When we bought our new trailer, it came with the worst flooring in the tack room. It was this terrible shag indoor carpeting. It collected dirt and moisture, was impossible to clean, and made it really inconvenient to use the tack room for changing as you couldn’t really step on the floor without shoes on. I’ve wanted to replace it since the day we bought it, but didn’t get around to it until a few weeks ago.
If you’re thinking that modifying your trailer is too difficult to do yourself, trust me, anyone can do this. It’s easier than making horse treats. You don’t need any special tools or any mechanical knowledge.
Tools and Equipment:
Foam Interlocking Tiles (we bought 16 and had a few left over, you’ll need to measure your tack room floor to determine how many you need)
You might need some pliers to help you pull up the carpeting in your tack room, but that’s it.
Empty out your tack room so there’s nothing on the floor and then pull out your old carpeting. We had to pull our spare tire out as well, but you may not need to. Our carpeting was just laid down on top of the wood and not glued down or secured in any way. When we bought the trailer, we had the saddle rack moved and it was placed on top of the carpet so we had to cut around that with the scissors and then use pliers to get that bit ripped out. The rest of it just lifted right off. Sweep out all the hay and dirt so it’s clean.
Starting with the longest straight wall in your tack room, lay out the foam tiles and connect them together. We lined up the grain of the wood print to all go the same direction. This is optional and if you bought foam tiles in a different design (like black or multi-colored) not necessary.
Add as many full blocks as you can. Get all of these laid out before you start cutting.
You’ll need to start cutting pieces. I found it best to connect the pieces into their neighbors and then bend them along the wall, draw a line with the sharpie in the bend and then pull them back out to cut. You may also need to cut little notches in to go around steel bars if your tack room has them. Regular scissors will cut the blocks easily. Once cut, push them back into their spot. Continue around the tack room until the floor is covered.
New flooring. This whole project took less than an hour and is a huge improvement. The floor is cushioned, but waterproof and easy to sweep out. We bought a cheap floor mat to wipe feet on and cut down on the dirt in the tack room, but you don’t even need one; it’s just a nice addition. This flooring is really convenient and makes the tack room much easier to use. And it looks really nice. It’s very obviously not real wood, but I like the fake wood grain look.
These foam mats come in lots of other colors and options so you can customize your floor. The tiles are also really cheap. Prices fluctuate on Amazon, but we spent less than $50 to buy the 16 tiles and we have a few extra we stored away in case we ever need to replace one.FYI: The mats we bought came with the border pieces. Not all of the mats sold on Amazon do, so make sure you check before you order.