I just bought a v.large picnic blanket for ours rather than a carpet. The type with a foil backing and a woven top, roughly 2m square. Cost £10 in Lidl. I don't want the entire porch area carpeted, only the bit where we sit.
It is much easier to take the blanket out for a good shake and pop back in. I don't want to be sweeping a carpet on my holiday!
Suppose it is not so nice as the proper carpets, but def cheaper, def smaller to pack (important for us) and I can also use for a picnic!
lisad123 - i have had the same problem with finding a tent carpet to fit my tent.Its living area is 4m x 4.4m so i had real trouble finding one that was big enough.Stubled across a company called Attwools as i had heard the do carpets made to measure.Ordered one and am so please with it.I had a choice of colour and it is lined with the silver paddded stuff.At £98 it is lot of money BUT it lovely.
we have a 5m bell tent, so i bought a couple of carpets from go outdoors for the hi-gear tent in the sale and adapted them. if you go on the website you can find the sizes of the hi-grear carpets and see if they have any the right size, i always look at the tent footprint as well to check to shape of the porch area, we needed a round edge but there are alot of square ones. they were under £30 each.
Lisa, are you talking for your Pullman awning? What we do is have the obligatory breathable groundsheet with a few (3-4) cheap (£5) waterproof-backed picnic rugs. I find then if anything happens to one of them, as they're so cheap, I'm not upset as I'm usually pretty precious about my camping stuff. You can't help them getting mucky, so that works for us.
Also, as they're a manageable size, you can pick them up and bash out most of the muck from them, rather than having to sweep them.
We have a large ikea door mat by the door the take a lakeland mop the type the like a cloth that pops on the end and a dustpan and brush. Carpets cost a lot and can't be wash the mat sits i the boot of car at the bottom. works really well not much mess in tent.
We've got a carpet as with the silver backing it makes things much cosier but we don't sweep it. We have a cheap throw to put down just inside the door and that collects most of the bits of grass etc and we just shake it out every now and again. When packing up to leave we give the carpet a good shake before folding it up and it is ready for next time. I must admit I did have to bring it indoors and clean it after the first time we used it but that was before we had the porch and the rain was coming in every time we opened the door so it got dirty very quickly.
Ive got a tent carpet. My rules are simple take shoes off before entering the tent and put them on outside the tent. I do have dustpan and brush which sweeps up mess okay. A kitchen roll is great for spills always dropping stuff.
I just give the carpet a good hoover when we get home. Totally recommend a carpet as my lo loves sitting on the floor, and it keeps the tent floor warm.
Most of us do take our shoes off but ds has ASD and hates taking his off. He's sleep in them if I let him! I just can't stand the hassle on holiday (bad enough wrestling shoes off him at home) so I've given in and got the throw. Shame as it covers up my lovely carpet.