So I have my dedicated train space - 19'7" x 13'7". In the initial reno budget, we had included $150CDN for carpet underneath the benchwork to protect the hardwood from scuffing, scrapes, paint, et al ($0.56CDN per square foot, had the color already picked out). However, upon review, the backing of this carpet was VERY scratchy, and probably would've done more damage to the hardwood than my benchwork. So I went and talked to a carpet guy and he recommended some stuff with felt backing - only thing is, it's $1.99CDN per square foot (i.e., we're talking $600+). Not in the budget, no way. So I thought maybe somebody here had another idea - doesn't have to be carpet, but it should both (a) protect the hardwood; and (b) not discolor it (like rubber would in the long term). ANY THOUGHTS ?????