office chair.. carpet protectors. DIY

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Old 07-14-16, 06:17 AM
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office chair.. carpet protectors. DIY

Has anyone had any luck on constructing is own chair mat? Iam looking for somebody who may have done this successfully. 3'x4' Hard material i assume.Whats your thoughts on this If you know or have known of one being installed and /or what did you use for material?? thanks much for looking bob s
 
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Old 07-14-16, 06:24 AM
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A friend of mine uses 1/8" tempered hardboard as a chair mat for his rolling chair. Its cheap, and probably lasts about a year before he wears a hole in it and has to replace it. 1/4" tempered would probably last longer...
 
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thank you
xsleeper i am 210 lbs 1/8" i might be better should i choose this method to go with 1/4"??you think bob s
 
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Well, at Menards, the 1/8" is 5.77, the 1/4" is 12.44. I think he figures he can buy 2 of the cheap ones for less than the price of one thick one... Cuz he is cheap. If your carpet is thick, the thicker will be better. A roller will poke a hole in it if the carpet has much give to it.

I would buy the 1/4" if you were going to diy. But the plastic floor mats online are under $50.
 
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gotcha xsleeper thanks guess i better look around a little, got my pattern cut already for Hard board .
 
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Why the aversion to buying a plastic mat? While the initial cost was more than hardboard, I've had my plastic mat in my office for 10-12 yrs and it's still going strong. I paid a little extra because mine is over hardwood and it's harder to find the ones without the little cleats on the bottom side.
 
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Old 07-14-16, 09:46 AM
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I use to use a hard chair mat for my office chair. After it cracked and wore out I decided not to bother with one at all. Best decision I made. Chair moves easily on rug and I see no wear problems. Easy to clean and vacuum.
 
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Iam thinking on the cleaning the rug aspect. ---first!its not worn out, and its been down 15 years since i put it in.might be pretty bad shape once cleaned. thank you bob s
 
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My mat is still in great shape. I originally didn't have one until I noticed how much wear it was putting on the poly I applied to the hardwood over just a few years. So I sanded down the floor, applied a fresh coat of poly, set the mat after the poly cured and now 10-12 yrs later the floor finish still looks good!
 
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My floor is short pile carpet. I am more concerned with cures for carpet problems and the chair moving around on that everyday. but thanks bob s
 
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