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Thread: Anyone besides me store their cutting mats under their area rugs?

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    Anyone besides me store their cutting mats under their area rugs?

    I started doing that a few months ago. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do that 5 years ago. It's such a simple, free solution to store the cutting mats, takes up no room and the mats lay flat! It works for rulers, too, but those need to be swept under the rug in a low traffic area so that no one puts a chair leg on them and accidentally breaks them.

    I like free, take up no room in the house solutions to storage problems!

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    oh boy, that would bother me. I can just hear it snapping when someone walks on it due to some uneven flooring or something. If you've had no problems, then good for you!!
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    Your floors are in better condition than mine are!

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    That implies we have area rugs..which are a dangerous fall risk.
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    I store mine between my washer and dryer, which are in my kitchen, since I use my kitchen table to cut It is handy

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    Store them? That means they are put away - mine stays on the island in the kitchen - the only time it gets put away is when we have company for dinner!

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    I store the ones on the main floor behind my china cabinet and it keeps them straight. The ones downstairs in my sewing room are all flat.
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    I think if I had an area rug, something would be on it. Like a table or something. Good idea though, if you have an area rug with nothing on it.

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    My largest mat and two oversized squares are stored under my couch! My husband laughed and laughed one day when we moved the couch to do something and there were more of my quilting tools.

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    I drilled holes in 2 corners of my mats. When I'm not using it, my 11x14 mat hangs on the pegboard along with my rulers. The 36 inch mat hangs on the side of my desk, facing the wall. And I have a huge tabletop mat. When I put it away (which isn't often) it's stored between the wall and a bookshelf. I was going to drill holes and hang it too, but it seems to do just fine back there.

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    We camp a great deal and I have found that the best place to store them is under the mattress which has a wood bottom underneath. I also store my various rulers and so far, nothing has broken. I have stored my rulers at various times behind my sofa too.

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    Mine are under the couch. Easy to get to, but they are flat when not in use. I have 3 large ones and standing them upright might warp them too much. I live in a small place, so I can't leave them out. I had them under a scatter rug in the bedroom, but I did not want to walk on them all the time, so under the couch it is.

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    Mine are under the couch!

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    Why not under the bed?

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    It would have to be a large area rug or I could see the mats causing the rugs to move and scratch the floor and the mats.
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    My area rugs won't move unless I picked them up and the mats may interfere with the non skid mat under the rugs. I have extra mats stored behind my bookshelf in my sewing room. The back of the shelf meets the molding and leaves a small gap between back of the shelf and wall. Perfect for storing mats upright.
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    I would hate for someone to walk on it wearing stilettos. The only area rugs I have are one in the bathroom (non-skid) and 2 in the bedroom, one on each side of the bed. I am not a fan of rugs. Couple of my friends store theirs in large cardboard frame carriers.

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    I store mine under the bed. I have vinyl flooring. When I still had carpet, I left a large mat flat on it and days (well maybe weeks) later when I picked up the mat, the carpet was damp under it.

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    I have two mats one on my cutting table and one small on at the DSM for PP, trimming and quick checking for accurate size of blocks.

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    I'm assuming you don't ever walk on these rugs?
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    like Peckish, i have holes in the top of mine and hang them on finish nails on the side of my cutting table. there's plenty of room for all 4 sizes right on top of each other
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    Mine are on top of the refrigerator along with several of the rulers. Very convenient since I cut on the kitchen counter and sew in the dining room.
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    Never tried that, I would not want everyone walking on it.

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    I store mine under the bed in the guest room.
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    Mine remains on top of my designated cutting table

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