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Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • 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!

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