Traditionally, the thing to aspire to in a home was wall-to-wall carpet. And while wall-to-wall is certainly comfortable and carries with it a number of benefits, as trends have changed modern design has rediscovered its affinity for the hardwood or, in some cases, even concrete floors that our all-over carpeting has been hiding. So now, in lieu of wall-to-wall carpets that can easily get dirty and be difficult to clean, a lot of homeowners and decorators are turning to carpet tiles.
Carpet tiles are square pieces of carpet (often around 16" to 24" square but it can vary) that can be stuck down to the floor easily and without professional installation. They offer the same soft look and feel of broadloom but they're far more versatile. Carpet tiles come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and materials and can be installed in any way you desire. It's easy to create unique patterns and designs with very little effort.
There are a few different ways of installing carpet tiles. Some are self-adhesive and can be installed simply by removing the paper backing and placing them where you desire. There are others that need to be installed by applying double-sided carpet tape to the back of the tile before placing them on the floor. They can also be glued.
One of the most practical and easy-to-use types comes courtesy of FLOR. These tiles connect to one another and not the floor so that you can use them without damaging the floor underneath. (They're also made with renewable and recycled materials.) They come in so many colors and styles the options are quite literally endless.
The biggest advantage that carpet tiles have over regular wall-to-wall carpeting is that individual tiles can be removed and replaced should they get dirty or stained. Unlike large carpets where stains can set and be difficult to remove, an individual tile can be replaced with very little effort or expense.
Where to Use Them
Carpet tiles can be used to cover large floor surfaces such as an entire room or they can be used in smaller areas. They can be used in entryways as an alternative to small area rugs or doormats, on stairs to create makeshift stair runners, in hallways as an alternative to regular runners, and so on. There are also outdoor carpet tiles that can be used in areas that will see moisture such as outdoor rooms or mudrooms.