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Crazy Rug Idea for Kids and Pets – FLOR Squares!

Hey friends!
So, I’ve a had a TON of questions regarding this insanely smart rug sitch from FLOR, so I’m going to tell y’all my honest opinion now that we’ve lived with this crazy rug for a bit.  To be open, I did receive this rug as a gift from FLOR, but, as the cliche sounding phrasing goes…all opinions are my own.  πŸ˜‰   They really are, and I’m not required to write a blog post about the product, but….dang.  The questions!!  So I’m gonna.  If this stuff bugs, no biggie.  Catch you next post!!  πŸ™‹πŸ»

Okay, so here’s the deal.  
This big ol’ thing is actually a whole bunch of smaller carpet tiles that come together to form a large area rug.  Crazy, right?  You arrange the tiles how you like them (they come with helpful instructions on the back of each), and I loved this part: I got to play with the flow of the design and make it just how I liked it.  Once you are satisfied with the design, you use large stickers to stick the underside of four corners together.  Nothing sticks to the floor…the tiles stick to the giant sticker on the underside!  Let me show you a little of our putting-it-together process: 

As usual, I had a tiny “helper” in the mix on the project.  πŸ˜‰

So I chose the Kensington Blend rug in Blue Flannel, and it is basically an assortment of patterns and prints in a vintage, worn-looking style.  We mixed and matched the pattern flow until it was just right, and then we slapped the FLOR stickers under each of the four corners of the rug tiles to hold them in place.  It took a minute to do this giant puzzle, but it was kinda fun–felt a little like designing my own rug in a small way.  

Okay, so for some pros and cons…


The absolute, hands down best part about this rug is that you can replace individual carpet tiles when spills or damage happen….SOLD.  Each tile has an item number and name on it, so you just send out for a replacement of that exact carpet tile, and boom.  No need to buy a brand new rug after a few stains!  This concept is what sold me on trying out the carpet tile rug–with four little kids and three pets, I was quite intrigued.  We haven’t had it long enough to need a new tile, but….the day is a’comin….believe you me.  πŸ˜³  #spillsfordayzzzz

Another big check in the pro column are the designs and style the company offers.  No matter your personal decor style, I bet they have one that would fit your home.  Vintage, contemporary, etc….lots of choices!

I got a lot of questions about the seams between the tiles, and no, you really can’t easily spot where one tile ends and another begins.  I mean, if you crawled around on your hands and knees looking for seams, you’d eventually find them πŸ˜‚, but just looking at it from normal human standing position, no seams.  

Finally, the other big pro for me regarding this rug is the quality.  After learning my lesson by not doing the pinch-pull test on a couple of jute rugs that now shed as bad as a molting bird (😩), I give every potential rug a good pinch-pull to see if fibers come off in my fingers.  I was nervous about this rug since I didn’t have a chance to creepily pinch and pull on it before it arrived at my home πŸ˜‚, but I’m happy to report that there is almost zero shedding.  High fives all around.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»

CONS (ish):

It does take a minute to lay out your pattern, especially if you’re kinda wingin’ it like we did.  They definitely provide directions and suggestions, but even then it would take a little while to get all arranged just so.  Not that big of a deal, but for sure more time consuming that just unrolling a huge new area rug would be.

Another thing to consider before ordering (which I didn’t…derrrrrr Erin πŸ™„) would be the height of pile on the carpet design you like.  When this arrived, I guess I was expecting a cushier feel, but it is a very low pile.  Soft to the touch and not at all like a rough indoor/outdoor rug, but it is not really a lay-on-the-floor-and-read-with-the-kids-for-too-long type of carpet.  Now this could be user error on my part for not double checking before ordering, and I’m not sure about the pile on other designs.  I can only speak to this Kensington Blend pattern.  However, because I wanted this rug for under my farmhouse table in the dining room, I ended up being glad it was low pile–now chairs can scoot in and out WAY easier than with a thicker, cushier rug.  Ended up being a pro for me, but be sure to double check before ordering.

The verdict is still out on those carpet stickers.  We don’t have tons of traffic on this rug, so I haven’t noticed any pulling apart of tiles.  However, I can’t speak to how it would hold up in a super high-traffic area of your home.  Those stickers are STICKY, man, so I bet it’ll hold up fine.  Just can’t make a judgement call quite yet.

So, there you have it! I hope this post helps answer the many questions I’ve received about these crazy cool FLOR carpet tiles in Kensington Blend Blue Flannel.  While I was not obligated to write a post on them, I am guessing I’ve got lots of mama buddies on Instagram, both of the kid and pet variety, based on the inquiries blowing up the DM inbox, and so I wanted to fill in my fellow mamas-of-things-slash-people-who-spill-and-stain-things-constantly about this carpet tile concept.  πŸ™ŒπŸ»

What do you think?  Would you ever try out carpet tiles?  Got any members of the family, either two-legged or four, that love to stain ALL THE THINGS?!?!  πŸ˜³ πŸ˜‘  Let me know what you think in the comments, and come say hi on Facebook and Pinterest, too! 


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  1. Kristen O says:

    Cool! Was very intrigued! Thanks for the review and info!! The thing about spills is soooo true, I could see this being a lifesaver for that!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      That’s kinda what I’m thinkin….is it weird I’m hoping someone will spill just so I can see how replacing a carpet tile works…? πŸ˜‚

  2. Kathryn says:

    I’m so intrigued!
    Looking at their website and they are quite affordable too!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      I know, I was expecting higher prices bc of the genius concept! Super friendly and helpful, too!

  3. What size did you go with?

  4. Pollie says:

    I think this is a genius idea! My dog thinks our dining room rug is her own personal wee wee pad! Ugh!

  5. Rachel Huber says:

    I love this!! What size is your table and what size did you decide on for the rug?

  6. Taylor Thompsen says:

    I’ve been wanting a rug under our dining table but have been so nervous to shell out the money, only to have it ruined within one meal, because, well…kids πŸ˜‚ This seems like a great option!! Thanks for the review!! It looks beautiful in your space!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      That’s kinda what sold me on trying it out…replaceable tiles!! Thanks for reading!

  7. Shari McNiff says:

    I love this concept! We have a long table and the dining room floor is ceramic and very cold in the winter. I haven’t gotten a rug yet because I need a longer rug that’s not as wide as traditionable proportions. This is just so perfect for us. I appreciate the pile commentary. But love the idea of not having to struggle the chairs over a higher pile carpet. Thanks!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Oh perfect! And yes, for awkward size spaces, this would be perfect–hadn’t really considered that! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  8. Ally says:

    Where did you get your galvanized plant holders? I love them and have been looking for some like that!

  9. This is a great solution to the whole "to carpet under the table or not to carpet under the table" debate! I’m for sure going to look into this rug as a solution for our dinning space once we move to Arizona next month (all of our living space is tiled) – One question: Does it vacuum up well or does it suck up and get all wonky and pull apart? Thank you so much for this personal review!!

  10. Quortney J says:

    Tell me about your dining room table? How long is? Where did you get? We are looking for one now and I’m trying to decide what size we need for our space. Our dining room is roughly 12×13. I want as big of a table as I can fit comfortably in there. Any tips? 😁 BTW, I’m secretly obsessed with your IG stories! πŸ˜‰

  11. Chey Anne Soares says:

    I’ll tell you why I am very excited about finding these. I have a tile bathroom floor which I love, easy for cleaning however I hate that it’s so cold Underfoot through the colder months. I want to warm it up with one carpet, not with small scatter rugs. With these tiles,I can customize the shape and size to cover the area from front of the sink to the commode and along the tub. I love that I can replace a tile if it wears out and I can change the shape when I do want to feel the cool tile in the summer months by taking the tile away. Just what I’m looking for. So please tell me where I can shop for these in Massachusetts. Thanks so much for the review and the visual demo! Chey

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