Winterizing My Studio

New carpet in my studio
New carpet in my studio

I winterized my studio today.  I got this idea to get a carpet remnant for my studio floor for the winter.  The floor isn’t insulated and it can get really, really cold.  I wear slippers, but sometimes, when the temperatures are below freezing, my feet still get cold.  A carpet for the winter, which I can take up in the spring, seemed the perfect solution.

So, last week Jon and I went to a carpet store.  I was thinking they’d have some left over carpet pieces rolled up in a big box, just the right size and color waiting for me.  But they didn’t seem to have anything like that in this gigantic carpet warehouse.  The man helping us gave me a  carpet quote of $500 including binding, padding, and delivery.  Not exactly what I had in mind.

Since I made the Girl and Tree Scarf two weeks ago, I’ve been meaning  to go to Jo-Ann fabric for some water soluble stabilizer.  I’d rather be in my studio than  shopping, so I’ve been putting it off.  But today I caved and on my way to the fabric store  I stopped at Loews to see what they had in remnants.  I found three pieces of 6×8 indoor/outdoor carpet made from recycled bottles (now that should keep the cold out).  A good neutral gray so I can lay my quilts out on it.  They didn’t need any padding and I could fit them into my Toyota Yaris and all for sixty bucks!

I installed my new carpet when I got home, using some carpet tape and a few carpet tacks to keep it from sliding.  Then since I was at it, and it was a warm and sunny day, I decided to put my wooden storm windows up.

Between the windows and the carpet, I think I’m ready for winter.  Even though it was a warm day, my studio felt cozier with the new rug.  It’s not as pretty as the wood floor, but it’s going to make going to my studio on those cold winter day a little easier.

Self portrait in storm window

12 thoughts on “Winterizing My Studio

  1. Maria, where I am living now (for 26 yrs.) I have my first studio ever, it is an add-on, sitting between the living room and right angles to the dining room. While it is insulated, it has a dug out area beneath, not part of the foundation of our house. I put in electric baseboard heating but my desks abut the heaters so I depend on our wood stoves for heat in other rooms. Thus, I dress for winter when working in here…alpaca sox, lined pants or warm leggings and wool overdress…always a wool sweater, not synthetic as there is no warmth in that…and sturdy shoes…Clarke’s Wave lace ups….Because we both sit to do a lot of our work, our feet and legs feel the cold coming up from below. I hope your rugs work for you, there is a type of wood flooring that has insulation on the back of it…can’t remember what it’s called, if the rugs don’t work. Your workroom looks cosy.
    SandyP in Ont., Can.

  2. Not sure if you’ll catch this, Maria, but I forgot the most important part of dressing for work in my studio….an undershirt. Couldn’t live without it up here in Southern Ontario, Canada…a point of honour though, it can’t go on before the first of November…

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