One of the first steps to building any indoor scene out of LEGO is – of course – the floor. Your choice for this important section will influence the whole feel of the creation, so it’s helpful to have a broad repository of techniques to choose from! Featured below are some of the tricks I’ve found most useful for my own builds!
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The simplest kind of floor (apart from a plain LEGO plate) has to be a studs-up tile floor. Even here, there’s a technique for making it look as good as possible – try to overlap the rows so you don’t have the cracks between tiles lining up across the floor.
It’s pretty easy to come up with some variations on this theme for more elaborate floors. Here we have a red and brown tile pattern going:
Checkers of 2×2 tiles or 1×1 tiles are also useful, and with the new curved tiles, more and more options for smooth tiled floors are available!
Another variation on the same studs-up, flat tile theme is this pattern of tiles with gaps between. It may look complex, but in fact, all you need is a plate and some 1×1 bits to attach to the center of your 2×2 tiles. Then just arrange them diagonally, and voila!
For some MOCs, you might want to be more careful about making sure you get the tiles straight than for others!
Mixing tiles and studs can also give a good pattern to a floor, besides providing lots of attachment points for minifigures and furniture!
The second way of building floors uses SNOT (studs-not-on-top) or sideways building. This is great for when you’re out of tiles, since it’s usually easier to find bricks of a given color than a whole bunch of tiles. All you need to do is turn them sideways! This is also the perfect way to introduce smaller patterns or details!
Sideways flooring is an excellent excuse to include a rug, too! By putting a few tiles down on the base beneath the floor under the rug, the rug can be pushed up to be just a little higher than the surrounding floor, adding to the realistic look!
Masonry bricks also work well for sideways floors, giving them a texture all their own.
Another great way to get a textured wood floor is to use brown tiles sideways. In fact, you may have noticed this technique to create paneling on the wall for the previous creation; it’s just a matter of doing the same basic thing with the floor!
Lastly, using slope bricks sideways can give your floor a great cracked effect. This technique has loads of possibilities, but check out a simple application below:
That brings us to the third method of building floors – using a combination of studs-up tiles and SNOT bricks or pieces. Cheese slopes can make great mosaics or patterns on a floor (or on a wall, for that matter!) and eight cheese fit exactly into a 2×2 tile slot.
With this combination method, it’s easy to include a detailed rug on your simple tile floor.
For the matter of that, a simple mat is also easy with a little juggling between SNOT and studs-up brickwork!
And last but not least, here’s one of the craziest, most painful techniques ever: minifigure hands for making a rug.
I hope this little guide to building LEGO floors was helpful! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have below! Or do you have other techniques to share? Did any technique strike you as particularly useful? Feel free to share your comments and thoughts!
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