How do I know which type of chair mat to order? I know what size I need, but there are many different kinds of chair mats.
Ordering a chair mat requires more than just dimensions, but it's not very difficult. Purchasing a chair mat that will last a long time is the best strategy to save you money. The price of an economy chair mat may be attractive, but you may find yourself buying a replacement when that mat cracks just months later. Here are some tips to help you decide on the best chair mat for you.
First, determine if you need a chair mat to protect a hard surface such as a wood floor versus a carpeted surface. If you want to protect a hard floor surface you need a chair mat WITHOUT studs on the bottom.
If you require a chair mat for a carpeted floor you will need a chair mat with studs on the bottom to avoid slippage. Don't even consider a chair mat without studs if you are on carpet, as your chair mat will constantly creep across the floor.
If your carpet is a commercial carpet that is installed directly on the cement slab then your best choice is probably a heavy-duty vinyl chair mat. Modern Office offers an economical heavy-duty studded vinyl chair mat in a .145" thickness that is warranted for one lifetime replacement should it break or crack no matter how old the chair mat may be.
If you have a thicker carpet or a carpet installed on a carpet pad, which is typical for a home office, then you will want to go with a thicker chair mat. Modern Office's .2" thick superior-grade studded vinyl chair mats are a good option. These mats are again warranted for one lifetime replacement should they break or crack no matter how old the chair mat may be, even when used on thick padded carpets.
A good quality chair mat will protect your carpet and floors and allow your chair to roll more easily. Please do not hesitate to contact Modern Office at 1-800-443-5117 with any of your chair mat questions.