Flooring can be made from a variety of materials that meet the minimum requirements. They must be able to be applied permanently to the floor and they must be able to stand foot traffic. Any type of flooring that is commercially available provides potential ideas for a homemade version.
Tiles can be cut from plywood or hardboard to cover your floor. Use a thick plywood and cut large squares from on your table saw. Cut a groove along the top edges on two sides and the bottom edges on the remaining two sides so that the tiles nest together. Hardboard comes in thin sheets and has a very resilient surface that can be painted. Glue or nail squares of it to your floor and paint with semigloss oil or latex floor paint.
Plank flooring can be cut from thick plywood, similarly to the tiles described in the tile section. A "faux" plank floor could be made from full sheets of plywood, grooved on a table saw to mimic the seams between the planks. Use stain or linseed oil to seal the wood and apply a few coats of wax for a very durable finish. Alternately, full sheets of cabinet-grade plywood can be used without the faux planking to create an open feel.
Heavy fabrics, old blankets and area rugs can be permanently installed as carpets. Pry the base shoe away at the bottom of your wall and insert the edges of your makeshift carpet into the revealed gap before reinstalling the molding to lock your carpet in place. Lay them over the existing rug, or on top of a wood or other smooth, hard surface floor.
The ultimate in easy is the painted rug or floor design. This method has been used for centuries and is cheaper than most other available floor solutions Floor paints may last marginally longer, but quality, semigloss latex paints work very well. Check with local lumber yards and hardware stores for mis-tinted paint, which can be had for less than half price. Choose the colors you like and work them into your design for even more savings.
- "Decorative Painting Techniques for Walls, Floors Ceilings and Furniture"; Elise Kinkead; 2009
- Tool Girl; Plank Flooring for any Budget; Mag Ruffman'
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