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Few things are more frustrating than a crusty yellow chair mat. Chair mats yellow and crack so quickly that there have been long stretches of time when I have actually set my rolling office chair right on the carpet. Unfortunately, this isn’t a great option, and it is even worse if you have a hardwood floor to scratch up!
I have seen chair mats that cost as much as a basic office chair that cracked within months. If your rolling mat at work cracks, your boss probably isn’t going to think that it’s worth company time and money to replace. He doesn’t have to try and roll around on it, after all.
If you are a heavy person or need a floor mat for a high use area, here’s a secret: stop buying plastic or vinyl mats. They are not going to cut it. A rolling chair has such a small footprint that you place a great deal of force in a small area, which will cause the vinyl to flex and eventually crack. If you have a low pile carpet, there are options such as Marvelux which will last you a year (or more), but there is a better option!
Best Chair Mat For Heavy Person
A tempered glass rolling chair mat (with beveled edges) is a gift from heaven for anyone who weighs over 300lbs. And when I say anyone, I mean it. The above mat from Clearly Innovative will hold over 1,000 pounds! What’s more, it doesn’t bend or crack, is heavy enough that it doesn’t slide around like a plastic vinyl mat, and looks amazing.
If you are a big guy (or gal), ditch the crappy plastic mat that has been bothering you and invest in this mat which will last for many, many years.
Reasons Not To Get a Glass Chair Mat
- They’re expensive. There is no arguing with this. A large, high-quality piece of glass is going to be more expensive than a piece of plastic. You’ll need to weigh the options and decide if it will actually save you money in the long run when you have to replace a crappy mat every couple of years. Also, if you don’t need a large glass mat and can get by with a smaller option, Lorell offers a budget option which you can find here.
- You’ve upgraded your chair to high tech roller blade style wheels. Rollerblade wheels are typically meant for vinyl mats, which have more rolling resistance and traction. While regular caster style wheels work perfectly on glass, roller blade wheels tend to either lock up or not spin around as well.
How To Install A Glass Floor Mat
You would think that installing something as heavy-duty as a glass mat would be an easy task, right? Because it should be bullet proof….right? Well, in general, you’re right. But the one thing that can kill your mat faster than you can say, “crack” is dirt/debris underneath it. While your mat can withstand 1000 lbs in a chair, a small pebble underneath can lead to its premature death.
So, if you are installing it on a carpeted floor, make sure you vacuum well and be sure there is nothing stuck in the carpet. On a hardwood floor, be sure to sweep and then use a wet mop to remove dust and any little bits you may have missed. After that, it’s just a matter of getting some help (these are heavy) and lowering it to the ground.
So whether you’re a big and tall guy, a plus-size woman, or simply a lover of nice things, go get yourself a glass mat. Seriously, they are the best chair mat for a heavy person – by far. And if you need an awesome new heavy-duty office chair to go with it, we did that test and wrote that review too!