this may offend anyone who has chosen to have laminate flooring... but don't have laminate flooring. it's RUBBISH. spend a few extra quid and do things properly. unless you plan on seling up and moving out within a few years.
professionally fitted decent quality laminate will look and last ok... but for what it costs you're well on the way to paying for lower quality real flooring.. and that will be better. it looks better, it feels better, it's more durable, and it will generally be more forgiving of the 'diy' installer.
'laminated' is another way of saying 'photocopied'. THINK ON THAT!! would you buy a photocopied carpet? would you? WOULD YOU?
normally i'm a massive snob about thing pretending to be wood when they aren't (or being brilliant white plastic when they should be wood - uPVC windows are one of my top pet hates. although that's partly because my uncle makes hardwood windows and taught me the evils of uPVC).
however, i just can't get very worked up about laminate flooring - i think it's fine in bedrooms, and i far prefer it to a thick heavy shag (har har). laminate can be tougher than real wood flooring. and it's much easier to fit than carpet (and easier to fit than a real wood floor)
i am partial to those carpets that are kind of woven and hard. i'm not sure how to describe them. kind of like this, but as a fitted carpet:
last summer i saw some ceramic tiles that had a wood pattern printed on them. i stood there in the diy shop for a good ten minutes trying to work out why the hell anybody ever thought that would be a good idea. look: http://www.wickes.co.uk/Ceramic-Floor-T ... nvt/165978
(the picture really doesn't show how hideous they are in real life)
edit: corrected my quoting.