Now that warm weather has arrived, we’re finding ourselves wanting to walk around in our bare feet all the time. For the most part, the cool wood floors feel great on our toes when it’s hot outside, but there are some areas of the house where we do often find ourselves wishing that we had something to cover the floor. That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for tutorials that might help us make all different kinds of floor mats!
Just in case you love the idea of making your very own floor mat just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas that we’ve found ourselves bookmarking recently in our search for inspiration and concepts!
1. Old t-shirt strips floor mat
“Rag rugs’, or scrap and strip floor mats, are nothing new to the crafting world, but we’ll totally admit that we love when we stumble across a new way of making them that’s a little bit different than what we’ve seen before! That’s how we felt when we saw this fantastic tutorial from How-To Instructions that uses the classic technique but, instead of cutting scrap fabric into strips, is made using strips of old t-shirts.
2. Spiralled scrap fabric twine circles mat
If you’re going to put in the time and effort that it takes to make some kind of floor mat from scratch, would you rather make it something that looks very unique indeed and is a whole lot of fun to make? In that case, we’d definitely suggest grabbing your bins of scrap fabric and spare yarn and trying your hand at making not only fabric twine (which is useful for all kinds of things), but also this floor mat created from attached circles of the spiralled twine. See how simple it all is to do on My Poppet.
3. Smooth stones mat
Does your house have a slightly more natural aesthetic and decor scheme than most so you’ve been keeping your eyes out for some kind of floor mat tutorial that might work with that look? Then we’re pretty sure Tattooed Martha has just the kind of tutorial you’re looking for! They show you quite simply how to create a floor mat our of smooth stones fit together.
4. DIY fabric floor cloth
Are you the kind of decor lover who adores including about as much pattern and visual texture as you possibly can in a space, but you also still like to keep things looking neat, streamlined, and a little bit mod? Then we think you might just be the perfect person to give this DIY fabric floorcloth outlined step by step on East Coast Creative a try!
5. Custom painted floor mat from scrap vinyl flooring
Do you have quite a simple mat design in mind because you’re not looking for anything fancy per se, but you’d like it in a very specific colour and you’re having trouble finding that in stores? Then we’d suggest trying your hand at making something like this lovely custom painted floor mat made from scrap vinyl flooring instead! Momtastic shows you how it’s done. We love the idea of using the same paint that you did your walls or trim in so the colour pops and matches perfectly.
6. Wooden chair mat
Perhaps the reason you’re looking for a floor mat in the first place is that your office chair in your home work space won’t roll on the soft carpet you’ve chosen for your house? In that case, this tutorial from Instructables might be exactly what you need. They show you how to make a harder wooden mat for the chair to sit on so that its wheels will roll easily around the area right in front of the desk, rather than getting caught in or sinking into the carpet fibres.
7. DIY wooden slat kitchen floor mat
Perhaps you’re looking for a floor mat that’s a little more unique and unusual looking in its construction and style because your house is very modern indeed? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Bunnings made this very cool painted wooden block and screw mat that’s perfect for putting on the floor near the kitchen sink! We love that you could create this design in any colours you please.
8. Custom painted fabric rugs
What if we really caught your attention when we started talking about custom painted mats because you do have a pattern in mind that you simply haven’t been able to find in stores, but you also know that you’d much prefer a fabric rug that a vinyl floor mat like we showed you before? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Shrimp Salad Circus stencilled and hand painted these fabric mats in just a few simple steps to get the patterns and colour combinations they really wanted!
9. DIY woven jute rug
If you’re going to put in the effort that it takes to make yourself something completely custom, would you actually rather create something a little old fashioned looking that you suspect you wouldn’t necessarily find in stores because they’re not very common anymore? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Creative Engine Room made this fantastic hand woven jute floor mat! They’ve built a tutorial that shows you every step.
10. Super easy DIY pom pom rug
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about yarn scraps because you’re an avid knitter or crochet enthusiast who is always looking for creative ways to use up the ends from your previous projects? Then start making them into little pom poms and take a look at how Easy Peasy Creative tied them all together on a base to make a mat that feels wonderfully fluffy on your feet!
11. Circular quilted play mat
Maybe you’re looking for a little floor mat that’s nice and squishy and that’s portable enough for you to put down anywhere because you have a baby who loves to play on the floor but is still prone to putting the face down or spitting up? Then maybe you can protect both other carpets and your baby’s health by making something like this lovely quilted circular play mat outlined step by step on A Beautiful Mess!
12. Braided rope door mat
In the summer, we get this strange urge to start incorporating small decor pieces into our house that remind us of our favourite warm weather things to do, like going to the beach or sailing out on the water. That’s probably why this lovely white rope door mat that has been knotted in a create, Celtic inspired pattern caught our eye so well! See how it’s done in simple steps on Martha Stewart.
13. Fabric covered car mats
Do you have some old scrap fabric that you’ve had laying around for a very long time and a car that you’re trying to keep as clean as possible because it’s your new baby and you want its fresh, clean state to last as long as possible? Then it sounds like you have almost everything you need to make these fantastically patterned car floor mats outlined step by step on Thrifty Crafty Girl!