A Rug Alternative

Jul 19, 2014

Hardwood flooring as a rug alternative

I know, I know.  It is this dreaded thing that we don't really like to talk about....but it is reality for some.  Little critters like to come to school with our kiddos.  Sometimes it is lice and sometimes it is a bed bug that likes to tag along.
We have had to make some changes to deal with these annoying bugs!  It stinks and it is hard to give up some things that you may love.  But we had to because...OH MY!...I don't want those things joining me on my trek home!

The first thing to go....rugs.  Those bugs love to cozy up in them.  No, thanks!

So 2 summers ago, after a frustrating attempt to install an Ikea hardwood floor, I had a box of hardwood planks that snapped together.  Maria (my idea girl!) decided we should use it in our writing classroom.  So we snapped the pieces together, put cute duct tape all around the edges, and VOILA! A homey-looking, cheap, clean (bug free) floor!

There are a couple of other options if you like the hardwood flooring look.  This wood is actually from the paneling section of a hardwood store.  It was under 10 bucks and it is just one full sheet.

 Another option is stick tile.  This is a big sticker that looks like hardwood.  You could easily peel it, stick it to a flat piece of cheap wood, and that's it!  You would have a new floor for your room!

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  1. That's an interesting idea, I never had problems with lice at my old school, but it may be an issue at my new one. I know the principal said they don't like the kids sharing headphones for that reason. I don't know anything about bedbugs, would I know if there was a problem with them? I love the way the wood looks, is it taped to the floor or anything?
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  2. Great tip! Never thought of that instead of a rug. Still gives the kids a designated area to sit and is nice looking too!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. What a great creative idea and it looks really nice! Thanks for sharing! Kristi
    Teaching Little Miracles

  4. Thank you so much for addressing this! I often get frustrated looking at perfect classroom photos with tons of beautiful rugs, pillows, soft chairs, etc. That is NOT going to work in my school! Thanks for coming up with a nice solution for those of us who have a different classroom reality.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I completely understand. We are in the same boat. We just cannot have all those cute, cozy materials in our classroom. But this does give our classroom a homey feel without the bug bites :)


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