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Thread: What kind of flooring should I put in my sewing room?

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    Had carpet where we lived before, and laminate now. Much prefer the laminate, easier to clean, chair rolls easily, can slide furniture around much easier.
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    This house was fully carpeted when we bought. Before I sewed, we replaced all of the carpet with hardwood.

    In my sewing room / workshop as well as most rooms, I have a rug down, for warmth, this is a cold place in the winter, and a space heater. In the dining room, where my frame is and I have one or 2 machines set up, there's a woodstove close by. There's still a rug under where my chair goes for the frame or the sewing machine. This protects the floor. Anything the wheels of your chair picks up is now acting like sand paper on your floor. I also now do all starching over the rug, why? The wood floor gets incredibly slippery from the starch over-spray. I almost fell the other day, and would have hit the side of the wood stove on my way down.

    So my recommendation is for a hard floor, but a rug on top, in some spaces.

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    I have porcelain tile because my whole lower level is tiled. If I had my choice between carpet or hard flooring, the hard flooring would always win hands down - easier to clean, no pins in your feet or my furbabie's feet, just a quick broom/dustpan for snippets and you're done! Hope you post photos!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv View Post
    I'd do laminate, and, if your sewing room is in a cold part of the house - basement, north side, or on a slab - I would put some radiant heating under the flooring, at least at your primary sewing station. Radiant heat can be installed easily when putting in a new floor. It can be electric or hot water. I'd choose electric so I'd never have to worry about one of the little tubes of water under the floor bursting.
    Great idea, we have heated floors in our bathroom, but, there were considerations of what could be under and over the heating element so make sure if you go this route that they are all compatible!!
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    This house had hardwoods in the room that is now my sewing room. And I LOVE IT!!!!!! So easy to clean and I can roll between my work./cutting table, sewing desk and big board ironing board. SO great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vondae View Post
    I have carpet in mine, but, laminate is much easier to clean & those pesky pins that leap out of my pincushion would also be easier to find. Saying that, if you have a rolling desk chair it also is easier to move on the laminate. But, I don't have any problems rolling mine on carpet. I like the warmth the carpet gives. Guess it depends on your needs & wants.
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    I agree with Vondae. I too have carpet but am thinking of changing to the laminate. I hate when I drop a pin and can't find it in the rug.

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    If you put carpet in sewing room don't go barefoot or atleast get a small magnetic roller to pick up fallen pins. Ouch!

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    I have tile that looks like a wood floor. Had carpet in the new house and it is now gone. Anything you can sweep versus vacuum is better.

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    i think laminate would be better . easier to clean and find the pins that are dropped .

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    We have tile throughout the whole house; easy to clean. The 12 x 24 blocks are wonderful on our cement floors, but the next ones will be cork. No problem finding pins or needles with our long magnetic telescoping pole, we can quickly pick them up. The idea of having heat under sounds wonderful. And lots of light....lots of light...over every machine and cutting table. We are retired and we both quilt...dh and I. Our home is 'lived in' and shows it.

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    A hard surface for me. Much easier to sweep/Swiffer vs carpeting. Easy, fast clean up.

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    If your chair rolls, like an office chair, maybe carpet. I have wood floors and I can hear a pin drop...I like that
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    I removed the carpet because it was a mess with all the threads and not good for the vacuum. Put laminate in and just love it.

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    I have carpet now and hate how I lose pins in it (I can literally drop a pin and a second later cannot find it anywhere). My new room has nafco tiles. I'm crazy about checkerboard floors and we couldn't get them in the new kitchen or bathrooms (I wanted something all one piece in case of spills, etc) so I'm thrilled to have it in my sewing room.
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    We have replaced all our carpet with laminate flooring, kitchen will be next. When DH had my quilting room added on I chose laminate for that floor also......good choice! Love it, use a Swiffer duster, vinegar water to mop . So easy to keep and things don't get so lost, like a pin that can stick your foot.

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    I just posted photos of my sewing room with laminate flooring. It's so easy to clean up, and it's a breeze to find pins that you've dropped, unlike carpet. I did put a sisal type of rug under my desk just to make the floor a bit "warmer" and to keep my foot pedal from sliding around, but I really think the laminate can't be beat. No more thread sticking to the carpet!!

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    I have wood laminate in my sewing room and tile in my longarm room. I like them both. Easy to clean with just a swifter. I even use leftover cotton batting on my swifter instead of buying the sheets.

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    I love the look and feel of laminate wood flooring. My DH and I are planning to remove the carpeting upstairs and on the stairs and replace with laminate at a future date. This would be easier to keep clean and is warmer than having tiles.

    Once we have finished unpacking, I've to choose between having my sewing area upstairs in my carpeted bedroom where the lighting is better with a lot of natural light or downstairs in the lounge area where some spot lights are to make it brighter. The only thing is that my sewing area is not to get into anyones way. My lounge downstairs has a slat-stone flooring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjhaess View Post
    I am using a stick and peel vinyl flooring that looks like wood. It is the easiest stuff to put down. It has a 25 year guarantee also...
    I am adding this to my whole house but using a vinyl glue with the peel and stick vinyl pieces to make sure it stays put. I am planning to put small rugs under the table where my feet will be and at my ironing board and cutting table to keep my feet warmer during the winter months. I never want to have carpet again...way too dirty for my liking!
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    I'm barefoot most of the time, so I have carpet in my sewing room. Keeps my toesies warm in the winter.

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    When we built our house I had carpet put in my sewing room. It took about six months for me to realize what a mistake! I put down laminate flooring and love it!
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    I have carpet but under my chair area, I have one of those plastic office mats so my chair rolls easier and it is easier to pick up pins and threads

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    I've had carpet and hard flooring. I prefer carpeting, because then I don't have to wear shoes to help my back. It's warmer, too. In the end, it's a personal choice. Are you used to hard flooring or carpet? What do you find irritating about your current flooring? What do you like about it?

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    I won't ever have carpet again -- no matter what I did to clean it, never felt it was really clean. We have 18" tile in most of the house, except for high end laminate in living/dining rooms and the 3 bedrooms (one of which is my quilt room). LOVE it -- I have a very low pile area rug right under my sewing table (for comfort & warmth), but when pins are dropped I can easily see them. I've stepped on pins before when I had carpeting and that's not fun. Plus I have 2 fur babies that I want safe from stepping on pins, too. When I want to clean the area rug its easily done (take out to the driveway, wet down and scrub with a scrub brush, rinse and hang onto the chain link fence to dry). Not expensive to replace, either. These days I'm all for easy, not expensive, keeping clean and safety!

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    If you have extra to put forth and would like a warm floor there are floor warming systems/pads that can be installed under laminate. They are specialized for different types of floors so make sure you get the right one. My DH likes ours. Read up on it before you buy, it may be initially more than you want to spend (but soooo worth it in the end).

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