Custom Glass Chair Mat Guide
If a standard-sized office chair mat won't work in your office, consider a custom design from Vitrazza. Our Glass Chair Mats are designed to be heavy-duty, never dent and provide your chair casters a smooth glide across the hard surface. You also can’t beat the beautiful look of clear glass with polished edges and rounded corners.
We know that the idea of ordering a custom glass office chair mat might be a bit daunting. For that reason, we put together this comprehensive guide on ordering a custom floor mat. We hope you find this helpful, and as always, if you have questions or are ready to get started, contact us anytime!
Custom Chair Mats Can Fit Any Office Space
Office chair mats aren’t one-size-fits-all. However, they’re not one-shape-fits-all, either. Sometimes, what is available pre-made just won’t fit your workspace. That’s where chair mat customization comes in.
Customizable for Any Office Flooring
Chair mats protect your floor, regardless of whether it’s hardwood, tile, or carpet. They also prevent scuffs, marking, indentations, and stains (including the inevitable coffee stains). But if you truly want a custom design that’s universal then chair mats made of glass are the highest quality and most versatile product to purchase because they’re interchangeable between hard surfaces and carpeted floors.
The benefits of using glass also include:
- Low maintenance
- Easy to clean
- Aesthetic appeal
- Durability - Lasting for decades
- And, of course, easier to roll your chair on
Custom floor mats can be made to order for your unique office requirements including in homes or offices with high-pile carpet. The mats come with a Stabil-a-dot Bumper System designed specifically for use with high-pile carpet that can be switched for thinner bumpers designed for hard floors or low-pile carpeting.
Customizable for Any Desk ShapeOf course, desks come in a variety of shapes, too. Not every office desk is a rectangle. You can order a custom mat regardless of your desk shape. Some common desk orientations suitable for a custom chair mat include:
- L-shape desks
- Corner desks
- U-shape desk
- Rectangle desk with a credenza
If your desk is unique, we can create a chair mat that matches your office furniture perfectly.
Customizable to Any Size
Another reason to purchase a custom chair mat has to do with size. If you need a chair mat to cover more ground than say, a typical 48x48 mat then we can help with that as well.
Large floor mat custom sizes include:
- 48” x 72” mats
- 60” x 80” mats
- Or even, 51.5” x 76 ¾”…the possibilities are endless.
Custom chair mats make your office feel tailor-made for you and the way you work. The design process is simple and requires very little details. In the next section, we’ll discuss the information you’ll need to send us to make the ordering process go smoothly.
Measuring a Custom Chair Mat for Corner Desks or L-Shaped Desks
If you have an L-shaped desk, or what is often called a desk with a return, you’ll probably want a custom mat with a ‘tab’ to extend under one or both sides of the L. While this design may require a little more involvement, we make it easy by providing two examples to start with. See the two drawings below; just choose one of these design templates and then simply fill in the dimensions that work for your desk.
You don’t need to provide us with a scaled drawing, or anything more than a hand-drawn, back of the napkin type sketch. We’ll take whatever you provide and re-draw it to scale and send it back to you for review along with a quote. And if you need assistance while determining dimensions, don’t hesitate to call – our friendly staff can walk you through the process.
Regardless of the size or shape, there are some general tips to consider regarding custom desk chair mat measurements:
- Measure correctly: The tabs on a chair mat fit into a fixed opening in the desk; be sure to measure this opening at the floor so that you account for any trim around the base. We always recommend a bit of breathing room between the exact opening and the width of the tab (approximately .5” and 1”). This ensures that the glass will fit without being too tight.
- You can customize desk tabs: Typically, the tabs we design have a depth of 6”; for most customers, this will be enough to keep your chair casters on the mat when you work close to the desk. However, some customers prefer them as deep as 10”.
While this is doable, we don’t recommend tabs beyond that size for three reasons. One, the purpose of the tab is to keep the chair casters on the mat and 6” is sufficient for this. Two, deeper tabs add to the price without adding to the efficiency (and this is more wasteful of glass, too). Three, mats with deeper tabs are more vulnerable to damage during shipping and handling. The deeper the tab, the more compromised the foundation.
If you want help with the measurements with your L shaped design go to our custom design page, download and fill out the custom order measurement template.
Now that we’ve discussed L-shaped desks, let's explore how custom chair mats work when your chair sits between a desk and a credenza. The measurements can change depending on your specific office setup.
Measuring a Custom Chair Mat For a Desk and Credenza Setup
If your home office has a desk with a credenza facing it, a chair mat will look different than it does for an L-shape desk. So, what do you need to know? How do you assure you order the right product for your setup?
Step 1: Determine the width
Many people assume that the width of a custom chair mat should be the same as the width of the desk, but this isn’t really necessary. In fact, with a desk and credenza oftentimes they’re not the same width, so you’ll have to decide where in this area you typically roll and size it accordingly. Some people prefer that the width only go as wide as the center point on the desk’s drawer handles.
Step 2: Measure Front to back
The space between the desk and the credenza is significantly different than the width – you do want to fill this space completely, but with approximately ½” clearance. So if the available space were 48” wide, we’d recommend designing the mat to be 47.5”.
Step 3: Determine Your Tab Placement
You’ll want to decide if you want two tabs or just one. Some folks want a tab going into the opening of the desk, as well as one going into an opening for the credenza. If you do want two tabs (see the example below), be sure to measure their width (they may be the same, but don’t have to be). And here as well, when you determine the width of the tab, leave about ½” less than the opening (so 28” opening means 27.5” width).
Finding the right chair mat for your desk and credenza is easier than it sounds, but if you are feeling overwhelmed by the process, our Soto design is a great place to start, go to our custom design page, download and fill out the custom order measurement worksheet.
What to Expect When Ordering a Custom Office Mat
After the design is clear, we’ll provide you with a detailed quote and a scaled drawing. We can go through a couple of revisions with you if we need to change it after you’ve had a chance to review it. Once you have the design and price you want, we’ll get your order started. The turnaround time is between 14-28 days.
We know you’ll love the quality of a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat. Each customer gets a written Transferable Lifetime Warranty, which protects against any defects or design flaws that cause the mat to break while in place.
We stand behind the durability of our product, in fact, they’re designed to hold 1,000 pounds! And, unlike plastic chair mats that need to be replaced every few years, Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are anti-fatigue and last for decades. They don’t dent or crack like so many cheap, vinyl mats – but if you have a rare damage event, we’ll stand behind it.
Our warranty claims are processed quickly and efficiently. Simply take a photo of the broken glass chair mat and email it to us. We will process your claim immediately and respond within 2 business days. Once your claim is approved, we will either replace your glass chair mat with an identical mat or refund the purchase price.