snakeskin pattern and I cannot get enough of it.8. Penny Floor Stairway
Josi Ryke Realtor – If you love the look of penny flooring but do not want to commit to covering an entire floor in this unusual material, consider installing pennies on your staircase instead. As you can see here, the pennies look absolutely magnificent without being too overbearing. Personally, I would have covered the steps themselves in pennies too, but that’s just me.9. Pennies In The Bedroom
The Penny Floor Project – Remember when I said that penny floors don’t just belong in spaces like that bathroom? Well, why not try this trend out in your bedroom! I’m obsessed with the overall effect here. Not only does the penny floor add texture and dimension, but the colors coupled with the clever lighting evoke the feeling of warmth, which is crazy because pennies are so cold to the touch. Love it!10. Golden Penny Floor
DIY Thought – 27,000 pennies have never looked so good, right? This penny floor is so reflective and shiny, it almost looks like it’s submerged under crystal-clear water. The clever scattering of the pennies also helps this kitchen floor to look gorgeously golden, with just the odd dark penny here and there.11. Stunning Silver Penny Floor
Next Luxury – If you are really up for trying something different, why not consider creating a penny floor made entirely of silver pennies? As you can see from this shower floor, this works exceptionally well and will fit in with any modern, transitional, industrial, or contemporary bathroom with no problems. These pennies are a little more difficult to get a hold of, but I am sure you will agree that the end justifies the means.12. The Penny Floor Compass
Patio Supply – If you don’t know which direction to go with regards to your penny floor design options, perhaps a more literal approach is what you need. This stunning compass design is breathtaking and is as unique as it is shiny! I love the gold tones and warmth this floor achieves. This is one penny floor idea I can picture in my own home, perhaps under my skylight, without a moment’s hesitation.13. Penny Floor In Small Spaces
Next Luxury – Personally, I think penny floors work exceptionally well in small spaces. Provided the rest of the room is fairly finished in a minimalistic style, of course. Otherwise, it will look too cluttered and the room will appear even smaller. In this picture, you can clearly see how the addition of a penny floor turns this tiny toilet room into an industrial haven.14. Wavy Penny Floor
Next Luxury – If you are looking for a complicated all-penny pattern to pull off, look no further than this wave-inspired space. The darker pennies look almost black, while the shiny ones look as though they are brand new, and this mix-n-match of new and old works very well. Overall, I love the simple yet complex nature of this design and think it could work anywhere, but specifically in a lounge area or bathroom.
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Next Luxury – Even though the tree is not totally finished in this image, I’m sure your imagination can fill in the blank. I for one am in love with this design and am blown away by how well it works. This would be perfect for children’s bedrooms, guest rooms, kitchens, patios, and entryways.