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  • How to Measure Your Floor

    When shopping for floor mats, it's important to have a good understanding of the area your mats need to cover, or, if you're shopping for a gymnastics tumbling mat, whether your space is large enough to safely accommodate the mat you want. In this post we'll deal with calculating square footages, so here's a quick overview of how to measure your floor before purchasing interlocking floor mats.

    How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

    Our EVA Foam Floor Mats are sold by square footage, so in order to know how much to order, you first need to measure your floor and calculate the square footage that you'll need to cover. You may want to cover only a limited area of your floor, or you may want to do a wall-to-wall installation, so let's cover both scenarios.

    Calculating a Limited Area

    If you don't need to trim your tiles to fit a specific space, simply use a tape measure to determine the length and width of the area where you want your mat to go, and then multiply the length x width to determine the square footage. For example, let's say you wanted to add foam mats to one corner of your room:

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    Using your tape measure, you determine that an area of around 72 inches long and 48 inches wide will do the job. 72 x 48 = 3,456 square inches. To convert that to square feet, divide by 144. 3,456 ÷ 144 = 24 square feet. Now that you know how much area you'd like to cover, you can order a 24 square foot pack of your preferred interlocking tiles.

    Calculating a Wall-to-Wall Area

    EVA Foam tiles are very easy to trim or cut, so even if your room dimensions are irregular or aren't evenly divisible into 2-foot increments, you can still have a full wall-to-wall installation with careful measurement and trimming. Let's take the same room as an example, but this time figure out how to determine the square footage required for a wall-to-wall installation. First, if you have some irregular spaces, imagine dividing the room into regular rectangles, and measure the length and width of each rectangle:

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    The three areas combined give you a total of 40,212 square inches. 40,212 ÷ 144 = 279.25 square feet. In any situation where you're going to be cutting tiles, we strongly recommend purchasing at least 10% more coverage than your space actually demands. This will allow you some margin for error and also provide you with spare tiles should you ever need to replace one. That being the case, the minimum square footage we would recommend from among our pre-set packages is the 312 square foot pack. Keep reading to discover why more is better.

    How Many Tiles Do I Need?

    You might wish to calculate the actual number of tiles you'll need for your wall-to-wall installation. Since each 24" x 24" tile equals 4 square feet, you can get a rough estimate of the tile count by dividing your square footage by 4. In this case, 279.25 ÷ 4 = 69.8 tiles. To calculate the actual number of whole tiles you need, it helps to draw it out:

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    We've done the counting for you, and the actual number of tiles you'll need for this wall-to-wall installation is 75. So even though the room is 279.25 square feet, you actually need 300 square feet of tiles in order to do the job, which is why we always recommend ordering at least 10% more coverage than your space requires. Even ordering the 312 square foot pack as described above would only give you 78 tiles, which is not a lot of room for error. Going for the 336 square foot pack would give you 84 tiles, and you'd have 9 extra tiles to account for mistakes in cutting or measuring.

  • Common Sense Play Space Flooring

    Have you ever thought about taking the play mats outside? You can do it - our EVA foam play mats are the perfect padding between your little ones and the hard patio surface. Takes just a second to connect them, and when outside time is done, just sweep them off and bring them back indoors. Now that's a versatile play space! Continue reading

  • The Case for a Great Yoga Mat

    Why do you need a great yoga mat? Isn't the carpet in the living room enough? Or maybe just a thin, cheap mat from the local retailer? As Inigo Montoya famously quipped, "Lemme sum up." Continue reading

  • Set Up Your Trade Show Booth on the Beach

    When EVA foam mats are the foundation for your trade show booth, you'll feel like you're walking on the beach instead of a hard concrete exhibition hall floor. No, we haven't lost our marbles; EVA foam is the material your flip flops are made from, so when your whole trade show booth floor is covered in it, it's just like strolling the shoreline in your favorite footwear! Continue reading

  • Your Last Yoga Mat

    What do you look for in a yoga mat? Comfort? Padding? Traction? Durability? Manduka Pro yoga mats have these qualities and more all rolled up in the only yoga mat you'll ever need.  Continue reading

  • Flooring for the Serious Home Gym

    Looking for something durable, comfortable, and affordable for your home gym flooring? We gotcha. When you need more than a glorified aerobics mat to get the job done, we've got some serious flooring that will protect your joints and your floors.  Continue reading

  • Are Your Martial Art Mats Good Enough?

    If you describe your martial arts mats as "good enough" for what you're doing, chances are, they're not good enough for what you really need. We tend to skimp on equipment when the budget is tight, but when your safety and the longevity of your martial arts practice are at stake, "good enough" just isn't. The good news is that you can afford the best martial arts mats your practice and your well-being demand. Take a look. Continue reading

  • A New Aesthetic for Your Trade Show Booth

    Transforming your trade show booth doesn't have to cost a fortune in materials and consulting fees, especially when you start with EVA foam trade show booth floor mats. When you begin with the foundation of your booth, you're setting the stage not only for a new look, but a new level of performance. Continue reading

  • Take Down Your Opponent, Not Your Bank Account

    Accelerating your progress in your martial arts practice can be as simple as making sure you have a practice area at home, complete with studio-quality martial arts mats that are thick, textured, supportive, and affordable. Once you begin practicing between instructional classes, you'll see your progress kick into overdrive and mastery become just a little more tangible. Continue reading

  • Gymnastics Can Be Safe At Home

    If you cringe when your little gymnast wants to show you her forward roll on the hard kitchen floor, you probably don't have a tumbling mat in the family room. But that's ok - we're here to help. When she comes home from tumbling practice and wants to keep practicing (good!), a thickly padded tumbling mat is just what she needs to do it safely. That's why our tumbling mats are made to the same standards as those she uses at the studio, and why they're available to you to use at home. Continue reading

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