Hey friends! I’m so excited to chat with you today about one of my new decor obsessions – shag carpet tiles. I know, I know – shag carpet? Wasn’t that stuff left back in the ’70s with the Brady Bunch? Well, let me tell you, shag is back in a big way, and I’m loving this trendy retro revival.
These plush, textured tiles are the perfect way to add a pop of personality and visual interest to any room. As you know, I’m all about creative touches that tell a story and reflect your unique style. With their playful vibe and ultra-cozy texture, shag carpet tiles do just that.
In this post, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about working shag carpet tiles in your home. I’ll share where this groovy flooring trend came from, plus tips for choosing the perfect colors, patterns, and textures for every space. We’ll also chat about the practical benefits of carpet tiles and how to install them. By the end, you’ll be eager to give your floors a fab, shagadelic makeover!
So grab your favorite lounge pillows – we’re bringing the retro fun up here!
- 1 The Comeback of Shag Carpeting
- 2 The Modern Twist of Shag Carpet Tiles
- 3 Why Choose Shag Carpet Tiles?
- 4 Choosing Your Shag Carpet Tiles
- 5 Shag Carpet Tiles for Every Space
- 6 Installing Shag Carpet Tiles
- 7 Caring for Your Shag Carpet Tiles
The Comeback of Shag Carpeting
To understand shag carpet tiles, we first need to step into our time machine and visit the heyday of shag carpeting.
A Blast from the Past
Shag carpeting emerged in the late 1960s and broke off in the 1970s. With its plush, long pile and vibrant colors, the shag carpet added a sense of luxury and texture that people went wild for. During its peak popularity, shag rug could be found in living rooms, bedrooms, recreation rooms – you name it!
But like all trends, shag fell out of favor by the 1980s as people turned to sleeker, more modern styles. Many shag carpets were ripped up and replaced with shorter pile carpets or hardwood. For years, the shag rug seemed stuck in the past.
Back to the Future
But you can’t keep a good trend down! Interior designers have been looking back to the 1970s for inspiration in recent years. The boho-chic and midcentury modern styles popular today have helped spur a revival of retro elements like shag.
For carpet manufacturers, that meant dusting off their old shag designs and breathing new life into this funky flooring. But they’ve also reinvented shag carpets to better suit modern homes. Enter shag carpet tiles.
The Modern Twist of Shag Carpet Tiles
Shag carpet tiles give this retro flooring a practical update by offering more versatility, easier cleaning, and simple installation. Here’s the scoop on how carpet tiles put a modern spin on shag:
Customize Your Floor
With broadloom shag carpeting, you’re limited to carpeting an entire room in one color and style. Shag carpet tiles allow you to mix and match colors, textures, and patterns to create custom flooring. Some ideas:
- Alternate light and dark tiles in a checkerboard design
- Create a bold border that frames a neutral carpeted area
- Mix random tiles for an eclectic patchwork look
- Incorporate shag tiles as area rugs
The options are endless! Coordinating your tiles with furnishings makes it easy to achieve a pulled-together style.
Spills and stains are inevitable, especially in high-traffic areas. But with carpet tiles, you can quickly replace individual tiles instead of recarpeting an entire room. Keep spare tiles on hand for problem areas like entryways and kitchens.
Shag carpet tiles are also easier to clean than broadloom carpeting. Their dense construction makes vacuum cleaning more effective. Most styles can be removed for deep cleaning and then reinstalled after drying.
Carpet tiles are designed for easy do-it-yourself installation. Most feature a sticky backing that adheres to the flooring below. Just peel and stick!
This makes shag carpet tiles ideal for renters. Install them as a temporary flooring upgrade, then easily remove them when moving without damaging the floor.
Homeowners can also install carpet tiles as a weekend project. There’s no need for professional installation or special tools – measure your space, prep the floor, and start sticking them down.
Why Choose Shag Carpet Tiles?
Now that we’ve covered the benefits of carpet tiles, let’s dive into why a shag pile is a perfect choice for adding character to your floors:
My favorite thing about shag carpet is that plush, cushy texture you sink your toes into. The long pile has more air space, which makes the shag mat extra thick and soft.
Perfect for bedrooms, living rooms, rec rooms – any spot where you’ll kick off your shoes and want that warm, welcoming feel. It’s like a built-in cushion for movie nights or playtime with kids and pets.
With all that lofty pile, shag carpet is excellent at absorbing noise. The fibers absorb sound waves rather than reflecting them, reducing echoes.
So shag carpet tiles are intelligent choices for basements, media rooms, or anywhere you want to keep noise levels down. Their insulation powers also help block sounds between floors in multifamily homes.
You can’t replicate that retro 70s flair without the unmistakable texture of shag carpeting. The fabulously funky appearance makes an instant statement.
If you love the style of Mid-Century Modern, Mod interior design, or Bohemian decor, shag carpet tiles are a perfect match. They’ll give your home decor a playful personality with a nostalgic character.
Another thing I love about shag carpet tiles is how versatile they are for creating different styles. They come in a rainbow of colors, from neutral earth tones to punchy brights that pop.
Retro patterns like groovy floral prints and geometric shapes are readily available. Or opt for solid color shag tiles in complementary hues. Mix and match to design custom shag rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting.
There are so many creative possibilities! Shag tiles can add a fun accent or become the main design focus.
Choosing Your Shag Carpet Tiles
Convinced to give shag carpet tiles a try? Here are my top tips for picking the perfect shag tile style for your space:
The pile density indicates how many tufts are packed into a square inch of carpet tile. Higher density means a more luxurious look and feel. For plush softness, look for a pile density of around 2,000 grams.
Medium-density shag with around 1,000 grams is excellent for high-traffic areas that need extra durability. And lower density shag, about 500 grams, has a more subtle, textured look.
This refers to the length of the carpet fibers. Longer 3/4-inch piles are delightfully shaggy. Look for a 1/2-inch or more pile height for bouncy comfort underfoot.
If you prefer a lower profile, 1/4 inch pile height has texture without overwhelming a space. Entryways and hallways are good spots for shorter pile shag tiles.
Polyester and polypropylene are common shag tile materials. Polyester has a soft, wool-like feel and vibrant colors. Polypropylene is very durable and stain-resistant.
For natural fiber fans, wool shag tiles offer unmatched comfort. Or choose eco-friendly recycled PET carpet tiles made from plastic bottles.
Cut pile and loop pile are the two main shag textures. Cut pile shears the fibers for a soft, flowing look. Inherently stain-resistant loop pile has a more nubby texture.
Combining loop and cut pile shag tiles adds visual interest. Or look for a tri-level texture that incorporates different pile heights.
Shag Carpet Tiles for Every Space
What rooms are best for showing off your flashy new shag carpet tiles? Here are some of my favorite ideas:
Groovy Living Rooms
Your living room is the perfect place to embrace the retro shag vibe fully. Choose a bold color or psychedelic pattern to set the stage.
Pair your shag carpet tiles with curved arm sofas, modular coffee tables, and graphic wall hangings. Don’t be afraid to layer in many textures, patterns, and plants for a boho-chic hangout space.
The indulgent softness of shag carpet tiles will make your bedroom an ultra-cozy oasis. Neutral tiles in lighter hues keep the space serene.
Pick a dense pile that can handle wear and tear for high-traffic areas like walkways and sitting areas. Use plush plusher piles beside the bed for a cozy landing spot for your feet.
Playful Kids’ Rooms
In children’s rooms, shag carpet tiles can take all kinds of use and abuse. Durable, easy-clean tiles are a wise choice.
Use brightly colored tiles to make a vibrant rug for play areas. Or choose a fun pattern with alphabet shapes or animals. Let your kids walk, roll, and romp to their hearts’ content!
Make a statement right from the entry by greeting guests with fabulous shag carpet tiles. Lay out an eye-catching design to wow visitors before they even pass your foyer.
For high-traffic durability, choose a low-pile dense shag tile near the doorway. Pair it with plush tiles inside for a welcoming, soft feel underfoot.
Installing Shag Carpet Tiles
Ready to tackle installing your new shag carpet tiles? Here are my best tips for adequately laying them out:
Plan Your Layout
First, measure the area you plan to cover and sketch a layout. Draw your design to scale on graph paper, mapping out tile placement. Measure carefully around fixed elements like doorways.
“Leave a 1/4-inch gap between tiles and walls. This allows the tiles to”“float” and prevents buckling. Snap chalk lines on the floor as guides for a straight layout.”Leave a 1/4-inch gap between tiles and walls. This allows the tiles to “float” and prevents buckling. Snap chalk lines on the floor as guides for a straight layout.
Prep Your Floor
Shag carpet tiles need a smooth, flat floor surface. Remove existing flooring if needed, then thoroughly clean the bare floor. Use a leveling compound to flatten any dips or bumps.
Let the floor dry completely – moisture is the enemy of carpet tiles! Apply primer if suggested by the tile manufacturer.
Begin applying the tiles in the center of your layout using the sticky backing. Peel off the backing bit by bit as you lay each tile. Press down firmly.
If necessary, use an acrylic carpet tile adhesive for extra hold. Apply the glue 1-2 inches along the edges to secure the perimeter tiles.
Finish the Edges
If your tiles won’t be covered by trim, finish the edges carefully for a polished look. You can seam edges together, add binding tape, or use a liquid sealer.
Trim tiles around fixed objects using a sharp utility knife and a steady hand. Take your time for clean cuts, and use foil tape to seal the edges.
Caring for Your Shag Carpet Tiles
To keep your shag carpet tiles looking fabulous, be sure to give them some TLC:
- Vacuum frequently using a power brush head to lift dirt from the pile.
- Spot clean spills immediately with carpet cleaner and blot with towels.
- Every 6-12 months, have your carpet tiles deep cleaned professionally to refresh the pile.
- Fluff crushed areas with a carpet rake or crimped edge brush.
- Rotate busy area tiles like entryways every year to equal outwear.
- Reapply carpet protector every 1-2 years to prevent stains.
With the proper care, your shag carpet tiles can stay super stylish for years! Talk to you soon!