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Old 06-04-2007, 07:58 AM
 
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My mind is racing as I am working to set up my classroom for next year. Where is a good/inexpensive place to buy rugs for my meeting area and nonfiction nook? I was out shopping today and worried that I'll be spending a lot of money for these things.


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Old 06-04-2007, 10:12 AM
 
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Watch K-Mart. I got 3 4x6 rugs, and when you put them together it makes a nice sized rug. Each were $6-7 or so. They are going on the 4th year and in great shape -- just need shampooed!!
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:05 AM
 
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I purchased a pack of foam squares which can fit together like a puzzle. They come in a pack of 8 so I purchased 2 packs. They are $19 each. It makes a large area for the meeting area or you can place it in pieces. It can be washed off or mopped.
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Where did you get your tiles? They are on the top of my buy list this summer but I have not found a good deal on them. Also, what size do you have? 1x1 foot, or 2x2 feet? Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:37 AM
 
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I found them 2 - 3 years ago at WalMart for about $14 for 4. They are still available there, and I've also seen them at some larger building supply stores for around that price. They are the 2x 2 foot sizes. No shampooing, our janitor just washes them every day with the floor.


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Old 06-04-2007, 01:09 PM
 
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I got mine at Sam's Club for $19. Each pack has 8 tiles. Total cost was around $40. They are 2 feet squares. We had a new Sam's open last week and they are still available.
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Thank you!
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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You can go to many carpet stores and tell them you're a teacher and find out what they'd charge you for a scrap piece of carpeting. Tell them the size you'd like, so they can cut it while you're there. Most will give it away! I got the kids to write a nice thank you card afterwards, telling how much they enjoy their reading corner with their carpeting.
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:00 PM
 
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I purchase carpet samples from carpet stores (they won't give them away anymore!!) and then piece them together to create a large rug. I use duct tape underneath to tape each of the pieces together. The last rug I put together lasted three years. This summer I'll make another rug and hopefully will be able to find the larger carpet squares.

I tried to attach a picture from my website but the image is too large. You can view the pic by following this link: http://www.mrscopelandsclass.com/images/photo003.jpg Also, I took this picture before I made some adjustments so you can see some duct tape sticking up!

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Looks like those are the way to go --- I'm asking PTO for those next year! The Sams club deal sounds great! I was just at Lowes and they were 4 2x2 ft tiles for $16.


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Old 06-05-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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I found a 5x8 rug at Walmart that will work well in my nonfiction nook. They had another 5x8 for $50 that looks much more comfortable for laying down to read. Today my principal told me that once again Governor Purdue (in GA) will be giving teachers a $100 gift card. That will help me buy my rugs.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:24 PM
 
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I have a rug that my grandparents gave me several years ago that I use in my room. The school nurse told me that our state will be moving away from having carpeting anywhere in the school due to the allergens. I like those foam squares, I may have to look into that for next year.
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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What a great idea with the foam pieces! I never even thought to use them like that. My 2 year old son loves them. I noticed your classroom library in the pics. How do you have your books organized?
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