A Seattle family exposed to the virulent penny floor meme has contracted a more expensive (and therefore probably less contagious) mutant strain that metabolizes nickels instead of pennies. I do like the different color effect this achieves, but by my math (and depending on how much space you leave between the coins) penny flooring costs between $2.50 and $3.00 per square foot, whereas nickel flooring costs four times as much ($10-$12). I did not bother to compute costs for quarter-, dime- (ouch), or Sacagawea dollar-flooring, on the assumption that no one would ever go there. But if they do, please, nobody tell me about it.


Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Shadyman

    Dollar-bill flooring? Or even better yet, dollar coin flooring?
    Hundred-dollar-bill flooring?

    Or for us Canucks,
    Two-dollar-coin flooring :)

  • jason

    Nickels in contact with bare feet in the bathroom? Hello contact dermatitis.

  • Ben

    Way too much time on my hands:

    Assumes full packing–coin edges touch. Does not count any other material or labor costs. Coin sizes pulled from Wikipedia.

    • Tony

      Ben, can you please make that spreadsheet public? I’m interested in seeing your work. Yes I’m a geek. LOL.