We're trying to sort out the wheeled-office-chair on carpet problem. We're not so into the plastic mat solution, so we're in the market for a new bamboo rug. (The roll-up bamboo chair mat shown above isn't big enough to span the two desks in our office.) Bamboo rugs were all over the market a few years ago, but they seem to be getting harder to find. Here's what we've found so far in 6' x 8' and 6' x 9' sizes.
Cost Plus has a good-looking 6' x 9' rug for $99. They've got the rug you see above and another in a darker color. Given our intended use, we're a bit nervous about this one: one of the comments online says it splintered under the weight of an office chair.
We found three styles we liked at naturalarearugs.com. Left to right, they are: the Oxford for $82; the Harvard for $97; and the Arianna for $75. We're inclined to choose one of the lighter colors for our dark office, and because the heat treating used to change the color of bamboo makes it softer. All three have free shipping.
If we needed more than one rug, we'd be more interested in Home Decorator's Collection, as they're running a buy one and get 20% off the second promotion. But the vibrant rugs we like, such as this one in red and a similar one in lime green, aren't available in a 6' x 8' or 6' x 9' size. The closest that will fit is this one in red stripes. A 5' x 8' is $69 plus $11 shipping.
We also found one in a color described as "light yellow" at Overstock. We can't tell if it's natural bamboo, or if it has some kind of yellow cast to it. It's $90 plus $2.95 shipping.
Readers in New York will want to check out Pearl River; their website lists a 6' x 9' bamboo slab rug for about $100. One AT:NY reader bought one in 2004 for $40—we're guessing the popularity of bamboo and increased shipping costs have driven the price up since then.
Oh, and that roll-up chair mat up top? It's the Anji Mountain Roll Up Chair Mat, available in several sizes and shapes online. The prices vary, but orbit around $200.