Anti-fatigue mats

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It seems the older I get, the less I like standing on concrete all day. Since my dream shop (with pine flooring) remains a dream, I’ve been on a quest for the best anti-fatigue mats. After trying several different styles and brands I finally found the ultimate mats… a farm and ranch store. A local store (Tractor Supply, they have locations all over) sells horse stall mats that are great in the shop. These mats are heavy, dense, and don’t move around easily. The previous tenant in my shop space was a concrete floor polishing company and they practiced continuously on these floors. With sawdust on them you can play a mean game of hockey. These mats don’t budge. I’ve got them in front of every bench and machine. From a price standpoint. they are actually less than some of the mats I’ve seen from woodworking suppliers.

Artisan Woodworks of Texas-

I know what you mean about those mats Bill. My sister-in-law works in a stable and has given me a couple of those mats that I use for working on equipment outside. I’m lucky in that my fledgling shop has a wooden floor.

Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

I see them as a mixed blessing. They are certainly more comfortable than concrete, but I roll a lot of things around in my shop, and they are kind of a pain when everything has those small wheeled casters. I have one of the horse stall mats, but most of mine are those 2×2′ squares that interlock. Anyway, it’s a love/hate thing for me. But I admit, my feet are probably happier with them than they would be without them.

"I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd

I have back and feet pain from standing too long in the shop as well.
Like Fred I roll thing around and used the 2×2 squares he mentioned. Even those became cumbersome and gave up the idea of using a mat altogether.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

If you have a Lowe’s close by, they sell an anti-fatigue mat by the foot. It’s thinner with a beveled edge that is a lot easier for tools to roll over. I’ve also seen the same kind of runner at restaurant supply places.

I don’t have any mats in the area I use to spray finishes and I can tell a difference when I’ve been on bare concrete for a while. Not only are my back and feet sore and tired, I feel more tired over all.

Artisan Woodworks of Texas-

I have a Lowes in close to my house. I will go check it out


Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Looks like many of us have back , leg and foot problems and I thought I join in by listing what I have tried .
The biggest thing I found that helped is some good foot wear and cushion insoles and the best thing I ever did was putting in floor hot water heating in .

When I built my new work bench I designed a removable seat that has proven to be very handy to serve as a resting place .
A piece of carpet underlay in front of the bench also added some comfort but I am still undecided if I should expand on that solution as I am always worried about tripping .

After too many years on concrete floors I was finally able to build my retirement shop. It incorporates a lot of things I missed in my previous, more industrial style shops. For one, it has a wood floor over a three foot crawl space. That gives me happier feet, underfloor wiring and dust collection, and a cool dark place to store precious veneer.
I still have a couple of small anti-fatigue mats in places I stand a lot but I also have a really comfortable stool that I use a lot.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

What are your thoughts about a descent indoor/outdoor carpet?
Seems like it would be cheaper to cover large areas. I could see it being a pain to sweep, lot of vacuuming?

This is 4’ wide and sold by the linear foot. It would be easy to move when you need to roll a machine. I have some 2′×2′ squares locked together that slide all over the place. I think I will try a 1.5’ section of this to see if I like it or not.

-- Art