Did you know that there are manufacturers of floors that only give a guarantee if you use a chair mat under your office chair? That's because rolling office chairs damage the carpet. Chair mats protect the floor from scratches and wear.
Chair mats also make it much easier to move around your desk. It takes less effort to roll your chair over a mat than over carpet.
This is how you choose the perfect mat
What kind of floor covering do you have in the office? If it's a hard surface, such as hardwood, laminate, vinyl, or tile, you want a mat with a smooth backing that won't damage the floor or allow the mat to slide. These mats are thinner and generally have straight, rather than rounded (angled) edges.
If your office has carpet or other soft floor covering, opt for a mat with small spikes on the bottom that are specially designed to hold the mat in place without damaging the carpet. The thicker the carpet, the thicker the chair mat should be. Thinner mats can bend or crack on carpets with a thick pile and / or filling.
You can opt for a transparent vinyl chair mat, so that the floor underneath is visible. There are also colored mats, mats with designs and mats made of plexiglass, wood, glass, jute, bamboo or sisal. Make sure to choose a sisal or burlap mat with a tight weave so that your chair can slide over it properly.
A carpet with a low pile that is tightly woven also works well as a chair mat. Indoor and outdoor carpets can also be used as a mat under the seat. These are waterproof, resistant to dirt and generally have a smooth texture, so your chair can roll over them with ease.