While our new hardwood floor was looking spic and span, the flooring folder couldn’t be closed quite yet. There were still two mezzanine surface to think about.
The first was in the bedroom and was more of a mini mezzanine level on which the bed was placed, making a cozy bedroom hideaway, with storage space underneath. The second mezzanine was above the kitchen, and a space we had always planned to use as a guest room or study. While this area had been jam packed with all the equipment we had been using throughout the renovation, everything was now neatly packed away into our new attic space (as outlined here).
But no matter how tidy the space or nicely the walls had been painted, both areas looked incomplete with their makeshift fibreboard floors. Both spaces needed softening up.
When it came to the choice of flooring, we did consider a few different options, but surprisingly for us wood wasn’t one of them. As much as we loved hardwood, our budget had already been seriously dented by this choice for the ground floor, plus it seemed like it could be a nice change to have something a bit softer underfoot in the spaces people would be sleeping in. For that reason, we were edging more towards a carpet option rather than tiles or linoleum. It’s always nice to step on a nice cosy surface to ease those first few steps out of bed in the morning ! The problem was however, that in the summer months, the apprtment can get very hot, especially up on the mezzanine levels. So we wanted something soft, but just not quite as thick as carpet…all our problems were solved when we discovered seagrass !
Seagrass is a natural fibre, smooth to the touch and requires minimum maintenance. What’s more, it is a very affordable option, and its earthy, neutral colour also fitted with our decorative scheme well. Like other reed flooring options, it is an environmentally friendly product, made from plant-based fibres which are tightly woven to create different textures, including squares, besket weaves and herringbone. It’s also a great product for allergy sufferers since it doesn’t harbour dust, thereby reducing allergens in the air.
What more did we need ? With that, our choice was made!
When it came to installing the carpet, I have to say the most difficult part was actually transporting two extremelly heavy, 3 metre long rolls down the stairs into our apartment, and back up the stairs onto our mezzanine! But hey, no pain no gain.
Anyway, here’s a quick step by step guide outlining the installation:
Measure carfeully the area you’re covering to work out the quantity of seagrass you require. When measuring, ensure you account for a 10 cm surpluss on all sides.
Make sure that the surface you are installing the seagrass carpet onto is clean, and completely free from dust and debris.
Lay the carpet onto the floor in the room, centering it so the carpet overlaps the wall on each side by 10 cm.
Roll the carpet up, and visually divide the room into three equal sections. Starting at the top section, (the one farthest from the door) spread the carpet adhesive on the bare floor using a notched trowel, keeping the application fairly thick but uniform.
Unroll the carpet over the adhesive along the first third of the floor, remembering to leave a 10 cm overlap along each wall with which the carpet comes into contact. Press the carpet into the adhesive ideally with a carpet roller.
Now apply the adhesive to the second third of the bare floor, again unrolling the carpet over the adhesive, and pressing it into the adhesive with a carpet roller. Continue this process until you have covered the entire floor surface. There should be a 10 cm overlap of seagrass up each wall.
With the carpet in place, use a knive along the edges of the walls to remove the overlap. The best way of doing this is by folding down the excess carpet at the edge of each wall making a crease, then cut along this crease. Tuck any edges of the carpet into the wall.
It is really important not to drag anything across the floor during the drying process. Better yet avoid walking on it altogether for a full 24 hours.
Et voilà !