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Thread: unfinished basement / sewing area floor type and curtains??? suggestions

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    unfinished basement / sewing area floor type and curtains??? suggestions

    I would love to have suggestions for my sewing area in the unfinished basement. My husband is putting in a dry core floor on top of the concrete and would love to have some suggestions.
    Thanks, Michelle

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    not sure what constitutes a "dry core" floor, but I know that having carpet in my sewing room is a problem. I would much prefer a smooth floor surface, either wood or vinyl flooring so my chair can roll around better and a daily swiffer would clean it up. As for curtains, I have become a fan of the 3M Command products and use them to hang just about anything in my home, incuding to put up curtain rods.
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    I love my hardwood floors! I don't have carpeting anywhere in my house.

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    I made some curtains out of oilcloth!! It's a very decorative design, does not attract lint or dust. Also after having the chance of replacing the carpet, we had tile laid. It is easy to roll on and easy to clean = more time to sew
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    I removed the carpet in my sewing room in our current home and laid laminate flooring that looked like tile to help with the thread issues, cleaning and because I hate carpet in general. In our soon-to-be new home that we are remodeling I will be laying down vinyl plank flooring due to its waterproof qualities. I want the flooring in the entire house to match and since that means kitchen and baths we need something more durable than laminate (its a pier and beam house so no tile) yet economical.

    I second the command hanging gadgets.

    As for window treatments, currently I just have 2" wood blinds. New space will not have any windows which actually doesn't bother me (weirdo I know), it just means more cabinet, shelf, design wall space for me. But I always wanted to make matching machine covers for my machines and matching curtains in some "notions/sewing/dressmaking themed" fabric.

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    No carpet for me, tile or wood are great for all the above reasons. I have sheer's for curtains lets lots of light in but cuts the glare.

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    I would second those suggesting a vinyl flooring product. You just never know with basements no matter how much waterproofing you do. We recently installed vinyl plank flooring in our dining room and I love it. The product is 'Allure' available at Home Depot. Very economical, 30 year warranty and waterproof. We chose the dark 'walnut' color. It has a 'distressed' appearance to it - in that it has colorations made to look like small scratches and actual 'dents'. I have hardwood in my sewing room but would not mind this product either. Just be careful doing research. There are two versions of 'Allure' - one has a 30 yr. warranty and one a 15 yr. The 15 yr. is water 'resistant' not water 'proof'. It's about 1/2 the thickness. Planks fit together very snugly, no reveal or cracks for dirt to get trapped. Cleaning is with a damp mop with plain water; dry dust mop; or for very heavily soiled areas, a cleaner specific for that flooring. Again, would highly recommend this product.

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    My sewing area used to be in the basement and the floor was cold. I guess that would be my only concession to carpeting. If you are in a colder climate, maybe a few strategically placed rugs for warmth and coushioning would be best on your non carpeted floors.
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    I had a concrete coating put down on my basement floor. Several layers of coatings and it looks like stone. Love it! Winters are cold here , but I put on some wool socks and I am so much warmer.
    Not sure how much natural light you have coming into your basement , but go with light colors for anything.

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    Basements are usually cool, carpeting would add some warmth. Curtains, something made from a bright cheerful fabric. Something simple you can throw in the washer, use a tension rod since you are dealing with concrete walls.

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