When we were moving from the house in the city, it was quite evident that the plastic chair mat that had rested under my home office chair for a few years wasn’t coming.
It was cracked and breaking off in chunks.
I had carpet in that house, but Our Little House has all laminate, even in The Belle Writer’s Studio.
When the studio was completed in 2008, we went to the office supply store to purchase a new chair mat. They were near $100 and at the time, we really couldn’t afford that.
Dale measured the space under and behind my desk where the chair would roll and cut out a chair mat using heavy cardboard one of our appliances was shipped in.
It has all of the makings of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
I’ve used the first cardboard chair mat now for three years. It’s protected my floor well and sweeps up fine, even with the hair of five dogs on it every week.
It has torn, so it is time to recycle the old and replace it with more cardboard from the storage building.
Now for those of you who think a cardboard chair mat may not be pretty enough – really, how pretty does it have to be?
I was photographed for the story that appeared in Mother Earth News sitting at my desk and you would never have known I had a cardboard chair mat.
I don’t know how well this would work with carpet, particularly plush carpet, but it’s worth a shot giving a new purpose for that heavy cardboard, as well as saving you over $100 (even the “eco-friendly bamboo mats are expensive).
This post is part of the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee at Frugal Kiwi.
What’s an eco-friendly tip you have for your home office?