Is Carpet in a Cabin a Good Idea?

cabin carpet

The most obvious choice for flooring in a cabin is hardwood considering traditional cabins are almost entirely made from wood. The odds are a wood flooring is already in place. Therefore, there is probably no need for carpet in a cabin but that doesn’t mean there would be no benefit to installing carpet in a cabin.

This post will explain how carpet in a cabin is a good idea depending on your style preferences and whether or not you intend to winterize the cabin for year-round use.


(1) Insulation

Insulation is the primary reason to carpet your cabin, in our opinion. Often times cabins do not have excellent insulation in their walls and in their roof. This means the interior of the cabin can get cold during cool evenings or during the winter months. If you intend to use your cabin during colder times of the year, one creative way to help keep the cabin warm would be to install carpet on the floor.

You will soon find that the carpet helps to insulate the living room and bedrooms of the cabin and is much cheaper than running the heat on high or running a space heater.

(2) Color

The interior of a cabin can be drab without a little color. Most of the time the walls and the floor are the exact same color of wood and it can become overwhelming if every corner of the cabin is the exact same color. The opportunity to install carpet provides a chance to incorporate a little color into the design of the cabin, perhaps a light or neutral tone if the cabin is dark wood or a dark color if the cabin is light wood.

(3) Care

You will find that carpet in a cabin is very easy to care for, however, we do recommend you create an area near the doorway or entryway of the cabin for shoes and boots so excessive amounts of dirt and soil from the outdoors around the cabin are not brought into the cabin and onto the floor. If this is accomplished, the carpet should only need to be vacuumed 1-2 times during a week. You should also schedule carpet cleaning perhaps one time every couple of years, depending on how often the cabin is in use. You can learn more here:

If your cabin is for vacation purposes, the carpet should last around 10-15+ years which is longer than carpet lasts in a standard home but your cabin should not receive as much use or wear and tear as your home. This is a cheap, long-term investment to help warm the inside of the cabin and add a little style to its layout.

Test for Lead Paint in Your Cabin

Lead containing paints were banned in late 1970s after detection of their health hazards but they still exist undetected in many places.

Children can chew the paint unknowingly and if it contains lead then it can be dangerous for their mental well-being.

Lead provides durability and stability to the paint and hence it was used in that era!

The sad part is that lead is not at all harmful at the time it is being applied in the form of paint; it becomes dangerous when it starts scraping and is ingested or inhaled as dust.

Hence if you are planning to remodeling and repainting your house then you should always check if the lower layers of paint contain any sort of lead. If you won’t check then the lead will continue to remain under the layers of new paint.

Here is how you can test the presence of lead yourself and then decide how to deal with the results!

Lead checking kits

There are inexpensive and ready-made kits available which are certified and safe to use. You can refer to instructions on them but they are suitable for usage on both hard and soft wall materials. There are two variants available in these kits! The first variant (cheaper one) just detects whether the lead presence is positive or negative while the other variant also detects the quantity of lead. Always ensure that you have checked the durability and expiry date of the packaged product.

  • All you need is the kit and a utility knife. The kit would contain some wipes which you should use to clean the surface before you take out sample of the paint. Lead dust is very dangerous for kids and hence samples of dust are also relevant for this testing.
  • After you have wiped the surface, take a utility knife or razor blade as we now need to pull off the paint. Choose a corner which is easy to hide! You can peel off little paint for sample from behind the door or somewhere inside the closet as these are less trafficked areas and there are least chances for the paint to get peeled off automatically. Make sure you peel it off to the very bottom most layer as the surface layer might be non-lead but the layers below might have lead. Collect this paint in one of the chip cards in the kit.
  • The kit contains two solutions to measure the presence and intensity of lead content. Put the paint in solution numbered as one, shake it up and wait for ten seconds. Now add five drops of solution two in the mixture and wait for next 10 seconds after shaking it up. The color of the solution will change and then you can compare it with score card. The darker the shade of color; the presence of lead is high! Some kits contain a marker containing some chemicals instead of solution. You need to rub that marker against the surface of the wall and if the color changes to darker shades then it signifies the presence of lead!

Tips for Painting Cabin Doors

log cabin door

You always want to give a long lasting finish to the doors at your cabin so that they look new and appealing.

So if you are thinking to spruce up your faded doors with fresh coats of paint then it is necessary that you have the right tools, equipments and the technique along with quality primer and paint!

This post is to guide you about some of the tips to paint your doors so that you are successful in providing a refreshing look to your cabin!

Check for the Weather:

Choosing a day that is not too hot and not too cold and free of rain is actually best for painting. The cold weather will not allow the door to dry soon and hot and humid day can cause paint to blister.

Hence, before you invest so much time and effort in painting the doors you should ensure that your efforts would be fruitful.

Be Patient:

You might think that it will not take much time and must be a quick job to do! But unfortunately it is not especially when you want to give that ultimate look to your door!

It needs patience so you need to step aside your watch and enjoy painting it. It might take a day or even more than that because you have to paint both sides and you can paint another side only after first one is dried.

Also dismantling of knobs and locks and then installing them back needs your time.

Do Some Research;

You can definitely do it yourself but investing some time in researching would benefit you by giving a better idea of the technique, paint strippers and primers involved?

Painting a wooden door is not same as painting a metal door and hence you need to have insight on how to do it! On similar grounds there is difference between painting the door and re-painting it because the latter may involve the peeling as well. Hence some homework research proves to be fruitful!

No Shortcuts:

When it comes to painting of door, you should not apply any shortcuts as you might be handling them smartly but they will eventually don’t turn out to be the same.

The surface of the door should be smooth and for that you can’t just get away from the extra effort you have to put in. So if you are thinking to go ahead without sanding and without taking your door off the hinges, then those shortcuts are not going to work.

Clean Before Prime

The surface of the door should be smooth before you apply any coat of primer on it as otherwise it will not have that smooth and finished look after you finish your job.

So the first and important step is to ensure that you scrub the door with an all-purpose household cleaner as even the best paint won’t stick to oil and dirt.

After you finish the painting, let it dry and look for any minor flaws if any in the patching job in the bright light. We may have to feather these!

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