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Flooring for Education Facilities

We pride ourselves on offering a truly comprehensive product portfolio with leading edge products specifically designed to cater for each area of an education project.
Making Spaces into Learning Places.

Educational flooring

Expertise in Education

Expertise in Education

Forbo Flooring Systems has been manufacturing and supplying floor coverings to educational environments for over a century. Our wide range of floor coverings is used across a broad portfolio of educational establishments across the globe.

From nurseries to universities, educational establishments demand attractive, hardwearing, low maintenance, safe and sustainable flooring solutions. Durability and hygiene are important in areas used by children and young adults.

From entrance to exit, whether new build or refurbishment, our integrated flooring portfolio can help you choose the right flooring solutions for your project.

Educational Flooring - Marmoleum


Spaces in Education

  • Coral Brush


    First impression of a building


    Do pupils or students slow down or stop to wipe their feet when they walk into school or college? Chances are that they don’t, which is why it’s important to keep the world outside, outside. By keeping out dirt and moisture at the entrance, cleaning costs can be cut by up to 65%, interior floors protected and the potential for slipping greatly reduced. With our Nuway and Coral ranges, Forbo offers both rigid and textile entrance matting solutions.

  • Reception



    Reception areas act as the place where a school, university or college can create a good first impression on students and visitors alike. Whether your priority is sustainability, bespoke design or durability, Forbo Flooring Systems has a product to suit your needs.

  • Circulation area

    Corridors & Circulation areas

    Durable and safe flooring

    Corridors & Circulation areas

    Corridors are busy, noisy places and demand durable and safe flooring. We have a range of products that can offer sustainability, sound reduction and quick installation whilst also having superb durability and slip resistance. This ensures your corridors not only look great, but are safe and practical.

  • General Teaching Area

    General Teaching suites

    Comfortable, safe and inspiring

    General Teaching suites

    The perfect classroom is an environment where students can feel comfortable, safe and inspired. Color, light, acoustics, it all affects the learning process and the level of attention of students in the classroom. Forbo can offer a range of solutions which fulfill all of these requirements.

  • Practical Teaching Suite

    Practical teaching suites

    Slip resistance and durable

    Practical teaching suites

    In environments where pupils are asked to be creative, safety becomes the main concern. With the correct Forbo floor covering, you can ensure the safety of staff and pupils alike with slip resistance and durability guaranteed.

    When working with chemicals or other specialist materials, incorrect floor coverings can be problematic for pupil’s in both a learning and safety aspect. Forbo’s floor coverings offer can accommodate laboratories and specialist teaching areas of a school to ensure durability (in case of chemical spillages) and slip resistance (contaminated or wet floors).

  • Sphera EC 450036 water

    Specialist Areas

    Static Dissipative & Electro Conductive

    Specialist areas

    Not only do specialist areas need a floor covering that is easy to clean for reduced slip risk, but they must also provide static dissipative and electro conductive properties.

  • Canteen

    Dining room & Kitchen suite

    Hygienic flooring

    Dining room & kitchen suite

    Dining areas are used and abused daily. Walkways and designated areas can be created using colour and/or a mixture of product types. Forbo understands that the products used in dining areas should have:

    ● Good slip resistance to avoid slips and trips
    ● Durability to cope with the hundreds of pupils, staff and visitors
    ● Excellent acoustic properties to reduce and contain the noise where possible
    ● Flooring that cleans up as good as new and is hygienic

  • Changing facilities

    Sports Changing facilities

    Slip resistance

    Sports Changing facilities

    In changing facilities, safety is the main concern. In environments like these a floor with excellent non slip properties is crucial to minimize the risk of accidents. Durability and ease of cleaning are also main concerns in changing facilities. Forbo understand your needs, therefore we created our Step Safety Flooring collection. Our Step safety flooring offers lifetime slip resistant performance and provides safety solutions for a wide range of applications.

  • Administrative offices

    Administrative suites

    Acoustic & Comfort

    Administrative suites

    This is an area in the school which will accommodate administration staff and senior management. It needs to be near the entrance so the flooring may need to reflect that found in the reception area for an integrated appearance.

    Office and meeting rooms should provide a comfortable yet inspiring place in which staff, visitors and students can express themselves and share thoughts and ideas with each other. Therefore, comfort and aesthetic capabilities are important to consider when creating an office/meeting room environment.

  • Library

    Libraries & Lecture Theatres

    keep noise pollution to a minimum

    Libraries & Lecture Theatres

    Acoustic properties and flooring design are vital for lecture theaters and libraries where pupils’ attention and concentration are key. Forbo can offer the solution to keep noise pollution to a minimum and offer muted design tones that can aid pupils’ learning during study periods.

  • Furniture & walls

    Furniture & walls

    design and functionality

    Furniture & walls

    Using linoleum for other purposes than flooring might not be the first thing you think of. However, we apply special pinboard linoleum to the wall and furniture linoleum to desktops and tables.

    Furniture and walls are vital areas of a school which require stimulating design and durability. Forbo’s ‘off the floor’ products can provide the perfect solution, from expressing pupils’ outstanding work and achievements on Bulletin Board pinboard linoleum or creating a warm and welcoming classroom interior with Furniture Linoleum desktop linoleum.


Suitable flooring products for education buildings

Nuway - rigid Entrance Systems

- The recognised market leader in engineered entrance flooring systems, Nuway entrance systems provide an outstanding first line of defence against soil and moisture entering a building on the soles of shoes and the treads of wheeled traffic

- Wide range of made-to-order rigid single and double sided made-to-order mats

- Helps to keep interior floor coverings dryer and cleaner whilst also preventing slips

- By keeping out dirt and moisture at the entrance, cleaning costs can be cut by up to 65%

- Perfect for high footfall areas such as school entrances
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Nuway Grid Wellington Academy
Coral Brush 5705

Coral - textile clean-off entrance systems

- Coral has been the market leading, textile entrance flooring brand for 50 years

- Offers more choice than ever before with attractive and sustainable clean-off systems

- Available in styles and constructions to suit all applications, budgets and aesthetic requirements

- Coral entrance floors can prolong the life of your floor as well as greatly reduce cleaning costs and the risk of slipping
Go to the Coral collection

Marmoleum – linoleum sheet and tile

- The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) without the need for carbon offsetting.

- Holds the Allergy UK Seal of Approval

- Manufactured from 97% natural raw materials (including linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, jute and limestone)

- Available in over 300 colours

- Marmoleum’s unique Topshield finish reduces soiling and is resistant from hand disinfectants.
Go to the Marmoleum collection

Marmoleum Real 3173

Sarlon – acoustic vinyl sheet

- Excellent all-round performer ideal for classrooms where noise pollution can be an issue

- Impact sound reduction of 15dB to 19dB

- Requires minimum cleaning and maintenance

- Available in an **extensive range of colours and designs*
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Eternal – general purpose vinyl sheet

- A general purpose heterogeneous vinyl perfect for dining room/
cafeteria where a hard wearing solution is key

- Hard-wearing and able to withstand heavy footfall

- Available in realistic wood effects, stone and abstract
, a broad palette of colours and digitally
printed visuals
which are designed to inspire
Go to the Eternal collection

eternal creche

Step – safety vinyl sheet

- Collection provides a complete range of products designed to meet safety demands in areas where spills or debris on the floor could be frequent, such as a food/design technology classroom or an art classroom

- Guaranteed slip resistant performance throughout the life of the product

- Meets all HSE and European safety norms and delivers safety with minimal compromise

- Available in muted tones and bright colours

- Digital print options available
Go to the Step collection

Flotex – flocked flooring

- Perfect solution for classrooms and lecture theatres where foot traffic and movement of chairs requires a durable floor covering

- Provides the comfort and warmth of a carpet with increased durability thanks to the flocked design

- Holds the Allergy UK Seal of Approval™

- Available in a wide range of colours and stimulating designs

- Offered in a sheet, tile or plank format.
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flotex classroom

Tessera – carpet tiles

- Available in four different constructions, these high quality carpet tiles are designed to maintain their good looks in heavy traffic areas such as receptions and entrances

- A wide range of stimulating designs and sympathetic colours to create inspiring learning interiors

- Impact sound properties up to 30 dB

- Ranges to suit all budgets from entry level to premium.
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Allura – luxury vinyl tiles

- Proven wear layer for reduced cleaning and maintenance

- Superior dimensional stability for ease of fitting and improved durability

- In-register embossing to increase the natural look of the wood designs with matt finish for increased realism

- Easily combined with Tessera carpet tiles using the same adhesive, without the need for transition strips, additional profiles, or inconvenient build-up of the subfloor

- Allura is BREEAM A+ rating in Education

- Ideal for use at drinks points or areas with wheeled traffic
Go to the Allura collection

allura in education
Sphera Element 50030 moleskin

Sphera – homogeneous vinyl sheet

- SMART-top surface finish ensures Sphera has a high resistance to chemicals, scratches and stains which makes Sphera a perfect solution for increased contamination classrooms

- In-line coating and subsequent embossing process for superior appearance and durability

- Achieves highest abrasion wear rating group T tested to EN660-2
Go to the Sphera collection

ESD & Cleanroom Flooring

Colorex - Static Control Flooring
- The technology assures a permanently conductive product guaranteeing optimal performance throughout the life of the product. Colorex fully complies with all ESD standards

- The surface of Colorex can be fully repaired extending the useful life of the product

- The dense construction of Colorex provides excellent resistance to heavy loads making it an ideal solution for university laboratories

Sphera SD | EC
- Permanent conductive properties, which comply with all ESD standards.

- Sphera SD | EC will retain its optimal performance throughout the product's lifetime

- Low emissions and phthalate free manufacturing ensures that Sphera SD | EC can contribute to a healthy indoor environment

- The unique SMART control surface treatment makes Sphera SD | EC resistant to stains and scratches, for a durable and hygienic solution
Go to the ESD & Cleanroom flooring collection

Sphera EC 450036 in Pharmaceutical Laborator
Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board - pinboard linoleum

- Offers a practical, simple solution to display pupil’s work, daily/weekly school updates and extra curriculum information

- Tactile and colourful, available in 15 vibrant and muted colours

- All natural material with self-healing properties
Go to the Bulletin Board collection

Furniture Linoleum - desktop linoleum

- Offers the finishing touch for all furniture such as desks, stools, cabinets, doors and displays. Perfect for elegant and durable school desks and stools/chairs

- A satin matt surface with a warm, fine texture creating a truly distinctive, genuinely individual look and feel

- Available in 21 colours
Go to the Furniture Linoleum collection

Furniture linoleum konkurs 2020


Marmoleum - natural linoleum

A truly CO₂ neutral floor covering
Forbo’s Marmoleum is made from an average of 97% natural raw materials.

So it’s no surprise that it is the world’s leading, sustainable resilient flooring.

The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is also CO₂ neutral (cradle to gate) without offsetting.

With the UK Government recently setting a new target for schools having net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the use of Marmoleum in the education sector has never been more relevant.
Find out more about Marmoleum

Marmoleum Concrete in Parker Hannifin Staff Area
Coral Brush 5705

Entrance Flooring Systems

Keeping the world outside, outside
From old carpet fluff to abandoned fishing nets, many of our Coral collections are made from ECONYL® – a high quality yarn made from 100% regenerated polyamide.

The primary backing of Coral Welcome is made from recycled plastic PET bottles.

We make Coral in a factory that runs entirely on green electricity and sends virtually zero waste to landfill and 100% of our aluminium, steel and rubber waste from our Nuway production is recycled.

And for those customers wanting a ‘natural’ entrance system, we offer Nuway Tuftiguard with Bamboo scraper bars. Bamboo is a sustainable species of grass and one of the fastest growing plants on earth.
Find out more about our EFS products

Tessera - carpet tiles

Industry leading recycled content
All of our UK-produced tufted carpet tiles have at least 57% recycled content (by weight), with some containing an impressive 76%.

We’re also reducing the amount of virgin materials we use. For example, instead of throwing away yarn ends, we rewind them and tuft them into our Tessera range. We even have several ranges made with up to 100% ECONYL® regenerated yarn.
Discover the Tessera range

Tessera carpet tiles

Step Safety Vinyl

Making vinyl better
We are constantly striving to improve the environmental profile of our vinyl products through local and international initiatives.

Our Step products are 100% phthalate free and have at least 70% recycled content in the backing.

We produce all our vinyl in Europe where it meets the highest possible current and future REACH compliance standards for chemical content.

Of all the electricity we buy, 100% comes from renewable sources. This means our vinyl production sites are part of an effective environmental management system and achieve ISO14001 certification.
Discover the full Step range

Net Zero Carbon

Marmoleum caring for your education

From nurseries to universities, educational establishments demand attractive, hardwearing, low maintenance safe and sustainable flooring solutions. Durability and hygiene are important in areas used by children and young adults.

Phthalate free! Exposure to some kind of phthalates has been
linked to the rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Created from natural, renewable materials, Marmoleum does not contain PVC or Phthalates providing a safe and low emitting floor. Marmoleum is also approved by Allergy UK as it does not harbour dust mites.

The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) - without offsetting, which means it contributes to the Government’s target to achieve net-zero by 2050. Marmoleum can also help with schemes such as LEED, SKA, BREEAM and the WELL building standard.

Our most sustainable flooring solution, Marmoleum offers a wealth of colour options, scuff and scratch resistance, coupled with the possibility to repair damaged surfaces.

✔ Natural raw materials
✔ Phthalate free & PVC free
✔ Allergy UK approved
✔ Low emission
✔ Acoustic options
✔ CO2 neutral (from cradle to gate - without offset)


Natural Raw Materials

Marmoleum is a flooring product made primarily from renewable natural resources. The top layer is linoleum, a bio-based, ecologically produced material made from 97% natural raw materials.

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years. Forbo has been driving this development through its Marmoleum brand. Making Marmoleum is an art, which is not learned at any trade or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum.
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raw materials

Marmoleum Collections

A natural winner! Our Marmoleum floor coverings are natural floors associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Discover the natural beauty of Marmoleum with over 300 colours and designs, ranging from marbled to linear and concrete, available in sheet, planks and tiles.
Discover our Marmoleum Collections

Marmoleum products

CO₂ neutral (without offset)

Improve the world, start with the floor. The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is CO₂ neutral (cradle to gate) - without offsetting.

Marmoleum combines ecological values with contemporary design and offers an important contribution to a sustainable world.
Discover why Marmoleum is CO₂ neutral (cradle to gate)

CO2 neutral

Installation & Floor Care

Marmoleum is made to last. Through our installation and floorcare section, we aim to help you with your upcoming Marmoleum installations. Our installation and floorcare pages have comprehensive cleaning, maintenance and installation advice along with a series of YouTube video guides.
More information about installation & Floor care
Marmoleum FAQs

Cleaning marmoleum

Design & Inspiration

Marmoleum has over 300 colours across a variety of designs and formats. The blend of colours and designs offer the versatility to combine with other Forbo products.
View our latest Marmoleum projects, or visualise your ideas using our interactive floor planner.
Marmoleum Design & Inspiration
Marmoleum Projects
Floor planner


Creating Better Environments

Inline with our sustainability strategy, we use various transparent certification systems from independent third parties (worldwide) to have our floor coverings regularly checked and evaluated.

Marmoleum has multiple characteristics that contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Through our flooring solutions, it is our ambition to make a positive contribution to your health and wellbeing.

Read about how Marmoleum contributes to healthy interiors
Read more about circular Marmoleum

Environment Trees

Sample Packs

Education Sample Packs

Getting The Look and creating integrated education projects has never been easier. Simply click the link below to learn more about the interiors and the products used and how they work perfectly with each other. Then use our simple ONLINE SAMPLE FORM to order a sample pack of all the products used to get you started.

Order your sample packs here

Croxteth Primary School Fly Forbo


Crown Commercial Service

Forbo has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Services framework agreement for floor coverings so you can be confident that we can also save you time and money.
Go to the CCS Framework website

CCS logo


We are proud to share that Forbo has been appointed as a supplier on the Northern Eastern Universities Consortium (NEUPC) Framework.

Go to the NEUPC website



Forbo has also been appointed a floorcovering supplier on the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges framework which looks to explore collaborative opportunities for the Scottish university and college sector.

Go to the APUC website


Inspiration & Downloads

Floorplanner and design service

To create your floor and make up your mind what would fit best we have several tools and services. Our floorplanner helps you to place our floors in an educational environment, and even combine them, so you can see how it looks.
Start playing with our floorplanner

Our design service can even go further. We can help you design your floor. Our team of designers is ready for you, get in contact and let them know your requirements, send them the pictures of the current situation or the desired solution and they will come up with floor plans and product proposals.
Contact our design team


Get inspired by our references

Many educational establishments worldwide are using Forbo floor coverings. From nurseries and primary schools to universities. Visit our reference section and get inspired by worldwide reference project in educational environments.
Explore our education references

Glasgow Caledonian University