Flooring Ideas For Basement Family Room
Utilize Oversize Squares to Expand Space
Most vinyl tiles arrive in 12x12-inch squares, but to create the illusion of larger floor space, start looking for 16x16-inch squares. Carpet tiles come in bigger sizes (18x18 and 19.7x19.7) so that you are able to achieve an even more vibrant effect and revel in the heat and texture of carpet as additional advantages.
Choose Slate for Elegance
Slate tiles cover the staircase, landing, and also lower-level guest suite in this contemporary home. Stone tiles offer you natural elegance and are durable and easy to clean, but they are cool underfoot. For lower-level areas, consider installing an electric radiant-heat system over the concrete subfloor before placing the tiles.
Paint Stripes on Concrete Basement Floors
For an affordable and stylish flooring finish, paint concrete at a striped pattern. Employ wide stripes of light and dark gray first, then add narrow stripes of brighter colors. Use painter's tape to create the pattern. Prep the surface by cleaning it with TSP. Remove loose paint and oily spots and let the surface dry thoroughly. Employ a primer and ground paint formulated for concrete.
Install Budget-Friendly Vinyl Floor Tiles
Self-stick vinyl tiles are easy for do-it-yourselfers to install above a concrete floor. They're also inexpensive and easy to wash. To create a pattern such as the one here, draw your flooring to scale on graph paper and work out the positioning of colours. Begin with the diagonals throughout the center of the room and work toward the edges. It is a good idea to do a test patch first to observe just how the adhesive performs in your own ground. Lay down four squares and leave them in position for 24 hours. If you're able to pull them up, then you'll want to use a ceramic glue.
Paint the Stairs
Add color to the cellar stair by painting only the risers. If the stairs have a glossy finish, apply a deglossing primer first, then brush on your pick of eggshell or satin latex paint. The risers might require scrubbing from time to time to get rid of shoe marks, however because they don't receive the wear that the treads do, they do not need to be decorated with specialty floor paint.
Get the appearance of Parquet using Laminates
Solid-wood parquet is not suitable for basement installation--it's too easily damaged by moisture--however, you can get the look affordably with prefabricated or laminate parquet.
Engineered Wood for Cellar Floors
Get the look of real wood in the basement using an engineered-wood floor. Engineered wood consists of a few layers of wood laminated together, much like plywood (although not to be confused with laminate floors). The surface is hardwood veneer and the lower layers are generally softwood. It is suitable for below-grade installations since it shrinks and expands less than solid wood flooring.
Warm the Floors with an Area Rug
no matter the flooring you choose for the basement, a large area rug will add warmth underfoot and help anchor the hockey group visually. Use a rubber mat under the carpet to boost comfort. Avoid a foam pad because it may deteriorate after prolonged exposure to humid conditions.