It's about time to cover my son's hardwood floor, as he's getting more and more mobile. However, most options are just too expensive. I've turned to this DIY project by High-Heeled Foot in the Door that was featured over at Apartment Therapy. It's a rug made from canvas fabric, a drop cloth, and a rug mat. One twist I'm planning to make, though, that makes the project extra kid-friendly:
Use outdoor canvas! Where the upper-most cotton rug layer (the chevron print) was used by High-Heeled Foot in the Door, we're at more of the messy, sticky, dirty foot in the door stage of life. Using outdoor canvas means that the rug's surface will be completely wipeable and won't soak in spills and leaks.
To give you an idea of the type of fabrics we're talking about, here's a link to outdoor canvas at Hancock Fabrics. A thumbnail of a cool, perfect-for-kids dot print from Hancock is shown in the upper left of this page.
(Image: High-Heeled Foot in the Door)