You've heard of sample sales for designer clothes, but how about ones for expensive floor coverings? Flor, the maker of DIY-friendly stick-together carpet tiles, sells one-off designs and test colors for up to half the cost of its regular stock through this special online outlet. Quantities are limited, so for large area rugs pick a few different colors and arrange them in a custom pattern, such as the checkerboard shown at left. We've seen some fun and artful displays in kids' rooms, where having the ability to swap out a stained square is particularly useful.
20-inch square tiles, starting at $5; Flor Outlet