Create a Custom Sensory Room

October is National Sensory Awareness Month which rallies caring parents, educators, therapists and caregivers to spread awareness of sensory processing and how it affects children and adults every single day. 

A huge part of treating individuals with these issues revolves around designing a safe and engaging sensory room to help them work through troubling stimuli.

Progress of Sensory Rooms

Sensory rooms or “Multi-Sensory Rooms” were invented by Dutch therapists in the 1970s to make areas that were forgiving and safe in the early days of sensory disorder research. After 40 years of medical breakthroughs, sensory rooms are still the ideal way to help those with sensory challenges. Sensory rooms are increasingly popular as they help the current 1 in 59 people that are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder which includes extreme cases of ADHD.

The Benefits of a Sensory Room

The designs of sensory rooms vary greatly, as no two people that benefit from them are the same. Some sensory rooms help develop coping skills when met with a negative sensation such as a loud noise. Others are designed to be a safe place to go in times of distress where they can work through their emotions and reactions. 

Whatever the use of the sensory room may be, it is important that it is a welcoming and forgiving place for trauma victims and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder.

Designing a Sensory Room

A sensory room is only as helpful as its contents, and there are endless products that can help. It is important to make the room comfortable while also stimulating with as many senses as possible. White noise machines and aromatherapy diffusers are a great way to calm down through sound and smell, while soft chairs, foam flooring, and crash pads make the room comforting and safe. 

It is important to give those with sensory challenges room to lie down or sit in a combination of natural and stimulating positions. We Sell Mats is the perfect place to purchase soft, forgiving surfaces in countless shapes and textures. Gymnastics pads are a great place to jump, sit and lie down while EVA foam tiles feature a range of interesting textures that are easy to install in creative places such as walls or the tops of tables.

At the end of the day, the perfect sensory room is the one that is tailored for the person it is treating. This National Sensory Awareness Month, We Sell Mats is proud to distribute products that put sensory rooms together and to recognize the parents/professionals that craft places that can make those with sensory challenges lives’ easier.

Check out embracingthespectrum.org for inspiration.

DIY Your Cosplay Costume this Halloween with EVA Foam

We all know foam mats make for a great flooring choice, but did you also know it makes for great armor?

Well not exactly, and before you go charging into battle with our EVA Foam Mats you should know that this foam armor isn’t for fighting, but it sure looks like it. Instead, it’s used for lookalike armor made to strut down the floor of your nearest entertainment convention or Halloween party this year.

Channel Your Inner Crafter

Dedicated Cosplay community members also take on the role of thrifty crafters, using every day household objects, craft store finds, and tools found in their garages. For most, Cosplay is an artform where dedicated fans spend months creating and perfecting a wearable masterpiece.

More often than not this means creating the costume from scratch with raw materials, and when it comes to simulating hard surfaces, it doesn’t get much better than We Sell Mats EVA Foam Tiles.

Why EVA Foam?

We Sell Mats EVA Foam is perfect for Cosplayers because it’s cost-effective and one of the most workable materials. Not only is it easy to cut, but it can also be molded to any shape with the use of heat. Similar to wood, EVA foam is porous enough on a microscopic level allowing it to be glued effectively.

Likewise, EVA foam can be sanded and painted to create countless colors and textures. Our EVA Foam Tiles come in a variety of thicknesses including 3/8”; ½”; ¾” and 16 different colors.

Need Inspiration?

Despite EVA foam’s forgiving workability, it can still take years to master the necessary techniques. Luckily for beginners, there is a vast community of Cosplay how-to video creators that can get you up to speed, like our friends Allison and Marlie at @divinecreationcosplay.

From Khaleesi, Night King, Black Widow, Gamora, Thor, or your favorite Star Wars character the possibilities this Halloween for Cosplay Inspiration are limitless, just like your imagination.

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P.S. If you use We Sell Mats EVA Foam Tiles for your Cosplay costume this Halloween (or whenever!) be sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, so we can see your creation!

Anti-Fatigue Carpet Tiles: Why Are They So Great?

When it comes to choosing flooring, whether it’s for your home, office, or even trade shows, comfort and safety are two common considerations. One type of flooring that is becoming increasingly popular because of the comfort and safety it offers is anti-fatigue carpet tiles. Anti-fatigue flooring has numerous benefits to offer and this article is going to explore a few of them.

Provides traction: When safety is a concern, it’s important to choose flooring that won’t result in accidents like slips and falls. Compared to other floorings, like concrete, anti-fatigue carpet can help prevent accidents. It doesn’t move around once it’s in place and it can provide traction when people are walking or standing on it. This makes this flooring ideal for large areas, like convention centers for trade shows.

Easy to install: It’s no secret that flooring can be difficult to install. And once it’s installed, it typically can’t be moved around. Fortunately, that’s not the case for anti-fatigue carpet tiles. This flooring, along with other flooring options like multi-purpose EVA and wood grain foam floor tiles, is easy to install and can be moved from room to room, or even to a different building, as needed. With that in mind, you can change the flooring as your needs change. So if you decide it would be better in a room with more foot traffic, it can simply be re-installed in another area.

Reduces pain: If you have to stand for a long time, standing on hard flooring can lead to back pain, foot pain, and even poor blood circulation. Anti-fatigue flooring can reduce the stress on joints and muscles, therefore lessening pain. The flexibility offered from these carpet tiles can make standing for a long time easy and pain-free. You’ll feel less pressure in your feet, back, and joints — this flooring can even help improve posture by allowing for a comfortable standing position instead of making you feel uncomfortable or creating a tendency to slouch.

With the carpet industry accounting for 51% of the U.S. flooring market, many people are investing in anti-fatigue and foam carpet tiles. This type of flooring has multiple benefits to offer and can be used in several environments.

 

3 Uses for Foam Flooring in Schools

There are a lot of different rooms and areas within a school. Each room may serve a different need for students or staff, so rooms are often designed differently. One major decision schools have to make is choosing which flooring is going to go in each room. One common type of flooring used in schools is foam flooring, so this article is going to look at three different areas within a school foam flooring can be useful in.

In the Classroom

Classroom designs may vary depending on the age of students that will be in the classroom. In classrooms for younger students, foam floor mats or foam carpet tiles can be extremely beneficial. Younger students tend to sit or play on the floor frequently, and because of this, they need a soft, cushioned floor in the classroom. Foam flooring offers the softness needed and is easy to install and move around if needed. Flooring in classrooms for younger students should be easy to clean as well, and foam flooring certainly is.

In the Gym

Gyms, dance studios, and other recreational areas need flooring that is soft — because kids playing on the floor in gyms, foam flooring can be a great option. It’s soft enough so that if kids fall, they will have a cushioned surface to land on. This is especially important for activities like gymnastics or other types of tumbling. Foam carpet tiles can be assembled for certain activities and then easily taken down and put away if it is not needed.

In the Library

A school library is a place where students can go to work on homework, research, and even read leisurely. Because libraries are a place for concentration, it needs to be quiet. Fortunately, foam flooring is quiet when being walked on, unlike floorings like wood or laminate. Furthermore, foam floor tiles are comfortable enough for students to sit on if they are looking to read on the floor. Overall, foam flooring is perfect for any library or study area.

Flooring is as important as desks and other elements in schools. With floor covering sales growing by around 4.8% in 2017 alone, more and more schools and other facilities are exploring floor tile options. Foam flooring can be beneficial in numerous areas within a school, for both students and staff.

Fun Uses for Wood Foam Floor Tiles

Wood foam floor tiles are beautiful, soft, and incredibly versatile!

While they look just like polished wood, they’re really foam squares that interlock with one another to securely cover an entire floor. They tend to be quite firm yet soft. With such style, and ease-of-use, you can imagine how many applications they can be used in.

The following are just a few of the many ways wood foam floor tiles can be used, for both their function and their appearance.

Home Gym Flooring

In 2018, Americans spent almost $4 billion on fitness equipment for their homes.

Since wood foam floor tiles can be found in so many different densities and surface textures, it’s easy to find flooring ideal for any kind of home gym.

Foam floor tiles are soft enough to provide cushioning for exercises performed on the floor. They are gentle on the skin so they won’t cause floor burns.

Best of all, their interlocking floor mat style makes them so easy to install that literally anyone can do it.

Kids Rooms Flooring

Most parents are concerned for the safety of their children, and for good reason. While kids should be active physically, they aren’t the best judges of what’s safe and what isn’t—even in their bedrooms, accidents can happen, causing bruised heads or even trips to the emergency room.

To curb this problem (and look amazing in the process), wood foam floor tiles are ideal for use in children’s bedrooms and playrooms. Instead of worrying every time your kids rough-house or get into a scuffle, you can trust that the soft flooring will at least help keep them safe, even if it doesn’t help keep them calm.

Basement Flooring

Basements environments can be unforgiving, especially when they’re unfinished basements. From walls to floors to ceilings, even the best of them tend to be hard, cold, and unfriendly.

Wood foam floor tiles can dramatically soften up a basement’s feel—and its appearance. They provide the same insulation and cushioning that thick carpet offers, without absorbing moisture or being easily stained. If they get drenched in a downpour while the sump pump mysteriously stops working, all you have to do is lay them outside and they’ll dry out quickly.

Trade Show Booths

With their fatigue-reducing qualities, wood foam floor tiles are a popular choice for padding the floors of trade show booths. Manufacturers offer a near-limitless variety of wood grain patterns, styles, and thicknesses which make it easy to create a stylish booth that fits the rest of your decor.

In addition to their comfort and appearance, they’re incredibly lightweight and portable, making transportation a breeze. They’re the ideal choice for exhibit professionals on the go.

Safely Practicing Gymnastics at Home

As a sport, gymnastics has been around for over 2,000 years. In the beginning, gymnastics was a broad term used by the Greeks to encompass a variety of physical exercises in a competitive setting. For example, boxing, running, and wrestling were originally included in a group with gymnasts. Eventually, many of these other disciplines were filtered out, and gymnastics became a more pure form of what people practice today.

Of the four events in today’s gymnastics for woman (Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Routine) only tumbling and a form of vaulting were done originally. Tumbling has roots in places like ancient China, Crete, and Egypt. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths modernized gymnastics into something that would be recognized as such today. Eventually, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn came along and further developed modern gymnastics, incorporating the parallel bars into gymnastics feats. And in 1896 the first truly open international Olympic gymnastics event occurred, one that started the tradition of gymnastics that we have today.

Since that time, competitive gymnastics is an incredible sport and includes gymnastics tumbling mats, gymnastics cheese mats (or gymnastics wedges), and a plethora of other pieces of training equipment. While it can be daunting to understand what the best types of gymnastics tumbling mats or other equipment are for home use or gym use, there are some things you can do to ensure safe gymnastics practice while at home.

Practicing Gymnastics Safely at Home

Though it isn’t necessary for all types of home training, a gymnastics tumbling mat is usually recommended for students who want to train at home. Gymnastics tumbling mats are recommended for a few reasons, first is of course for safety. Having a mat will help cushion falls and help gymnasts practice in an environment similar to how they are learning at the gym. In addition to safety, the biggest advantage is consistency. When gymnasts learn moves in a training facility, they are on gymnastics tumbling mats and tracks and other equipment. Being able to practice on similar equipment at home will give the same consistent feel to a gymnast.

However even if a gymnast doesn’t have a gymnastics tumbling mat to use at home, there are still plenty of exercises that can be done at home to help improve gymnastic skills.

Sprinting:

Getting better at sprinting will help both with the vault and the floor routine of a gymnast. Sprints are an excellent exercise to practice because they can be done almost anywhere and only require a good pair of running shoes. In addition, sprints help improve the cardiovascular health of a gymnast, which helps with overall fitness and endurance.

Pull-ups:

Being a gymnast requires upper and lower body strength, endurance, and power. Pull up bars can usually be purchased for $20 or $30 and fit in almost any doorway. Having the ability to both hang from a pull up bar and perform pull ups can help a gymnast prepare for the parallel and uneven bars, and the increase in arm strength will also help with beam and vaulting.

Handstands and Variations:

Being able to do handstands is an important part gymnastics at any level. Being able to perform handstands and maintain excellent form is very important. The great thing about handstands is that they are even easier to practice than sprints! All you need is a little bit of space and an even surface to practice on. Gymnasts that are brand new can even practice handstands against a wall to help build strength in the arms and shoulders. No gymnastics tumbling mats necessary for this one!

Splits and Other Flexibility Exercises: Just like handstands, performing the splits and other flexibility exercises requires no equipment and only a small amount of space. Being flexible is important to increase the ability of a gymnast and to keep gymnasts injury free.

Regardless of what your goals are as a gymnast, having some home equipment can help you break into that next level. However if you don’t currently have access to home equipment, be creative and work with what you have. Consistent practice of the five activities mentioned above can help improve your gymnastics skills immensely and maximize the time you put in at the gym.

Misconceptions About Foam Flooring You Shouldn’t Believe

Foam flooring and mats are commonly used in businesses, schools, gyms, and even homes. But despite their popularity, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding this type of floor surface. So today, we’re going to take a look at a few misconceptions and the truth behind them.

Foam flooring is too expensive. As far as reasonably priced flooring goes, foam floor mats are a great option. Foam flooring offers not only a low upfront cost, but it’s cost-effective — this surface is durable and can be used in creative ways to develop colorful patterns if you desire. The durability, flexibility, and low maintenance make it worth the cost.

There is only one use for foam flooring. Many people believe foam flooring is only used for fitness. And while it’s true that foam carpet tiles and mats, along with gymnastics wedges, are often used in the 180,000 fitness clubs around the world, there are several other uses. Foam interlocking floor mats are great for schools, sensory rooms, and even work settings as well.

All foam flooring is anti-fatigue. While it’s true that foam flooring does provide cushioning, foam can vary in density and durability, meaning not all foam flooring is anti-fatigue. There are a few foams that are labeled as “anti-fatigue” but generally, it’s good to choose a foam that offers some cushioning while still remaining sturdy.

It’s difficult to clean foam flooring. Cleaning and maintenance is always a concern regarding flooring. Fortunately, foam flooring, tumbling mats, and gymnastics wedges are some of the easiest surfaces to clean. Debris like dust and dirt should be swept away regularly and foam surfaces can then be cleaned with basic soap and water. It’s important to let the material completely dry before rolling it up or using it again but other than that, maintenance is a breeze.

You can’t move foam flooring around. One of the many great things about foam flooring is that it is lightweight and easy to move. This is great for places like schools, cheerleading gyms, and trade shows where the need for certain types of floor surfaces may change. It’s especially easy to move interlocking floor mats to different areas of a room or even in a building. This allows users to change the flooring to fit their different needs.

Hopefully, this article cleared up any confusion regarding foam flooring. This surface option is cost-effective, versatile, and can be a great addition to a lot of different environments.

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Flooring for Cheerleading Studios

Cheerleading is a popular sport among a variety of age groups — from toddlers to college students, there are several people who participate in cheerleading all around the world. And because cheerleading involves so many intricate moves and stunts, it’s important for cheerleading studios to have the right equipment. So let’s take a look at a few things to keep in mind when looking for the right flooring for a cheerleading studio.

 

Level of shock absorption: When it comes to choosing tumbling mats for cheerleading, it’s essential to choose a flooring that is not rigid — surfaces like tile or concrete offer a minimal amount of shock absorption. This means that when cheerleaders land on an unyielding  floor, they’re going to have a high risk of injury. Fortunately, softer surfaces like foam floor mats can offer the level of shock absorption needed when doing cheerleading stunts. Cheerleading can involve a lot of dangerous stunts and activities that require flooring with cushion and shock absorption, so it’s best to avoid inflexible surfaces.

 

Amount of traffic: Floor surfaces can have varying levels of traffic depending on how many people use the surface regularly. Most likely, flooring in cheerleading studios is going to get a lot of traffic between practices and competitions. This means the flooring has to be durable enough to withstand high traffic. Gymnastics tumbling mats are designed to keep their form and remain sturdy even when they’re used frequently. Surfaces options like wood grain floor mats can even be great for hallways or changing rooms where the floor should still be padded but doesn’t need to look like a mat.

 

Budget boundaries: Of course, cost is always a concern. This is especially true for studios just starting out or companies looking to redo the flooring in large areas. Fortunately, surface options like wood grain floor mats and foam floor mats are very cost-effective. Not only is the upfront price reasonable, but they are easy to clean and easy to install, meaning they’re worth the cost in the long run. Furthermore, this type of flooring can be moved as needed, allowing it to serve multiple purposes if necessary.

 

With the CDC showing that only 23% of U.S. adults did enough exercise in 2018, it’s more important than ever to encourage people to be active. And with the right flooring, whether it’s wood grain floor mats or crash mats, those interested in cheerleading can participate safely.

Creating an Indoor Playroom for Your Toddler

Once you have children, your entire world changes. The spare room in your house changes from a home office into a playroom for your children. As parents, we want our children to get the most out of their playtime activities. That is why these great playroom hacks will not only help your children stay safe, but it will keep them active as well.

Safety First

Every parent knows that children are extremely clumsy. It seems like every day they are falling and getting hurt in some way. When a house has hardwood floors or cement floors, those small falls can end up causing some big bruises. That is why it is a great idea to invest in a foam floor mat for the playroom. Foam floor mats help cushion any and every fall so that there are fewer tears shed on a daily basis. If you are not a fan of the bright colored floor mats, there is also a wood grain floor mat that might blend in a little better in your home. Either way, these floor mats will be a great addition to your house, especially if you add more active equipment into your playroom like a gymnastics incline mat (or “cheese wedge” mat).

Active Equipment

Gymnastics cheese wedges are great additions to any playroom. These wedges allow your children to climb and stay active even when they are inside. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children between 2 and 5 years old should practice motor skills such as tumbling, running, throwing, and catching every day. Having more active play equipment in your house like the gymnastics cheese wedge will promote just that. Adding a tumbling mat to your playroom is also a great idea that will help develop their tumbling motor skills. More active indoor equipment will also help tire them out, so nap time will be a whole lot easier on you and them!

Transitioning The Room

It can be hard to spend a lot of money on a playroom when you know that a child will quickly grow out of it. But, luckily this equipment can grow with them. It was revealed that in 2017, the number of participants in gymnastics amounted to approximately 4.81 million. That is a lot of children! Gymnastics tends to catch a lot of kid’s attention so they could use the tumbling mats and gymnastics wedges even into their late childhood. Even if they are not interested in gymnastics, the mats can be transformed into many things like martial arts mats and yoga mats!

Investing in a great playroom for your children will be worth every penny. It keeps them healthy, happy, and active. It also helps them develop their motor skills in a safe and fun environment. You will not regret it one bit!