Last Updated on December 11, 2019
Having an office space in your home is becoming more and more the norm, especially with the increase in flex hours and those who telecommute. Whether you need a large office space or just a little nook tucked into a quiet area in your home, setting it up is usually relatively easy.
One item you may want to include, however, is a desk chair mat. Not familiar with these handy little office items? Here we’ll take a look at three reasons you’re going to want a desk chair mat for your home office.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Flooring
The main reason for picking up one of these desk chair mats is to protect your flooring and extend its lifespan. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got tile, hardwood, laminate, or carpet – chairs with wheels will do a real number on the surface they sit on. Even if your chair doesn’t have wheels, chances are you’ll be getting up and down many times throughout your workday, so the flooring takes a beating.
There is also the fact that desk chairs tend to be quite large and bulky, so you may even end up ripping carpeting, causing the laminate to lift, and even tiles to crack. Repairing just one area of your floor isn’t usually possible, instead, you’re looking at a full replacement.
Just be sure when shopping for one of these mats that you look for the right one for your particular flooring. Take, for example, carpeted flooring.
You will need to purchase a mat that works for carpets so it doesn’t end up sliding across the surface. It needs to be slip and slide resistant with gripping features on it.
Move Your Chair with Ease
These mats also make it very easy for you to move about in your chair, as the wheels won’t get stuck in the carpeting or in the cracks of tiles and hardwood. A chair mat will essentially level the surface, so your chair rolls smoothly and without anything hindering it.
Protect Against Spills and Stains
Again, a desk chair mat is all about protection, which is also true of potential spills and stains. If you like to work with a coffee or tea at your desk, maybe have your lunch while you work, accidents can happen and you can end up with spills on your floor.
At least with one of these mats, the direct area around you will be protected. Cleaning off the mat will be simple and quick, leaving the floor under it fresh and clean.
A Couple Shopping Tips to Keep in Mind
So, now that you’re convinced that your home office needs a desk chair mat, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind.
- Look for one that is durable and strong so it won’t crack
- Ensure you get one that is large enough to cover the full area that you will move about
- Pick a mat that is transparent so it’s not visible
These tips will ensure you find the perfect addition to your home office.