Need a non-slip solution for a DDR dance pad
August 5, 2014 3:47 PM   Subscribe

The pad is the thicker foam-core type (so, still a soft pad, but not super thin) with a kind of suede-y rubber-y mat. It slides pretty bad over our short carpet! Any ideas?

I've looked at rug grip-type mats, of the carpet-to-carpet sort, and none of the reviews are promising (and I can't even find it in stock in stores to try and then return). My previous solution, many years ago, was just the heaviest, roughly-surfaced piece of MDF I could get at Home Depot. This actually worked not-too-bad, but I don't really have a place to store a giant slab of particle board.
posted by curious nu to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total)
Silicone place mats.

Maybe even the cooking ones with pyramids on one side to grip the carpet like cleats.
posted by Buttons Bellbottom at 3:59 PM on August 5, 2014

Duct tape underneath.
posted by michaelh at 4:01 PM on August 5, 2014

Those roll up mats for chairs to keep them from crapping up your carpet, with the little barbs on the bottom, that office max and other stores like that sell. Like these.

Get the absolute cheapest crappiest one you can find.
posted by emptythought at 4:11 PM on August 5, 2014

Yoga mats. Borrow to test. You definitely know someone who has one they don't use and would be happy to loan/give!
posted by Swisstine at 7:50 PM on August 5, 2014

What I used to do was attach velcro to the underside of the dance pad and velcro to the MDF piece, with some cut-up foam sleeping pad (from the sporting goods store/section) under each of the squares. It held up extremely well.

Otherwise, the yoga mat idea should work great between both surfaces.
posted by bookdragoness at 10:40 PM on August 5, 2014

Yeah, I'm going to have to go with emptythought; check around for someone throwing them out. Will look like crap but be free. :)

I was picturing something more like a wii fit board and now I've watched Scott Pilgrim and know better.

If you're going to spend out, get a folding one, you can tuck it behind the sofa and it will have handy handles.
posted by Buttons Bellbottom at 5:19 AM on August 6, 2014

Yoga mat was a no-go.

The barbed thing is interesting but the barbs hurt and are not fun to store! I didn't realize there were foldable ones; I may look into that.
posted by curious nu at 6:24 PM on August 6, 2014

Plasti-Dip spray (not the tool dip, the aerosol spray):

Failing that I would try using an abrasive coating (like skateboards have) or a chair mat as emptythought suggests.
posted by Th!nk at 8:58 PM on August 6, 2014

Reality check: you put the barb mats barb side down, yes?
posted by Buttons Bellbottom at 4:39 AM on August 7, 2014

Uh, yes, barb-side down. =p But I'd like this to be something that can be stored when not in use (admittedly not mentioned in the original question).
posted by curious nu at 5:43 AM on August 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

those mats roll up, they're not rigid. You can roll them barb side in and then throw them under a couch or in a closet or something
posted by emptythought at 3:29 PM on August 7, 2014

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