Did you know that if you put a chair mat on your floor, most flooring manufacturers would validate their warranties? This is because rolling office chairs may damage flooring surfaces if mats are not used. Chair mats protect the floors under chairs from dents, scuffs, blemishes and any spills that may occur.
It takes eighty per cent less effort to wheel your chair on a mat than on the carpet, which is another way chair mats make moving about inside your workstation much simpler. Additionally, if you spend the whole day pushing your chair about on the carpet, you may feel leg and back discomfort.
Not to mention the amount of static electricity generated by the carpet. Static electricity will not be able to reach your computer or any other electronic equipment if you have a chair mat with anti-static properties. Static electricity might cause you to lose data or potentially harm your equipment.
Your ability to move about your office more efficiently, save money by extending the life of your flooring, and protect your data and equipment from static electricity may all be accomplished with the help of the appropriate chair mat.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE IDEAL CHAIR MAT:
- FLOORING TYPE
First, let’s talk about the kind of flooring that the chair mat will cover. If the floor is hard, like hardwood, laminate, vinyl, or tile, you should look for a mat that has a smooth backing that won’t scratch the floor and will prevent the mat from sliding about on the hard surface. These mats are often narrow and do not have bevelled or slanted edges; instead, they have straight edges.
Choose a mat with little cleats on the bottom that are specifically intended to keep the mat in place without harming the carpet if you have carpeted floors or any other soft flooring. Investing in an anti-static mat is a brilliant idea if you have electrical devices such as computers or other electronic equipment in your workstation. The thickness of your carpet should determine the thickness of your chair mat. On carpets with a dense pile and cushioning, mats with a thinner profile may buckle or fracture.
- SIZE AND SHAPE
The next step is to measure the area that has to be covered by your chair mat. Take into consideration the overall amount of floor space, the breadth of your workstation, the size of the base of your chair, and the space in which you will be moving about. Chair mats are available in a variety of conventional incremental sizes and can be made in bespoke sizes upon request.
A chair mat comes in a rectangular shape. There are also mats with a single lip that are rectangular and have a lip that extends beneath your desk to provide a place for you to lay your feet. Some mats are circular, oval, and triangular.
Make sure that you measure everything very precisely!
- FINAL CHOICE OF COLOR AND MATERIAL
You can select a chair mat made of transparent vinyl, which will reveal the flooring underneath. There are other mats available in various other materials, such as glass, jute, sisal, wood finish, Plexiglas, and patterned or coloured vinyl.
There is a wide range of prices for a chair mat; for instance, those made of vinyl are often more affordable than those made of a wood-finish material. When it comes to chair mats, vinyl is just as practical as wood, so choose the most suitable material for both your preferences and your budget.