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What Type of Foam Are Children's Mats?

Lisa Hobbie // 2020

Children’s foam play mats are an excellent flooring solution for any space where kiddos will spend a lot of time playing. Not only does foam provide a safe and comfortable space for youngsters, it also can add a lot of color and style to an otherwise boring space. Children’s play mats foam is typically EVA, ethylene vinyl acetate, a safe material for kids that provides for a rubbery flooring feel that offers excellent buoyancy and shock absorption capability.

Although there are different types of children’s play mats foam options, interlocking mats are among the most popular. These make an excellent addition to any floor where kids will run, jump, roll, or play, as they are lead and latex free, waterproof, non-toxic, stain resistant, and super easy to install with the interlocking, puzzle design.

You can add comfort and color to a portion of a larger room, providing an area of cozy and cute flooring for parents and children to enjoy. Greatmats has different children’s play mats foam options available, all which go together quickly to provide a level of safety and comfort that doesn’t break the bank. There are different styles and thicknesses to choose from, depending on the purpose the mat will serve.

Interlocking Premium Foam Mats



To transform a space into one that provides a vibrant look and a cushioned layer of safety for kids to play on, choose the ⅝ inch premium mat. These foam Children’s play mats are an excellent choice for an area needing some thermal insulation, noise suppression, and/or waterproof properties. They are also stain resistant, which comes in handy if kids are eating or drinking in the play area.

These mats come in 15 brilliant colors, so you can choose one, two, or many colors to create a custom design. The top quality EVA foam flooring in ⅝ inch thickness helps children avoid injuries like bumps and bruises from falls and provides shock absorption, too. It also features a thatch surface as the texture on these mats, so they will stand up to constant use and resist scuffing. They also include a 1-year warranty against product defects, but you can expect them to last for 10 years or more under normal use. They even have border strips for finished edges.

Economy Foam Play Mat



Another option for children’s play mats foam matting is available in ½ inch thickness. These 24x24 inch and 12mm thick interlocking foam mats are waterproof and soft, and they are great for home basement floors and gyms - aside from kids’ floors. They come in 3 colors, and they feature tight fitting interlocking tabs. These mats have just enough shock absorption to provide a softer landing should your child trip and fall when running or playing. Aside from being a bit thinner than the premium mats, these economy mats, do not come with border strips.

Wood Look Foam Mats for Kids



Hard wood floors are rich and inviting. If you like the look of a hardwood floor, but want something more comfortable and cost effective for your kids’ space, interlocking foam mats in wood grain are an excellent children’s play mats foam option. These are waterproof, lead free, latex free, easy to clean, easy to install, and simple to replace. This type of foam soft tile has a wood pattern on one side and a matching solid color on the reverse side and can be laid out in a number of ways providing for a tight-fitting, interlocking design. Unlike wood which is hard and uncomfortable, these ½ inch tiles deliver a soft, cushioned feel. They will give your child’s bedroom or playroom the look of rich hardwood without the hefty price tag and high maintenance. To clean, simply sweep or vacuum them, or, use a damp mop for a more thorough cleaning.

Jumbo Foam Play Mat



If you have a large room or gym space that you would like to make suitable for a kids’ play area, these jumbo foam play mats provide for a fun and safe option that is latex free, waterproof, and non absorbent. They are great for rough play, as they are rated for a 4 foot fall height and have a skin burn free top texture. These tiles are quite large foam mats at 40 x 40 inches, but weigh only about 9 pounds. So, they are easy for one person to install over a solid floor or thin pile carpeted floor. If one of these tiles should become damaged, they are easy to turn over to use the other side or remove and replace, as no adhesive is necessary with this type of interlocking floating floor tile.

Greatmats for Children's Play Mats Foam
If you are looking for the best foam mats, Greatmats is your one stop shop. When it comes to foam play mats, those at Greatmats deliver the perfect mix of quality, variety, and durability. Greatmats truly has an option to suit any need, preference, and budget. And thanks to the Greatmats guarantee, you can also shop with confidence – knowing you’ll never overpay for a product or find better service. When you're ready to explore options for the best children’s play mats foam, let the team at Greatmats go to work for you.
For more on this topic please review our Children's Flooring product page.