This is a different kind of review to normal, but since it comes from personal experience, and since when I was looking for a review I couldn’t find one, I thought I might as well write my own, now that I am done with these.
So, what are floor decking tiles? They are basically tiles that look like (and are essentially made of) decking, but instead of laying down patio decking, which involves laying down slabs of wood on top of a support structure, and hence a lot of work, these can just be laid down on any flat floor that you may have before. We had a rather ugly (and stained) concrete floor on our patio, and it definitely needed some cosmetic improvement. Patio decking can be expensive, hard work and time consuming. We needed a simpler solution, and interestingly we discovered decking tiles.
A little bit of browsing and research pointed us towards Ikea’s range of Garden Decking tiles. The Skoghall Floor Decking ones were the cheapest ones that can be bought, and come in packs of 10 tiles of a square foot each, for £17. We measured up and found that our outside floor was 135 square feet (9 x 15 feet). We needed 14 packs of 10, and that came out to be £238. Not bad for a completely tiled floor.
So, off to Ikea we went (sadly, no Ikea in Oxford – the nearest ones are in London, Milton Keynes or Bristol). Luckily they had enough in stock, and since they come neatly packaged in roughly square cube packages, it was easy to load them in my small hatchback.
There isn’t a lot of preparation required. All that is needed is a floor that doesn’t have anything on it, so tiles can be laid on top of it easily.
It is, of course, advised that you clean your floor before you lay these tiles down.
Only a good pair of scissors/snips/cutters/knife to open the pack up.
I used my thumbs to push it in. Something like a wooden or a rubber mallet could be useful, but I would advise against using hammers.
How does it work?
There is no obvious way to ‘stick’ these to the floor, though you can use screws or similar ways if you prefer. The tiles have little clips that means they can be clipped together to tile together on the floor.
Each tile has clips on two adjacent corners, and the housing for the clip on the other adjacent corners. As you lay them down, it will be advisable to have the clips in the corner you start from, so you can then clip in other tiles in.
To clip in, you have your tile with the female end of the clips on the floor already, and you push the next one on. I used thumbs to apply pressure on each clip, there were three in the ones I used, and each clips give you a satisfying click sound as it goes in. Removing tiles is equally easy, just pull them apart.
As you do it, you get better.
I had a bad shoulder, and bending was painful for me, and despite that it probably took me 2-3 hours.
And there you have it, all good.
What about awkward corners, pipes, etc?
It is essentially made of bits of wood attached with bits of plastic using screws. The plastic is quite easy to cut and break using pliers, though to cut the wood you will need a saw. I had to go around a pipe, and all I did was to break off some bit of wood off the tiles using pliers. The same method can be used to cover up any left over areas where a whole tile won’t fit, by breaking it into smaller pieces.
How does it deal with rain?
Easily! It actually started to rain about an hour after I laid it down. To begin with it seemed like they were collecting water, but the way the wood is arranged, it easily lets the water flow away.
Is it slippery in the rain? No, not at all. In fact, since it is pretty much polished acacia wood, it is what the wood is.
More information on the Skoghall Floor Decking tiles can be found on the IKEA website:
They can be bought online, or in store. They retail for £17 for ten tiles, a square foot each.
More decking options available from IKEA can be found at the following link:
I am rather proud of how the patio looks now. It looks good, it feels good, and I feel positively ready to show off the garden and the patio floor this summer. A good low cost option that is easy to put down. Time will tell how long this lasts, but so far so good!
Update: 03 Sept 2016
These were installed over a year ago, in May 2015. Since then, the varnish has worn off, but structurally the tiles remain sound and solid.
Since it is regular wood, it is perfectly possible to treat it with some kind of oil (teak, lacquer, etc.) to make sure it survives rain and sunshine.
It still looks a lot better than it ever did before we had these, so we are definitely keeping them.
They are also quite easy to clean, as you can just brush leaves and such like away.
I appreciate all the comments and questions everyone has posted so far.
Please do give me a shout if you have any further questions.