Residential Floor Mats Guide
Homes can vary wildly in terms of their layout, design, and décor. However, all houses tend to share the same primary areas—kitchen, living room, front porch, etc. Before you host your next summer BBQ, it’s a good idea to reevaluate the areas of the home that might need new matting.
Residential mats are designed to function in a wide range of applications. For example, they can provide traction or moisture absorption for potentially slippery areas, protect surfaces from being scratched or scuffed, provide a comfortable working area or offer an aesthetic appeal.
Opting for cheaper mats for your home might save you money initially, but inexpensive mats often wear out quickly and can end up costing you more money in replacements. Mats from NoTrax are built to hold up in the toughest environments and will outlast cheap imitations—saving you money in the long run.
Find the Right Mat for Each Area of Your Home
Use this area guide to find the right mat for a specific location in your home. Choosing the right mat can help make staff happier and healthier and bring together the experience for your customers. Here is a breakdown of the most common areas of a home and the NoTrax mats that are best suited to those areas. Not all mats are created equal. When people think of mats in their homes they often think of only the entrance. In reality, NoTrax manufactures high-quality durable mats for almost every room and area in a residential space, including, entry mats, anti-fatigue mats, gym mats, runners, outdoor mats, non-slip mats, and others.
Choosing the right mat for the right place can maximize a mat’s efficacy and lifespan. Here is a breakdown of the most common areas of the home and descriptions of the mats best suited to those areas.
Outside Entrance Mats
Exterior mats are ideal for use in residential entrance ways, front door areas, and patios. Because outdoor mats are subjected to the elements, direct sunlight, and temperature fluctuations, it is essential to select a mat that is designed to function in outdoor environments.
Outdoor entrance mats are also designed to begin the scraping process by trapping dirt and debris before they can enter the home. Some entrance mats have rigid bristles that serve to dislodge substances that are trapped on the bottoms of shoes and keep the inside of your house clean.
Indoor Entrance Mats (Front Door/Mudroom)
Indoor entrance mats function best in conjunction with exterior entrance mats that have begun the debris trapping process. There is a wide range of indoor entrance mats available with various aesthetic themes and functional applications.
Mats designed to dry the bottoms of shoes are ideal for indoor residential entranceways because they prevent water from being tacked inside. Some indoor entrance mats also offer increased traction that will help to reduce trips and falls due to wet surfaces.
Anti-fatigue mats are an ideal mat type to consider for the kitchen. These mats will provide a comfortable working area that can reduce the strain on the knees and lower back when preparing food. Non-slip mats are also ideal in the kitchen or bar area. Because of the prevalence of liquids in these areas, a mat designed to prevent slips and falls by offering maximum traction is a must.
Rooms and Hallways
Area mats and hallway mats are designed to offer traction and an aesthetic touch to bedrooms or hallways. For surfaces that can become slippery when wet—such as tile, wood or laminate—a mat that provides increased traction is a good idea. Custom mat sizes are available for hallways of all lengths.
People tend to stand in one spot for long periods of time in the laundry room. Whether you’re folding, hanging or washing clothes, you could potentially strain your back or knees by remaining stationary for too long on hard surfaces like tile or wood. An anti-fatigue mat will mitigate these risks by providing a comfortable area from which to do laundry.
Floor protection mats are ideal for office and study areas—especially if you have wood or laminate flooring. A floor protection mat is designed to allow for freedom of movement while simultaneously safeguarding your floors.
Garage (Entry and Workstations)
The surface area of a garage can be extremely slippery when wet. A non-slip mat that will provide traction is ideal for mats placed in front of a garage door leading into the home. Anti-grease and oil mats are also a good idea for the garage area since these mats are designed to trap greasy liquids—such as motor oil, gasoline, or paint—that may stain the surface area of the garage.
Patio Deck & Outdoor Cooking/Grilling
Decks and patios tend to be exposed to the elements, so it’s crucial to consider mats intended to function in outdoor areas. For example, a large entrance mat will offer a comfortable surface for residents and guests to walk on while preventing dirt and debris from being tracked inside.
An anti-grease mat in the outdoor cooking and grilling area on your deck helps to prevent slips and falls resulting from greasy surfaces. An additional advantage of a grease-resistant mat is that—unlike other mats—these mats won’t be damaged by oils or other greasy liquids. Anti-fatigue mats for the grilling area would also provide a comfortable area from which to stand and cook or grill.
Non-slip drainage mats are essential for hot tub or pool areas. Because of the prevalence of water in these areas of the home, providing a surface area that offers maximum traction will protect everyone from slips and falls.
For workout rooms or home gym areas, perspiration and water can pose a potential slipping hazard while you’re working out. A non-slip mat in these areas will offer a stable platform to move around on. In addition, an anti-fatigue mat is also worth considering for these areas since they provide a comfortable surface area that will minimize the risk of injury due to remaining stationary for long periods of time.
Gardening & Yard Work
Yard work and gardening often involve kneeling down and working on the ground. Planting flowers, bushes, and shrubs can be easier with kneeling mats from NoTrax, with an ergonomic solution for kneeling on the ground while limiting knee and hip pain.
Custom Sizes and Modular Mats
NoTrax offers a wide range of mats designed for every area of your home. Mats are available in standard sizes and many mats feature custom sizing options as well. For unique spaces, modular options that can be fitted to any layout are available. Take a look at our extensive product inventory today and find the mats that are best suited to your residence.