Wood Grain Foam Mats: Common Questions— Answered

Wood Grain Foam Mats, sometimes referred to as faux hardwood, have become one of our most popular products – often topping as our weekly best-seller. Their versatile design makes it easy to see why they’ve become so popular, but there are a number of common questions about our wood grain foam mats that we want to take a moment to answer:

How is the hardwood finish achieved?

The wood grain appearance is a durable printed surface right on the EVA foam. We’ve gone through several different processes and finishes over the years and we think you’ll agree that the wood grain appearance on our current generation of mats is as durable as it is beautiful.

Can the wood grain surface be scratched?

Just like any other EVA foam mat in our catalog, the surface is soft and can be scratched, although it is usually not too prominent or noticeable. Another thing to keep in mind with any foam mat, is that it is susceptible to indentation from items like heavy furniture or even women’s high heeled shoes.

Do the wood grain “boards” line up from tile to tile?

This is a common question and as much as we’d love to be able to offer this kind of precision, the answer is no. The mats are produced in much larger batches than the 24-square-foot packs we offer for sale, and we are not able to guarantee that the “boards” in your wood grain pattern will line up exactly from tile to tile. But the good news is that this hardly matters—The overall effect of an assembled pack is still great, even if the boards don’t match perfectly.

We’ve gotten hundreds of positive feedback reviews about our wood grain foam mats from many different customers, and we’re confident you’ll love them too. Check out our selection.

The Best Heavy Duty Flooring

Heavy duty flooring provides solid support along with just the right amount of give in places like gyms, garages, salons, factories, and retail stores. And to accommodate these widely diverse applications, We Sell Mats offers two unique flooring materials.

Commercial Rubber Floor Tiles

To provide a safe, solid, and comfortable workout, every gym or fitness club should be outfitted with our commercial rubber floor tiles. In addition to providing serious support under seriously heavy equipment, these floor tiles are specially designed to be non-slip, even when they’re wet. The last thing you need is an injury from an unsafe flooring surface.

Additionally, these tiles, like other We Sell Mats products, are designed to connect with interlocking tabs, so no glue or other adhesives are necessary. If the space you’re covering changes, simply remove the tiles and reassemble them in the new space. If you need to cover a large space, our commercial rubber flooring is available in rolls, too. And to tie it all together, this awesome flooring is even available in custom colors to match any design.

PVC Floor Tiles

Whether you’re constantly standing at work or working at home in your garage, you’re going to appreciate a little support— and nothing makes standing feel better than a cushioned floor surface. Our PVC floor tiles come with either smooth or coin top surfaces and in a variety of colors. Because they also come with our interlocking tab design, they can be laid with no adhesive, removed and re-laid a thousand times without compromising their integrity.

Even if you only have a few minutes a day to spare, you can still install this top-notch flooring system yourself, saving the cost of a professional installation. It’s really that easy. Order just a few extra and if one ever gets damaged, you can just pop it out and put the replacement in.

3 Tests to Find the Best Foam Mats for Kids

When you’re looking for foam mats that are ideal for your kids, you’ll have certain questions as you shop. Will this mat protect my kids from bumps and bruises? My kids spill everything… are these mats easy to clean? I’m nervous that my baby will try to put this in her mouth; how do I know these mats are safe and non-toxic?

As you can imagine, we get all these questions and more every day and want to list a few things our customers should look for when discerning if a mat is up to quality standards.

Note: All interlocking EVA foam mats are intended for ages 3 and up. This is due to a potential choking hazard posed by the interlocking tabs should they be torn or bitten off from the mats.

  1. The “Bonk” Test
    In most cases, the primary reason parents shop for foam mats is to protect children from falling on hard surfaces. Caretakers want peace of mind knowing that if a child takes a spill during playtime, they’re going to be able to get right back up again without any tears. The key in this instance is the thickness of the mat.

Of course, there are no products that can keep us 100% safe from every fall, but in order to protect from minor bumps and bruises, you need a mat that is at least 3/8″ inch (10mm) thick. Mats that are thinner, such as yoga mats, are not designed for shock absorption, but rather for traction and mild padding. If your baby tips over sideways from a seated position on a 1/8″ thick yoga mat, there’s still going to be a bonk and some tears. EVA foam mats which are 3/8″ or thicker provide enough shock absorption to protect your little ones from the frequent falls that come with the territory of learning to crawl or walk.

  1. The Mess Test
    Oftentimes when people think of foam, they envision squishy blocks of padding, that quickly absorb liquid spills and are difficult to keep clean. Thankfully, because EVA foam is extremely high-density, cleaning up everyday household spills is a breeze.We’ve yet to come across a spill which couldn’t be quickly wiped up with a paper towel or dissolved with a mild solution of soap and water. Even if your mats should somehow become thoroughly soaked, most of the liquid will simply wick away. The mats can then air-dry either outdoors in the sunlight, or indoors with the help of a fan.
  2. The Safety Test
    Foam mats come in a variety of sizes, colors and thicknesses, but nothing is more important than making sure your family is not exposed to any dangerous or harmful materials. When shopping for mats, take the time to check the material’s safety data to ensure that the mats are BPA-free, Lead-free and completely non-toxic.You may even wish to ask about potential allergens like Latex in case anyone in your family has a sensitivity. All of We Sell Mats’ EVA foam has undergone independent third-party testing to prove that our mats are free of any dangerous materials and completely safe for household use.

As long as the mats you’re considering to purchase pass these three tests, you can feel confident you’re making a good choice for your home and family. Check out our line of EVA foam mats for stylish and cost-effective flooring for playrooms, daycares, classrooms and beyond.

Spruce Up the Classroom Before Your Students Return from Winter Break

With the holiday season coming to a close, it means that kids will be back in the classroom in no time. While there’s break in the action, what better time to spruce up your classroom and surprise your students with a livelier place to learn.

Recent studies by the Georgia Educational Research Association have actually shown that classrooms that implement more modern design features, such as alternative seating, have shown positive results in student performance, and it may help make that transition back from winter break a little more pleasant.

Think Outside the Desk

Over the past couple of decades, classrooms have become far more than rows of desks facing the board. Classrooms have evolved into spaces of heightened productivity that are cleverly crafted for each age group.

Great modern classrooms showcase multiple seating choices for students that increase time spent on-task without distraction or discomfort. Layouts that mix group-centric seating, individual seating, or even floor seating also allow teachers to use the right arrangement for the right subject.

Where to Look for Classroom Game-Changers

Before wading through dozens of expensive classroom furniture catalogs, be sure to check out the end of the year deals. For the empty floor space in your classroom, you can save 10% on EVA multi-purpose puzzle play mats when you purchase 25 or more tiles, any thickness or color! Perfect for filling extra-large open spaces or to gift to the neighboring classroom.

As always, We Sell Mats is the best place to buy equipment like our tumbling octagons which can be adapted into alternative seats for students who prefer them, and our yoga/exercise mats are excellent for silent reading time. We Sell Mats wishes every teacher good luck during the rest of the school year and a happy 2020!

Gym Owners Prepare: The New Year Resolution Rush is Coming

With the incoming new year, millions of Americans are preparing for a fresh start to reach personal goals in the form of New Year’s resolutions. In a study by the Marist Poll, it was found that the most common resolution in the country is exercising more in order to meet personal fitness goals.

As you may expect, a massive surge in fitness-related determination means loads of potential business for gyms and health clubs all across the country.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

In the days approaching the new year, internet searches related to gym memberships rise nearly 40%, so it came as no surprise when the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association reported that 12% of new gym memberships for the whole year are purchased in January.

With so many Americans eager to get into the gym to start the year off right, it’s easy to see why now is a great time to start thinking about refitting your facility before the massive influx of new customers.

Time to Gear Up

Of course, your business is always improving, but with such a large group of incoming new gym enthusiasts, timely upgrades to the facility will allow you to maximize this year’s wave of resolutions.

Quick changes like fresh new exercise mats for new members will allow both the club and customer to maximize their first few visits. After all, cleanliness is extremely important to gym clients – especially new members –so ditching worn-out mats for fresh ones can make all the difference in retaining the surge in business, all while motivating your customers to meet their fitness goals.   If you’re looking to upgrade your facility in time for the New Year, We Sell Mats is your secret weapon for all types of fitness mats, including equipment, exercise, tumbling, and yoga mats that will have your gym resolution-ready in no time.

Zen Out this Holiday Season

As wonderful as the holidays can be, this time of year can also be extremely taxing. Whether you’re worried about spending too much money, exhausted by holiday crowds, or stressed out about family dynamics, it’s no wonder that according to U.S. News and World Reports. 38% of people say their stress level increases during the holiday season. Even though the holidays may bring some added stress, there are plenty of ways to stay centered while we enjoy time with our families and wrap up 2019.

Channel Your Inner Ommm

Unwind, take a breather, and take a step out of the action. To keep your sanity during the holidays, the best thing you can do is physically remove yourself from the action for a few minutes of “you-time.” If you’re looking to make the most out of your moment of peace, yoga is an easy and fulfilling way to relax and motivate yourself to power through your demanding holiday schedule.

Studies conducted by the International Journal of Yoga have found that in no time, regular yoga routines can noticeably reduce stress. Additionally, in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers found that yoga improved anxiety levels better than just taking a walk.

Holiday Deals on Yoga Essentials

This year, We Sell Mats wants to remind you to take time for yourself, even in times we devote to others and we are proud to offer products that can bring a moment of tranquility during the happiest, albeit hectic time of the year.

Be sure to check out holiday deals on high-quality La Baleza yoga mats. You can save up to $15 on a premium yoga mat when you buy one and get another one 50% off. You’ll get your much-deserved relaxation time and cross the yogi in your life off your shopping list, all with the peace of mind knowing you got a great deal.

Cyber Monday is Here! Now is the Best Time to Upgrade the Playroom

For parents, no one is higher up on their gift-giving list than their little ones. Parents are flooded this time of year with thoughts on how to make the holidays magical for children. But what good is that perfect toy or game without a place to play with it? We Sell Mats has a solution. This Cyber Monday, find great deals on gymnastics mats and EVA foam flooring for the best surface to play and learn on.

Build the Ultimate Playroom for your Home

With EVA foam mats, there are endless ways to make a playroom work for everyone in your family. We Sell Mats is committed to inspiring parents and playroom builders with countless colors and textures that are sure to spark creativity. Our standard interlocking mats come in your child’s favorite color and our ABC mats are made with playrooms in mind.

Just because a play area is located at the forefront of your home doesn’t mean it has to clash with your chic design. Our Forest Floor wood printed mats are sophisticated, safe and great for blending in with complimenting existing flooring or creating a whole new look.

Exclusive Cyber Monday Deals

As the biggest shopping day of the year kicks off we’re embracing crazy-good deals on the perfect We Sell Mats products to build the dream playroom on everyone’s wish list. Make the floor play-time ready with 10% off packs of 12” x 12” interlocking EVA foam mats that are fundamental to a modern and well-designed playroom. These EVA mats split into smaller pieces which makes them great for fitting into creative spaces like shelves, drawers, and tight spaces.

Got a future Olympian training in the playroom? We Sell Mats also has unbeatable deals on several gymnastics mats as well. Check them out along with our other deals here. Happy gift hunting!

Flooring that’s Ready to Expand with Your Business

For small business owners, watching your passions flourish into a promising career is as good as it gets. As small businesses find success, they are met with unique challenges and opportunities to define themselves and fill larger shoes. One such opportunity is working with the added physical space that comes with an expanding business, be it an efficient office or a decorative sales floor. We Sell Mats is proud to support National Shop Small Business Day (Nov. 30th) by offering modern, innovative solutions for growing businesses in the form of beautiful and reliable flooring.

New Space. New You.

Whether your small business is expanding into its first location or a larger one, it is essential to establish the brand within that space. By housing your business in a place that aligns with the aesthetic appeal and values of your company, you have greater potential to translate your motivation to your colleagues, and your dedication to your customers. EVA foam mats are perfect for the job because they come in several unique colors and textures which makes accommodating any business’ identity a breeze.

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated sleek look or old rural charm, we offer carpet and wood grain tiles that are cost-effective and easy to install.

Build Your Business Beyond Your Space

Thinking about knocking out some walls? Is the new location only short term? Compared to traditional flooring which needs professional installation and is far too impractical to transport to a new space, our interlocking foam tiles are easy to add to when expanding extra space and are just as easy to remove when heading to your new business location.

As exciting as it may be, expansion can make or break a small business, so it is vital that a growing company’s work environment is productive for employees and comfortable for the consumer. We Sell Mats is confident in our flooring options and the potential they have in the hands of capable small business owners. We encourage everyone to make a difference in their community by shopping small on Saturday, November 30th.

Got We Sell Mats flooring in your business space already? We want to see! Post a picture and tag us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Ramp Up Your Home Gym & Work Off that Extra Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the looming threat of extra pounds associated with heavy festive eating can be unsettling. In fact, an estimated 75% of the average American’s total weight gain typically happens in the last three months of the year as a result of the celebratory feasts. To combat this, people all across the country are taking extra precautions during the holiday season by bolstering their home gym in order to ward off (oftentimes) inevitable holiday weight gain.

Holiday Weight Gain by the Numbers

No matter what your lifestyle is like for the first nine months of the year, extra holiday poundage can sneak up. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Americans on average gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas party treats; and while that may not seem like a lot, one to two pounds a year, means that much of midlife weight gain can be explained by holiday eating.

Even though everyone is susceptible to extra stuffing around the most wonderful time of the year, that doesn’t mean it is unavoidable. Quick, 10-minute workouts, walks, or yoga sessions can make all the difference this holiday season and what better way to motivate yourself than by investing in your home gym?

The Key to the Perfect Home Gym

To avoid holiday weight gain and maintain regular workouts as you head into the New Year, it is essential to have a place where you can exercise effectively and efficiently. The secret to an awesome home gym is to commit one specific place in your home as your designated exercise area. By clearly designating your home gym, your body will be prepped to work out

A great way to define your exercise space is by laying down fitness mats, granting you an optimal surface to complete floor exercises and yoga. At We Sell Mats, there are several different mat styles to choose from that will inspire you to create your perfect home gym.

Taking the Gym with You

Traveling for the holidays? While it may be too cumbersome to bring several square-feet of foam tile floor mats with you, We Sell Mats also sells has a great selection of La Baleza yoga mats, perfect for doing digestion-aiding yoga routines.

However you plan on avoiding extra pounds this holiday season, We Sell Mats is ready to help you create an inspiring space to accomplish your goals. That way, rather than worrying about your waistline, you can focus on what matters most during this time of year, spending time with loved ones.