When we bought our house 6 years ago, it was pretty much move in ready. We’ve made a couple improvements here and there, but for the most part, we have a lived in house that is well-loved. Yeah, that means that we have kids and things aren’t in perfect shape.
One thing that I’ve always wanted to do is to add a runner down our long from our living room, passing our bathroom and to the garage. We use the walkway everyday (we park in the garage) and it was just blah!
When FLOR contacted me to come into their Atlanta store and check out their carpet squares I was very excited. I had seen them before, carpet squares that you literally can put down in an infinite number of patterns and then just affix them to each other with FLOR dots (basically, a clear round sticker). And boom, done. You’ve got a rug!
FLOR is a modern home décor solution whose products are homegrown and manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia! Yep, made in the US of A, and of recycled materials with other sustainability efforts in place! Woot!
FLOR believes in a closed-loop product life cycle, which means they carefully consider our environmental-footprint in every step along the way: design, manufacturing, use, delivery and reclaiming old FLOR.
- Design: FLOR is designed with the end in mind. The 19.7-inch squares are beautiful, functional and recyclable.
- Manufacturing: The manufacturing processes are as energy-efficient as possible. They use renewable energy sources and technologies which help reduce our emissions and waste.
- Use: FLOR’s modular, square format means that it is a flexible, practical and scalable design system.
- Delivery: FLOR is efficiently packaged in easy-to-manage boxes delivered direct to your door.
- Reclaiming: FLOR is designed to be taken apart so face fibers and backing materials can be recycled into new product through their Return & Recycle Program.
Known as the unique carpet design squares company, FLOR transforms any room in the home from dull and lifeless to modern and trendy. From trendy geometric chevron patterns to local cravings for animal prints, FLOR satisfies all style personalities.
When I arrived at the store, I immediately thought, this is way too trendy and chic for me, but I was greeted by three wonderful ladies who quickly made me feel right at home. We discussed what my space was like (and quickly texted the husband to get dimensions…whoops. Make sure you know how big your space is.) and what colors and styles I liked, we got to work. I worked directly with a designer and tried out the FLOR Possibility Studio. This is what helped us decide to turn the squares on the diagonal.
I’m a neutral and earth tone, so at first we pulled these carpet square samples out and arranged them. I thought, hey, that was way too easy.
Of course, then I walked around the store a bit more and found some squares with a little more color and in the “Better Than Wool” and knew that was it. After I decided on what I liked, they quickly whipped up a sample of the tiles in the arrangement that we thought would look best in my hallway.
We went with the one on the right. Just a little more contrast and personality. Then, the order was placed, the squares were cut to size at the factory and it arrived at my house less than a week later with dots and directions.
Once the squares arrived, in a very sleekly packed box, we got to work. I thought it would be best to place to the middle full-sized squares down the middle of the hallway. Turns out it wasn’t the best plan because you put them down a little crooked, but fortunately, at this point, they are just sitting on the floor.
We then went back in and filled in the squares and half squares (that were precut) to complete the pattern. At this point, they still weren’t stuck together as we continued the entire pattern. Then, starting at one end, we peeled the dot off the paper, placed it sticky side up (towards the carpet squares) where they met, and pushed the squares onto the dot. Once we completed all of the squares with their dots, we walked up and down the carpet a couple times to make sure they were properly affixed to each other.
I think it took us about an hour to get the entire rug put together, and attached each square to each other. Mr. Serious was really worried it would slip all over the place. I tried to make it move, and wasn’t successful. It won’t budge at all. The girls have given it their fair-share of testing, too. It really and truly hugs the wood floor and won’t move at all. We are very happy with the final look of the rug (this was right after I installed in, so there are still a little fuzzies, but once we vacuumed those up, there haven’t been any more!)
See that FLOR box at the end of the hallway? That’s what the squares and dots arrived in. Two very slim boxes…very easy to reuse (my girls LOVE to draw on cardboard) and then recycle when done.
The coolest feature? If you stain one, your kid (or cat pukes on it), you just cut the sticky dot, remove the soiled square or squares, wash in the sink with a mild wash, let dry and then stick it right back to the other squares. I wish all carpet was this easy to clean!
(Sidenote: FLOR can only be used on solid wood floors. So, you can’t put it over carpet. The back surface of the squares basically “hugs” the floor and doesn’t slip or move at all! It’s crazy! But, won’t work on carpet).
What do you think is the best feature of the FLOR carpet squares?
We received these carpet squares to facilitate my review. All thoughts are my own.