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  • Trailer tack room floors

    Hi everyone! I need some ideas for my tack room floor. I have a Sundowner slant load, and I love the tack room(big and spacious) except I HATE the carpet! I have tried those interlocking mats, which work okay, but because of the slant, and my shaky hand, they don't quite fit after I cut them. Which is kind of a trend for my attempts at covering the carpet.

    Is there a place online to order one giant mat made to measure?

    Any other ideas would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Could you try a piece of linoleum floor from a local floor place? Would be easier to cut (not so thick) and if they have a scrap piece big enough, you may get it for free.
    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


    • #3
      Linear Rubber ( http://rubbermats.com/ ) will do custom cutting. They sell mats for use in non-ag situations. Look through their website and see if anything there might work for you.

      "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
      - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926


      • #4
        Do you not like carpet in there at all, or just not *that* carpet?

        Take a look at Flor carpet tiles. http://www.flor.com/ They have some that are meant for use in garages that would work, or you could get something nicer.
        ... and Patrick


        • #5
          I ordered my trailer dressing room with mats, and I am very happy with it. I have a cheap Ikea $20 carpet on top it. When it gets too dirty and cant be cleaned anymore, I just go to Ikea and get another carpet. It actually looks pretty nice with the Ikea carpet in there.

          I have this one http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog
          /products/10177885/ I too have a slant, so I had to cut one side of the carpet with a utility knife to fit the short wall.

          I think I read on www.horsetrailerworld.com someone pulled up the gross carpet on their dressing room floor and replaced it with vinyl planking that they got at Home Depot. It sounded like a good idea.


          • #6
            My tack room had gross carpet too. It was always embedded with dirt and hay pieces. I tore it out, used the old carpet as a template, and cut a piece of scrap vinyl floor to fit. I was thinking of gluing it in a few places, but once I had everything back into the tack room nothing has shifted. I do have a mat by the door because I think it could be slippery if wet.

            Here are a few photos:

            "Do your best, and leave the rest, twill all come right, some day or night" -Black Beauty



            • #7
              My tack room had gross carpet too. It was always embedded with dirt and hay pieces. I tore it out, used the old carpet as a template, and cut a piece of scrap vinyl floor to fit. I was thinking of gluing it in a few places, but once I had everything back into the tack room nothing has shifted. I do have a mat by the door because I think it could be slippery if wet.

              Here are a few photos:

              "Do your best, and leave the rest, twill all come right, some day or night" -Black Beauty



              • #8
                To get your cuts correctly on whatever material you choose, make a paper/cardstock template to work from...it's about the only way to get it right!


                • #9
                  In my friend's trailer, we tore the nasty carpet out and used stick-on tiles from the dollar store. It actually worked really well and looked quite nice.


                  • #10
                    Stick on floor tiles is a great idea, you can buy pretty tough ones at Home Depot that would be really good, they look like slate floor tiles.

                    Tip for do-it-yourself cutting, spend the time to make a template, even if you have to tape a whole mess of Paper Towel or something together to get a template material easily. That way you can position yourself much better for cutting the slant line, and plan it out.
                    Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior


                    • #11
                      I used commercial grade vinyl wood strips ..installed it myself. Looks EXACTly like real wood. I was fortunate to have a friend in the business and this was left over from big job....Looks nicer than my house.
                      "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"


                      • #12
                        We just did a "re-floor" in our dressing room too. Our floor is now insulated and vinyl'd, and is much more comfy to the feet, sound absorbent, and so easy to clean!

                        We pulled up the carpet, same as others, to use as a template. From Lowe's, I bought insulation board, 3/8 inch plywood, and vinyl (cheap, from the remnant pile).

                        Insulation board (which you just cut with a blade, like vinyl) went down first. The plywood (the hardest part for 11yo DD and me, as it involved 5 minutes with a circular saw) was the next layer. Then we just chopped the vinyl to fit and laid it down.

                        I bought double-sided carpet tape to hold the vinyl, but it proved unnecessary. The slant edge helps hold everything in tightly like a puzzle.

                        DD and I camped in the trailer at Rolex this year, and it was the first time ever that the floor didn't make us either hotter or colder. Wish I had done it sooner!

                        Here's a helpful website we referenced:
                        (um, I can't make the link button insert it, so typing it out):

                        Best luck!
                        "And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"


                        • #13
                          To make a template, use a heavy paper like "builders paper", and masking tape. Cut a piece that will lay down flat without hitting anything. Next cut pieces leaving the factory edge of the paper. Lay the factory edge against where you want the cut to fit-becomes the outter edge of the template, and tape it to the big piece with cheap, tan masking tape. Don't use blue tape.

                          This takes out all the guess work. Taking plenty of time to make a good template will pay off with a good job, not only in a trailer, but anywhere you want to use sheet flooring.