Will an Office Chair Damage Laminate Flooring?
As you go along with your daily work tasks, you often find yourself rolling your office chair to reach your essentials or to stay comfortable. This is the very essence of ergonomics—to keep you comfortable and supported when sitting. In fact, many office chairs are designed with caster wheels to ease chair movements. However, this free movement can affect the quality of your floor.
Laminate flooring is very common in many households and home offices. This flooring type is stylish, versatile, and more affordable to create than hardwood flooring. Laminate is a durable material and can be scratch-resistant, but is certainly not scratch-proof. This means that constant impact and rolling can affect its quality.
How to Protect Your Laminate Floor From Office Chair Scratches
What causes some scratches, even dents to laminate flooring are the caster wheels of office chairs. Here are some ways you can protect your laminate flooring from damage.
Check Your Caster Wheels
When buying an ergonomic chair, choose casters that produce less impact when rolling on floors. Softer castes made from rubber, urethane, and neoprene are recommended for laminate floors as they produce less impact than hard plastic and nylon materials. Rubber casters also help in absorbing weight pressure, which can help in reducing the risk of leaving dents.
Use a Rug
Placing a floor mat or rug can reduce the impact between the casters and the laminate floor. The right floor rug also adds to the style and ease of movement, as they are smooth enough to allow chair casters to roll safely.
Try a Chair Mat
If changing your caster wheels seems like a lot of work and if you are not a fan of massive floor rugs, you can opt for a smaller chair mat to keep the look of your laminate floor while protecting it from scratches.
Cover Hard Casters with Duct Tape
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing option, covering your plastic casters with duct tape can help reduce the impact when moving your office chair.
The caster wheels are some of our favourite features of an ergonomic office chair, but it’s important to maintain the quality of your home office surroundings while enjoying your chair’s benefits. We hope that the tips above can help you address the risk of damaging your laminate floors.