When we moved into our condo unit two and a half years ago, we knew we would want to replace the carpets that were probably more than 20 years old.
I suggested, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that we just buy a bunch of "anti-fatigue" squares, the kind that fit together and come in bright colours. My younger son, Adam Smith Palmer, has some that they put out in the playroom for their daughters, which is what gave me the idea.
Seriously. They're cushioned, they're bright, and if you wreck a spot, they're easy and inexpensive to replace.
So last week, when we discovered that one of our custom-made hallway carpet runners was defective and wearing prematurely, rather than order something new, we did this:
I love the brightness. I also love that they are cushioned and easy on the feet. We have found, however that they slip easily [as we discovered when using grey fatigue mats on the set of Equus last year]. So we put some sticky things under them to hold them in place, and that seems to work.
I'm not so keen on the way the teeth show along some edges or that some of the edge pieces don't fit without cutting. However, we have another pack of these mats, and so if we decide we like these, we can get out the second pack and fill in the edges or cut other squares to fit in the hallway.
Next up: rubber walls?