How to Protect Carpet From Office Chairs

Office chairs are destructive to carpet.
Their casters make indentations in the carpet's surface when people sit in chairs and when chairs are rolled along the carpet. Over time, these indentations cut deep into the carpet fiber, and the carpet eventually needs replacement. To protect carpet in an office, purchase chair mats that are rigid and can withstand the weight of the chair and the person sitting in the chair.

Step 1

Remove the office chair and any items sitting around the desk or workspace. Vacuum the area to remove dust and dirt.

Step 2

Place a .125 intermediate thickness beveled-edge chair mat where your office chair sits if the carpet is low pile (3/8” or less with padding).

Step 3

Place a .145 standard thickness beveled-edge chair mat where your office chair sits if the carpet is medium pile (3/4” or less with padding).

Step 4

Place a .200 premium thickness beveled-edge chair mat where your office chair sits if the carpet is thick pile (3/5” or more with padding).

Step 5

Walk on the chair mat to push it into the carpet, then place the office chair on the mat. Return accessories to the desk or workspace.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Beveled edge chair mats – thickness according to carpet type

Tip

  • Try not to roll your chair off the chair mat. If you do find yourself rolling to an area near your desk, consider purchasing a chair mat for that area as well.

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.