Ideal flooring options for basements

You can cover your basement floor with carpet tiles, rubber or vinyl tiles. Carpet tiles are easy to install. All you have to do is put adhesive on the back of the tile and then press the tile on the floor. You can put them directly on the concrete basement floor. You can cover the complete floor with carpet tiles or even make a rug with them. Carpet tiles are more versatile and are available in many colours and designs.

You can also do rubber flooring on the basement floor. Rubber tiles have interlocking designs and are once again easy to install. Rubber tiles are also stain resistant and extremely durable. You can also go for cost-effective flooring with the use of vinyl tiles. You get self- adhesive ones in the market which you can install yourself.

Another inexpensive method that you can use for your basement floor is stained concrete. The easiest and best one to use is acrylic concrete stains. You can install this yourself by just following instructions.

Protecting Your Flooring

Construction of a house is a big achievement in one’s life. All the more important is the protection of the flooring of the home. It needs certain skill on your part to protect your flooring. You will have to concentrate more on the areas in your home that receive more traffic. Area rugs have to be used nicely in those spots. All you have to do is measure the space needed for the use of area rugs.

You would do well to purchase a rug and a rug backing. You might have several rolling chairs in your home. Hence it would be proper to use plastic floor guards at those areas. Make use of oil-based cleaning solutions to clean wood floors. The use of oil-based cleaners would ensure the fact that the wood remains clean and is protected from any further damage. Floors also should be cleaned with a mild cleanser.

Laying Linoleum inside a Room having pre-existing Linoleum


The pre-existing linoleum flooring should be completely flat for supporting the new linoleum. Scraping down high spots using coarse-grit sandpaper is helpful. An underlayment across the old linoleum can be done if necessary by stapling it to your old sheet. After measuring the sides of the room, add 3 inches to every measurement. Unroll the new linoleum sheet. Cut it to match the altered measurements, with a sharp knife.

The cut linoleum should be rolled on the old floor. Using the utility knife, trim where needed for getting around obstacles. After folding half portion of the linoleum, spread the adhesive on the bare portion of the floor starting from the far end of the wall to the center fold. Flop down your new linoleum in the adhesive. Apply pressure for bonding it to the adhesive. Repeat this process on the remaining half of the floor for laying the other half of the linoleum.

Designing Floor Plans for Small Kitchens


Measure the kitchen using a tape measure. A sketch of the kitchen should be drawn and measured dimensions should be marked on the paper. Markings should be made for the location of kitchen appliances on your sketch.

Consider making a galley kitchen layout having a long and narrow kitchen having appliances as well as cabinets on either side with a stretch of floor in the middle. Deeper counters should be planned in the kitchen so that you can use counter-top appliances reducing the requirement of large appliances. Lights should be planned under the cabinets on upper side to allow more light.

Place floor tiles creating a diagonal pattern, to get a feel of larger space in your galley kitchen. Place cabinets stretching up to the ceiling. This way you can increase the storage space. A combination of natural as well as artificial light helps for making the small space look bigger.