How can I protect laminated floor from office chairs? An acrylic mat looks ugly. Can a rug end up damaging the floor too?

  • If dirt gets under the carpet the flooring can be damaged but I think it would be less than grit being ground in by the wheels.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 20:39

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Replace the casters on your chairs with "hardwood floor" casters.

hardwood floor caster

These have a rubberized edge instead of typical hard plastic. Should cost in the order of USD$20-40 per chair, and takes only a few minutes at most to replace.

It's cheaper than those acrylic mats, works everywhere (not just a 4x6' area), and doesn't look stupid (in fact you probably don't notice at all, especially if you get all black). They also make moving your chair a bit quieter.

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