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Thread: dilemma with sewing room floor

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    Junior Member sandiphi's Avatar
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    I just sold my pool table so I am now able to set up my long arm machine and frame, but my floor looks terrible. My sewing room is my basement, it has a painted cement floor which was ruined from some water that leaked from our furnace during the ice storm. Now the paint has come up from the floor and looks terrible. I am trying to decide if I should repaint the floor, put down indoor/outdoor rug, or put vinyl tile down. If I repaint the floor, I will have to scrape the paint off, same with laying down vinyl tile. If I put down carpet do I have to put down a subfloor first? Oh such dilemma's. Don't know what to do? Do any of you have a concrete floor and if so, what do you have on it? What would you do in my situation? Just curious. Can't wait to fix my floor so I can start machine quilting.

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    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
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    We have a concrete floor. It was built as an auto shop for my dad and we remodeled it into an apartment. If your floor is not chipped or have cracks you could put down press on tiles. This is what I have. I want to change it because the floor is cold in winter but since my DH is in a wheelchair I can't use carpet. It is too hard for him and I don't want it because I have grandkids who like to paint and I don't want the mess.
    But you might consider the carpet. No you don't have to lay a subflooring unless you want to level your floor. I and my DH come from families that are in construction and we have been debating this question for over a year now.
    I want to lay hardwood flooring which means I would need a subfloor to even out our floor. But it is too expensive for now.
    The only concern you might watch for is condensation coming up through the concrete.

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    Super Member judy_68's Avatar
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    My sewing room is in my basement. I also have a pool table and want to get rid of it. I just went and bought carpet and laid it down. Its not attached just laid down. That way if I do have and water leak in the baement I can pull it up quick. Its not perfect but it works.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I think a rug or carpet would be warmer on the feet during the cold months...just my 2 cents..LOL

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    Junior Member G-Maw Wilda's Avatar
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    My basement floor is concrete, we have carpet with padding on two of the rooms, indoor outdoor on the exercise room and tile on the pool room. We haven't had any trouble with water on any of the floors since we built the house, soon be five years.

    The only problem we had was when one of the guys covered up the end of the drain pipe when he bulldozed. Well, it just so happened that it rained for about a week, my son started down the steps and yelled at us to come quickly. We had about six inches of water covering the entire basement. We hadn't lived in the house very long, about three months. I called our contractor and they came down that night and uncovered the drain pipe. The water disappeared in a few minutes. They came back the next day and took up all of the carpet and pad. The pad had to be replaced luckly we were able to dry the carpet out and save it. The tile floor wasn't hurt. But we keep an eye on that drain pipe now.

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    I also have a sewing room in a finished basement. I chose a commercial grade Berber carpet which is very tightly woven. Padding will also give you added comfort if you are going to be standing on your feet for any period of time. Basement floors are just naturally cold and carpet will add the warmth you need if you live in an area that experiences cold temperatures in the winter.

    Make your sewing area attractive and you will want to spend more time working on your projects.

    June in Cincinnati

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    How about a nice heated floor? I would sew bare foot.


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    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
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    Check out the new way concrete is being done for floors. It's fantastic.


    There are many flooring companies that do this. I've seen it in many of the newer homes and it's beautiful. Have you seen the bendable concrete?

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    My dream sewing room would have a bamboo floor.....

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    Super Member Barb M's Avatar
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    I saw on a home deco show, carpet tiles, they are really cool, you just, i think, peel off the backing and stick them down, then if one gets ruined, you can just replace the square. Just think, if you get different colours, you could create a quilt pattern on your floor with the carpet tiles :) And the show said you didnt need underlay with these.

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