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Carpet Squares in Basement

After working for an architect for over 20 years, I amassed a collection of commercial carpet tiles over the years that were discontinued. I didn't have enough to finish the whole basement ...but I found some at Ollies here in Ohio pretty cheap. So overall, it cost me about $150 to do almost the whole basement, minus one storage area and a raised platform area (which I'm eventually going to do a paper bag floor on). These are perfect for a basement .....they have a rubber backing, so no need for a carpet pad. And if there is ever a mess, just pick it up, clean or replace ...Simple!! A good DIY project .....just need sharp box cutter to cut tiles with. As I was doing the carpet, I took a little bit off at a time so that I could get a tight fit. Ended up doing a lot more cutting that way, but didn't waste any carpet tiles due to overcutting. Whew, what a job this was ...after taking out all the old nasty carpeting that had been there for over 20 years. I took a pic of my current project, I'm in the process of working on .... I'm crocheting a small throw rug out of some jute I've had laying around for years. The lighting isn't that great in my pics, the carpet looks a lot better in person.

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  • Z
    on Dec 30, 2012

    Wow @Maureen! How warm and cozy looking. I love it. It looks like an old loved quilt.

  • Eclectically Vintage - Kelly
    Eclectically Vintage - Kelly New York, NY
    on Dec 30, 2012

    Great idea - and very unique!

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on Dec 31, 2012

    Good for you! I know it was a lot of work, many years ago I hand sewed 12 carpet samples together ..it was hard on my fingers, but at a dollar apiece, it was perfect for us money short parents with a baby needing something to crawl on! And it is a fun look for you too. a perfect spot for this! How many tiles altogether?

    • Maureen O'Donovan
      Maureen O'Donovan Johnstown, OH
      on Sep 18, 2013

      @Bernice H I don't know how many tiles total, just that the 90% of the basement is done with them. These are not sewn together. They just lay next to each other and I put carpet tape on about 1 of every 10 tiles to keep them from shifting. Even running a vacuum over them they stay put.

  • Laura, Pet Scribbles
    Laura, Pet Scribbles Little Egg Harbor, NJ
    on Dec 31, 2012

    love this idea, and love your basement!

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Dec 31, 2012

    I think this is perfect for a basement. You have laid them out with a quilt maker's eye and attention to detail.

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