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  • Non Shedding Coir Doormat – Is There Such A Thing?

    Natural Coir Matting remains many people’s number one door matting material. Traditional, hard-wearing, long-lasting and stylish, there are many positives that make it a popular choice. There’s only one downfall. Shedding. Of course, with the higher grades of Coir, shedding is far less of an issue due to the more densely woven pile. But Coir fibre loss can rarely be totally avoided. So what about a non-shedding alternative?

    Non Shedding Doormat Our 12mm Non Shedding Doormat is made from synthetic coir and comes in a range of colours

    With the natural look of Coir and super durability, our Synthetic Coir Entrance Matting is a brilliant solution to the shedding conundrum. It’s 100% Non Shedding.

    The weave is a looped pile, which feels softer under foot than the traditional coir brush pile, but still has an effective scraping action. At 12mm thick, our Synthetic Coir is also an ultra thin doormat, which is perfect for shallow mat well recesses where natural Coir would be too thick.

    Synthetic Coir poses no trouble when it comes to cleaning. Simply vacuum, shake outdoors and even use liquid detergent to spot clean any stubborn marks.

    Outdoor Synthetic Coir Our brush pile synthetic coir can be used outside as drainage holes in the backing help to prevent water build up

    Obviously the pile is synthetic polypropylene, but with the backing being recycled rubber this goes some way towards eco-friendliness. And because it’s so hard-wearing, you really won’t have to replace this matting very often, which is another step in the right direction when thinking about the Planet.

    The other great feature is that our Synthetic Coir is compatible with underfloor heating due to the heat resistant backing. Again this fills a gap left by natural Coir with a PVC Backing that doesn’t withstand the heat too well.

    With all of these amazing features, it does leave us with the question: Is Synthetic Coir Matting even better than the real thing?

    Why not find out? Take advantage of our fantastic offer of 20% off between 16th January and 2nd February. Just enter the code NONSHED20

  • Music Department Mat

    Over the years we have made some amazing mats!

    Music Department Piano Key Mat Music Department Piano Key Mat

    A while back we were approached by a music teacher to help her design a mat to be used as a teaching aid in the primary school music department.

    What we made for her was a real beauty, with a musical stave running the length of the may and a piano key design around the edge.

    The children sit around the edge of the mat for the lesson and the teacher finds it a real help with teaching music.

    As you can see, the mats we make are not simply limited to being used to wipe your feet. Do you have an idea you would like us to help you with?

    Simply call our creative team on 020 8819 5869 and let us see how we can help you.

    Check back soon for our new post where we reveal a beautiful outdoor mat we created in a schools competition.

  • What Size Doormat for Double Doors?

    Double Doormat for Patio Doors Our Double Doormat has a standard width of 120cm and a choice of 3 lengths to suit every situation

    With lots of us using French or patio doors as the main entrance into our homes straight from the garden, having a door mat that matches the width of the double doors is a really good idea.

    Not only does it look neat, it’s a great help in stopping mud, leaves, grass and wet shoes from finding their way into the house.

    Often double doors are located in dining rooms, lounges and conservatories, rather than hallways. This calls for an even greater need to protect the surrounding flooring – nobody wants muddy footprints on their best lounge carpet!

    We stock a range of matting that is perfect for double doors. But first, the issue of size.

    Made to Measure Washable Double Doormat Our Made to Measure Washable Double Doormat comes in over 100 colours and can be made to any size you like

    Our Double Door Mat for Patio Doors is a standard width of 120cm, which fits nicely across the doors. However, the key is the length – too short and hasty feet will step off the edge, too long and the mat could take up too much space in your room or patio.

    The lengths of our Double Door Mat for Patio Doors have been tried and tested on this basis. The 3 optimum sizes were found to be 120cm x 45cm (Standard), 120cm x 60cm (Tall) and 120cm x 75cm (Extra Tall).

    Coir is great for both indoor and outdoor use, but if you’re looking for an indoor Double Door Mat which is thin and absorbent, our Washable Double Door Mats fit the bill.

    Traditional Hand Stitched Doormat Made to Measure Our Traditional Hand Stitched Doormat is Made to Measure to your exact requirements so can be the perfect choice for a double doormat

    Slightly wider at 180cm, the 60cm length gives plenty of room for the all important removal of footwear at the door. A choice of 6 different colours means that matching your door mat with your decor is easy.   We also have a massive range of 100+ colours in our Made to Measure Washable Carpet Mats so complementing your surrounding flooring is not a problem.

    Of course, you could choose your own exact size door mat for double doors by measuring your space. We have a huge range of Made to Measure Door Mats, which are produced to the nearest centimetre.

    This means you can create a unique size that is best for your double doors.

  • NEW Photo Quality Doormats

    We are so excited to announce the launch of our new photo realistic doormats.

    Photo Quality Doormats from Make An Entrance Our new photo realistic mats are so life like. As they are printed onto a textured carpet it almost has the effect of turning your photo into a painting.

    The latest print technology means that these are now an affordable option and the possibilities are endless.

    Simply upload a photo of your choice, checkout and pay and we will do the rest. We even send a proof prior to production so you are certain to be happy with the results.

    The mats are hard wearing enough to be used as a doormat, and are machine washable too so the applications are endless. The example pictured is being used as a pet feed mat. How will you use yours?

    We had so much fun developing this idea, and so did our lovely model. You can just see how much she loves her new feeding mat can't you?

    If you need help or advice we're here to help on 020 8819 5869.

  • How big should a doormat be?

    Large Doormat from Make An Entrance Large Doormats trap more dirt

    The simple answer is as large as possible.

    Ideally you want a mat big enough that people can enter the house, and close the door behind them whilst still standing on the mat.

    This means that for those that don’t bother to stop and wipe their feet, and pets and children, there is maximum chance that both feet will have made contact with the mat on the way in.

    A large mat has the added benefit of being an area where people can stand to their remove shoes and will be weighty enough not to move around.

  • Are thicker mats better?

    Advice on choosing Thick Doormats For the firmest bristles go for a shorter pile!

    Not necessarily.

    Think about when you have your hair cut.

    Very short hair styles are very firm and bristly whereas in a longer style the hairs tend to lie flat.

    Doormats are the same. For a doormat with the firmest bristles, choose a shorter pile.

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