The Beach FloorBlind

in Product Design held by Mark G
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Problem - Going to the beach and trying to eat and fix lunches or snacks without getting sand in your food and drinks is a never ending challenge for beachgoers. And when you put kids in the mix, it doubles and triples your chances of a sand-filled experience. There are currently no products on the market today that mimic a solid foundation.
* Either you are dragging a fold up table or laying down a towel or trying to do it all on top of your cooler lid.
* You cannot sit your chairs on your towels or a tarp as they end up pushing sand onto the towel/tarp and or tearing them.

Solution - A foldable hard surface that can be carried by one person
*Would need to fit to a standard 10x10 pop up tent and include some type of loops or straps for connecting to the legs (If a tent is larger, that is fine as the weight should keep it from blowing away. Or, could include 4 stakes)

*Would want a way that it unfolds to have a whole in the center that would be large enough to allow for a Beach Umbrella Anchor to fit through it. (Example: .

*By doing this, you allow for a customer to use it either with an umbrella, a tent or with no shade cover.

*Should include a nice bag carrying cover with handles.

Material considerations:
* This should be made of a hard plastic like material. Metal will be too heavy and cloth-like material found on tumbling mats will potentially tear unless we could source something that has proven durability and will not cave with weight.

*The material should be considered for printing of logos or branding (Sports teams, Company logos/names, etc.)
Evaluation Criteria:
We will consider a winning design based on achieving the goals of solving the basic problem as stated above.

We will look for designs that add any new ideas that improve on the experience for the consumer.

We will look for the design to be clean and simple to assemble with minimal steps.

Anything that has a complex process for a consumer beyond four steps will not be considered.

Consideration for costs to mass produce will be a factor, but will be more of a bonus vs the other criteria stated above.

The winner of the design project will be selected for follow on work such as 3D animation for marketing, actual CAD specific documents for manufacturing, etc.
Don't Wants:
I don't need full scale CAD drawings for commercial use yet. If you want to, you can, but looking for design concepts at this point for use in Proof of Concept with consumers. Winner will be given the follow on work to design the final materials.


= Buyer's Rating
#35 The Bag Concept 2 by KatyaKorolyova
Feb 2, 2020 19:06
#17 Updating the portable floor project by Bruno quinto
Jan 18, 2020 18:23
#6 High Density foam beach floor by Dan Bright
Jan 5, 2020 19:25
#22 Beach floor mat by Aruneshwaran
Jan 27, 2020 13:22
#18 beach floor with umbrella stand by kunal asawara593
Jan 18, 2020 20:29
#25 First Design Attempt by ahmadnazree
Jan 30, 2020 10:14
#29 Beach Floor Assembly by Kevin Chamberlain
Jan 31, 2020 20:23
#34 The bag updates by KatyaKorolyova
Feb 2, 2020 17:48
#16 Beach Floor by DABShepherd
Jan 18, 2020 14:51
Jan 13, 2020 9:14
Jan 13, 2020 7:58
#3 Beach table by Al Olsen
Dec 29, 2019 21:11


Bruno quinto


Sat, 01 Feb 2020 15:46:20 +0000

Hello Mark G.
thanks for your feedback, i sent a new entry describing your product more clearly.
but already advance the customer will not need to assemble anything, the product will already be assembled from the factory, only need to unroll the product from the packaging.
thanks for listening.

Abid Yusuf


Sat, 01 Feb 2020 06:30:24 +0000
Awaiting feedback.

Mark G


Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:37:20 +0000
Bruno, I am a bit confused on the PDF. It looks like several parts, but then the description says it would be one piece rolled up. Can you help me better understand this last revision?

Mark G


Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:34:27 +0000
@rednom, I appreciate your feedback. But we have 18 designs that have been provided with great designs based off the direction in the scope. The focus is the floor. and of course sand will blow into things. It is a beach. This is about having something at the next level vs. a bunch of beach towels strung together. Thanks and you are welcome to submit your design for consideration.
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:25:20 +0000
*Sand into food
Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:12:45 +0000
I have a question regarding the practicality of this hard surface. You say the purpose of it is to prevent sand from entering food and drinks. How does a hard surface prevent sand from entering food? Even with a hard surface, the wind still blows food into your food. You might say a tent solves the wind issue. But then, a tent by itself with a mat would do the trick. Please make the objective more clear. It makes more sense to design food and drink containers which prevent sand from entering (when open) as per your problem description. Or, if you are fixated on the hard surface design, it would make more sense to change the problem you are tackling (say, a stable area for a family picnic at the beach)

Mark G


Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:33:45 +0000
@coldmonk, per the description, yes, it needs to be hard enough for someone to sit on it, put a potential chair or cooler on it and yes it needs to be able to fit a 10x10 beach tent with poles over it and somehow strap or be secured. so, maybe notched corners with straps or something like that.
Thu, 02 Jan 2020 10:57:27 +0000
Hey CH, so you want a hard, durable, portable floor,right? If so then how big, 10'*10' of some other dimension would do.

Mark G


Fri, 27 Dec 2019 02:14:49 +0000
Please see the attached image of the umbrella stand. Thanks and sorry all.
Fri, 27 Dec 2019 01:04:55 +0000
Please can I get the attachment? The link given above is closed

Mark G


Wed, 25 Dec 2019 15:08:06 +0000
Please see the following link for example from the description:
Wed, 25 Dec 2019 11:47:05 +0000
The attachment link has an appended closing bracket at the end, just remove it for a working link.
Wed, 25 Dec 2019 08:15:13 +0000
yes as srinjoy.B is telling the given attachment cannot be opened. Kindly upload a proper link
Wed, 25 Dec 2019 05:49:31 +0000
the given attachment cannot be opened. Kindly upload a proper link.

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