How to Choose the Right Thickness of Matting for You

by Chris Martin on April 20, 2013

You’ve decided to buy an anti-fatigue mat for your workers. Congratulations! You’re making an investment in the health and well-being of your employees, which will in turn enable them to be more productive and comfortable while on the job.

You may be confronted with a new question: How thick should my anti-fatigue mat be?

After all, there are so many different options available in the marketplace with thicknesses ranging from a quarter inch all the way up to an inch. As a business owner, you want to get as much value out of your purchase as possible. How can you determine how much matting is more than you need? How do you make sure you’re getting enough protection in your anti-fatigue mat?

While there’s no carved-in-stone formula, here are three factors which can help you figure out the ideal matting thickness for you and your workspace.

Flooring Surface

Take a moment to consider the type of flooring you have in your establishment. If you own a furniture store, your employees that stand in the carpeted showroom might only need a basic anti-fatigue mat. For those that spend time in an office that has a tile or wood floor, the thickness of the mat may need to be a little greater. For the workers who stay in the warehouse that only sports a concrete floor, you should pick out an anti-fatigue mat with as much thickness as you can afford.

Duration of Standing

Another important element is the length of time that a worker will be standing in one area. For instance, a doughnut cook who spends a couple hours frying the doughnuts (and then the rest of the time serving customers) may only need a smaller anti-fatigue mat at the fryer. A medium-thickness mat might be appropriate for security guard who stands in one spot for half of his shift, but spends the other half making perimeter sweeps of your facility. But the worker who stands at an assembly line for an entire eight-hour shift probably needs an anti-fatigue mat with the most thickness available.

Movement Frequency

Finally, take into account how much your employees move around; the more they are in motion, the greater their blood circulation is and the less they need an anti-fatigue mat. As an example, let’s use a typical small business retailer who wants to put an anti-fatigue mat at the checkout stand. If you have a worker who spends most of his or her time “on the floor” helping customers and restocking merchandise, a relatively-thin anti-fatigue mat will do. A clerk who is stationed at the counter primarily but helps out on the floor during slow periods might need more thickness in an anti-fatigue mat. The maximum thickness should be reserved for the clerk who spends all of his or her time near the checkout counter day in and day out.

Ultimate Mats has a full line of about it anti-fatigue mats in a variety of thicknesses. The ORTHO I has 3/4″ of fabricated closed cell nitrile rubber and is Ultimate Mats’ best selling anti-fatigue mat. The company also offers a pair of budget-friendly Hog Heaven mats in two different thicknesses: 5/8″ and 7/8″. To find out which one of these anti-fatigue mats is best for your business, contact Ultimate Mats today. Your employees will thank you tomorrow, and every day in the future.


Photo credit: Ultimate Mats

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