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Carpet tiles have been in existence for many years. It is believed the first carpet time was created in 1957. Of course, the original carpet tile was very different from the tiles you see today. It was a ten-inch square of felt with a bitumen backing and was designed for use in commercial properties. 

Fast-forward more than fifty years and you have a modern carpet tile which is essentially a small section of a piece of carpet. They are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, allowing you to create your perfect style in your home.

Modern carpet tiles are generally available in three different sizes, 50x50, 60x60, and 96x96. It is also possible to get hexagonal and other shaped carpet tiles. Of course, this does make it more complicated and potentially more expensive to install. 

Where To Use them

The best quality carpet tiles can be used anywhere in your home. If you would lay a carpet then you can lay carpet tiles. In fact, there are even specially formatted carpet tiles that can be used in your bathrooms and kitchens. 

The great thing about carpet tiles is that they are very easy to install. Because they are smaller than a piece of carpet you will find it much easier to transport them around and get them into the designated space. 

You can then cut individual ones to ensure you have the perfect fit for your room. But, perhaps the best feature of carpet tiles is the ability to remove and replace individual ones. While most carpet tiles have a stain-resistant coating, there are times when the stains and spills simply won’t come out. In this instance, you can lift the tie-up and replace it with one the same. 

Of course, that does mean buying a few spare when you purchase the carpet tiles. There is no guarantee that they will still be in production when you discover the stain.

Fitting Carpet Tiles

When you are installing carpet tiles you should always start from the center of the room.  This will ensure a nice symmetrical finish to the room and any cut ties are at the edge. It does mean measuring the room first to establish the center.

You can also add insulation under the tiles. However, this is not always necessary as some carpet tiles have insulation incorporated into them.

Don’t forget that you can also mix and match carpet tiles. If you like two different shades of tiles you can create your own pattern on the floor. In short, you can create a unique finish by choosing the carpet tiles and where you want to position them. It is even possible to remove some shades later and change the look without replacing all the tiles. You can embrace the seams or hide them completely, the choice is entirely yours.

This makes carpet tiles a cost-effective and attractive solution to your flooring needs. The fact that they are warm underneath is simply a bonus.

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