If you have never considered using carpet squares in your home, you may be missing some creative options in design and convenience. You would probably want to go with conventional carpet in your living room or other rooms where visitors gather. The carpet square option is more appropriate for a kids bedroom, playroom or a back entry that is also a mud room. Many people find them very useful in a lower level finished basement area as well.
Carpet tiles are a sensible choice in floor coverings when there are children in the home or if a new puppy comes to live there. Pet stains are notoriously difficult to remove, so keeping the new pet confined to a room carpeted with tiles until they are potty trained makes the process less stressful.
Some people may believe that carpet squares look cheap and will not hold up very long to average traffic. While this may have been the case decades ago, manufacturers have now improved the carpet square considerably. The product is now referred to as carpet tiles, and they are available in various colors and patterns with the average size being 18″ x 18″. The cost ranges from about $1.00 to slightly less than $3.00 in home improvement centers, and the cost reflects the quality of the product.
There is a wide range of applications where carpet tiles useful. You may want o carpet your child’s room with brightly colored carpet tiles that can be arranged to create a certain image, or they can be randomly placed to simply add color to the room. The tiles are also useful in a kids playroom, finished basement or mudroom. Some people find using the tiles in their garage leading to the entry into their house helps to prevent soil from tracking into their home.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of using carpet tiles is the fact that any tile can be replaced if it is damaged or soiled too much to clean. The offending piece can be simply pulled up and replaced with a new tile, so it is wise to get extras from the same lot during your initial purchase. This would not be so important if you are using squares of different colors since you will not need to match the new with the old. You may choose to continue using carpet tiles in areas of high traffic, or you could eventually replace them with laminate or vinyl.