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How to choose the right chairmat
Selecting the right chairmat for any work area begins by choosing the most appropriate shape. The six standard shapes are illustrated.
Over 90% of all requirements are usually met by the Single Lip and Rectangular shapes. When stock shapes don¹t fully meet the needs of a given area, custom-shaped chairmats can be ordered.
Once the shape is selected, determine the ideal size. While the most-ordered chairmat size is 45" × 53", stock chairmats are available in sizes ranging from 36" × 48" up to 72" × 96". Make your decision by considering the total floor space available, the width of space under the desk or workstation, the size of the chair base and the range of front-to-back and side-to-side movement you want without rolling off the edge of the chairmat. Regardless of the shape, the measurements are always given in overall dimensions including lip.
The next important factor is knowing if the chairmat will be used over carpet or over a hard surface like linoleum tile or hardwood. Chairmats used over padded, plush carpeting need to be more rigid and thicker than those placed on unpadded commercial carpeting.
For carpets 3/8" thick or less, choose Economy or Intermediate thickness. For carpets 5/8" or less, use Standard thickness. For carpets more than 5/8" thick, choose Deluxe or Super Deluxe.
As indicated in the chart, all chairmats for use over carpet are offered with Anchorpoints® which nest in the carpet and keep the mat firmly in place. Chairmats for use on hard surfaces do not have Anchorpoints but are textured on both sides (TBS™).
For safety and ease, most chairmats are ordered with beveled edges instead of blunt or straight edges (Straight Edge). E·S·Robbins offers both designs. The most popular Beveled Edge® chairmats feature the exclusive, molded Crystal Edge®.
The final feature to consider is antistatic protection for computers, magnetic media and other electronic equipment. Just as a power surge device protects against electric current spikes, Anti-Static chairmats protect against harmful static discharges that can destroy files and cause computers and software to malfunction.
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