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Review Week: FLOR Toy Poodle Carpet Tiles

FLOR Toy Poodle tiles

I absolutely hate wall-to-wall carpeting. It gets dirty easily, is hard to clean effectively and is expensive to replace. And yet, I have had carpet in every home I’ve ever lived in except for my childhood home in the Virgin Islands. Clearly, it is the preferred choice of home builders because it is cost-effective, but it is not a healthy floor covering at all, no matter what it’s made of. That said, I do love rugs, because they can be picked up, deep cleaned and although they are not disposable, they can be replaced easily if need be. This is just one of the reasons I’ve always been impressed by FLOR, a company that makes beautiful carpet tiles in a wide variety of styles and colors. I recently had an opportunity to review a rug of my choosing from FLOR’s product line, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I loved the idea of carpet tiles for several reasons. You are able to make a rug as large or small as you’d like, and if you so choose, you could even do wall to wall carpeting with them. Also, if one tile is stained or dirty, you can pick up that one tile and have it cleaned or replaced if need be. But why I love FLOR is that a lot of their tiles are made of recycled materials. The company also has a tile recycling program. You can send tiles back to FLOR at the end of their life cycle for proper recycling.

When I received the tiles, I was really excited! I selected a rug made up of 20 Toy Poodle tiles in Fluffy Fuschia and Fifi Orange to match the newly painted color scheme in my daughter’s room. Each tile is 19.7″ x 19.7″. Even knowing that, I was still a little surprised at how large they are. The 20 tiles were split between two boxes, but each box was pretty heavy.

When I sat down to put the rug together, I realized I had a problem. It would be much easier to put the rug together with the furniture taken out of the room. Otherwise, it was going to be pretty tough to get under the bed to attach tiles at the corners. My husband helped me push the furniture into the corners and against the wall so I’d have a decent work space, but it was still pretty tight in a small room. So my first observation is that laying carpet tiles down would be much easier in an empty room than in one that is filled with furniture, particularly if you plan on putting the furniture on top of the rug.

I pulled out the tiles and started attaching the corners together with the FLOR Dots, adhesive backed strips that were included with the rugs. But I became really indecisive about how I wanted to lay out the tiles. Before I ordered, I had created a design using FLOR’s rug design tool, but I couldn’t remember what it looked like. So I wound up going back to the computer to try to recreate the design I had originally built. What this made me realize it how versatile the tiles are. I literally went through at least 10 different designs with the tile colors I had received before settling on one.

I went back to the room with a new design in mind about 30 minutes later. I had to move some of the tiles I had already placed to create the new design I had decided on. That turned out to be really easy. The dots are designed to be easily moved when you first attach them to the tiles. Then with use of the rug, the adhesive seals and becomes more secure over time. They can still be disassembled, but the tiles are not supposed to shift with use. What I didn’t realize however, is that FLOR tiles are not designed to be used on top of carpet. I put together the entire rug, then got frustrated because the tiles kept shifting and moving and the seams were coming apart.

I went back to the FLOR site and read that the tiles should be used only on bare floor. I really wished I had read that before putting the rug together, but I was happy to have an explanation about why the tiles weren’t staying put. There is literally no room in the house without carpet, so I couldn’t test it on bare floors to see if they would hold better. I definitely believe that they would.

I loved the versatility of the tiles and the ability to easily change the design of the rug, and I loved the fact that the tiles felt durable and were easy to work with. So although my initial impression was great, I can’t completely evaluate them because I don’t have a bare floor on which to put them. I will definitely try again when I have a bare floor. Because so many homes have wall-to-wall carpet, I think it would be in FLOR’s best interest to put a note on each product page that says their tiles should not be used on top of existing carpet. This would prevent other customers from overlooking that like I did.

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of recycled materials
  • Recyclable at the end of their life cycle

Price: $13.99 per tile. Other styles are available for $4.99-$29.99 per tile.

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

8 Comments

  • roslyn
    January 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    i love flor tiles! i have some in my guest bath – they are perfect! they are great for kids rooms to – because they are easy to clean and replace. But i have a hard time convincing clients how cool they are. it definitely helps to have samples.
    i will try to post a photo soon so you can see! thanks for the post!

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  • Stephanie @ bizziemommy.com
    January 12, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I think these flor tiles are really neat. I can’t wait to try something like this when we move!

    Stephanie @ bizziemommy.coms last blog post..it’s blog hoppin’ sunday

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  • zombiesgirl
    January 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Walking around in Santa Monica, CA a few weeks ago i ran across a Flor Store. So cute, and you get to have all the carpets there in front of you!

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  • Trina
    February 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I think the concept of these is really great. but…..it does bother me that they use PVC as a backing. FLOR says they are recycling current PVC, not producing new. Even so, PVC is toxic for kids and although I haven’t done the research yet, an interior friend of mine says that other peeps do produce non PVC floor tiles.

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  • Beth
    June 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I actually printed out my design before I ordered it and assembled it using the printout as a map. That way I got the exact design I wanted.

    Beths last blog post..Speaking Out

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  • jennae
    June 25, 2009 at 8:40 am

    @Trina You make an excellent point there. There are other materials FLOR could be using that would be a lot less toxic, and that’s great feedback that I’ll be happy to pass along to them.

    @Beth I wish I had thought to do the same thing!

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  • Lori Gilson
    September 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Every house I have lived has also had carpet floors. As a mom of four young kids, keeping the carpets clean is almost impossible. Because of this, my husband and I are in the process of looking at installing hardwood floors. I was unaware of FLOR and think their carpet tiles would make a nice addition to our living room. Thank you for the great idea!

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    • jennae
      September 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      Lori, I can absolutely relate. Wall-to-wall carpet in our apartment (where we live now) is the bane of my existence. It is never clean, no matter how hard you try. I SO wish the carpet tiles would work on top of carpet. I’ve been told they will with much stronger carpet tape, but I’ve been too chicken to try it out…lol

      I really hope that they work for you!

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