Did you know that office chairs can be highly destructive to carpet? Pull out the chair you’re currently sitting on and inspect the carpet underneath; can you see the indentations formed by pressure on the castors? Eventually, these indentations will cut deep into the fibre of the carpet itself and the only way to rectify the problem will be to replace it. Use these tips to help prevent such damage:

Step 1: Vacuum the carpet around your workstation to make sure that it is clear of dirt and other forms of debris. Then, lay down a specially designed mat:

  • For low pile carpet, place a .125 intermediate thickness bevelled-edge mat where your chair is normally located. It should be 3/8 of an inch or less with padding.
  • For medium pile carpet, place a .145 standard thickness bevelled-edge mat where you office chair is normally located. It should be ¾ of an inch or less with padding.
  • For thick pile carpet, place a .200 premium thickness bevelled-edge mat where your chair is normally located. It should be 3/5 of an inch or more with padding.

Step 2: Walk across the mat to push it into the carpet. You can then place the chair onto the mat and get back to work.

These mats have been specially designed to reduce the amount of wear and tear that carpet is subjected to, so it is important that you try not to roll your office chair off of it. If you find that you do have to move to the other end of your office workstation on a regular basis, you should consider getting an additional mat to cover that area.