Choosing A Chair Mat

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Our PDF Infogrames can be found at the bottom of this page, they contain easy to read information on our products and they will help you to find the perfect chair mat. By using these simple guides you can ensure that your chair mat provides you with years of use and continues to maintain the appearance of your carpeted or hard floors. Our latest risk assessment documents are available to download using the links below. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Choosing the right mat

Floortex mats are highly cost-effective solutions for the protection of expensive floor coverings such as carpets, real wood and laminated floors. They will save floors from loss of appearance, wear and damage. Floortex offers a wide selection of shapes and sizes to suit your requirements. Our chair mats have an embossed upper surface and are usually clear (unless stated) so that the appearance of the underlying floor covering remains visible.

Looking at a typical home or office, as above shows the many potential applications of Floortex floor protection mats, each one is designed to perfectly preserve the condition of the surface it covers.

Firstly, check your surface ... You will need either gripper backed mats for carpet, smooth back mats for hard floor and very low pile carpets or smooth back anti-slip mats for highly polished floors. 

Choose the correct backing ...

Gripper Backed Mats

Use these spiked mats on carpets only. Spiked mats will damage wooden floors and will be damaged by castor chairs if used on hard floors.

Smooth Backed Mats

For use on hard floors.

Anti-Slip Mats

Use on high-gloss floors, eg polished wood, to prevent slippage.

....and check thickness for your flooring.



Less than 6mm thick.


Less than 9mm thick.


Less than 12mm thick.


More than 12mm thick.


Concrete, tiles, natural wood, laminate, vinyl etc.

Then pick a shape ...There's a huge range to suit any space, from the basic to the aesthetic...


For use with modern desks and workstations and many other applications in the home and office.


For use with double ped desks.


For use with modern desks and workstations and many other applications in the home and office.


For use with modern desks and workstations.


For use in modern offices and corner workstations.


For general office, commercial and home applications.


For general office, commercial and home applications.

Thirdly, measure up - 

Our mats come in a range of sizes. Combine the right size with the right shape and there's always a solution to fit. Determine the furthest points you roll to retrieve items then pick the shape and size to cover these dimensions.

Step four - choose a suitable material

Floortex manufacture mats in durable, clear polycarbonate and cost-effective PVC. Through our Ecotex brand we now produce mats that are manufactured from 100% recycled post-consumer PET .

Original Floortex Polycarbonate

Durable, clear, odourless - this material is used in the manufacture of bullet-proof glass and will give longlife protection for your flooring. Original Floortex Polycarbonate is used to produce the Ultimat range.

Phthalate Free PVC

Floortex Phthalate free formulation for PVC means that our products are free from the plasticizers that have been banned from childrens toys and medical instruments. They share the same design, structure and finish as our polycarbonate range and the material is used in the production of our Homemat, Valuemat and Advantagemant ranges.

100% Post-Consumer Recycled PET

The Ecotex Revolutionmat is our ecologically friendly hard floor-protection solution. The material used is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic drinks bottles and provides durable protection for hard floors. Also available with an anti-slip coating on the underside of the mat for added stability on high gloss or polished flooring.

Enhanced Polymer with up to 50% recycled material

The Ecotex Evolutionmat is our environmentally friendly gripper back solution. Manufactured from Enhanced Polymer containing up to 50% recycled content for the ultimate in performance in the Eco category.

Packing Notes

Homemat and Advantagemat PVC together with Ecotex Revolutionmat hard floor mats supplied rolled of not stored in flat form should be given a minimum of 72 hours in a warm environment to retain their original flat form.

Ultimat Polycarbonate and Ecotex Revolutionmat carpet gripper mats supplied in rolls will revert immediately to their flat state with restraining straps are removed. This is due to the material's unique memory characteristics. Extreme care should be taken when releasing or cutting restraining straps.