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Best Playroom Floor Mats on a Budget

Best Playroom Floor Mats on a Budget: Rubber & Foam

Have you been looking for a new playroom floor, but are feeling deterred by the financial commitment? Did you know that you can put in an entirely new playroom floor without breaking the bank? With Gym Rubber's best playroom floor mats, you do not have to decide between quality and a low price. You can get the best of both worlds. Whether your playroom doubles as a bedroom or living room or is in the basement, Gym Rubber by Greatmats offers supreme playroom mats in different materials and thickness to best suit you (and your children's) playroom needs.

With one of the following five best playroom floor mats on a budget, you can keep both your flooring and your pockets padded.

1. Economy Foam Mats, 1/2 Inch

(Approximately $1.45/sq. ft.)


Set. Lock. Repeat. That's how easy Gym Rubber's economy foam playroom mats are to set up and use. Available in three color options (blue, gray and black), these playroom mats can be easily customizable to fit the design and theme of your playroom or kids room over any hard surface.

Economy Foam Mats instantly create a padded, comfortable and safe play area both parents and kiddos will be happy with. The textured thatch surface creates just the right amount grip to help prevent gravity from having its way, plus it is easy to clean. Place these playroom foam mats directly on any hard, flat surface for immediate use and years of play. Make any room a playroom with the lightweight and portable economy foam playroom mats.

For basement playrooms, the closed-cell EVA foam material also offers thermal insulation, meaning those cold concrete floors will be converted into a warm, temperature-steady foundation for learning and large motor skill development. In addition, Economy Foam Mats inhibits sound from spreading throughout the house by absorbing noise vibrations. Who isn't thankful for a little extra peace and quiet?

In addition to Economy Foam Mats, Gym Rubber offers a wide variety of other colored foam mats. Foam tiles also come as a premium, multi-colored puzzle tile for visual stimulation, a non-surface burn tatami sport tile, MMA mats, and many others. Discover all of the best playroom floor mats made of foam that Gym Rubber has to offer.

Other Considerations

If you already have carpet in place, foam playroom mats will not function well. They are not meant to be placed over carpet, as they can shift and slip around. Another downside is that certain foam products are easily punctured by high heels or other sharp objects, so it is important to be aware of footwear and furniture use on foam products.

2. Rolled Rubber Flooring, All Sizes and Colors

(Starting at $1.22 sq. ft.)


Rolled rubber flooring is a great option for basement playrooms that are prone to heavy traffic. Rubber makes the best playroom floor mats when you know mats will be taking a beating over the course of their lifetime. This durable material acts as a sound dampener and floor protector, while still delivering a comfortable space for kids and adults to gather and play.

Gym Rubber by Greatmats specializes in high-quality and affordable rubber products. It is easy to customize rolled rubber so it fits like a glove into any area. Four-foot wide rolls are stocked for immediate shipment in 25- and 50-foot roll lengths with either 8 millimeter or 3/8-inch thickness. This playroom flooring comes in a variety of colors including 100 percent black or various colors with 10 percent color fleck.

Rubber rolls are can be laid right on top of any hard, flat surface as a way to instantly soften it up while still protecting it. It goes especially great over concrete or ceramic tile. For wall-to-wall installation, simply unroll the rubber flooring and cut to fit with a straight edge and sharp utility knife. Rubber mat rolls are factory cut with precision so they will lay side-by-side with no gaps between rolls. The ends of the rolls, however, are not cut square and will require trimming during installation.

Other Considerations

Although rubber rolls are non-porous and will not immediatley soak up water, one should still avoid exposing rolled rubber to moisture over periods of time. If it gets wet on a regular basis, rubber rolls will eventually start absorbing water, which can end up harboring bacteria. To dry this rubber material, it is best to elevate the material off the ground or hand-dry.

Rubber products come in a variety of thicknesses and densities. Many rolled rubber products are hard like a car tire, so it is not recommended for tumbling, roughhousing or tumbling.

3. Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor

(Approximately $1.89/sq. ft.)


Another one of the best playroom floor options is Gym Rubber's Wood Grain Reversible Foam Floor. For a multi-purpose flooring option, the wood grain reversible foam floor playroom mats can instantly go from playroom to casual family room. The wood side of this playroom mat features a smooth surface that is wood film while the tan side of the tile features a scuff resistant thatch texture. This thatch surface is durable enough for almost all shoe types.

With reversible tiles, you can choose between a classy wood-grain look or a simple tan aesthetic (or both). Easily transform a playroom into a warm and inviting family room with the simple switch of the tiles. Either way you go, this tile provides enough cushion that everyone will be happy sitting, laying, crawling or kneeling on the floor. This interlocking floor tile is easy to install and maintain; simply clean with common household cleaning solutions (avoid bleach).

You can easily cut this material with a sharp utility knife to fit the tiles in wall-to-wall installations. Each tile measures two foot by two foot x 1/2 inch (13 millimeters thick). Start your installation in a corner, using the provided border strips to reduce the amount of cutting required for a wall-to-wall installation.

Other Things to Consider

Like other foam products, these mats are also easily punctured by high heels and scratched by moving furniture. If you choose to use furniture over foam mats, make sure to use furniture pads underneath to help protect foam from becoming damaged.

To learn more about the wood grain reversible foam playroom mat, visit the Reversible Wood Grain Foam product page to watch see specifications, watch videos and get answers to all of your questions.

4. Gymnastics Mats, All Sizes

(Starting at $132.00)


Easily portable gymnastics mats are a dream come true for kids who like to throw their bodies around - and the caretakers worried about their safety. For the future champion gymnast, avid tumbler or just your regular group of playful kids, gymnastics mats are fun additions to any playroom. Gym Rubber's quality manufactured folding gym mats are available in six different sizes and three gym mat thicknesses. Mats are made in the USA with premium materials: soft foam covered in durable vinyl for added protection. These custom-made mats feature superb shock absorption, making them an excellent multi-purpose playroom mat that could double as home gym flooring.

With gymnastics mats, the playroom is easily transportable to other parts of the house, or even outside (temporarily). Simply fold the gymnastics playroom mat and go from indoor to outdoor play instantly while still keeping your children safe.

Because they are so easy to use and handle, gymnastics mats also make it simple to customize playroom flooring to whatever design fits your needs. Durable 18-ounce vinyl mat covers are standard, but the hook and loop style varies: V2 has hook and loop fasteners on short sides of the mats; V4 has hook and loop fasteners on all four sides. Choose V4 for attaching the mats to each other on the long side of the folding gym mats (side-to-side placement). Choose V2 for attaching the mats on the short side for a long run.

Other Considerations

While gymnastics playroom room mats can greatly improve the comfort and safety of users, they are not guaranteed to eliminate injury. Safety precautions should still be used during play or tumbling activities. They are also not weatherproof, so they should not be left outdoors during adverse weather conditions.

5. Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile

(Approximately $2.69/sq. ft.)


For the classic, comfy carpeted playroom, do not settle for just any plain carpet roll. They are cumbersome to install, difficult to maintain, and often cost more than they are worth. Instead, choose the best carpeted playroom floor mats: Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles. This is not your typical burlap-like carpet tile; this playroom flooring will have your little one's feet cushioned against material that mimics luxury vehicle flooring. Best yet, the royal interlocking carpet tiles are easy to clean with a vacuum and are waterproof and stain-proof, making it the perfect kids playroom flooring.

Installing tiles is a no-brainer. No adhesives are necessary. Simply interlock the tiles together and cut with a sharp utility knife to fit the area of the room. Should your playroom change, these playroom mats are a convenient option. As easy as tiles are to assemble, they are even easier to disassemble. At just under 1.5 pounds per tile, and 2 feet in diameter, royal interlocking carpet tile playroom mats are easy to carry.

Available in three different colors (light gray, dark gray and charcoal), each tile includes two border strips which allow them to be used as a center, border or corner piece. An attractive color scheme complements any design theme in your home while still adding functionality to your kid's playroom.

Extra Factors to Consider

As with foam tiles, floor experts recommend using furniture sliders over carpet tiles, as heavy furniture can leave indentation marks. Additionally, shade and color may vary from tile to tile within the same order and/or batch of tiles. This is common with this type of interlocking carpet tile.

Learn more about Royal interlocking carpet tiles and how they can enhance your playroom flooring.

For More

The best playground floor mats on a budget do not actually end there. There are plenty more options that will take you from a good playroom to a great playroom with fun, inviting and fully-functional playroom mats - all for a low cost. With Gym Rubber playroom mats, you can allow kids to just be kids without having to worry about them or your flooring.

To help you in planning for the best playground floor mats, Gym Rubber mats provide an all-access Customer's Guide. Read blogs, watch videos and get answers to all of your questions. Decide between the material, the design and the functionality you are trying to achieve, and Gym Rubber will deliver the kids playroom flooring to fully fit your specific needs.
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