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Old 01-22-08, 02:56 PM
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Child Friendly Flooring (Play Room)

I am looking for some flooring ideas that are child friendly.. By that I mean if they fall they won't crack their head wide open (no tile, hardwood, etc)..

Here's the catch.. It must also be water proof.. We have had *some* water problems in our basement in the past.. I don't want carpet as if we do happen to have another issue I don't want the carpet to get ruined..

I was looking at those foam interlocking tiles (example ) but man... Those are expensive!!

Anyone have any ideas or a place to get them on the cheap?

Thanks!
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Those interlocking tiles are really the only way to go if you don't like carpet. The only other option would be astroturf type indoor/outdoor stuff, but it wouldn't be very soft unless you used a pad, which would be bad if you have water issues.

The other option is grow lights, dirt, and seed it to grass.
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If your having water issues in the basement it's tough to find anything that will work. I would say pergo, it's padded underneath and pretty water resistant on TOP, but not underneath and it's probably not as soft as you would want.

What kind of water issues? Can you seal the basement first? What about the outdoor cork/rubber they put down on play areas? (thinking of the bugs life playground at Disney MGM when I type this)
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
The other option is grow lights, dirt, and seed it to grass.


But then I would have to mow it.. Then there's the issue with exhaust / fumes from the mower..
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Originally Posted by Jeeden
What about the outdoor cork/rubber they put down on play areas? (thinking of the bugs life playground at Disney MGM when I type this)
Trying to imagine what the bugs life playground at Disney MGM is when I type this...
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
Trying to imagine what the bugs life playground at Disney MGM is when I type this...

Google:



Edit: Sorry, I meant the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground"
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Here ya go:

http://www.groundscapekids.com/products/residential.php

not sure if it's what Disney uses. I bet if you called Disney they would assign someone to find out what they use though.

Anyway, since it's all weather and outdoor stuff it would be ok with your water problem. Worst case is it never dries and you need to pull it up, scrubb it and the floor and put it back down.
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Originally Posted by tbird2340


But then I would have to mow it.. Then there's the issue with exhaust / fumes from the mower..

That's where the sheep come in.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
That's where the sheep come in.


*Paging Bandoman.....
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Those tiles can be a pain when your 1 year old constantly pulls them all apart, if your kids clean up their mess go for it.

You know there are companies that will waterproof your basement thus lowering your insurance thus giving you more liveable space thus increasing the value of your home thus ending issues such as this one thus
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
*Paging Bandoman.....
Yeah, like you could get him to sell one.
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Sorry, I've spent years making my entire house Child Unfriendly.
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I noticed those playmat tiles are on clearance at Target right now.
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Really? We were there last week (not for those) and I seen a lot of their toys were 75% off.. They were all but cleaned out and I didn't see those anywhere..

Were they in the toy section?
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Originally Posted by tbird2340
Really? We were there last week (not for those) and I seen a lot of their toys were 75% off.. They were all but cleaned out and I didn't see those anywhere..

Were they in the toy section?
Yeah, they were in the toy section. At the Target I was at, they were in the aisle where they have the big items like the air hockey table, etc. right before it transitions to the camping gear aisles. I didn't look at the price too closely since I didn't really need any more of those mats.
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Originally Posted by tbird2340


But then I would have to mow it.. Then there's the issue with exhaust / fumes from the mower..
There are such things as electric mowers.
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I got mine for my workout room at WalMart for significantly cheaper than $40 for 4'x4'. Look in the fitness section.
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Isn't busting your head open when you fall down as a kid what teaches you not to fall down? These poor kids are gonna grow up, leave the house and think that they can just go out and fall down where ever they like, it will be a painful lesson then I tells ya.
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Originally Posted by Nifty03
Isn't busting your head open when you fall down as a kid what teaches you not to fall down? These poor kids are gonna grow up, leave the house and think that they can just go out and fall down where ever they like, it will be a painful lesson then I tells ya.
I'm with you. I can understand not wanting tile in a kids room as it is too hard, and would look silly, but wood or laminate is definitely OK.

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