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Choose the Right Doormat Guide

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Hints, Tips & How To Guides from the UK Doormat Experts

  • Underfloor heating compatible door mats? What do I need to know?

    A common query we get asked in customer services is whether we sell underfloor heating compatible door mats. The answer is yes and we are more than happy to help you find the right doormat to work with your system.
    If you have under floor heating you’ll already be familiar with having to give consideration to your heating when choosing floor coverings and your doormat should be no exception. Mats with PVC and rubber backings are not suitable for use with under floor heating as the warmth can cause the matting to stick to the floor.

    Underfloor Heating Compatible Door Mats

    Our woven backed mats are the ideal solution for use with underfloor heating and are available in a range of standard sizes and thicknesses as well as our Made to Measure Traditional Doormat made to your exact size and shape specifications. We can even personalise your mat with a motif or lettering and for awkward shaped areas can work to a template so you can be sure of an exact fit.

    Underfloor Heating Compatible Door Mats

    Underfloor Heating Compatible Door Mats for a mat well

    If you have a shallow mat well within a floor that has underfloor heating then our Ultra Thin Synthetic Coir (Weave Pile) is ideal. With a heat resistant backing, this product is ideal for use with underfloor heating. It is also a little softer under foot due to it's more looped pile rather than a bristle pile. The backing is made from recycled rubber making, and as the synthetic fibre is very stain resistant, you are likely to be able to keep the same mat for a long time, making this an eco-friendly choice in terms of longevity.

    Underfloor Heating Compatible Door Mats


  • Which Doormat is Best? We're Here to Help!

    We are asked which doormat is best time and time again by our customers. With us stocking such a wide range of types, sizes and materials, it’s not always a straight forward question. The answer is frustratingly ‘It depends’! On what? Whether it is for indoors or outdoors. Is it going into a recess or mat well? If loose laid on the floor, is there a door opening over it? That is before the simple choice of style preference! Fortunately our customer service staff are here to help if it all gets too much!

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    So how do you choose which doormat is best for your purposes? Well you could always take a look at our helpful advice page How to Choose the Right Doormat.

    Which doormat is best for a mat well?

    From our perspective here at Make An Entrance, assuming your mat well is a depth of 17mm or more you just can’t beat Natural Coir. Our wide range of PVC Backed Coir Cut to Size  means that we almost certainly have a product to suit any internal mat well. From a quality perspective our Superior PVC Backed Cut to Size Coir is perfect for households and small offices alike but we also get asked which doormat is best for those commercial properties with a very high footfall. Then we would suggest our Heavy Duty Commercial Grade PVC Backed Coir Matting it just doesn’t get any better or more hard wearing than this!

    However if you have a mat well that is very shallow then we would recommend our synthetic coir matting. It is extremely hardwearing, has a great scraping action and is only 12mm thick.

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    Which doormat is best for loose laying on top of a floor?

    The key to this is ensuring that you choose a doormat with a ‘finished edge’. For textile or synthetic mats ensure that they have a rubber border so that they don’t fray and aren’t a trip hazard.

    For a Natural Coir Doormat then any of our Standard Doormat Size range are suitable for loose laying on top of other flooring. If there is a door opening over it you just need to check the clearance though. You might like the luxury of a 40mm thick mat but if your clearance is only 20mm you are going to get somewhat frustrated every time you try and open the door! We have standard doormats in thicknesses from 15mm up to 50mm to suit.

    If it needs to be an exact size then it will be the Made to Measure Traditional Doormat that you will be after.

    Still confused about which doormat is best for your entrance? Why not give us a call, our cheerful customer service staff are always ready to offer a helping hand!

  • Doormat with rubber backing - What type?

    A lot of people enquire about having a doormat with rubber backing. When a textile or carpet mat is loose laid on top of flooring then it is a good idea to have rubber backing and rubber borders which prevents it from being a trip hazard. All of our machine washable textile doormats come with this as standard.

    Doormat with rubber backing

    But did you know that if you have a made to measure washable textile or carpet doormat with rubber backing you can also specify whether it is to sit on a carpet or hard floor? The rubber backing can come smooth for use on a hard floor or ‘cleated’ for use on carpets. This ensures that your mat is truly fit for purpose.

    A doormat with rubber backing doesn’t have to be boring anymore!  Our personalised synthetic coir scraper mats come with a rubber backing and border and are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. (Outdoor option comes pre-punctured with drainage holes).

    Doormat with rubber backing

    Can I have a natural coir doormat with rubber backing?

    We also get a lot of enquiries about whether we sell a coir doormat with rubber backing. What most people mean is actually our PVC Backed Coir Matting so the answer is absolutely yes! This is a great product for use in internal mat wells or recesses as it is really easy to trim in situ for the perfect fit.

    Doormat with rubber backing

    Our PVC Backed Natural Coir matting is also available in a number of different colours and can even be printed on for a real personal touch! The one thing to remember with cut to size PVC backed coir is that it has an unfinished edge therefore isn’t really suitable for loose laying on top of other flooring.

    Where should I use a coir doormat with rubber backing?

    The short answer is simply indoors! This is because the rubber or PVC prevents the coir from drying out properly if it becomes saturated. This can result in a bubbling effect and reduce the lifespan of your mat considerably. If it is used in a area prone to damp then puncturing holes in the rubber or PVC backing can help but our recommendation is definitely to have a woven backed natural coir in this case.

  • How to choose a door mat for outside

    When choosing a door mat for outside you need something that can withstand the elements and still look good. Be it the strong summer sun and heat that we are currently experiencing to the wet and cold or freezing temperatures we had earlier in the year outdoor mats can take a battering! You want something that is hard wearing and weather resistant, but does that mean that a door mat for outside use can’t be stylish? Definitely not!

    Door Mat for Outside

    Unlike in times past there are a number of options now for a door mat for outside your front or back door. You could keep with the traditional Coir Door Mat which looks great with more period properties. The one thing to remember with this is to choose the right one. For use outside you need a coir mat with a woven back which allows for moisture to drain rather than a PVC or Rubber backed option. We have a variety of woven backed coir door mats. Our Made to Measure Traditional Doormat is perfect for those spaces where an exact size is required or if exact dimensions aren’t an issue you could take a look at our Coir Luxury Door Mats. We even have Double Door Mats for use with patio doors.

    Door Mat for Outside

    If traditional isn’t your thing then there are an increasing number of options. Best of all are our synthetic fibre or rubber mats as they will never rot not matter how wet they get. Gone are the days where it had to be a plain rubber door mat or scraper mat though. Our synthetic fibre doormats can be personalised with anything from a welcome message or address to being printed with your favourite photo!

    Why do I need a door mat for outside?

    We always recommend having a hardwearing door mat for outside for scraping away debris, followed by a more absorbent mat indoors to soak up any remaining dirt and moisture. This combination provides the ultimate protection for your internal flooring!

    With it being the school holidays and the weather being warm playing out in the garden is inevitable, but do you want the outside brought in? We know from experience that children, grass and sprinklers make for continuous sweeping inside! Investing in a door mat for outside can definitely help! You could even personalise it with a helpful reminder message for the smaller members of your household!

    Door Mat for Outside


  • Custom Shaped Door Mat Made to a Template

    Awkward shaped mat well? Don’t worry; our craftsmen can create a Custom Shaped Door Mat made to your template.

    Many mat wells are not exactly square but sometimes they can present a real challenge. If the area you would like to fit a mat is an unusual shape, perhaps with several cut out sections or angles, then simply create a life size physical template. You can then get a custom shaped door mat made to your own specification.

    How do I make a template?

    It’s a good idea to take the measurements first of all sides of the mat well or area as this way you can at least check the template is to scale before you start that first cut with the scissors. You could even use our PVC Backed Coir Mat Fitting Guide tactic and draw on the edge of your mat well in chalk first and then lay the paper on top to get the basic shape ‘printed’ on the paper.

    There’s no need to use special materials to make a template, thick paper (such as wall paper), a paper table cloth or plastic sheeting are all fine, and we’ve had lots of other types of material too! Just go back to your ‘Blue Peter’ or school days and get cutting and sticking!

    Once you have created the template we would recommend you check (and double check!) it is the perfect fit within your mat well, the last thing you want is a custom shaped door mat that doesn’t fit! This is especially important if you choose to have a traditional handstitched coir mat made to a template as you cannot trim them in situ for the perfect fit like you can with our PVC Backed Coir Mats.

    If you want your Custom Shaped Door Mat personalised further by having some wording or motif printed on it then that is also possible! The thing to remember in this case is to write on your template which edge is the ‘top’ so that any printing is done the right way up!

    Do I always have to create a life size template for a Custom Shaped Door Mat?

    Not if all the angles involved are perfectly 90 degrees, or even if it is a perfect ‘semi-circle’. In these cases you could draw a sketch, ensuring all sides and edge dimensions are labelled and send us this via email or post.

    If you are uncertain as to whether a sketch or life sized template is needed for your custom shaped door mat just get in touch!

  • Personalised Signs

    Being in the industry of home entrance furnishings, we have noticed that adding personalised signs to front doors is becoming increasingly popular. Not only do we want to stand out from our neighbours, we want to put a unique stamp on our property. Of course, personalised signs are also very practical. They clearly mark out our address for both visitors and the postal service!

    To meet popular demand, we have expanded our range of House Signs with some exciting new additions.

    Acrylic Personalised Signs

    Contemporary and smart, our new Acrylic House Signs are personalised with numbers and names in a black and white colour theme. Using double layer acrylic, the front face of the sign is matt white whilst the back is jet black This creates a design that really makes the text stand out. Perfect for the style of sign, the stencil font type enhances the embossed effect. Acrylic is hardwearing and easy to wipe clean, making it a fantastic choice for personalising the entrance to your home.

    Personalised Signs

    Carved Slate Personalised Signs

    Traditional slate will always be a front runner when it comes to personalised signs. Classy and durable, slate will retain its natural good looks for many years. Our new range includes carved slate, which is infilled with white to contrast with the deep charcoal background. We are able to produce 1, 2 or 3 digits, and up to 3 lines of 14 characters. So there is plenty of room for your chosen message.

    Personalised Signs

    Wall Mounted Post Box

    How about combining a personalised sign with a safe and strong post box? Well now you can in our range of wall mounted post boxes. With lots of sizes and styles to choose from, there is something for everyone’s front door. If you are fed up of being greeted by junk mail on your hallway floor when you return home after a hard day, then an external post box is a must. The same goes for families with a naughty puppy at home! The lockable boxes keep your mail secure and out of sight. The option of a personalised frontage confirms your address to visitors and the post-person.

    Personalised Signs

     See our full range of Personalised Signs on our website

  • How do I measure a mat well?

    Summer is a great time to be getting all those decorating tasks done during the longer days and warmer temperatures. It is also a great time to be thinking about replacing those old door mats. Best do it before the autumn and winter bring in the inevitable rain and muddy shoes! One question we often get asked by customers who are replacing  a mat that sits in a mat well is ‘ How do I measure a mat well ?’.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well


    The first most important answer to this question is to measure the well and not any matting that is currently fitted. Your existing mat could measure significantly smaller than the well itself due to wear and tear.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well


    Secondly it is important that you measure all four sides of the mat well; experience has taught us that quite often mat wells are not perfectly square, particularly in older properties! If you find that the opposite widths and/or lengths of the well are not equal, then for PVC Backed Matting the best option is to order the largest width and length dimensions. Our PVC Backed Matting can then be trimmed down in situ using a sharp Stanley/Craft knife and a straight edge. This is really easy to do and we have a fitting guide available for download here.

    When it comes to deciding on the thickness of the mat required you need to know the depth of your matwell. Most people aim for the matting to be flush with the surrounding flooring when installed into the well.

    How Do I Measure A Mat Well

    So, how do I measure a mat well depth?

    You need to measure from the base to the lip, most mat thicknesses are measured in mm so it’s a good idea to take the measurement of your mat well in this unit. If you have a very deep well, you can always put material like plywood underneath the mat to raise it up to the top. We have a range of thicknesses of mat ranging from 12mm right up to 45mm.

    But how do I measure a mat well that is an irregular shape? Do not panic! We can also do our Made to Measure Mats by working from a life size template…but that’s a whole new story!


  • Father's Day Gifts

    Father’s Day takes place on the third Sunday of June, which just happens to be this coming Sunday 17th June. When it comes to Father's Day gifts, it can often be tricky to find something meaningful for the man who has everything. Personalised Father's Day gifts are a great choice to make a special and unique present. We’ve put together a few ideas from our range.

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    Message Mats

    Doormats are surprisingly versatile when it comes to creating a personalised message gift. We can produce pretty much any message on a mat (apart from expletives!) so “Dad Jokes” on a mat are a prime choice for Father's Day gifts. A nice, sentimental message would also go down well to show your Dad how much you care.

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    Father's Day gifts




    Hobbies Mats

    We have a wide range of motifs that we can print onto our mats, including sailing, golf, horse riding and a huge choice for pet and animal lovers.


    Father's Day gifts



    Father's Day gifts






    Our Personalised Photo Mats are a brilliant way of capturing your Dad's favourite photo. Or if you are on the creative side, you could stage a photo of your Dad's memorabilia for displaying on the mat.


    Personalised Signs

    Our selection of oak and slate house signs are a great choice for marking your dad’s territory. We all know how much a dad loves a shed! A sign can also be used to display your dad’s favourite saying inside his man cave.


    Father's Day gifts

  • What is the difference between portrait and landscape?

    Will my mat be made Portrait or Landscape?

    Landscape or Portrait refers to the the orientation of the mat. A standard doormat shape is a landscape  orientation, where the distance from right to left across the doorway is the longest edge.

    Of course, if your mat is plain, it doesn't matter! You can simply turn your mat to your desired orientation.

    However, when you have lettering or numbering, it is important we know which orientation you would like.

    Landscape Orientation

    Landscape Orientation Mat A standard doormat is usually used in a landscape orientation

    ‘Landscape’ is the most common orientation for a doormat, with the longest dimension going across the doorway. We make our doormats in this way as standard.

    Portrait Orientation

    Portrait Orientation Mat Turning the mat to a portrait orientation and ordering a larger size can help encourage people to wipe their feet, keeping your floors cleaner for longer.

    However, you may be looking for a ‘runner’ style mat, in which case ‘Portrait’ orientation is best.  This is a really good way to give to ensure that people who forget to wipe their feet still get their shoes well cleaned before they reach your floor coverings as they have had to take two or three steps across the mat.

    Some of our Personalised products have an option to choose the orientation, for these products we always use the orientation you have selected rather than the width and length dimensions to determine the location of the printing.

    Take a look at our range of Personalised Doormats that are all custom made to order. We can make them in a landscape or portrait orientation depending on your needs.

    See how Wikipedia explains Landscape and Portrait.

    Tell us what you'd like and we'll make it that way.

    All our mats are created ‘Landscape’, unless we are advised otherwise. If you would like the mat ‘Portrait’, then please write these instructions in the notes at checkout, or contact us.

    Take a look at our range

  • New Home Gifts

    It is that time of year friends getting engaged or married, babies are on their way and people are buying their new home.

    There is nothing more exciting that getting your first house whether that be on your own or with your partner. You have scrimped and saved for years, been through the criticism of the bank to get a mortgage and they made sure they questioned every penny you spent over the past 5 years so much to the point that it leaves you questioning ‘did I really need to buy that?’.  Most of the time that answer to that is probably no, but who cares!

    new home entrance Keys to your new home

    The sale is complete, and the keys are in your hand, it’s time to start thinking about décor, furniture and the personal finishing touches to complete your new home.

    Going through the lengthy buying process you have had plenty of time to pick out the perfect furniture to match the perfect decoration that you want in your new home, so you have all that underhand. Its maybe just a case of waiting for some funds to replenish before you can start.







    So, what you need next is a housewarming party. A time where you invite friends and family around to show them what you have accomplished but also in the hope that they also bring them some gifts for your new home.

    There are lots of traditional ideas to give as a housewarming gift such as; a Bottle of Wine that wishes everlasting joy and in hope that the homeowner shall never go thirsty. Candles in hope that they shall always have light amidst the darkness or even Salt which sends the message that life must always have flavour.

    House warming gift for a new home Wine for a house warming gift
    House warming gift for a new home Candles for a house warming gift
    House warming gift for a new home Salt as a house warming gift









    But why not have your new home stand out in a different way?


    Take a look at our personalised house signs from slate to oak that can have engraved numbers, words or even pictures. Make sure all your family, friends or even the post person can easily find your house.

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    House warming gift for a new home Door mat set house warming gift

    Or even make sure your guests wipe their feet and don’t drag mud onto your new carpet (that you will want to be making sure stays clean for a long time) with one of our indoor and outdoor mat sets. From personalised to patio there will be something that suits your style, without breaking the bank.

    The opportunities are endless!

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