Thrifty mum who couldn't afford £1,200 carpet revamps her daughter's bedroom floor with £5 Aldi mats

IN a dream world, we'd have plush grey carpets running through every corner of our home – but as it stands, they can cost a small fortune.

When she moved into her new home last year, Laura Ellingham decided to re-do the floor in her seven-year-old daughter's bedroom.

But after reaching out to a professional, the 33-year-old was stunned to discover that a new carpet would set her back a whopping £1,200.

Unsure what to do, Laura happened to stumble upon Aldi's £4.99 soft play mats while doing a food shop.

The mum bought three packs of the colourful interlocking mats and used them to cover Halle's cold wooden floor.

She explained: "I was quoted £1,200 for carpet upstairs in my house but this cost me £15 so it was a no-brainer.

"I did it as a quick fix but my daughter loves it and wants to keep it."

Posting the finished result on Facebook, Laura wrote: "Just wanted to share a little idea I had.

"I moved this year after a break-up and couldn’t afford to floor the whole house, so we’ve had wooden floors for eight months.

"But I saw these foam mats in Aldi and I’m so impressed with how it looks."

Unsurprisingly, Laura's post has racked up over 11,000 likes and 875 comments from people who are blown away by how good it looks.

“Beautiful. I wouldn’t bother about a carpet – if one piece gets damaged that’s just one piece to replace and not the full carpet," one wrote. "It also looks much more fun."

Another person commented: “Perfect for kids as you can easily swap out any damaged ones, wipeable and waterproof.”

Meanwhile, a third mum warned Laura to check underneath the mats occasionally and clean them as the area can gather dirt.

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For more amazing home transformations, this thrifty woman created a Mrs Hinch-inspired grey brick feature wall for FREE using wallpaper samples.

And this DIY fan gave kitchen a luxe makeover by covering grotty tiles with £10 B&Q wood stickers.

Plus this woman who couldn’t afford £700 sideboard revamped a £40 Facebook Marketplace unit & it looks amazing.

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