How To Choose The Best Floor Mats For Offices
09 February 2017, posted by Kelvin Bardwell
There are a number of reasons to invest in floor mats for offices – they help to protect your floors from damage caused by chairs and other furniture, which avoids the need to pay for repairs and increases its lifetime. They also help with the mobility of rolling office chairs, as they provide a flat surface for the castors to roll on. So, how do you go about choosing the best mats?
If you have hard floors with a high gloss finish (as is common with some hardwoods, vinyl, linoleum, tile, and so on), you should definitely choose a mat with an anti-slip backing. This will prevent it from slipping around on the glossy surface, which can be dangerous whether you’re sitting in a chair or walking across it.
When it comes to actually choosing a mat, you should avoid any with an overly cheap retail price – these are generally made with poor quality materials and will start to wear out after only a few months. We have a variety of options to choose from at varying price points, ensuring that you can find a mat within your budget.
Choosing the right shape is imperative. You need a mat that is large enough for the space in question, as well as large enough to prevent rolling over the edges (as getting caught on the edge can actually tip the chair over). When trying to fit an oddly shaped space, it may be possible to have a mat custom made to suit.
Choose a style based on your floor type. If you have carpet, for example, choose a mat with grippers that will prevent it from sliding around. If you have a hard surface (such as hardwood), on the other hand, you will need to choose one with a smooth back – grippers will actually damage the floor, so should be avoided at all costs.
It's a good idea to consider using a supportive pad underneath floor mats for offices, particularly if you have plush or deep pile carpet. This will provide stabilization, preventing your chair’s castors from sinking. A pad can also help to prevent divots from forming in the surface of the mat, which can hinder your ability to roll.
Choose a thickness based on your floor type. For hard floors, a thinner mat will work fine. For deep pile carpet, on the other hand, you’ll need a thicker one so that your chair’s castors don’t sink into the carpet. If you require more information or assistance on choosing an appropriate thickness, please contact our team.
In this point, we're actually referring to the weight of the user and anything placed on top of the mat. A typical plastic, for example, is prone to cracking under immense pressure – particularly if you have carpet underneath – so if weight is going to be a concern, you will be better off looking into other materials.
If you think that floor mats for offices are a good idea, we hope that the above list of tips enables you to make the best possible choice for your workplace. Although any mat will offer your floors protection and aid with rolling, taking the time to choose the most appropriate one will ensure that it continues to meet your needs well into the future.