Newspapers and cardboard
The most obvious floor protection ends up in your letterbox every day: newspapers. Save them and ask your family and friends for old copies. Spread multiple layers of broadsheets, make them overlap, and stick them together using painter’s tape.
Want even better protection against paint drops? Use cardboard, and don’t forget to place two layers against the wall. There, the chances of you spilling paint grow exponentially. If you prefer to use paper as protection, you needn’t save all of it yourself. Paint shops sell paper in various types of rolls, enabling you to cover your entire floor.
In every DIY store, you can find plastic foil, in all sizes. As it’s flexible, it can easily cover any surface – even furniture. It’s also perfect for your windows, since it lets the sunlight shine through. Paint, on the other hand, can’t get through, but the foil does tear quite easily. In addition, plastic foil used on the floor is more slippery. Only for cautious DIYers!