How to Pick a Rug for a Home Office with a Rolling Chair?

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Planning to buy a rug for your home office? If you use a rolling chair in your home office, there are a few factors you have to take into consideration before deciding on a rug. This is because some rugs are easily damaged by the casters in rolling chairs; some rugs can also limit the mobility of the rolling chair. I know, that sounds really complex, but have no worries. In this article, I will teach you all about picking a good rug for a home office with a rolling chair.

Best Rugs for Home Office with a Rolling Chair

1. Low Pile Rugs

In the carpet industry, rugs can be categorized into three types based on the height of carpet fibers: low pile, medium pile, and high pile. Low pile rugs have short fibers that feel flat and dense. These flat and short fibers are very unlikely to get caught in the casters (wheels) of your chair. In addition, they can bear a lot of foot traffic and don’t attract much dirt. They are also easy to clean and durable. Therefore, low pile rugs are a good choice for offices with rolling chairs.

2. Flatweave Rugs

Flatweave rugs are rugs made on a loom using a specific weaving technique. They are not knotted, so they don’t have a tufted pile. They are durable and don’t develop prints easily. Because of the unique weaving technique, the tips of the rugs won’t be constantly trampled. Moreover, flatweave rugs are light and easy to clean.

3. Indoor-Outdoor Carpets

Indoor-outdoor carpets are rugs that are designed for outdoor use –  for a balcony, patio, or a pool deck. But they can also be used inside the home. These rugs are typically made out of synthetic materials like polypropylene and polyester and are stain-resistant and durable. They are built to withstand elements and a lot of foot traffic. Indoor-outdoor carpets are pretty easy to clean, affordable, and ideal for a home office with a rolling chair.

4. Anti-Slip Rugs

Anti-slip rugs are perfect for preventing the moving of the rug as the rolling chair moves over it. This is a common problem with smaller rugs. Anti-slip backing in the rugs locks the rug in place and prevents bunching or moving. They also help to prevent office place injuries like slips and falls.

How to Pick a Rug for Home Office with a Rolling Chair
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Rugs to Avoid if You Have a Home Office with a Rolling Chair

Thick, shaggy rugs may look great in your office and feel luxurious on your feet, but they won’t do well with your office chair. These are some types of rugs you should avoid if your home office has a rolling chair.

  • High pile rugs
  • Rugs made of bamboo, jute, silk, or rayon (they are more likely to fray under the casters of the chair)
  • Thick sheepskin rugs
  • Tufted or knotted rugs

Your rolling chair can damage the above-mentioned rugs. These rugs will also prevent the seamless movement of a rolling office chair.

How to Select Office Chair Casters for a Home Office with a Rug?

If you’re planning to buy a new office chair (a rolling chair) for your home office that already has a rug, then this information is for you:

When you are shopping for a chair that would work well with your rug/carpet, you have to first look at their casters, i.e., the wheels attached to the chair. Metal or hard nylon casters are the perfect options for chairs to use in offices with rugs or carpets. This type of caster can cut through the piles of the rug, facilitating the mobility of the chair. The indentations left by the casters can also be removed easily with a quick brushing of the rug. Casters with ball-bearings are also a good choice for a home office as they can roll easily, even on rough or uneven surfaces.

But make sure to avoid nylon (not hard nylon) casters or rubber casters for your office chairs. These casters can dig into the rug and stick fast, making it impossible to move the chair.

Now that you know all about picking a rug for a home office with a rolling chair, you can easily buy an attractive mat with the right features.

To sum up the important facts in this article,

A flat weave rug, low pile rug, indoor-outdoor rug, or anti-slip rug would be an ideal rug for a home office with a rilling chair. Avoid soft and fluffy rugs with high piles as well as knitted and tufted ones.

Do you already have a rug in your office? Do you think it goes well with your office chair? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Pick a Rug for a Home Office with a Rolling Chair?

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