My late grandmother was notorious for carpeting her floor with mats. There were mats in front of her couch, at the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, at the foot of each bed, and underneath her rocking chair. She was also a big fan of the runner. She used runners for all the high traffic areas of her small house.
I’m not sure why she felt the need to protect her floor so much, but the mats and runners were definitely a tripping hazard. Luckily she never tripped over one of them. Currently, my mother-in-law has taken the floor mat torch and ran with it. She has mats all over her home and I’m not exactly sure why. Upon entry to almost every room there is a floor mat. She also feels the need to place one in front of her couch. Does the need for floor mats increase with age? Are we all doomed to clutter our floors with mats in our golden years? I’m at a loss to figure out what the need is here.
As you age please resist the urge to protect your floor from day-to-day traffic. The floor mats and runners can be used, but don’t over use them. The main entrance to the home can use a mat along with one in front of the kitchen sink, but in front of every piece of furniture? That’s where the problems start. If you currently feel the need to over use the floor mat, you may want to purge your collection. You may also want to institute a no shoes policy upon entry to your home. This will cut back on wear and tear on your floors and carpets. Also, you may want to equip your chairs with protectors to save your wood floors from scratches rather relying on the dreaded floor mat.