ALL ABOUT CARPET TILES


What are carpet tiles?

Carpet tiles are pre-cut squares or rectangles of carpet that are attached to a backing. They are also referred to as modular carpet or modular flooring. Instead of being sold off the roll, as in broadloom carpeting, carpet tiles have a rigid backing that increases the strength and stability of the weave and prevents buckling or curling. Our curated collection includes natural fiber tiles like Sisal Tiles and synthetic tiles that are ready for residential or commercial settings.

What are the benefits of carpet tiles?

A cost-effective way to cover floors, carpet tiles are versatile, easy to install and can provide an instant update to any space. The modular aspect means that you can create any shape rug or pattern, even to fit oddly shaped spaces. Tiles are lightweight in comparison to a roll of carpet and you only buy what you need—no excess scraps of carpet to deal with. And if a tile becomes stained or damaged, you can easily swap it out for a new tile instead of buying a whole new rug. 

Both natural fiber and synthetic tiles help absorb and dampen sound, making interior spaces less echoey and the sound of walking more quiet. Additionally, we have sourced products that you can feel good about bringing into your space. Natural fibers like sisal and coir are environmentally friendly and won't off-gas. Our commercial carpet tiles like Motor City Tiles and Westlake Tiles carry Green Label Plus certification and our Metropolitan Tile is a phthalate-free vinyl.

Are carpet tiles easy to install?

Yes. First, carpet tiles are easy to handle and arrive in boxes (instead of a roll of carpet). Carpet tiles and Sisal Tiles need to be removed from their boxes to acclimate to the room for 24-48 hours before installation. Many of our customers install the tiles themselves, but even professional installation is less expensive and time consuming than a wall-to-wall project. During this acclimation time, revisit your design plans and prepare the subfloor—tiles need a clean, hard surface for installation. Whether you are loose-laying, using peel and stick adhesives or glueing down, installation is a snap. All our carpet tiles have installation guides to assist you.

Do you need padding with carpet tiles?

With most applications, a padded surface beneath carpet tiles is not needed or recommended. Rug padding is by nature soft and could prevent the tiles from laying flat and tightly packed, thereby creating a walking hazard. However, with some commercial tile installations, a compact underlayment is used. This would always be at the discretion of a professional installer. Some carpet tiles come with padding sandwiched between the carpet and the backing, like our Prep Eco Tiles. In these cases, the padding is manufacturer-approved and does not present a walking hazard. If padding and cushioning is important, maybe an area rug or broadloom application is what you need? Explore our Design Studio and find the right carpet for your project.

Are carpet tiles easy to maintain?

Carpet tiles require the same attention that a wall-to-wall carpet or an area rug requires—regular vacuuming, quick attention to any spills and preferably a “no shoes in the house” policy. In a commercial setting, our synthetic Hospitality tiles are easy to maintain and carry contract grade ratings. If a tile becomes stained or damaged, you can swap it out for a new tile (consider ordering an extra box for this purpose) while still maintaining design continuity. A Care Guide comes with each of our carpet tiles selections, findable under the Care tab on each carpet tiles page.

How can I create a pattern or design with carpet tiles?

Design flexibility is a hallmark of modular flooring. For a soothing and minimalist look, you can lay carpet tiles with the rib facing all one direction for a monolithic look or create a subtle pattern with a quarter turn of each tile. The natural colorways of our Sisal Tiles or Coir tiles provide the perfect foundation for layering a rug on top—a wonderful way to build a design style. Choose two or more tile colors and the design options are endless: stripes, checkerboard, a dramatic border or pops of color randomly placed. Prep Tiles come in an extensive, colorful palette, giving you options for creating the flooring design you want.


a quarter-turn pattern adds subtle visual interest

sisal tiles in color sahara

create a unique, one-of-a-kind area rug

prep tiles in contrasting colors

a cost-effective and stylish choice for commercial settings

westlake tiles in color taupe