If you have damaged or otherwise less than perfect floors and are on a tight budget, consider painting them with a dramatic eye-catching design like Carrie has done with this amazing painted pattern floor.
I& known for sometime (literally years). That I would rip up my ugly paint stained Den carpet, and attempt to recreate the plywood sub .
I don't have this exact set up but its a really cool way to add space in the laundry room. Plywood as a laundry room counter top, just rub on some danish oil. (add a cheap rubber floor mat between the wood and metal to dampen the sound)