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Old 03-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I finally have my own studio built, 30 x 23 not the biggest in the world, but still, my own dedicated space. I need suggestions for the floor. Right now it's plywood. Should I just stain the plywood, paint it, put laminate wood flooring down....? I want it to look nice but also durable enough to create artistic scenes and don't want to worry about wrecking it with light stands and stuff. Any ideas?
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Seems to me that the durability issue is primary, the "looks nice" much more secondary - you're planning on building sets, and will probably use a false floor for most shooting...

Personally, I'd talk with a flooring contractor about some options. I'm finishing a basement workshop and plan to use a polyurethane-on-plywood floor, but I think building sets is more likely to affect your floor than my woodworking will mine.

How high are your ceilings?
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ceiling is 10 ft tall. I'm going to Home Depot today. Paint is ugly, I guess I'm going with some type of laminate.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm interested in how this tread progresses. I'm going to be breaking ground on my new house in the next few months. I'm I'll have a studio in there of about 2,500 sq. ft. with 10 ft ceilings.
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John, I wish I could get more input as I'm just about to the flooring stage.
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my studio floor will be concrete. I'll paint it grey and they use false floors where needed. Pergo like flooring that I can move around. The office space will have Pergo type flooring as well as conference room. Bathroom and dressing room will have tile floor.
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The point I was trying to make was that if you're planning on building sets to shoot on, then the flooring in the studio isn't likely to be photographed, and durability becomes the key factor - withstanding the set construction; providing flat, uniform, unflexing support; easy to clean, etc. Unless you're going to be building new sets every few days, laminate is probably a good choice, it's just that the first laminate flooring I put in has a "give" to it that I find a bit unpleasant - and I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions correctly. On the other hand, it's held up well to five years of heavy foot traffic, it looks good, and - when cleaned - looks "fresh." And while I don't like to think about it, I suppose it could be replaced with minimal hassle, compared to, e.g., tile or just about anything else.

BTW, FWIW, our laminate floor has held up way better than a painted wood floor done at the same time.
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I'll have a studio in there of about 2,500 sq. ft. with 10 ft ceilings.
If everything is not cast in concrete at this point, you might reconsider the 10 foot ceiling. More is better... Just my opinion.

A cathedral ceiling would give you a bunch more head spece.
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I'm interested in how this tread progresses. I'm going to be breaking ground on my new house in the next few months. I'm I'll have a studio in there of about 2,500 sq. ft. with 10 ft ceilings.
If your building new, 10' ceilings are very low. You should be at 12-15' for an ideal height. This will allow you to use a boom high and above your subjects. Also setting the lights high for larger groups/family shots.
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