We often get customers looking for mats to lay on carpets, whether that’s at a carpeted entranceway, in a corridor, or even placed at a bedside. One of the main concerns of our customers when placing matting on a carpet, is mat movement.

Why do mats move on carpets?

Mats move and creep on carpets due to the carpet pile beneath them – they will naturally move in the direction that the carpet pile is moving below. As the weight of someone walking on the matting transfers through the mat and to the carpet underneath, the carpet pile will move and therefore the matting will naturally move with it. This means, the longer and plusher the carpet pile, the more liable a mat is to creep, as the carpet pile beneath the mat will have move movement.

How can you prevent mat movement on carpets?

Here are several things that you can put in place to prevent your mat moving on carpet:

1. Choose a mat with a non-slip rubber backing

A non-slip rubber backing may not eliminate mat movement on a carpet, especially if the carpet pile is on the thicker side. It will, however, help to prevent the mat from slipping underfoot and help to reduce the amount of movement that occurs.

2. Choose a mat with a gripper or claw type backing

Gripper Back for Carpets

With some types of mat, you will get to choose whether it comes with a flat backing or a gripper/claw/cleated backing. If you are placing your mat on a carpet, select gripper backing. The grippers on the back of the mat will help the mat to grip on to the carpet pile, to prevent the mat from moving and creeping.

How effective a gripper backing is will depend on the length and thickness of the carpet pile. If the carpet is particularly plush, the only answer may to be use an underlay

3. Use a non-skid underlay underneath the mat

Non Skid Underlay

If your mat still moves with a non-slip gripper backing, the next step is to try non-skid underlay, which can be cut to size and placed between the mat and the carpet.

This is a relatively inexpensive solution and, more often than not, an effective one. Make sure that you cut the underlay at least 5cm / 2 inches shorter than the total size of the mat to ensure that the edges of your mat don’t lift, which can cause a trip hazard.

What should you do next?

One of our bestselling mats, Tri Grip Heavy Duty, is available in a gripper backing to prevent movement on carpets. As well as this, our Teebaud Non-Skid Underlay is a great solution.

If you wish to purchase them, simply head over to the Mats4U website. Alternatively, if you require any further help, please call us on 0121 313 6748 or email us at sales@mats4u.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help you.