Ever since we moved into our new house 2 years ago, we knew that we were someday going to get some Flor tiles. Flor tiles are 20"x20" carpet squares that can be used for wall-to-wall installations as well as to create custom area rugs.
We loved the idea of Flor because it gives you the freedom to mix & match colors and textures and create an area rug or runner ANY size you want. When dealing with a 24' hallway and a large family room this was the perfect option for us.
We took a trip to the Flor store in Georgetown and LOVED playing with all the samples. We were able to pick some colors and designs we liked and brought home 6x6 samples to confirm our selections.
...Design...Once we were home, we began drawing out some of our ideas/designs on graph paper. 4 squares = 1 Flor tile. It was simple to layout and visualize this way. Not a fan of pen & paper? You can use their Florbuilder program to get a good visual of what your rug will look like!
Did I mention that Flor will cut their carpet squares in 1/2, 1/4 or diagonal for you (for a small fee)? Trust me - It was worth every penny. We were so glad we didn't have to cut them ourselves when they arrived.
Once we had decided on our layouts, colors & patterns we placed our order. The very NEXT DAY our order had shipped and a few days later we were laying out our Flor tiles in our spaces.
Orange - Made You Look "Orange"
Cream - Vintage Vibe "Cream"
Grey - Rake Me Over "Pewter"
Solid blue - Made You Look "Teal"
zig zag pattern - Good Vibrations "Jade"
Overall - Hey Jack "Taupe"
Assembly of the Flor tiles was pretty simple
We started by dry fitting everything (meaning we put it all together to see how it would look before getting the sticky dots out). Once we had everything situated the way we wanted it, we used the Flor dots to secure the tiles together.
Adam would pull 4 corners up, I would peel off a Flor dot and place it at the intersection and he would carefully lay the corners back down to secure them to the dot. Although you could probably do this alone, it was much quicker & simpler with two sets of hands. We placed a dot everywhere 4 corners met and placed a half dot along the edges where 2 tiles came together. This made for a nice, snug fit and ensured that nothing would move around.
Although I won't get into all the pricing details, I have been asked if we think going with Flor tiles is less expensive than buying pre-made area rugs. For our situation... YES!... and I'll explain why:
1) We lucked out with when we ordered. Flor was offering 32% off your entire order! This discount definitely help us a lot. Keep an eye out, because they frequently offer 25% off and/or free shipping.
2) As mentioned above, we were dealing with a 24' long hallway. For us to get a custom runner made from another area rug company would have been very expensive.
3) For what we spent, we could have probably purchased 1.5 area rugs from a normal store. We got 2 large "custom" area rugs & a 24' long runner for this price. To us, "price vs. what we got" seemed like a win win! You can't beat that :)
All in all, we LOVE the outcome. We've waited a long time for area rugs in our home (2 years!) and the spaces finally feel warm & homey.
[P.S. this post in NOT sponsored by Flor - we just love their products]