How to Make a Wood Chair Mat

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How to Make a Wood Chair Mat
A wood chair mat is more visually appealing than a plastic one. (hardwood floor texture image by GoodMood Photo from Fotolia.com)

Chair mats protect floors from becoming damaged by chairs constantly dragging over the surface. Scuff marks on hardwood floors and furrows on carpeted floors are preventable when the area is covered by a chair mat. Most commercial chair mats are plastic and, while they work, are slightly lacking in visual appeal. A simple alternative is to make one out of wood. A wood chair mat is far sturdier than a plastic one and doesn't show wear as much.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • ¾-inch plywood
  • Trim
  • Tongue in groove wood flooring
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Wood glue
  • Flooring glue
  • ¾-inch brads
  • Nail gun
  • Stain or varnish
  • Tape measure
  • ¾-inch plywood
  • Trim
  • Tongue in groove wood flooring
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Wood glue
  • Flooring glue
  • ¾-inch brads
  • Nail gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the area you want covered with the chair mat. The mat should be big enough so that the chair can be pushed out without going over the edge. If the mat will be placed at a desk, having the mat as wide as the desk will make the two pieces more complementary. Calculate how much flooring you'll need to be able to cover the entire surface of the mat.

  2. 2

    Purchase and cut the plywood to size at a building store. Having the wood cut at the store often makes it easier to transport back home.

  3. 3

    Lay out the flooring onto the plywood base. Arrange the different boards so there isn't a continuous seam or noticeable pattern. Place the trim around the edge of the mat and mark where you need to make cuts on the decking so that it fits the base.

  4. 4

    Cut the flooring to size. Work row by row, placing the boards back in position after you make each cut to ensure that you don't ruin your pattern.

  5. 5

    Attach the trim. Apply a thin coat of wood glue to the edge of the plywood base and set the trim in place to hide the edges. Secure the trim by nailing in ¾-inch brads.

  6. 6

    Lay the flooring. Apply a thin stream of flooring glue to the back of the flooring in a zigzag pattern then press it into place. Fit the decking together so it creates a tight seam. Using the ¾-inch brads, nail each row down on an angle along the seam so the nails are hidden.

Tips and warnings

  • The chair mat will raise the surface of the floor just over an inch so you may need to make adjustments to your chair height so your legs fit comfortably under the desk or table.
  • Use flooring and trim with different finishes to create contrast.

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