How To Choose A Chair Mat

Did you know that chair mats can go a long way in protecting your floor from getting damaged? Most floor manufacturers void their warranty when you DON'T protect your floor with a chair mat.

That said, getting a chair mat has become one of the most interior décor tools you need when it comes to flooring. Thus, it will only be a smart decision to know how to choose the perfect chair mats for your flooring - considering the tons of chair mats in the market.

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What are the major types of chair mats to choose from?

It's crucial to know the different types of chair mats available in the market before making your choice. Hence, we've listed the four major types.

  • Premium Chair Mats: These chair mats are suitable for all types of carpets as well as deep pile padded carpets. Moreover, they are ideal for plush carpets that are 3/4 inches thicker.

  • Regular Chair Mats: These regular chair mats are suitable for low or medium pile padded carpets. They can also work for deep pile carpets without padding. They are best apt for carpets with 3/8 inches thickness.

  • Economy Chair Mats: The economy chair mats are great for low pile carpets like runner backed and commercial carpets that have no padding. Plus, they work best with carpets that have a thickness of less than 3/8 inches.

  • Standard Chair Mats: Standard chair mats are fit for medium pile padded carpets and deep pile carpets that have no padding. It's best suited for carpets with a thickness of 3/4 inches or less.

Regular Office Low Pile Carpet Mat
Economy Low Pile Carpet Mat
Medium Pile Carpet Straight Rectangular Chair Mat
Standard Lip Chair Mat
Premium Straight Rectangular Chair Mat
High Pile Carpet Premium Chair Mat

What Are the Best Materials for Chair Mats?

Knowing the types of mats available isn't all you should know. It's crucial for you also to know the various materials used in producing them. That way, you can combine your knowledge of the different types and materials available to select one that's perfect for two things: your frequency of use and level.

Polycarbonate

Are you looking for chair mats that won't crack, discolor, odor, buckle, or curl under regular use? Then Polycarbonate chair mats are your best bet. It's one of the most durable materials used in making chair mats. They create a smooth surface for wheeled chairs to move without buckling or denting.

PVC

If you're looking for a cost-effective option, go for PVC chair mats. Few manufacturers produce them with anti-microbial technology, which protects the chair mats from anti-static and microbial deterioration. If you have young kids or babies crawling around, then PVC chair mats are your go-to.

The PVC chair mats are susceptible to slight cracks. Hence, we suggest that you use them lightly or occasionally. They are perfect for home offices - where there is less traffic.

Ecotex

From the name Ecotex, you can guess that it's a green initiative. This material is highly recyclable (usually made via renewable energy). These mats are most suitable for hard floors. They are durable and ideal for offices or homes with kids.

Tampered Glass

If you plan on making a luxury interior décor statement, the tampered glass chair mat is a fantastic option to consider. They are usually crystal clear, making it easy to see your floor conveniently. Also, they are pretty strong and durable. Plus, these chair mats will save you the stress of curling or sinking in the future. Nonetheless, they are quite heavy and more expensive than most chair mat materials.

Vinyl

Vinyl chair mats are one of the most common chair mats in the market. They are soft and suitable for all floor types. But they tend to curl a lot and they usually suffer from the dimpling effects of castor wheels.

Polycarbonate Rectangular Chair Mat
Vinyl Medium Pile Carpet Chair Mat
Vinyl High Pile Carpet Chair Mat
PVC Clear Chair Mat
Polycarbonate Rectangular Mat Chair for Hard Floor
PVC Chair Mat with Fabric

What are the different styles of chair mats?

You will probably come acrosslipped, contoured, and L-workstation chair mats.The common feature of these three types of mat styles is their extra protrusion. However, they have their differences.

Lipped

This mat style has a single protrusion on the anterior side, which resembles a T-shape. You can use them in offices with long writing desks or in areas where there are a lot of side pillars. A great example is a banking hall with front tellers, a customer-care center or a front desk receptionist. You can find them in all sizes.

Contoured

The contoured mat styles can be in form of a circle, rose petals, or a rectangle with curved edges. You can see the contoured mat styles in offices or home that have a round center desks. You can also find these mat styles in office conference rooms or home dining tables. And they can be mid-sized or large.

L-Workstation

From its name, you can tell that these mat styles are usually L-shaped. They look like two rectangles together perpendicularly. You'll find these mat styles in large open floor spaces with demarcated L-shaped workstations. They are usually large. A good example of where you can use this kind of chair mats is in a stock trading room.

L-shaped Clear Chair Mat
Medium Pile Carpet Triangular Chair Mat
Hard Floor Square Chair Mat
Rectangular Medium Pile Carpet Chair Mat
Contoured Oval Chair Mat
L-shaped Economy Chair Mat

What Are the Things to Consider When Choosing a Chair Mat?

Now, let's look at the things to consider before choosing the specific type of chair mat you desire.

Size and Shape

Before making that choice for that chair mat, you love, measure the space that you intend to cover. Also, check if the mat is contoured, rectangular, or triangular. Then you can confirm if they fit well in your space - especially if it's small.

Flooring Type

The floor surface of your space is crucial because different chair mats cover different floor types. It's a rule of thumb to know the kind of under material a chair mat uses before choosing it. Moreover, it's disastrous to select the wrong choice for your floor type.

Color

Color plays a substantial role when it comes to choosing a chair mat. For instance, you can select a clear vinyl chair mat if you want your flooring to be visible. Using a black vinyl is ideal for covering a damaged floor. Better still, you can go for a patterned or colored vinyl design to add a pop of color to neutral-colored space or update a dull-looking room with a decorative pattern.

How to Determine the Perfect Chair Mat Size for Your Space?

Chair mats come in various sizes and shapes. To get the perfect fit, combine the measurement of the chair mat with the shape and dimension of where you need to install it. To achieve this, you need to consider three factors:

What to Measure

  • The part where you rest your feet under the desk
  • side to side feet movements around your desk
  • Chair base size
  • Forth and back movements when sitting or standing

Where to Measure

  • For rectangular and square mats, measure the length and width of the roll area.
  • For lip-shaped mats, measure the lip-shaped area and the length.
  • For contoured and L-shaped mats, measure the back and forth chair rolling area as your longest side.

The Chair Roll Area

They include:

  • The area under the desk where you place your feet.
  • Sideway movements you make when you retrieve items from drawers and discuss with co-workers.
  • Back and forth movements made sitting, standing, or tucking your chair under your desk.

FAQ

What does it cost to get a chair mat?

You should be ready to spend at least S99.99 to get good quality.

What are the most common sizes of chair mats?

The most common sizes of chair mats are:

  • 46 x 60 inches
  • 45 x 53 inches
  • 36 x 48 inches