Interlocking Floor Tiles: Popular Design Layouts
Below we will show five examples of the most popular design choices when using our single color interlocking floor tiles. Please note that different rooms will have unique design needs. We recommend that you visit our room-by-room explanation of what you should consider before choosing your design or starting installation.
We hope that some of these designs will inspire you to make your basement flooring or garage flooring special. We also encourage you to visit our Interlocking Floor Tiles: Online Designer Software page to try out different color combinations and perhaps create your own unique floor design. Below are the five design layouts that we will cover in this article.
- Double Checkered (2 ft. by 2 ft. Tile Combination)
- Single Checkered
- Single Checkered with Border
- Solid Color
- Solid Color with Border
Double Checkered (2 ft. by 2 ft. Tile Combination)
This is by far the most popular design that our customers install. Although the most popular color combination is black and gray, you can use various color combinations to match a theme of your choice. To illustrate the design, we have chosen a popular room size of 20 ft. by 20 ft. In this room size, you can lay out the pattern starting from any corner and it will lay out perfectly. As illustrated on Figure-1A, the pattern will cycle 10 times in either direction.
However, if you have a 19 ft. by 19 ft. room, things change. If you start the installation process from the corner of the room, you would end up with half of a row. The pattern would cycle 9 ½ times leaving two perpendicular rows with a half finished pattern that does not look good. Refer to Figure-1B to see the half finished rows.
If you still want this design layout, don’t panic because it can still be done. However, the installation process would involve cutting on four sides of the room. The reason is that you cannot start laying out the tiles from a corner of a room. In this example, you would need to locate the center point of the room and create proper starting lines. To learn to do this, please go to our article called “Basement Flooring: Installation”. There we give an explanation of the process of figuring out centerlines and drawing the starting lines for proper installation. Basically, with this method, you will have to cut the tiles to fit around all four walls. On Figure-1C, you can see an example of how the layout would look if you were to use the Center Line installation procedure. If you are installing this layout in a garage floor, please consider that once you cut the tiles, the edges will no longer interlock with the tiles.
This layout is also very popular, and when used appropriately, the room can look classy and upscale. On the single checkered layout, you would layout the tiles by alternating each color after every tile. In rooms larger than 18 x 18, this pattern sometimes does not look as good. The tile alternate colors too often making it feel crowded. If this were the case, I would recommend that you move up to the double-checkered design. Of course, this is completely subjective and some people just love the race flag look. Figure-2 illustrates the single checkered layout in a garage floor.
The major benefit of this design layout is that you seldom run into the installation problems. The reason being that colors alternate one tile at a time rather than every 2 tiles as in the Double Checkered layout. Of course, if your room happens to be 12 ft. 5 inches long, then you would have to cut in at least one wall. Fortunately, because the pattern is much closer together you can cut the last row and the overall look of the room will still look good.
Single Checkered with Border
There are some very nice variations of the single checkered design with borders. The simplest way to do this is by making a single border in the outer layers of the room (see Figure-3A). In our example, we use red, but other colors can certainly be used. I have seen other variations used successfully. One such example is when you do a single or double border (depending on your room size) one row into the design. This is illustrated on Figure-3B and Figure-3C.
The solid color installations are the most basic design layout you can make. Sometimes, the room wall décor, or the furniture in a basement, or the car in a garage can make this installation a better choice. With a single color floor, you can change the focus of the room to the wall or to objects around the room.
Solid Color with Border
This floor design can sometimes add a little color to the floor without changing the focus of the room. It a simple installation and can certainly be done with success. Below are three examples of how the border can vary. My examples as illustrated on Figure-4(A-C) use yellow, black and red to give it a feeling of framing the floor. However, other colors can certainly be used successfully. Try out our Interlocking Floor Tiles: Online Designer Software to try out different color combinations.