Log Cabin Floor as an Option

You will no doubt have noticed our log cabins have a floor as an ‘option’ and, perhaps like some customers comments in the past, you’ll be aghast at this. Surely it must come with something?  How can you not have a floor?

Let me explain why we offer a wooden floor as an option:

Garden Sheds

The thing is that us lot in the UK have an idea in our heads, I think it comes from generations of the common garden shed we all love.  We’ve all had a shed, visited sheds, sat in them, worked in them, thrown junk in them, they’ve all got floors, you’ve got to have a floor! How can you not?

With a shed we pop down the bearers, then a floor and then we build the shed on top of it.  A log cabin is not built this way.

With a shed we pop down the bearers, then a floor and then we build the shed on top of it. A log cabin is not built this way.

But, you’ve got to think slightly different, different in how a log cabin is built and what’s it’s purpose is.

In Europe, (meaning over the channel) which is the main market for these, they spend money on their bases, a lot more than us.  They have lovely decorative patios, decorative slabs and bricks they may invest in timber or composite decking, garden decking tiles, mosaic patterns, they invest heavily in their gardens much like us.

Log Cabin Construction

First of all you need to understand how a log cabin is built and simply put it’s all about the perimeter.

The cabin is built, generally on a foundation beam that sits on the base between it and the first log running around the perimeter of the building we supply them with all our log cabins in a basic form.  In Europe they’re happy with that, they’ve got their floor, the base they’ve already paid a lot of money for it, the base they’ve spent a lot on IS the floor.

Log cabins are not like sheds, they don’t have a floor which it sits on, and the floor doesn’t sit on bearers like a shed, a log cabin is different, or at least ours are.

Ours sit on a foundation beam which runs around the perimeter of the cabin, the cabin sits on that (when using a concrete or paving slab base)

A foundation beam runs around the perimeter of the log cabin

A foundation beam runs around the perimeter of the log cabin, please notice the pressure treated timber between the base and the first log.

More on log cabin construction can be found in the various menu’s in this blog and also from the log cabin category pages.  But with all floors, no matter what you choose they always go in after the cabin is built and are known as a floating floor, they are independent to the log cabin itself.

Log Cabin Flooring

So, after your log cabin is built, you open the door and walk in.  You’re now standing on your floor, the base it’s sat on.  The whole area is clear and you are looking down at your base.

Now it’s from this point you can make some decisions on what you would like to do.

Generally us lot in the UK like our cheap bases, simple concrete or paving slabs will do and this is where a bit of the problem comes in, we don’t want to see it and who would want to see a load of concrete?

Europe are different, they spend just that little bit more as I’ve already mentioned, they want to see the base they’ve spent money on.  Us in the UK we want to cover it up and rightly so, our bases look horrible!

So lets make a decision, we’ve got to cover the base with something.

Now, what do you want to finally do with the cabin?  Is it an office, extra accommodation, a gym, a studio or just there as a garden leisure building?  More importantly what are you going to do with the floor eventually?  Have you any plans for a carpet?  Laminate flooring? Underfloor heating?  Vinyl? Or, would you like a traditional pine tongue and groove floor?

Tongue and Groove Spruce Floor

If you want the lovely traditional style of a wood floor in Spruce then look no further, please select from the drop down and choose our optional floor.  It comes in Spruce tongue and groove of 18mm or 27mm thick board.  Each pack comes complete with skirting board and floor joists which are pressure treated and is Spruce rather than Pine which makes a huge difference.

Details on Wooden Floor Packs 18mm and 27mm

Tongue and groove log cabin floor in 18mm or 27mm thick boards

Tongue and groove log cabin Spruce floor in 18mm or 27mm thick boards which we can supply as an option.

If it’s a Spruce floor you’d like then we can help you, it’s unlikely you’ll find it cheaper from a local timber merchant so please add it to your order as an option.

Please note though these are standard floor boards and if you require a high quality finish equal to laminate you will need to sand down further and varnish them. Please also expect that there maybe cracks shakes etc within the floorboards.

Final Floor Covering

You’re considering a carpet?  Perhaps laminate?  Maybe underfloor heating?  A vinyl covering of some sorts so you can keep it clean?  If that’s the case you really don’t need our lovely Spruce floor, you would be wasting your money and really don’t need it.

Instead consider your other options such as plywood, loft boards, thick OSB all available from your local DIY store or builders merchant and probably considerably cheaper than a pine floor from us, especially if they have an offer on which most do if asked.  You can use several different types of board, it’s going to be covered up any way, does it matter what you use as long as it is strong enough and the joists are set at about 600mm.

Carpeted log cabin floor.  If you're going to do this do you really need a pine floor from us?

Carpeted log cabin floor. If you’re going to do this do you really need a Spruce floor from us?

Insulated log cabin floor ready for boards and the final floor covering.

Insulated log cabin floor ready for boards and the final floor covering.  Do you need a Spruce tongue and groove floor if you’re going to cover it?

Laminate flooring in a log cabin does not need our pine tongue and groove floor, simple board is fine.

Laminate flooring in a log cabin does not need our Spruce tongue and groove floor, simple board is fine, save some money and put any old board down if you’re going to cover it.

Floor Option or Not?

That’s why we give you the option, do you really want us to add in the cost of a floor to your log cabin when you may not even need it?  You may have a lovely base, or spent money on expensive decking boards or perhaps have some stunning brick weave you want to enjoy.

You maybe adding a carpet or another covering and any old board will do to put the final surface on.  Do you really need to spend more?  But, if you have concrete or slabs and you’d like a traditional Spruce floor then please select ‘floor required’ from the drop down menu on all the log cabin pages and we’ll send you a lovely tongue and grooved 18mm / 27mm Log cabin floor

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