Get Holiday Trade Show Ready

Stash away the pumpkins and start shining the Christmas ornaments because the official holiday season is beginning now. If your business is featuring holiday specials, chances are you’re gearing up for upcoming trade shows. We Sell Mats knows it’s important to achieve the perfect look for your business.

According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, 81% of trade show attendees have purchasing authority for the companies they represent, meaning that if you want your business to make the most out of your upcoming trade show, it’s crucial that you get noticed. The most effective way to achieve this is by having a visually attractive booth to represent your company in the best light possible.

The Importance of a Well-Designed Booth

Trade shows can be hectic and highly competitive, and this only amplifies during the incoming holiday season. In order for prospective clientele to find what they’re looking for in the frantic trade show atmosphere, businesses rely heavily on the design of their booths.

Humans develop an opinion in one-tenth of a second and a thoughtfully designed trade show booth that encapsulates the message of your brand will determine if your company is among the trillions of business deals that take place at trade shows annually.

Eye-Catching Displays from the Ground Up

No matter the size of your space, there are plenty of fundamental ways for your trade show booth to make a lasting impression on attendees within your potential market. A booth is more than a meet-and-greet space, it’s an interactive experience for consumers to understand your brand better.

The objective? Transport attendees into (what feels like) a separate space, isolated from the chaos of the surrounding event. An easy way to make your booth stand out from the crowd is to set up a perimeter that maximizes the area of your booth with versatile flooring options that match the aesthetic of your brand.

We Sell Mats is committed to the success of your business at your next trade show and offers plenty of easily transportable, interlocking foam tiles and mats—designed with trade shows in mind. Forest Floor wood-printed mats are perfect for a sophisticated, modern look while carpet-top tiles provide an inviting, plush feel in a wide array of colors. Our versatile foam mats make setup easier and cheaper compared to bulky rolls of carpet or professionally installed wood. With our shoulder bag, up to 120 square-feet of interlocking tiles can be easily transported by one person. No matter what design trend your booth will embody this holiday season, tie it all together with our convenient flooring options that create a cohesive and eye-catching display.

Is Your Mat Obstacle Ready?

In the last 10 years, obstacle course races (or OCRs) have seen a more than 2000% increase in participation. This is most likely due to the laundry list of benefits participants gravitate towards in OCRs over a traditional 5k.

Popular obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Rugged Maniac are extremely grueling events that feature tall walls to scale, heavy lifting, electric shocks, and lots of mud. To regular participants, this full-body workout along with the added danger and adrenaline makes OCRs that much more appealing than a normal foot race.

Trusted Mats to Fall Back on

Stadium Blitz, a newcomer to the OCR scene ditches the muddy terrain and harsh obstacles by taking over football stadiums all across the country with obstacles that escalate across three levels of intensity.

Sponsored by three-time Super Bowl champion, tight-end Rob Gronkowski, it seems appropriate that this event takes place in a football stadium. Stadium Blitz is at the forefront of athlete safety and part of this commitment is trusting in We Sell Mats’ standard safety fitness mats which are underneath some of the event’s most intense “Blitz” level obstacles.

The Complexities of Obstacle Course Racing

As you may expect, putting hundreds of eager athletes on a course with massive drops, barbed wire, and water of an unknown depth has caused several injuries. Most injuries are none more than a story-worthy battle scar or a gnarly bruise for those victorious to share on their social media feeds, but at least once per event, there is a big one, requiring immediate medical attention.

Thankfully, as new obstacle course racing companies grow to prominence, there are more efforts on improving safety, working to one day have it standardized.

As for the more extreme industry leaders, there are plenty of ways to make courses safe without compromising the high-stakes energy. Diamond plate patterned foam tiles provide a forgiving surface with a rugged look, and rubber flooring can provide needed grip in wet environments. Wherever the future of OCR safety leads, We Sell Mats has the products to accomplish the safety goals of any event.

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!