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Chair Mats - Which is Best For Your Floor?
This entry was posted on April 25, 2012.
Chair mats are an essential component for every home and business office where office chairs are used. They allow for ease of rolling and reduce the amount of energy required to move an office chair from one location to another. Carpeted floors tend to provide too much resistance for office chair casters to work effectively and efficiently. They are also designed to extend the life of your carpet by spreading out the pressure from the chair casters, which will wear down carpet fibers over time and cause indentations. Mats also help protect hard surface floors such as linoleum, tile and hard wood floors from scratches and wear that can occur from office chair casters. When determining which will work best for your work surface, it is important to take several factors into consideration prior to purchasing to ensure that it will be suitable for your work environment.
Thickness One important component that must be taken into consideration when purchasing a chair mat for your office is the thickness of the carpet the chair mat will be used on. Each chair mat is designed to be used on a specific type of carpeting, some are made for low pile carpet where as others are made for medium pile carpet. Then there are chair mats that can only be used on commercial grade carpet because of their thin design. The thicker the mat the flatter it will lay and the less it will bow, which makes it easier to roll on. Additionally, thicker chair mats will help prevent the chair from moving since it will stay more level. There are also thicker chair mats ideal for big and tall users that allow for a greater weight capacity and are strong enough to keep from cracking when rolled on.
Backing The backing on chair mats is also essential when determining which will work best for your carpet or work surface. If the mat is intended for use on a carpet, be certain to make sure it has small anchors or studs that will grip the carpet and prevent the mat from sliding. These anchors are specifically designed to not damage the carpet surface or carpet backing. Hard floor chair mats feature have a smooth backing that will not scratch or damage the floor below while preventing the mat from sliding. Bamboo chair mats for hard surfaces come with a unique non-slip felt backing which works in the same capacity in that it protects your hard wood floor while keeping the mat in place.
Design Chair mats are available in multiple designs and patterns depending on your preference or your employer's policy. Decorative mats are available in a variety of patterns including oriental rug design, heathered chenille, bamboo, squares, strips, swirls, and lines. These mats allow you to personalize your home or office with elegance and style, making them a perfect complement to all workspace environments. If you are looking for something more subtle, most chair mats come in a clear coating. Others are available in glass clear coating which allows for the beauty of your carpet or hard wood floors to show throw and your mat to seamlessly blend in.
Edges The final consideration when purchasing a chair mat is the type of edges you will want your mat to have. The edge options available are straight, crystal (rounded at the corners), or beveled (sloped downwards). Straight edges are best for hard surfaces, making it more difficult to slide on and off the mat. Crystal edges can also be used on hard floors and add a more elegant appearance with rounded corners. For carpeted areas, a beveled edge chair mat is ideal. Beveled edges are also a good solution if you will be frequently rolling on and off your mat. The ramped edge allows for a smoother rolling surface.