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BrickTest: FLOR tiles let you satisfy the 80% carpet rule without moving the furniture
While many people gush about their pretty hardwood floors, others, including me, prefer a soft surface underfoot to a cold, hard, clompy one. Plus, as a considerate NYC apartment dweller, I want to avoid disturbing the downstairs neighbors with footfalls.
Luckily, I found an alternative.
We wanted to cover L-shaped floor area in our bedroom.The FLOR website explains how the carpet squares work. You lay them out however you choose, then attach them with sticky FLOR Dots. I didn't even bother to measure. Instead, I cut newspaper squares to the right size and spread them on the floor. For the bedroom, we needed 20 squares, with two of those cut in half.
Then the fun began. We laid out the tiles without sticking them together, preferring to see how they worked and whether we needed to reposition them first. Best of all, there was no need to move the furniture -- we just picked up a few furniture legs. This was even easier than I thought.
Without the FLOR Dots, the tiles started to separate after a few days, so we attached them with the sticky dots.Prices range from around $8 per tile to around $40 (in general, the more plush they are, the more expensive they are); there are nylon versions suitable for garages and playrooms (for those non-New Yorkers among us), and plush wool versions for the living room.
Our style, "velvet twist," was $17 a square, the same price as the popular "rake me over," style, with a slightly plusher pile. You can get half tiles, too for a $3 cutting charge. Specify whether you want the tiles cut with or against the grain.
The bedroom floor is a vast improvement -- fully covered, soft to the step, easy to vacuum. Whenever I enter the room, or step out of bed, I think about how much I love the FLOR-covered surface. I can't wait to do the living room.