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I am looking to buy a carpet for my students to be able to sit on during our meetings, read alouds, ect.

Carpets are incredibly expensive...so I am trying to figure out the right size! I know it depends on your classroom size as well but my room is a pretty average classroom size (I think it is big but it is my first year teaching so I would be impressed with the size of just about any classroom!)

Do you think
4ft 5in by 5ft 10in
5ft 5in by 7ft 8in
5ft 10in by 7ft 8in

I have roughly 22 students in my classroom. The smallest carpet is obviously the cheapiest so if I can get away with that size I would love to but I want to make sure that I can get a carpet that fits all of my students. I am having troubles imagining how big I need the carpet to be to fit all of these little bodies!

Does anybody have any suggestions? I know there are a lot of factors that go into this but any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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I have 20 second graders and can't imagine having a carpet smaller than the 9X12 that I have. It could actually stand to be a bit bigger.

Here are several other options:

~Go to a carpet store and look at remnants - they can be pretty inexpensive.
~You can ask a carpet store if they have any old carpet squares (or rectangles) that you can have. Then you can duct tape them together - This takes a lot of duct tape, but it works!
~Sam's has the rubber mats that are pieced together with two foot squares.
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I agree that 9x12 is a good size. I think if you invest in anything smaller you will be disappointed. When you spend that kind of money you want it to be perfect! Good luck.
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I agree that a 9 x 12 size would be the best. That's the size that carpets used to come in. You'll probably have to go to a carpet store to get a remnant.

Just like everything else that you purchase the sizes began to diminish. I went to Sam's and bought the foam squares--when they are snapped together they are about 8 x 8 since there are four rows of four squares each. I would guess they are 2 feet each. That fit my 16 first graders fine. I could squeeze in one more child on each row to fit 20 students if need be.
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Mine is also 9x12. The custodians have told me I am not allowed to have a carpet that is larger, although I think a bit bigger would fit the kids better. I would not get smaller. Let me know if you find a cheap resource, as mine is in very bad condition, but I doubt that I would be able to afford to replace it and my principal says there is no money in the budget for that.


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I purchased my rug/carpet at a Home Depot store for approximately $50.00 two years ago. The edges are bound and it is holding up very well.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:55 AM
 
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I have to have 2 meeting areas in my classroom (one for literacy and one for math) so my rugs have to be smaller than the 9 by 12 rug I'd love. I make do with 6ft by 9ft rugs. My 20 first graders fit on them pretty easily although I wish I could give each of them a little more personal space. 4 students can sit pretty comfortably across the width of the rug.

Tip: Try to get rugs that have some sort of print or subtle pattern rather than a solid. They look cleaner for longer. I bought my rugs at National Wholesale Liquidators a few years ago for $37 each. They still look pretty good.
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I bought my rug last week at Lowes. It is 8 by 10 I think and I got it for $88. It is HUGE. Linens and Things also had 5 by 7 rugs for 29.99 and then you could use a coupon!
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I think that the stores carry so many area rugs now because they are a useful item in college dorm rooms. I am also looking for a new one. The one I have is 5 x 8 and it was a very tight squeeze to get all the kids on the rug. I had kids that took forever to squish together to allow their classmates to sit too. I am keeping my eyes out for a colorful, large rug that is cheap. I forgot to ask my principal if she ordered any of them this year and I would have to be quick to claim one. Just in case, I will see if it is returnable.
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Any chance your parents' club would be able to buy you a rug? That's how I got mine! It's a beautiful primary 9 x 12 carpet.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:31 PM
 
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I went to Garden Ridge and got 2 5x7 carpets (it's hard to find ones' that match, but it can be done!) and put them together..makes a decent size! They were 20 dollars each! so 40 total! not too bad I didn't think! good luck!
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I needed a carpet for my room and our school system wouldn't provide one, etc. So, I had heard about Andy's Carpets here on Proteacher. The prices are great and shipping is free. However the selection is slim. I bought the 11x8 oval "Letters the Teach" and it is really cute - simple but cute. Check it out! I also bought the largest one Wally World sells. It is a solid color and only cost 24.99. I have had it for 3 school years. Good luck!
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