How To Cut A Desk Chair Mat? (With 5 Helpful Tips)

Chair Mat is extremely necessary, and sometimes it might require some cutting. Sometimes cutting a desk chair mat can be cumbersome as it can be thick, and it can be hard to cut in the desired shape. 

To cut any desk chair mat, first measuring and marking needs to be done properly. Then, cut the chair mat using a sharp knife or jigsaw depending on the material of the mat. Use a machined circular saw, or jigsaw saw for thicker mat and hand saw or sharp knife for the rest. 

The cutting procedure for different types of chair mats is not entirely the same. In this article, you will get to know all about cutting and shaping different types of Desk Chair Mats. Don’t forget to look for the essential tip along with the ways. 

Can A Chair Mat Be Cut?

Chair mats are very important for the floor or the carpet; as a result, you should always put Chair Mats underneath. 

It is not recommended to cut your chair mats. However, you can cut the chair mat only when it is necessary. For example, if you cannot place the chair mat in its desired place due the larger size of the chair mat.

In order to shape the chair mat, I recommend you to get familiar with the process as different types of mats are shaped in a different manner. No worries, you will get to know this in this article. 

Finally, you will need to know about the appropriate tools that you need to cut the chair accurately. Different types of mats, which can be plastic, Polycarbonate, rubber, and glass, require different types of tools. 

How Do You Cut Polycarbonate Chair Mats?

One of the best kinds of Desk Chair Mats is made of Polycarbonate. Polycarbonate Chair Mats with a thickness less than 0.125 can be shaped using a basic pair of hand shears.

For much thicker Polycarbonate Chair Mats, you will need a circular saw or a mechanical saw. Nonetheless, if you need a straight cut, I recommend you to use a circular saw. 

Tip 1: Always use a sharp cutter while cutting your desk chair mats because using a blunt blade might damage your chair mat’s edge.

Tip 2: While using a mechanical cutter, always use a fine-tooth blade instead of coarse-tooth blades to eliminate the risk of affecting the edges of your office chair mat. 

Now, let us move on with the step by step process of cutting or reshaping a Polycarbonate Chair Mat.

Step 1 – Gather the appropriate tools

This process is for a thick office chair made of Polycarbonate, so that you will need a mechanical circular saw.

List of things you need for the process,

  • Gloves For your protection
  • A Measuring Tape
  • Two boards 
  • A marker
  • A ruler
  • A circular saw with a fine-toothed blade

Step 2 – Measure and Mark The Area

First, you need to determine what size and shape you want your polycarbonate chair mat to be. Then, use a measuring tape to measure the desired area you want to cut, and using a marker, draw lines surrounding it.

Make sure to use the ruler for the straight cuts. This will help you cut the chair mat evenly and in proper size. 

Step 3 – Prepare the Circular Saw

Wear the safety glove, and then you need to prepare the circular saw, make sure to install the fine-toothed blade tightly. Be extra cautious so that you do not leave any uneven edges. 

Make sure the Blades speed in at 3400 Rotations Per Minute (RPM).

Step 4 – Prepare the Polycarbonate Chair Mat

Laying the chair mat on a plain surface is mandatory. Carefully lay your chair mat on the surface and put on the boards on each side of the polycarbonate chair mat. 

Step 5 – Time to Cut the Polycarbonate Chair Mat

Once you carefully place the mat, then take the circular saw to shape the Polycarbonate Chair Mat as per your preferences. 

Cut the Polycarbonate Chair Mat at once, and remember to be extremely cautious to avoid uneven edges. Do not push the circular saw; let it do its job, and you just go with it. 

Tip 3 – If you find the Polycarbonate Chair Mat is still uneven, I recommend you sand the edges with 200 grit which is followed by 400.

How Do You Cut Vinyl Mats?

Step 1 – Gather The Necessary Tools

Collect all the necessary tools and keep them within your reach. Check out the list of tools you need for cutting the Vinyl Chair Mat.

  • Gloves – For your protection
  • Concave Knife – Make sure it is sharp
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Removable Color Pencil

Tip 4 – Avoid using regular knives because they are dangerous and less practical.

Step 2 – Mark the Area to Cut

Take the color pencil to draw the line on the measured area. Never avoid using the measuring tape. If you are not an expert and do the measuring just by assuming, then you will definitely be going to ruin your Chair Mat. 

Step 3 – Start Cutting your Vinyl Chair Mat

Find a plain surface, and place your Vinyl Chair Mat facing upward. Use the ruler and place it on top of the Vinyl Chair Mat, and slowly cut the mat using your knife. 

Keep your knife straight to avoid any kind of risk of ruining your Vinyl Chair Mat. Once you cut the Vinyl Chair Mat if it is still not separated, break the chair mat to separate them. 

If you want to change the shape of your Vinyl Chair Mat, just measure and draw the lines in the same manner as before, then follow the rest of the procedure as it is; you will be able to shape it in your desired shape.

TADA! Your Vinyl Chair Mat is perfectly shaped.  

How do you cut vinyl carpet protectors? Well, for cutting a Vinyl Carpet Protector, I recommend you to follow the same procedure described for the vinyl chair mats. That is, after measuring the size and shape, draw boundary lines using a pencil. Then, slowly cut the Vinyl Carpet Protector using a sharp knife.

How To Cut Thick Plastic Mat?

Plastic Chair Mats can easily be put using the usual knife or hand shears, but if the blade is sharpened. Nonetheless, if the plastic Mat is thick, then you need something more robust, such as a mechanical saw. 

In such a case, you can simply follow the procedure provided for the Polycarbonate Chair Mats.

That is, in order to cut a thick plastic chair mat, you need first to measure the area using a measuring tape and ruler and use a marker to draw the lines. Finally, using a machined circular saw, cut the Plastic Chair Mat.

Related Questions

Can You Cut Polycarbonate Chair Mat With A Hand Saw?

Don’t cut polycarbonate chair mats using a hand saw. Polycarbonate is a stronger kind of plastic and needs something stronger than a hand saw to cut it. If you use a hand saw, you might end up damaging the Polycarbonate material.

It is highly recommended to use a machined circular saw, or a jigsaw saw. These will help to cut the Polycarbonate effectively.

Tip 5 – Polycarbonate chair mats are harder than usual plastic chair mats. You will need to be extra careful and cut them slowly, otherwise it might cause internal cracks. 

How Do You Unravel A Chair Mat?

Unraveling a chair mat might seem problematic work to do, but you can implement the following easy tips for better results.

  1. Take the chair mat in a warmer place or a place where it will get direct sunlight. Do not forget to check it every 30 minutes. If required, add something heavy on top of it. 
  2. Keep the mat on a plain surface, and add weight to four corners of the chair mat. Leave it for a few hours; when it straightens, put it back in its place.

For detailed information, I suggest you check our article on How to Flatten Plastic Chair Mat?

Meraj Jahan

Hey, I am a co-author at Office Chair Trends. Not only have I experience working for extended hours behind the desks at my workstation, but I also have seen people in my surroundings suffer from body aches. Being a reader by day and writer by night, I have researched this matter and gathered knowledge along the way. I am sharing all my experiences on this site.