Yesterday I installed my Flor carpet tiles. Have you ever heard of Flor? If not, in brief I'll tell you they are one awesome product. Extremely versatile and so easy to install. They clean just like any other carpet, but the best part is that if one tile gets jacked up so badly it can't be saved, you can just order another one and pop it in place. There are so many colors, patterns and pile options to choose from and mixing up the solids and patterns can be quite fun. I opted for these multi-colored stripes and ordered three each of four different color ways for a total sq. ft. "rug" of 5x7 although that isn't how I laid it out.
I needed my Flor tiles to serve two purposes: 1) an entry rug, and 2) I needed something like a runner to cover the TV/Internet cables that run from one living room wall across the entry threshold, along the bottom of the stairs to the opposite wall where my TV lives. This was the main challenge I faced when searching for a rug. And I knew before I even started the search, that I wasn't going to find a pre-made rug runner that was going to be just the right dimensions to satisfy my needs. And I also knew from past experience with the Flor product, that it was pretty much my only and best option.
Each tile is 19.7 x 19.7 and they can be easily cut to fit corners and odd shaped spaces. I cut a total of four tiles to make the shape I needed, and all I can tell you is to make sure you use a very sharp utility knife. Oh, and cut on a cutting mat of course not on top of another tile and certainly not on your floor - no matter what it is made of. In the picture above, I'm just starting to lay out my design and figure out the best placement that will result in the least amount of cuts.
Covering the cables was definitely not easy but I think I got it such that you can walk over them without tripping and they are pretty well covered up. Vacuuming over the tiles is a breeze and they stay in place without any adhesive to the floor beneath.
And what to do with the left over cut pieces?
Make some coasters of course!
I highly recommend this product. Both as a consumer, and as an interior designer.