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A mat is a useful tool used in play and exercise routines. They are usually made of foam or rubber and come in different sizes and shapes. Mats vary in size, but are usually about 1,85 cm long, 60 cm wide and 1,5 cm thick.

What is a fitness mat

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Play mats and play tiles: a soft surface to play on!

Play mats and play tiles are the perfect way to create a fun play corner where children can let off steam. There are many different types, sizes and materials to choose from, so it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right one. In this article we will show you all the ins and outs about play mats so you can choose the perfect play mat!

Types of play mats

There are many different types of play mats on the market. Below are some of the most popular:

  • Roll-up with print: you probably know these variants from your childhood. Often it is a kind of rug with a road or race track as a print. They are easy to vacuum and roll up, but watch out for stains as these play mats are too big to put in the washing machine.
  • Play tiles: these play tiles are now available in many different colors and prints. They are easy to put together and expand if you buy two sets. They are also easy to clean with a damp cloth and to store by taking them apart and stacking them.
  • Soft little play mats in a shape: these mats come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and shapes. They are often more 'cushion'-like and finished with velvet. They are small and agile, so they can also be quickly washed in the washing machine or moved.

Function of a play mat

Play mats and play tiles are so versatile nowadays that you can use them for multiple purposes! Below we give you some tips on how to use a play mat:

  • A soft surface: the main function of a play mat is of course to create a soft surface for your baby or child.
  • Educational: Some play mats contain letters, numbers or a landscape that children can use to develop their skills.
  • Decorative: play mats are so beautiful these days that they can also fill a room with atmosphere.
  • Let's go outside: some play mats, such as play tiles, are ideal for creating a nice playground outside or for a nice picnic.

Prices of play mats

Play mats start approximately from 50 euros to 105 euros. You often pay for the size and durability. It is a good investment because a play mat in any shape lasts a long time!

If you're looking for a play mat that won't let you play, we've got the perfect one for you. We absolutely love playing tiles. They are easy to move, easy to keep clean and can also be used outdoors. Moreover, they come in many different colors and prints, so you can find one that perfectly matches your interior!

Why do you need a play mat?

Fitness mats provide comfort and support while playing. The thicker the mat, the more cushioning it will provide. They also provide traction and grip to keep your child in place during exercises. This is especially important with exercises that require balance or stability, such as jumping, or maybe even yoga. Play mats can also help protect the floor from scratches or scuffs.


Mats come in a variety of colors and textures, some even with beautiful designs or patterns printed on them. They can be made of foam, rubber, PVC, foam or plastic. The most popular type of fitness mat is made of PVC because it is durable, easy to clean and has a non-slip surface.


A play mat is an essential part of your home playground to ensure that the playing surface is clean and free of contaminants.

Cushioning when jumping

If you enjoy jumping rope or other jumping exercises, a fitness mat can help you reduce the impact on your body while playing at home.

What you need to know before buying a play mat


If you are looking for a mat, it is important to know which material you want. There are several options, including rubber, foam, and PVC. PVC is durable and reasonably priced, but can be stiff and uncomfortable. Foam mats are soft and cushioning, but can be expensive and wear out quickly. Rubber mats are durable and non-slip, but can be heavy and difficult to move.


Choose a mat that is large enough to comfortably play on. Also pay attention to the thickness. A mat that is too thin can cause discomfort and even injury when they actually start exercising, while a mat that is too thick can be difficult to move. A minimum thickness of 1,5 cm is recommended for children.


Think about how often you will use the mat and how much money you want to spend on it. If you plan on using it intensively every day, it's worth investing in a good quality mat that will last longer. With occasional use, this is of course not necessary. There are many affordable mats available, so no need to break the bank!

Carrying bag & rollable

Consider whether you want a carrying bag with your purchase of a mat and whether the mat can be rolled up. If you are going to take the play mat with you everywhere, make sure that it comes with a good carrying bag and that the mat can be rolled up.

Quality material

When it comes to buying mats, quality and durability of the material is very important. Make sure the mat is made of a strong and sturdy material that can withstand constant use. Don't skimp on quality to save money, as it can cost you dearly later!

How do you keep your play mat clean?

A small step towards a cleaner playing environment

It's important to keep your mat clean so they can play comfortably and safely. But how exactly do you do that? Here are a few tips to keep your mat in top condition:

Wash your mat regularly

It is important to occasionally wipe your play mat with a slightly damp cloth. Make sure to let the mat dry completely before using it again.

Store your mat in a cool place

It is important to keep your mats out of direct sunlight or in a hot place. This can damage the material and your mat will last longer.


A play mat is an essential tool for anyone who regularly plays on a hard floor at home.

They are available in different sizes, thicknesses and materials, so there is always a mat that suits your needs.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.