Things to consider when choosing the right mats for your gym
Laying mats to cover an entire gym floor is a popular way to protect the underlying surface and create a safe and comfortable workout space. When advising the right mats to install for your gym we take into consideration how it visually looks (i.e. the pattern it forms after it is laid) after it is complete, while accounting for minimal wastage. We also ensure that the mats are tightly placed with little to no gaps between mats, so that it does not shift and move overtime. If the mats show signs on warping and bulging due to heat and humidity levels in the gym or heavy use with time, we will then recommend ways to remedy them.
But here are some things you can consider when choosing the right mats for your gym:
1. Mat Type: The type of mat you choose will have a significant impact on the overall look and feel as well as functionality of the gym. EVA Jigsaw Interlock Mats, Rectangle Judo Mats, Rolled Vinyl or Tatami Mats are different types of mats that are popular amongst Mixed Martial Arts gyms around the world. Each type of mats have material with its own unique characteristics, so it’s important to choose one that fits your design aesthetic and workout needs.
2. Colour and pattern: The colour and pattern of the mat can also have a significant impact on the overall look of the gym. Bright colours can create a fun and energetic atmosphere, while neutral colours can create a more calming and relaxing environment. Mat patterns can add visual interest and texture to the floor.
3. Size and shape: The size and shape of the mat can also impact the overall look of the gym. Depending on the mat space of the gym, surrounding walls (i.e. straight, curved or diagonal walls, number of corners and types of corners) and martial arts discipline, different mats are suited for optimal placement. For example, rolled mats are not the best for an irregular floor space and curved walls.
4. Thickness and density: The thickness and density of the mats can impact the comfort and safety of the workout space. Thicker mats can provide more cushioning and shock absorption for higher impact Martial Arts where there will be slams. You can choose from 25mm to 40mm thick mats that are softer or denser based on your preference and needs.
5. Maintenance: It’s important to consider the maintenance requirements of the mat you choose. Some materials require more maintenance than others, so it’s important to choose a mat that fits your gym usage and maintenance capabilities.
Overall, by considering the material, colour and pattern, size and shape, thickness and density, and maintenance requirements, you can create a functional and stylish gym floor that complements your design aesthetic and workout needs!