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Where can I get a ridiculously thin doormat?

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Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 12:17:44

Hi there. Just moved into our lovely new house but discovered yesterday (when it poured with rain) that children running from the garden straight into the laminate-floored kitchen are liable to slip and hurt themselves sad So I put down a fairly thin doormat like this only to discover that the clearance between the door and the floor is miniscule - like only 2 or 3mm - and I couldn't open the door more than halfway! Does anyone have a clue where I can get a mat that is absorbant, nonslip and ultra thin. I had my heart set on a Turtle mat type thing but I think that's going to be too thick. During the winter we are definitely going to need a decent mat to wipe our wellies on too. Googling hasn't got me very far because most sites don't give you mat thickness. Help - any ideas anyone?

tigerchilli Fri 05-Aug-11 13:04:28

Watching with interest as I have the same problem. brew

MumToTheBoy Fri 05-Aug-11 13:13:51

I bought some mats from Wilkinsons that look just like the one in your link but cost about £4 I think. They are very thin but thats possibly because we have had them a while.

Could you try a piece of waterproof material, such as the tablecloth fabric you can get from Dunelm, to have in the immediate doorway, and then have a thicker absorbent mat to the side of the door, so you can step in and then place the boots etc on the proper mat without getting the floor dirty? The waterproof material would be easily wiped clean.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 13:24:19

Thanks, MumToTheBoy. I was thinking some kind of material too, although maybe something cleverly absorbant, but I'd have to make it look like a mat and not like a piece of material stuck to the floor (else it would drive me mad!) and I'm not sure how to do that.

In an ideal world what I'd really like to do is have a section of the floor cut out and a "mat-well" put in but that would cost £££.

No, in an ideal world I'd like to speak to the builder who "levelled" the floor and to the person who fitted the door and say, "Duh!"

BettyBathroom Fri 05-Aug-11 14:29:40

Don't think creating a mat well would be too expensive. Ikea sell coir mats for around £6 which is heavy and robust enough to sit in the hollow. - if you have basic diy tools then you could easily chisel out the hole and then finish around the edges with a floor edger - about £13 for 2.5m, stick to the floor with a flexible adhesive.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 14:37:39

BettyB, the thing is I'd need a fair bit of skill and some kind of tool to make a large enough and neat enough hole in the laminate and then I'm not sure if it's floorboards underneath or concrete. My guess is concrete which I don't think is chisel-able. I did have a quick look online and there was lots of talk of angle grinders and screeding which is what made me think £££.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 14:44:13

You've got me thinking though, BettyB. I've never had laminate floor before. Is it normal to lay something underneath it like you'd put underlay under carpet? If so maybe just removing a big square of "underlay" and laminate would create enough depth for a mat. And maybe I could silicone seal around the edge to stop water getting under the laminate.

But still if anyone's found a very, very thin doormat that would be SO helpful even just as an interim measure!

BettyBathroom Fri 05-Aug-11 14:45:49

An angle grinder is like a spinning disk - it will quickly cut through laminate. I say it's an easy job to have done because that is what my floor fitter suggested we do - if needed........turns out my door is too close to the floor and he'll put it in as he goes. But i watched the tiler remove a couple of tiles with a chisel to give us a mat well at the front - we'll need to order a mat online and then trim to fit. Ask a carpenter and get a few quotes - I think if you had the mat and the edging, the job would take a professional around an hour.

PaperView Fri 05-Aug-11 14:54:37

Our door mats are These ones from Ikea.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 15:01:36

Thanks, BettyB. That's really helpful. I might give the local flooring person a call, see if they can give us a quote.

I can't believe that what yesterday was a simple, "I'll just put this old mat down" has turned into a DIY adventure.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 15:03:10

Paperview, are they supremely thin? I'm talking not much more than the thickness of 6 or 7 sheets of newspaper.

PaperView Fri 05-Aug-11 18:03:50

ridiculously thin! You want me to measure?

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 18:25:43

grin at the thought of trying to measure a ridiculously thin doormat! It's so kind of you to offer but don't worry. At that price I don't mind picking one up in Ikea to try it for size. Only just made a pilgrimage to Ikea when we moved but any excuse to go again!

beanandspud Fri 05-Aug-11 21:12:37

I was going to suggest a Turtlemat as they are very thin. I think I got ours from Next so you could try it and send it back if still too thick.

spiderlight Fri 05-Aug-11 21:16:12

I was going to say Ikea as well - the cheapie ones really are not much thinner than a sheet of fabric.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 21:23:31

Thanks. Ikea it is then. Are they properly nonslip for 59p?

Found out on the Turtlemat website that their mats are 8mm minimum which is too thick. Well, obviously not too thick in the normal door/floor scheme of things.

FreeButtonBee Fri 05-Aug-11 21:26:44

Just an idea but could you have the mat on the outside of the door instread? A rubber one or something to get rid of the worst ofmthe mess.

Beanbeany Fri 05-Aug-11 22:58:47

We do already have an outside rubber mat which is fine for dirt, it's when the floor indoors gets wet that we have a problem Houston.

acumenin Sat 06-Aug-11 08:29:12

We have a JML Magic Carpet. It's moderately hideous, but does work well, and it's extremely thin. We have low profile doors for wheelchair access and it's the only one I could find (including scouring IKEA) that was both effective as a doormat and thin enough to let the door sweep over.

Beanbeany Mon 08-Aug-11 11:02:35

Thanks, Acumenin. I'll have a look at the JML mat too. DP, who loves all things JML, hmm confused would be delighted. I usually just wait for them to bite the dust and quietly bin them. If a JML mat works I'll never hear the last of it!

Beanbeany Mon 15-Aug-11 09:06:28

In case Tigerchilli or anyone else is still looking... Ikea won the ridiculously thin doormat prize. Still catches on the door a tiny bit but at 59p I can live with that. Thanks, all.

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