Read the frequently asked questions and make informative decisions before installing new mats in your building.
Traffic : Firstly the amount of traffic has a major bearing on the mat used. For instance, installing a mat designed for a low or medium traffic environment in a major shopping centre would wear out the mat quite quickly. A worn surface not only means destruction of the material but also rapid flattening through developed traffic channels.
Fibre Weight : There are two determinants here. Firstly, the amount of fibre constituting the surface is determined by its weight and generally expressed in ounces per square yard/m. The greater the weight of fibre, the longer the potential life. In our product range you will find mats ranging from less than 600gms per sq m to as high as 2000 gms per sqm.
Fibre Structure : The structure of the fibre. For instance, if the fibre is tightly punched there is a greater resistance to traffic patterns and flattening than if loosely punched.
Environment : The environment outside the facility has a bearing because the type and quality of the dirt being carried into the building can help determine which mat is better suited.
Mat Size : The size of the mat chosen, particularly in length, determines the effectiveness at removing dirt from shoes. The more often that shoes make contact, the more likely that dirt is removed. It takes as much as 10m of matting to remove 99% of dirt. 6m will remove about 80% and 4m of matting will remove about 60% of dirt from shoes.
Architectural Mats : There are also so-called “Architectural” mats, often specified for new buildings, which have their own advantages and disadvantages. They are frequently specified in areas where they may not be ideal. It can be valuable to seek advice prior to committing to any specification.
Consultants : Each facility should make a decision based on its own particular criteria. Because the assessment of all criteria can be complicated, Mat World offers the services of knowledgeable, trained consultants to help in the decision-making process. There is no charge or obligation to utilise their services, and they are available at our locations (see our contacts page)
When searching for the best standing desk mats, most of what’s on offer is quite bland, tiny and may not be cost effective for its size. If you don’t choose the right Standing Mat, it can lead users to abandon their standing desks altogether. There is not a one-type-fits-all solution when it comes to selecting the best standing desk mat for your needs. As the largest supplier of such matting products in New Zealand, Mat World NZ has a few tips to help customers understand the standing desk mats.
Select the standing desk/station mats based on your environment
Consider your work area when selecting the best standing desk mat for your needs. A concrete floor may require a thicker mat, whereas a carpeted area may require a thinner and firmer mat. The opposite can even be the case in some circumstances. A hard tiled floor may require anti-slip underunderlininghat it does not become a workplace hazard. Not all work areas are traditional office based so consider if your work area is likely to get wet or not. Does it have lots of foot traffic around the mat? These are some of the many varying considerations. Feel free to ask us about your specific needs.
Select the standing desk mats based on your work
You may want to consider things like insulating properties in electricity, the type of shoes that are worn in the work environment, or alternatively the possibility of using it with bare feet or socks. Ask yourself questions like: Is it for a desk where the user will both sit and stand? Do you intend to use the mat for long periods during the day? Is it a standing desk intended for mobile staff? Are you interested in moving around on the mat? Will there also be a chair?
Using a chair with your standing desk
If you’re also going to use a chair, you may want to consider how the chair will affect the mats underneath it. You may not want a soft mat as a standing desk mat if you’re going to place a chair on top as it could damage the surface or cause issues in being able to move the chair around. in this case, a harder standing desk mat is likely to be more suitable in that situation.
We’re constantly innovating in this space. As an example, you may want to place exercise equipment on top of the mat, and we have available alternative products to produce the standing desk mat. These include our range of dense rubber matting that can accommodate heavy equipment. Alternatively there are innovations in sit and stand desk chairs that are making their way onto the market to resolve this known issue, where the chair base sits off of the edge of the mat, allowing the best of both worlds.
Make sure your standing desk mat is large enough
Many of the standing desk mats on the market are quite small. Some are claimed to be the best on the market, yet ironically they are only large enough to accommodate your feet when they are a few centimeters apart, restricting movement. Some are also far too thick at the same time. Ask yourself questions like: Do you want to move around on your standing desk, or do expect to be standing in one tiny spot? Do you want to do exercise at the same time and while standing at your standing desk? Do you want to avoid tripping on your standing desk mat?
For aesthetics, Mat World is even capable of producing some of its standing desk mats into long runners. These are perfect for long pods of standing desks positioned linearly.
Are you likely to abandon using the mat all together? Abandoning the use of the standing desk mat may demotivate some people from continued standing desk mat use. This is especially the case for some users who quickly become fatigued.
Mat World has been supplying anti fatigue mats in New Zealand for decades. As well as identifying the matting needs of standing desks, Mat World NZ is among the earliest innovators in the product line.