Three Ways to Protect Floors from Heavy Desks and Chairs

Three Ways to Protect Floors from Heavy Desks and Chairs

Sonia Zjawinski
Aug 18, 2010

Due to the high amount of gadgets we review, we often have to scoot our desk to snake wires and cables to their appropriate places. All that wiggling around has done a number on our floors. Our Ikea Melltorp desk isn't super heavy, but at 26 lbs. it ain't super light either. Add all the home office necessities sitting atop, along with a few unnecessary items, I'd say this bad boy is stepping in at closer to 50 lbs. So, how can you protect your floors from the inevitable scratches that can happen?

Go Light
Pick up an underweight desk that's still strong enough to hold all your junk. The Paperweight Desk, imagined by UK design firm Cardboard Future, is made from a lightweight Grade A white double walled corrugated board. Similar to BlueLounge's StudioDesk, the Paperweight has two integrated cable management trays within the table to keep cords hidden. The pair of legs can be installed on the inset or outset. Cardboard Future says it takes on average, three minutes to put this flat packed desk together.

Cushion Legs
Sticking adhesive pads underneath table legs and non-wheeled chairs makes it easy to slide furniture without damaging flooring. Ikea sells a set of 20, in two sizes, for $2. The pads biggest drawbacks though are that they easily collect dust and pet fur, though it's nothing a vacuum can't handle. They can also lose their adhesiveness if you're moving your chair back and forth a lot.

When we think of chairmats we can't help but conjure up images of drab cubicles, but the category has expanded over the years to include more than just clear plastic floor coverings. Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Co. designs beautiful chairmats out of sustainable Moso bamboo that can be rolled up for easy shipping, storage, or moving. The 5mm thick mats have felt backing and non-slip gripper dots to keep it in place.

Floortex makes clear mats that are made of Polycarbonate, which is recyclable. They even offer a service that will allow you to design your own mat using your own images.

Unfortunately we weren't able to find a clear chairmat made from post-consumer recyclables, though it seems like a logical combination. Have any of you?

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