As with most things you usually get what you pay for and chair mats are no different. The price of a chair mat is usually based on the thickness of the material, type of material, and the overall size. Other modifications and improvements (bevel edge, venting, linking) can also add to the cost of the mat but do serve their purpose. Bigger, thicker chair mats cost more and normally have a better warranty. Thinner chair materials crack quicker, therefore need to be replaced several times as compared to a thicker mat. While smaller mats are also cheaper they do not allow maximum mobility as you will constantly be rolling on and off of them.
Through our Dealer Network, Custom Mat Company, Inc can supply your custom mat needs as we have a wide variety of materials, from thin mats with little or no warranty to mats as big and as custom as you need them.
Today 99% of all chairs come standard with dual hard wheel casters which is exactly wrong for hard surfaces. Why? Because hard wheel casters on a hard surface slide instead of rolling and gripping the surface. In time the sliding of these hard casters will wear through the finish of your hard wood floor.
In an ideal world you would have a hard floor chair mat with no cleats/grippers on the bottom and a chair with soft dual wheel casters. The chair mat will protect your floor and the soft wheel casters will grip the mat similar to the way a tire grips the road. Not using soft wheel casters can be a safety issue as the chair may slide out from under you. Soft wheel casters help eliminate this problem.
Is your carpet looking worn, dirty or discolored? Chair mats extend the life of your carpet by spreading out the pressure from the chair casters; in fact, many carpet manufacturers void their warranty when a chair with casters is used without a chair mat. Chair mats provide a smooth, even surface to roll across.
Using a chair mat can reduce the risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). In an eight hour workday, the average worker moves his or her chair more than 250 times per day. These movements require up to twice as much effort without a chair mat. Use of a chair mat reduces fatigue by allowing for easier rolling across your workspace with less back and leg strain.
For years your only choice for a chair mat was an acrylic material that had no warranty and would easily scratch, slide, crack and break. Then came the invention of the vinyl chair mat with Cleats. These cleats are sharp pointed pin cleats that stick into the carpet and also into your hand.
Now E S Robbins, an innovator in chair mat materials, has invented the AnchorBar. No more sharp cleats! The AnchorBar is made up of small blunt bars facing opposite directions as shown in the picture below. These bars hold the mat in place with no danger of harming your hands or carpet. Testing has shown the AnchorBar lasting longer than traditional cleat style mats. For more information on chair mat material please see our Materials page. For a better mat choose AnchorBar!!!!