Open Floor Plan Ideas

Open Floor Plan Ideas

Carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are very easy to install. The principles for fitting them are the same as those for lino or cork tiles ( 174 175) except that carpet tiles should not be glued permanently in place. Use a tackifier adhesive that will fix the tile and yet will still allow it to be easily pulled up and repositioned. Alternatively, in areas where the tiles are likely to move and under heavy furniture, fix tiles using double-sided carpet tape. Make sure the pile all faces in the same direction, following the arrows marked on the back of the tile or running your hand through the pile to see which way it lies.

Border tiles are easily cut to size. Place the tile upside-down over the gap between the wall and the last laid tile, with the tile against the wall. Make two nicks on the tile, one on each edge, adjacent to the edge 6f the tile underneath. On a cutting board, using a craft knife and metal edge, cut the tile between the two nicks. Reposition the offcut at the wall; it should fit the gap exactly.

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A The rather stark look of this bedroom, created by the monochrome colour scheme and skeletal, twisted metal furniture, is softened by the addition of a thick, highly textured carpet with a woven diamond pattern. An expanse of snow-white carpet can create quite a dramatic effect, but bear in mind that such carpets rarely look spotless for long.

Laying natural floor-coverings

Sisal is versatile; it can be woven robustly, as here, or it can be finely woven. This basketweave sisal matting is installed in a similar way to a fitted carpet using gripper rods so that it fits neatly against the walls, and does not ruck up when the chair is moved. But natural floor-coverings are glued rather than stretched into position.

When you buy a natural floor-covering unlike many carpets – you will have to pay quite a bit extra for fitting and underlay. The labour cost can be much higher than for conventional carpet-laying because carpet fitters tend to dislike laying natural floor-coverings. As the underlays can also be quite expensive, laying your own natural floor-covering can make a significant saving.

Before embarking on such a project, however, bear in mind that some aspects are tricky. For example, some materials can be difficult to cut to size. They have to be glued to the underlay, which is stuck to the subfloor, and then gripper strips are installed to help hold the floor-covering in place and minimize any shrinkage. It is possible to lay natural floor-coverings without an underlay but the finished result will not be as comfortable to walk on and any slight irregularities in the subfloor will quickly manifest themselves as wear ridges.

Plan the laying before beginning work. Natural floor-coverings come in strips 4m (13ft) wide so that all but the largest rooms can be laid without a seam. Remember to add 7.5cm (3in) on to each edge for trimming. Any seams should run along the longest side of the room. Rooms more than 4m (13ft) wide will require another strip of floor-covering. If the extra width required is less than 2m (6ft 6in), you can order a strip half the length of the room. This can be cut down the middle and laid end to end for greater economy although it will mean that there will be an extra seam to live with.

Natural floor-coverings require no complicated sewing of seams. The seams are simply butted together, although the use an extra adhesive bond is recommended the joints. Always lay the floor-covering wi the pattern of the weave running in the san direction. Unroll the floor-covering in tl room in which it is to be laid at least -hours before fitting to allow it to acclimatiz

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