Choosing the Right Chair Mat
February 15, 2021
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Chair Mats

As many people continue to work from home, they are finding out the hazard of using steel casters on unprotected floors. If you’re looking for a way to avoid the scuffs and marks without the costly option of replacing your chair’s wheels, the simplest solution is to use a chair mat. Here are some questions to answer before you make your purchase.

Where is the mat going?

Mats are made to fit carpet depths. If your mat doesn’t match the thickness of your carpet, it will lose traction and eventually end up damaging your floors.

Low pile mats are for use on carpet that measures 1/4 inch or lower.
Medium pile mats are for use on carpet that measures up to 1/2 inch.
High pile mats are for use on carpet that measures over 1/2-inch.
Hard floor mats are chairs mats without grippers for tile, wood or vinyl surfaces.

What type of shape will you need?

The number one mistake is buying too large of a mat. How do you know if your mat is too large? If anything but your chair is on your mat (ie. an office desk), it’s too large. Adding weight can cause the lifespan of your mat to shorten, crack and ultimately damage the floor you are trying to protect.

Lastly, how often will it be used?

The durability of your mat will fall under how much it is used. If you are not at the home office all day or spend more time using your standing desk then sitting, you might benefit from a cheaper mat option like an occasional mat. However, if you sit most of your day, you’ll need to opt for a mat with higher durability, like a frequent use mat.

 

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