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Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • Traditional Coir Door Mats

    A Short History of Make An Entrance making Traditional Coir Door Mats.

    19th Century: Traditional Coir Door Mats

    Victorian Men making Traditional Coir Door Mats Men Making Traditional Coir Door Mats at the Victorian Royal Institute for the Blind. Picture from State Library Victoria, Australia.

    We have been making traditional coir door mats for a  very long time. In fact, the roots of Make An Entrance stretch a long way, all the way back to the 19th Century.

    Originally partially sighted and blind people made traditional coir door mats in workshops around the UK run by the charity Royal National Institute for the Blind.

    The workshops offered the opportunity for people to gain skills and experience in a work environment.

    Our research shows that these projects happened across the globe. The images on this page depict men working at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind in Australia.

    The images from the State Library of Victoria are how we imagine the UK workshops would have looked at that time too.

    1980's & 1990's:

    Fast-forward to the 1980s, when Make An Entrance founder, Allen Burlton, ran a number of these charitable workshops for the blind.

    They produced Traditional Coir Door Mats and Cut to Size Coir Matting  amongst other hand-made products, sadly, many of the workshops closed in the 1990s,  due to changes in charity funding.

    Allen recognised the importance of the opportunities that the workshops provided for people who worked there. So he decided to continue running them. They solely concentrated on the production of hand-stitched Traditional Coir Door Mats and Cut to Size Coir Matting.

    Victorian Man making a Traditional Coir Door Mat This type of mat looks very like the mats that used to be made to ride down Helter Skelters! Pictures from State Library Victoria, Australia.


    Fast-forward again to the birth of the online era. In 2005 Allen Burlton founded Make An Entrance Ltd as it is known today.

    As a result of moving online, the business grew rapidly, using a number of workshops and warehouses around the UK.

    Today, Make An Entrance supplies expertly crafted Traditional Coir Door Mats to homes and businesses too. We are very proud to say that the National Trust chooses us to supply many of their properties too. .

    We deliver our huge range of  traditional and contemporary matting across the UK and Europe.

    But, no matter how our business changes and develops over time, we never forget the fact that we are a family run business based on skills and expertise.

    We still stitch our traditional mats by hand in the same way we always have.

  • How to Stop a Door Mat from Moving

    Is your door mat creeping up on you? Feeling like the rug is being pulled from under you? ... OK, no more bad jokes! But seriously, we realise how annoying it is to have a door mat that just won’t stay put. Not only can it create a trip hazard, the mat becomes less effective at doing its job of protecting the floor. And think of all the time spent in a day straightening and tidying the mat.


    Here are a few ideas on how to combat this daily niggle:

    1) Double Sided Tape

    Economical and straightforward, a good quality double sided tape is often all that is needed to hold a door mat in place, in the short term. The drawback is that you may have to apply fresh tape if you move the mat to shake it outside. Over time, the adhesiveness of the tape is likely to lessen, which again will lead to re-applying the tape. However if you’re happy to keep double sided tape to hand, then this method is a genuine option.

    How to stop a doormat from moving? The backing of your mat, or the extra anti slip backing that you can purchase to place underneath your mat is crucial to solving this common problem

    2) Anti Slip Underlay

    Purchasing an underlay that has anti slip properties is a fairly inexpensive way of solving the problem in the longer term. We stock an Anti Slip Rug Underlay which is made from a recycled fleece material. Available in 5 different sizes, simply cut the underlay 5-8cm smaller than the door mat itself, and then place underneath. The underlay stays in place without any adhesive, meaning no risk of marking your floor. It works by creating friction between the backing of the mat and the floor. It’s also fully washable at 60⁰ and remains effective after laundering.

    3) Purchase a Door Mat with an Anti Slip Backing

    We stock a wide range of door mats that have an inbuilt anti slip backing, these are made from washable carpet pile with a nitrile rubber backing. Our Made to Measure Washable Carpet Mats  also have the option for an additional anti slip backing to be added, as well as an extra thick backing to make the mat more rigid and prevent it from creasing in the middle. We can also match the backing type to suit the type of flooring that the mat will be placed on top of. For carpet surfaces, a “gripper” backing is applied which has cleats that grasp onto the carpet pile. For hard surfaces, the backing is smooth to create optimum contact with the floor. Door mats with an inbuilt anti slip backing are definitely something to consider if non-movement is your main priority.

    4) Create a Frame around the Mat

    How to stop a mat moving around? Create a frame around it A surface fixed mat frame might be the solution to your mat moving woes.

    Worth considering if building a mat well recess is not an option. Beading / Edging strips are easily sourced from DIY / Hardware stores, these are then used to create a frame around the mat which is glued or screwed to the floor. Although this is quite a straightforward process, a level of DIY skill is needed in cutting down the beading / edging, assembling the frame and then securing it in place. It’s also a more permanent approach that will affect your flooring, since the frame will be attached to the floor. Our Cut to Size matting is perfect for building a frame around.

    5) Build a Mat Well / Recess

    Stop your doormat moving by fitting a mat well The most permanent solution is to create a mat well to house your mat.

    This is the most permanent solution and probably the most effective. It’s easier to build a mat well when new flooring is being laid, as all that is needed is to leave a space around the door way for the door mat to be installed into. Creating a mat well within existing flooring is trickier, and may require the help of a local builder / handyman. Again, we stock a range of matting that is ideal for fitting into a mat well  and with a range of thicknesses to choose from, you can ensure that the matting will be flush with the surrounding flooring.

  • 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.

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