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Protecting floor from PC Chairs.

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Protecting floor from PC Chairs.

Sadly working on it and lost a bit I'm a bit of a heavy person. I work from home and use the PC all the time. My new home I'm moving into has some of the cheaper type wood flooring I forget the name of it but either way they would get ruined over many years of chair abuse on top of it.

What would you call a chair mat for those type of floors? Any suggestions on ones to get as well? It has to be very Anti Slide as if it slides even a tiny bit friction wise overtime it would cause a large wear out I'm sure.

Thanks!
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We are in a similar situation. We get the thin fabric mats from Giant Tiger to go under the chair we use, it's a captain's dining chair, not on wheels.
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when you wrote PC chair in the title I thought you meant chairs from president's choice :)

I think you are looking for anti-slip or anti-skid mats. You can find them at staples and amazon.ca. I think costco may carry them. As for brands I don't have experience with any in particular but maybe something like this will work

https://www.amazon.ca/Cleartex-Advantag ... R1115225EV

There's also some fancy ones like these but not sure of the quality: https://www.staples.ca/en/True-Seating- ... CA_1_20001

If you find yourself rolling all over the place, better to get a solid one rather than a clear one to help you stay in one spot.
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These under office chair mats are sold by Staples for sure...
IIRC they come in various thicknesses and made to protect different surfaces (ie carpet, hardwood, etc)

Buy a good thick one, cause the cheap ones just crack over time
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Thanks for all the links and info. They are quite expensive sadly. Cheap floor expensive mat to prevent it from getting worse haha :)
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kanechart wrote: Sadly working on it and lost a bit I'm a bit of a heavy person. I work from home and use the PC all the time. My new home I'm moving into has some of the cheaper type wood flooring I forget the name of it but either way they would get ruined over many years of chair abuse on top of it.
1. If on a "wood" floor make sure the mat is designed for such surfaces. Most have tiny prongs spaced an inch or two apart that are meant for use on carpet.
2. Consider placing an area rug over the floor near your PC desk, then get a for-carpet mat. Looks better and probably wears longer.
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Interesting suggestion. Thanks.

These are only 27" wide so you'd probably want to tape at least two lengths together to make a floor protector for chairs. I taped two Staples floor protectors together using clear duct tape. (Yes it comes in clear.) It doesn't look all that bad either.

Again, note that these are designed for use on carpet only.
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Gee wrote: It is 3’ x 4’ and cost $12
That's rather small for an office chair.
Soft rubber on the bottom to protect the floor and low pile commercial grade carpet on top
Tread carefully with that (literally as well as figuratively.)

Soft rubber has a tendency to stick to the wood flooring. It also breaks down with age. So when the OP lifts the mat there could be pieces of rubber left on the floor which could be hard to remove. Also rubber, unlike vinyl, may discolour the wood flooring.
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bylo wrote: That's rather small for an office chair.
3’ x 4’ is he perfect size. How big do you think the chair mats are at Staples?

https://www.staples.com/staples-36-x-48 ... uct_491789

They’re the exact same size. Only difference is the lip.
bylo wrote: Soft rubber has a tendency to stick to the wood flooring. It also breaks down with age. So when the OP lifts the mat there could be pieces of rubber left on the floor which could be hard to remove. Also rubber, unlike vinyl, may discolour the wood flooring.
The rubber is not that soft. It is designed to used at the front entrance of a house. If you see it, you’ll understand. The rubber is not thick, it is designed for grip and won’t damage any floors.

Costco has these in store.
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Gee wrote: 3’ x 4’ is he perfect size. How big do you think the chair mats are at Staples?

https://www.staples.com/staples-36-x-48 ... uct_491789

They’re the exact same size. Only difference is the lip.
tbh just because they offer a child's mat does not mean everyone should use it. I assume if I went looking it's their smallest mat.


The rubber is not that soft. It is designed to used at the front entrance of a house. If you see it, you’ll understand. The rubber is not thick, it is designed for grip and won’t damage any floors.

Costco has these in store.
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How big of a chair mat are you looking for? Are you rolling around a large area?

The Costco mat techincally has more surface area than a chair mat.
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I been looking a mat for the longest time. There has to be something under $30? It's just a friggen mat!

Home depot price is nice but taping it together isn't ideal.
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ikea has a big plastic mat to prevent that.
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Gee wrote: You have a two seater desk.

For those that are having problems with the conversion, 3' x 4' is 36" x 48" which is the standard size for a chair mat.
But you're missing my point. Two mats for two seats. Each mat is 45" x 53". That's about ~4' x ~4½' which is larger than the "standard."

Staples even has larger sizes for people who like to move about and have the floor space to do it.
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