3 Reasons to Consider Modular Carpet Tiles

After decades as the flooring equivalent of a sturdy cotton house dress, carpeting has achieved what may be its final stage of evolution. And we’re not talking about a more stain-resistant version of the same beige blanket (that was the last “big” advancement). This is, in essence, a whole new type of floorcovering. Modular carpet tiles are uniformly sized, totally self-contained (no pad, fasteners or edging required), completely interchangeable pieces that install as easily as a welcome mat—a great idea in itself, but wait until you see the style options.

Modular is Freedom

Traditional carpeting is an all-or-nothing proposition: one color, one style, one solid cover from wall to wall. Modular flooring is just the opposite. It gives you the freedom to mix and match—not just colors, but also styles, fibers and shapes. You have the freedom to lay it down wherever and however you want, as well as the freedom to change your mind; move it a few inches to the left or take it all up and try it out in another room. But for many of us, the best thing about modular design is the freedom to use the carpet. Because you can lift up individual tiles and wash them in your sink, spilled red wine and dropped hors d’ oeuvres are no longer a deadly buzzkill. Same goes for muddy paws and destructive kids (like yours and mine).

Modular is Green

Modular tiles can be more eco-friendly than conventional carpet (and other floorcoverings) in a few different ways. The fiber and/or backing can be made with recycled materials. There’s no waste, since you buy only the tiles you need (cut-off rolls of carpet crowding the attic aren’t just a waste of space). If a tile becomes worn or damaged, you simply replace the tile, not the whole floorcovering. Best of all, you can take the flooring with you when you move. To keep your personal environment as green as possible, choose tiles with Green Label Plus certification for low-VOC emissions.

Modular is Good Design

In contemporary interior design, the best products and materials are adaptable. It’s all about creating distinctive, personal spaces and the freedom to change things up without having to start over. Carpet tiles offer unmatched design flexibility, and they mix well with other materials—use them to add a little softness to hardwood or tile, dress up a laminate or vinyl floor, or even make a concrete-slab patio more livable.

How to Find Carpet Tiles

FLOR isn’t the only brand of carpet tiles out there, but at the time of this writing, they have the most (and coolest) styles by far. You can see their entire collection (and learn everything you always wanted to know about modular floorcovering but were afraid to ask) at www.flor.com.

Philip Schmidt is a Denver remodeling expert who writes for Networx.com.

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Pamela W.
Pamela W.2 years ago

@ Dianne D,
You may want to opt for those cold wood floors unless you like spending days and days cleaning carpet tiles. I'm assuming that beautiful cat in your picture is in your home. I had these carpet tiles and my cats fur seemed to get imbedded in it and would have to be plucked out by hand. The vacuum would not get it, and I have a very powerful vacuum.

Carpet tiles are wonderful, but like Anne P. I would not recommend where pets will be.

Anne P.
Anne P.2 years ago

I bought Flor carpet tiles a few years ago and while they looked great, and were super easy to install, they were very hard to keep clean. I have a cat and her fur stuck to those tiles like glue. Simple vacuuming wouldn't get the tiles clean, so I had to get a pet hair roller and clean each tile by hand, using many roller sheets. I suppose you could clean off the pet hair by washing each individual tile in a utility sink, but who has time for that? I don't recommend these tiles to anyone who has pets.

Jennifer C.
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Marie W.
Marie W.2 years ago

Don't like carpet that much.

B Jackson
BJ J.2 years ago

Never heard of this stuff but will check it out. Might be just what I need with animals.

Lynn C.
Lynn c.2 years ago


Kathy Niell
Kathy Niell2 years ago

I wish I had known about this when I had twelve pets in the house!