Guest Loft

Images and text by Gabrielle.

Today, I’m thinking about carpet in the two little lofts we have.

One loft is in the home office. It measures approximately 7′ x 10′. A small space, but there’s a nice tall window that offers lovely light, and it’s just the right size for a double bed with a nightstand, and a place to set some luggage. So we thought it would be a good spot for a guest bed. And we have lots of guests coming this month — which makes a great excuse for sprucing things up!

reading loft

The other loft is in the family room. It measures a little smaller than the first loft — about 7′ x 9.5′, and it has two windows that offer really beautiful light as well. Our plan is to create a cozy reading spot here! And I have to say, at the moment, I think I’m more excited about creating this reading nook, than any other project in the house. It’s just the right kind of project. Bite-size, which makes it approachable and doable, but meaty too, because it has so much potential for being a wonderful, and useable space — a little getaway from the chaos that is sometimes inherent in a family of 8.

guest loft plywood floors

Right now, the floors of both lofts have plywood subfloor, and from the looks of it, the floors have never been covered before. So we can start from scratch.

Though I’m not planning to use carpet anywhere else in the house, I thought these little lofts would be a good spot for wall-to-wall. And because they’re so small, and you can’t really see them unless you’re in them, I keep thinking they would make a fun place to experiment, or use a bold flooring color or pattern that might not work in a bigger space. On the other hand, I may decide to go very neutral with the hope that it makes the spaces feel a little bigger.

One idea is to take advantage of the tinyness of the spaces and shop for a really luxurious remnant piece — something we wouldn’t be able to afford for a big room. Maybe even something in wool. Have you ever tried wool carpet before? Two bedrooms in La Cressonnière were carpeted in wool — I loved the way it felt underfoot, and it was easy to keep clean! If not wool, I’m not sure what we’d pick. I’d really like a natural fiber if possible, but I’m not sure what my options are.

Another idea is to use FLOR tiles. I’ve worked with FLOR on a few different projects over the years, and I love their philosphy, and their offerings! But I’ve never tried them for a wall-to-wall application, and I’m not sure how easy they are to trim to fit. Would we need a special tool to trim them to fit?

Of course, I could also skip wall-to-wall carpet and use a harder surface instead, and then layer on a rug. Hmmm. So many good options!

If you’ve done any carpet shopping lately, I’d love to hear what you’ve learned. Any favorite brands or styles? Have you seen anything particularly cozy out there that might be just right in the reading nook? Have you ever tried wall-to-wall FLOR ties? Chime in!

P.S. — This afternoon, we’re getting our first estimate on having our hardwood matched for the dining nook. Yay!