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I'll be teaching 2nd grade this year (new school, new state). I just saw my new classroom and it has a linoleum floor. I will need to get a rug for our calendar time and minilessons. My former school had carpet in half of the room so we didn't need to worry about rugs, plus 4th graders just don't sit on the floor as much as 2nd graders. I've been looking at rugs online and I'm in sticker shock at the prices. I don't mind spending some money on my classroom but close to $400 for a rug? No way! Even Wal-Mart and Target were expensive. I just emailed my principal to see if new teachers get any start-up money, but if I end up having to pay for it myself, what's a good way to get a cheap rug? It needs to seat 21 kids so it's going to have to be pretty big. I thought of carpet squares but I don't want to have to distribute those everytime we need to sit. Help!


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Congrats on your new job!!! I must have missed that announcement; I followed your job hunt posts. I am so happy for you. Okay now I will have to go back and read your the rest of your post to see what your asking...

Okay I just read a similar thread asking about carpet, this is what was suggested: Lowes has the least expensive rugs (this is where I am planning to get one). I have seen 5 x7 and 9x12; I think I am looking for an 8x 10.

Also others suggested interlocing foam squares from big lots, lowes, or toys r us.
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Have you tried a local carpet store. Many have remnants that they will bind for you at a decent cost. Even cheaper (if you have one)is Ollie's. Good luck!
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:29 AM
 
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I just had a similar dilemma. I too needed "something" to define our gathering area. After pricing rugs, I realized that the ones I could afford would be torn up quickly by my 1st graders. Instead of purchasing a rug, I found exercise mats at Lowe's. They come in the primary colors or solid gray. Also, they come in packs of 4 for about $17. Each pack contains 16sq. ft (each piece is 2x2ft.), and they fit together like puzzle pieces. So far, I love them!
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:34 AM
 
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A couple of years ago I bought a bright blue rug from Family Dollar for 25 dollars.


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Carpet remnants
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I was lucky enough to get a 9x13 carpet remant (edges aren't bound though) donated to me at the beginning of this year. Before that, I used three of the 5x7 rugs from Walmart/Target and they worked, but I hated that they always slid around.

And, there is always Donor's Choose, but that wouldn't help you for the beginning of this year.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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I too bought a remnant. I got indoor/outdoor carpeting (not the plastic kind) so it didn't need to be bound.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:00 AM
 
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your local thrift stores, consignment stores and see if there is a habitat for humanity in your area. You could also contact carpet dealers in you area to see if they would donate one. It doesn't hurt to ask. The worst that could happen is that they say no.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:07 AM
 
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I know at our school the primary classes have those IKEA foam circles. They keep them all on a tall thing that looks like a paper towel holder and the kids just get them when they need them. Also great for the cleaning staff, they can clean the floor easily.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:09 AM
 
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A couple of our carpet stores have various sizes of remnants that are not that expensive. One year I bought an 8x10 for $40. They usually have bigger sizes as well and will even cut a larger remnant to size for you.

This year I needed to replace rugs and I ordered two 6x8.5 rugs from WalMart online for $30.00 each. They were delivered directly to my local store and all I had to do was pick them up. I got them from WM because I was having a hard time finding blue, which is what I wanted this year. Lowe's also has some smaller sized rugs as well for $20-$25.


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Old 07-22-2009, 05:19 AM
 
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I would first check and make sure you are allowed to have rugs. I've been in schools where they were considered a hazard and banned. Call Loew's, Home Depot or local flooring companies and ask if they have any remnants to donate to a school. I've always gotten mine for free this way.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:28 AM
 
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Our local carpet store will let you pick any carpet in their store and cut you a piece to fit your classroom needs (within moderation) for FREE! They've done it for years. Check into it! You might be surprised.
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Do you have one of those by your house? We used to have one and they had dorm sized rugs very cheap (about $20) in the beginning of August. Even Walmart will lower the prices once it gets close to move in time. The dorm size rugs are a little smaller than what I would have liked (5x7, I think) but I wasn't paying 3x the price for a 7x9. Another teacher bought two and then found a way to bind them together. That looked really good! Also, check craigslist. You might be able to find one for very cheap there too.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:48 AM
 
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That's what I have used the last few years. They are nice also because you can easily take them home and get the water hose to them!
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:54 AM
 
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Have you ever heard of Roses? It's a department store (I never heard of them until I moved to NC but they are all over around me) and they sell TONS of cute rugs for fairly cheap! And they have sales all of the time.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:55 AM
 
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I don't know if you have an IKEA near you, but I got a great deal on a beautiful rug there a few years ago in the scratch-and-dent section for $20.

I think the dorm-sized rugs are a great solution, and it seems like everyone has a Dorm 2009 display along with all of the school supplies.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:31 AM
 
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Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I will check with local carpet stores or maybe looks into the foam mats at Lowe's. I like the idea that those can be hosed off and the kids can't pick at them.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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Try a carpet store as PP mentioned. They will bind old samples together for you and this way, each student has a different color square to sit on!
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Carpet Remnant
Old 07-22-2009, 07:30 AM
 
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I think a carpet remnant would probably hold up the best long run. I have had the area rugs from Walmart/Target and the backing using start to fall apart in a year or two. Those rugs tend to get sucked up (at the edges) in the custodian's vacuum too because they are so thin.

I don't know much about this product, but I found a self binding tape for carpet pieces. Sometimes you can have a carpet shop sew on a binding strip around the edge. It would be more than a Walmart rug, but probably sturdier.

http://www.taylortools.com/instabind.html
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:30 AM
 
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I know that Walmart here has those foam mats for $12, they might even sell them in packs of eight now.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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I ended up buying some of the interlocking foam pieces online - much, much cheaper than a rug. Since I have a ton of school stuff to move from NC to KY already, I'm just having them delivered straight to my school. One less thing to haul up there. Thanks for the great ideas!
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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I too missed your announcement. I was just wondering about you this morning. Congratulations!
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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I filled out a donation request form for a classroom rug at a local store and got the donation. You can also go to donorschoose.org and fill out a request form.
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