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    Question Basement finish - question

    I am finally having my basement finished after using it for my sewing area for five years. I have always had an area rug under my sewing table, but now I am having a vinyl floor put down. I don't know whether to get rid of the area rug or keep it to put back under my table. My chair is on rollers, so it does "hug" the rug and not roll around while I sew, but I do have to vacuum often because of the threads and lint. What would you do? I am trying to get rid of things that I won't be using since I have to clear the area for the workmen to start. Thanks for your thoughts.
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    I think it will depend on what floor you are putting down. If it is something that the rolling wheels will mark, you may want to use your rug. I know that a smooth floor is easier to keep clean but a rug helps to keep the thread and fluffies from tracking into other rooms.

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    I have hardwood floors in my sewing studio....no rug....and can roll around to my hearts content....use a swifter to keep control of the dust and threads and such......like the smooth floor better than carpet which I used to have.....vacuum used to really inhale the threads badly on the rollers, with the swifter don't have that problem.....with a smooth floor is easier to see "lost pins" and such also.....
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    I also had hard wood floors and I love how my chair rolls around. I roll over to my pressing area and I roll to the phone etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie the "Ripper" View Post
    I am finally having my basement finished after using it for my sewing area for five years. I have always had an area rug under my sewing table, but now I am having a vinyl floor put down. I don't know whether to get rid of the area rug or keep it to put back under my table. My chair is on rollers, so it does "hug" the rug and not roll around while I sew, but I do have to vacuum often because of the threads and lint. What would you do? I am trying to get rid of things that I won't be using since I have to clear the area for the workmen to start. Thanks for your thoughts.
    I hate rugs and carpets, so my choice would be do without. However, I do see some benefit in keeping your chair from rolling around. Maybe just a 4' x 4' piece of closely woven carpet------like an industrial carpet------for under your chair? Might relieve strain on your vinyl flooring, too.
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    I have carpet in my basement sewing room to help keep the room warmer.


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    My sewing room is in the basement which is completely finished. My floor is 12" porcelain tiles over the original cement floor. I love being able to roll wherever my chair takes me - no rugs - If it gets cool down there, I plug in my Eden Pure quartz heater and I'm 'oh-so-cozy" in the wintertime.

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    I have hardwood in my sewing area, but I did find that the floor was showing some wear in front of my machines so I got a rubber type floor mat (like you might see in front of a shop workbench) to put in that area to help save the finish on the floor. I find that it vaccuums almost as easily as the hardwood and it would work as an insulator on a concrete floor too.
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    I too have a basement sewing room. I took out my carpeting(I'm a diabetic and am terrified of stepping on a pin) and had vinyl floor put down and I love it. I've never looked back. So easy for the chair to roll from machine to ironing board.

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    I don't think rolling around on hardwood floors would be good for them. Redoing them would not be very much fun. Just sayin.
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    I have an office chair to use for sewing. I also have the plastic floor mat under it that they use in offices. Keeps the chair moving easier and doesn't leave marks in the carpet in my sewing room, living room., or traveltrailer. I really like it.

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    My sewing area had carpet, now has tile, so glad I made the change! My rolling chair does not seam to move as I use the machine. but a gental push and I'm away from the machine or can adjust the angel I'm at in front of it. Tryed an area rug for warmth, but missed the easy movement of my chair. It was, In my opion, more trouble than it was worth. If I were you I would hang on to the rug untill the remodel was finished, try it with and without rug than you will know for sure.

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    I have a carpet under my sewing area for warmth, the cement floors in the basement can get chilly in the winter here.

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    i also have the carpet for warmth in the basement. But then, nothing is within "rolling" distance anywho.....sigh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie the "Ripper" View Post
    I am finally having my basement finished after using it for my sewing area for five years. I have always had an area rug under my sewing table, but now I am having a vinyl floor put down. I don't know whether to get rid of the area rug or keep it to put back under my table. My chair is on rollers, so it does "hug" the rug and not roll around while I sew, but I do have to vacuum often because of the threads and lint. What would you do? I am trying to get rid of things that I won't be using since I have to clear the area for the workmen to start. Thanks for your thoughts.
    I have vinyl in my sewing room and love it. I don't even use swiffers - I use batting scraps instead (cheaper!). I give it a quick run over each time I finish sewing for the day and it is wonderful!

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    How about one of those big clear mats you see in offices, under chairs. I have seen them at Walmart. They protect your floor or carpeting from wear, easy to roll around on but not slick.

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    I have laminate in my sewing room. I love that I can easily roll wherever I want to go BUT if I am free motion quilting the chair rolls back so I am constantly having to roll back to my machine. Don't like that much. I'm going to put down an area rug to stop that problem.

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    I have carpeting with a vinyl mat in front of my sewing area. I would love to get rid of the carpet for all the reasons above plus I don't like vacuuming in there. All the pins, little pieces of fabric and thread cause so much problems to my vacuum cleaner.

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    I have laminate flooring in my sewing room, had carpet in old room and would never go back to that.

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    In my basement room, I have a painted concrete floor. That would be similar to your vinyl one.
    I use a "portable" sewing table, which I found moved some when I speed sew. So I put a small rug under the legs/wheels to stop that.
    Yes, my chair has wheels and it does move some so I am thinking about putting a small rug or carpet remnant under that to keep me from rolling backwards as I quilt!
    Oh for heaven's sake, don't put a big rug down! I use minky quite a bit and that stuff gets all over the place, not to mention threads! Just leave the vinyl; it will help in keeping the floor clean or fabric dander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    How about one of those big clear mats you see in offices, under chairs. I have seen them at Walmart. They protect your floor or carpeting from wear, easy to roll around on but not slick.
    You still roll backwards. Trust me.

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    I have hardwood in my sewing room but I like a rug in front of my cutting table because it's easier on my poor old (accent on the "old" part... LOL!) legs to stand on that when I haver an extended cutting session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    In my basement room, I have a painted concrete floor. That would be similar to your vinyl one.
    I use a "portable" sewing table, which I found moved some when I speed sew. So I put a small rug under the legs/wheels to stop that.
    Yes, my chair has wheels and it does move some so I am thinking about putting a small rug or carpet remnant under that to keep me from rolling backwards as I quilt!
    Oh for heaven's sake, don't put a big rug down! I use minky quite a bit and that stuff gets all over the place, not to mention threads! Just leave the vinyl; it will help in keeping the floor clean or fabric dander.
    Oh yes; I have anti-stress mats surrounding my cutting table. A must on the hard basement floor even if you have vinyl over it.

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    I sew barefoot. If you do, will your feet get cold? Guess I'd leave it without a rug and see how it works. If it doesn't work well, I'd add the rug.

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    I have laminate flooring in a light birch color in my basement studio. I also have an oval braided rug in an open area, just to soften the "echo" of a large room and make it feel homey. I can easily dust with a swiffer vacuum. I can hear pins drop and pick them up immediately. I love that the laminate has a thin layer of foam "insulation" under it, making it easy on the feet and not cold. I find that the room is much warmer in winter now. All exterior walls were well insulated before the dry wall went up I only have one heat vent, but it is enough to keep the area cozy in the winter and comfy in the summer with the A/C on. I also keep a dehumidifier going constantly so there is no dampness to make the fabric get smelly. I L O V E my basement sewing studio.

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