Allison, Just read your message about flooring, If you or some one in your family want to lay a new floor as in all things when buying material "you get what you pay for" Think about the colour of your room, if you want a light and bright room then a light coloured floor ( soft wood "pine") is very nice but gets darker in time, oak strip can look good. Dark wood can make your room warm and friendly,
Now the work begins: make sure the old floor is flat all the old nails are under the surface, next cover the whole floor with hardboard smooth side down find the centre of the room draw a straght line place the first strip/panel with the groove side to the line, when the first row is down you can start with the second row, run a thin line of glue along the inside of the groove ( not too much, or it will ooze out, and nothing look worse than nice new floor with bits of glue all over it. NOTE: leave about 1/2" 1cm space from the wall this is for any movement in the floor its self, the space alone the wall will be covered by the plinth/skirting board. only around the door frames must you take care and make a good job. I hope the information is of use to you, and good luck.