Good Questions: Cool Foamy Floor Mats for Children?

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Hello AT,

I had a baby and now I have a baby related question. You might remember that in my condo I wanted to make the front a “no man’s land” – a play space for the baby. I’m trying to find a great floor covering for this play space. They make these garrish foam alphabet puzzle pieces that serve the function (can spill anything on them, soft place for baby to tumble on) but using them would turn my living room into a kindergarden.

Any cool foamy type of floor mats out there? Something with the consistance of a mouse pad, easy to clean, and not horribly ugly?

Thanks! Nell

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Dear Nell, First of all, congratulations! Second of all, We’ve seen a number of solutions in client’s homes, but never asked about them. Now we will.

What WE would do would be to go down to Canal Rubber and buy a perfectly sized piece of foam rubber (like a gym mat, not like a foam mattress) and cover it with a favorite piece of fabric. We would attach the fabric with stick-on velcro underneath and take it off to wash when it got dirty. You could even change the fabric seasonally.

As for premade solutions, we found these links:

Soft Tiles
Various foam mats
and what about going with a nice, soft, wool rug? Crate & Barrel has a great selection of shaggy and soft ones like the Cirrus. Anyone else?

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