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Camping Mat and Temporary Patio Flooring Ideas

Indoor and Outdoor Flooring Solutions for Camping

Related Product: Foam Mat Economy 1/2 Inch



By Kif Richmann

If you love camping, you likely appreciated the thrill of rustic living, at least on the short term!

You enjoy roughing it with your family and friends and, for at least one night, you enjoy unplugging from the busy world and absorbing the sights and sounds of nature.

While camping is a wonderful family activity, we all know if can get a little uncomfortable, especially when it comes to sleeping. Most sleeping bags, while cozy, don't give the padding and cushioning you need. If you have a root or a rock under the thin canvas of your tent, it can keep you up all night.

One of the best tent flooring ideas is to use soft puzzle mats as a tent flooring. When used as tent floor pads, these mats enhance your outdoor experience and make you more excited to head for the woods!

Camping Mat and Flooring Ideas

Many camping supplies are marketed directly to campers. Light-weight kitchenware, electric lanterns, and fold-out chairs are all made to enhance the camping experience. Every camper and every group will have different needs, and depending on the location and the people, you may need more or less items to get through the trip.

One item that isn't made specifically for campers, yet makes a wonderful camping accessory, is puzzle mat flooring. Many campsites are covered in gravel or rocks, and some have hard grounds that are very difficult to sleep over. Foam mats, however, give a soft flooring that will help you get a comfortable sleep.

As a tent flooring, foam mats are excellent for families. They provide a safe, comfortable surface for kids and adults to sleep on, and they also provide cushioning for bare feet over rocks and gravel. Simply put, they make a great camping trip even better!

What to Look for in Tent Flooring
When searching for tent flooring for sale, make sure you are equipped with the right information so you can make a confident decision. In most cases, you can find cheap tent flooring, but that doesn't mean you should be careless with your money.

First of all, look for a product that is soft and cushiony. The overall goal is to give you a soft space to sleep over, so this should be the first priority. In most cases, you will find that foam mats deliver the best cushioning and padding, so look for a foam tile for the best comfort.

You should also look for connecting edges. In most cases, a puzzle edge will give you the best hold while providing a soft surface even at the edges. If you purchase mats that don't have a connecting edge, they will move and shift inside your tent, which can lead to bare spots. Make sure there is some sort of connecting edge for the best results.


These are one of the best tent floor pads you can find for your adventures, and at just under $1.00 per square foot, you can purchase enough for even the largest tent without ruining you camping budget. These tile are made from half-inch-thick soft foam that provides a comfortable padding for sleeping bodies and bare feet.

When it comes to adding convenience and comfort to your camping, few products can match the quality of these mats. Made from closed-cell EVA foam, these tent floor pads will not absorb moisture or other substances. This can be useful for families with small children who may spill drinks in the tent or have nighttime ''accidents.''

They are also lightweight and portable, which is the demand for nearly every camping product. Each 2x2 foot mat weighs about 1.2 pounds, so you can add them to your camping equipment without adding a lot of weight.


When it comes to affordable tent flooring for sale, these are the mats you need. They are priced at only $.95 per square foot, so you'll have a soft flooring that won't increase your camping budget. The top surface is scuff resistant, meaning they are perfect for many different activities and can withstand the abuse of walking over them with boots or shoes. But they also remain soft and comfortable, giving you a peaceful night sleep that prepares you for tomorrow's outdoor adventure.

Using a high-density EVA foam, these mats are strong and durable. They will last for years and withstand a wide variety or pressure.

To connect the tent floor pads, all you have to do is push the puzzle edges together with slight pressure. They lock together with ease and hold firm all through the night, and disassembly is just as easy. You can set up your tent and tent flooring fast, then pack up and move on when you're ready. Fast, simple, and affordable, that's the advantage of our Play Mats Foam Puzzle Tiles!


For added comfort and cushioning, choose these 5/8-inch foam tiles. They lock together with a gap-free puzzle connection, yet are fast and easy to lay out and disassemble. Best of all, they are available in 15 different colors, so you can choose the tiles that perfectly match your tent, or you can choose a camping-themed tone like green, brown or tan. No matter which you choose, you'll have affordable comfort for your tent floor pads.

This tent flooring for sale, which is originally intended for kids' playrooms, is the perfect addition to your camping equipment. The tent floor covering can even be laid out in the back of your truck or van to provide a makeshift sleeping area for your outdoor expeditions.

Perforated Tile for Use Outside Your Camper

If you use a camper or trailer for your outdoor adventures, you can enhance your campsite with perforated tile. When you stay at a campsite for an extended period, it helps to have outdoor mats that you can lay on the ground, giving you a comfortable walking surface that is free of rocks, dirt and mud.

If it rains when you go camping, the area outside your RV can become a muddy mess, but with perforated tile used as ''patio'' flooring, you can maintain a clean area with less mess and less hassle. You may have to wash them off when you're done camping, but that's certainly easier than constantly cleaning mud from inside your camper!

What to Look for in Tile for Outdoor Use
There are many factors that make a great outdoor mat, and understanding the right characteristics will help you choose the perfect mat for your RV travels.

First of all, the mat needs to be durable. You'll be placing the mats over rocks and uneven surfaces, so the mats need to be able to hold up against constant impacts from shoes and hiking boots.

The mats should also be UV-treated. Because you'll be keeping the mats outdoors, they will be exposed to constant sunlight, which can wear away virtually any material. With UV-treated mats, your flooring tiles will last much better. If you plan on using the mats outdoors for any period of time, make sure they are UV treated or naturally UV resistant.

Finally the mats should be perforated. Perforated mats are ideal for use outside of a camper because they allow rainwater to trickle underneath. Pools of water on the surface can create a slippery, unsafe area, so make sure the tiles are perforated for greater slip-resistance. Perforation can also be beneficial if you are placing the mats over grass for a short period, as it is less likely to kill the turf underneath.


With a durable PVC plastic construction and a perforated top, these tiles can create a walkway or patio area for your camper. Simply lay them out on the ground and connect the tiles with interlocking connections and you have a safe, slip-resistant surface that will hold up against foot traffic, rain, sun and dirt. These flexible tiles will even conform to uneven ground when necessary.

This tile is actually intended to give decks and patios a slip-free surface, even in wet conditions, so you can count on it to give you top-quality performance for years. How many years? Well, it comes with a 5-year warranty, so you can count on it for quite a few summers of camping!


Water-proof, slip-resistant, and UV-treated, this is the perfect tile for camping trips and outdoor adventures. It can be set up outside your camper to provide a more comfortable walking surface, and cleaning will require little more than a hose and a drying towel. It's one of the most effective patio surfaces for outdoor use, and it can enhance the safety and comfort of your campground.

Each patio tile covers just under a square foot and weighs about one pound, so the tiles are easy to install and store. With tab 'n loop connectors, they hold firmly together yet can be disassembled quickly. With the perforated top, these tile make for a top-quality camp site!

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