Updated: November 2017
Chair Mat Reviews:Why do we need chair mats? They protect the floors under your work chair and they also allow you to freely move about in your chair. I had to recently buy a few of these chairmats for my home office. My work desk is currently located in a room with hardwood floors so I wanted to protect the wood flooring from getting scratched up and possible dented from my office chair. Also, I have another computer in a room in which there is carpet so I had to find a chair mat for carpets too. I found that they range in price from $40 to $100 and are readily sold in stores like Walmart, Target, Office Depot, and Staples. If you needed to buy more in bulk for an office or small business, other stores like Costco or Amazon might be better.
Choosing the best chair mats - When looking to buy chairmats, consider things like surface, size of workspace, and shape. Do you need an hard wood floor chair mat or a carpet chair mat? Perhaps you have a tile floor or even vinyl. The hardwood floor chairmats rest evenly on the floor and permit easy rolling around if you have a chair with wheels. Perhaps you have a plush carpet or standard pile in which case you could use a chair mat with cleats so that the mat stays put even when you are moving around in the chair. Chair mats for thick carpet will be slightly different than those designed for low pile or even medium pile carpets. The office chair mat I bought for the carpeted room does leave some indentions in the carpet (I notice them when I pick it up to vacuum underneath) but after a while they do go away. Most wood floor chair mats will also do just fine on floors with tile, vinyl, or linoleum. Shape - When it comes to shapes of chair floor mats, there are basically 3 types - lip, L-workstation, and rectangular or utility. The average desk setup can use the lip chair mats or even the rectangular option. Corner computer desks and L-workstations work best when you have the L-shaped workstation chair mat. Size - This is entirely dependent on how much space you need when mulling about your work area or desk. Some people "roll" all over while others stay in a smaller area. I like to roll around, often going back and forth from my computer to a bookshelf behind my desk. Chair mats come in a variety of sizes, so pick one that has the most space possible without intruding on the rest of the room or area surrouding the desk. Chair Mat Reviews - We found several websites with dozens of owner reviews - Epinions, Staples.com, Viewpoints.com, and of course Amazon.com. There's nothing better than reading up on a particular product and then reading what other consumers have to say about it. Find out what works and those products that fail the end user test. RECOMMENDED - We suggest shopping online at Amazon.com since they carry all the leading brands, offer excellent pricing, and post dozens of customer reviews for you to see. You can browse the best selling chair mats here.