May 15, 2024 | Posted by Meghan Smith

Buy-Rite Beauty offers professional salon mats that are designed to keep your stylists comfortable and protect your salon or barber shop. Salon mats are specific mats that are designed to go underneath a styling or barber chair to provide leg and back pain relief throughout long days. These mats are also designed to protect your floors from scrapes or damages from chairs or regular client wear and tear. Our collection of salon mats is a necessary accessory in any salon, and we offer an array of sizes, thicknesses, and designs to find the perfect fit for your workspace. We handpicked the best salon mats based on crucial criteria to offer the top choices in the industry.


With a rich history spanning 87 years, Buy-Rite Beauty has solidified its position as a leader in the salon furniture industry. Our expertise extends to keeping stylists and barbers comfortable and offering professional solutions such as salon mats. As authorized representatives of major brands, we guarantee a diverse range that meets the evolving needs of modern hairstylists and barbers.


■ Thickness: We evaluated the thickness – will the salon mat provide adequate relief for stylists and barbers?
Material: We examined what the salon mat is made of and how this will affect the workspace.
■ Aesthetic: We explored customization options, including colors and design, to align with your desired look.
■ Size: We examined how much space the salon mat will need.
■ Affordability: We considered overall affordability – what is the investment required?


Why Stylists Love It: The 3’X4′ Super Soft Circular Mat 5/8” is a best-selling salon mat because it has a generous 5/8″ thickness that provides the ultimate comfort for stylists. It measures 3’X4′ to meet the optimal industry standards to keep the ideal four feet between stations for a comfortable work environment. It has a rounded design with a depression for salon and barber chairs to fit perfectly on the mat. Additionally, your floors will stay protected from oils and chemicals that may drop throughout the busy day.

Considerations: Although many stylists prefer a 5/8″ thickness, to find your optimal design, consider thicker mat options such as the 3’x4′ Super Soft Circular Mat with a 1″ thickness, providing even greater cushion support.

Shopper’s Tip: This salon mat offers the ideal thickness of 5/8″, striking the perfect balance between firmness and fatigue support for most stylists. Additionally, its industry-standard 4ft width ensures optimal space coverage, catering to the needs of busy salon environments.


Why Stylists Love It: The 3’X4′ Super Soft Circular Mat 1″ is the thickest mat available to provide the ultimate comfort for busy salon days. It adds even more padding to reduce leg strain and discomfort that stylists and barbers might feel. It is a generous 1″ thick which also adds more protection to your floors from punctures and chemicals.

Considerations: With a thickness of 1″, this mat may offer excessive support for certain stylists. We advise considering all available thickness options in our mat collection to ensure you select the optimal thickness for your stylists. Remember, thicker doesn’t always mean better.

Shopper’s Tip: This salon mat is an ideal choice for those seeking the thickest option in our collection. With a thickness of 1″, it offers maximum support and cushioning, providing stylists with a mattress-like surface to walk on during their long hours of work.


Why Stylists Love It: The 3’X4′ Anti-Fatigue Rectangular Mat 1/2″ combines comfort with value. It provides added cushioning for stylists and barbers at a great price. This salon mat will help keep floors protected and resist stains. This is one of the best values in the industry that will hold up in busy workspaces to keep everyone comfortable.

Considerations: While this specific mat is the most affordable option in our collection, take into account its thickness of 1/2″ cushion. While it excels in floor protection and fatigue support, explore salon mats with thicker specifications to offer enhanced support for stylists during longer services.

Shopper’s Tip: This mat is perfect for salons and barbershops aiming to protect floors and provide support for stylists at an affordable price. It’s an excellent choice for shops considering mats for the first time and uncertain about the ideal cushion thickness for their stylists’ needs.


Why Stylists Love It: The 4’x5′ Super Soft Hexagon Mat 7/8″ is a large mat that offers extra space for stylists and barbers to move around the chair. It is ultra thick and comfortable to relieve fatigue and pain from standing all day. This extra-large salon mat has an indention to accommodate any barber or styling chair.

Considerations: This salon mat is extra large, so ensure that you have enough space between stations to accommodate it’s larger footprint size.

Shopper’s Tip: With more coverage in this hexagon mat, barbers & stylists can move freely around the chair without stepping off the mat, which can streamline their workflow and improve the efficiency of their movements during cutting, styling, or shaving. For more hexagon-shaped mats with more design Hexagon Smart Step Vintage Leather Mat and the Hexagon Smart Step Granite Metallic Mat.


Why Stylists Love It: The Rhino Reflex Mat has a unique texture that is designed to improve blood flow in the legs to promote circulation throughout the day. It is made of a closed-cell polymeric sponge base and has a domed reflex surface that moves with the stylist or barber. It measures at 3’X5′ and comes in rectangle or semi-circle shape options. It has a 1″ thickness for optimal comfort.

Considerations: While the domed reflex surface provides the ultimate comfort for the user, the sponge reflex surface could be too stimulating for some stylists, particularly those with sensitive feet or specific ergonomic needs.

Shopper’s Tip: Our most comfortable salon mat! The reflex surface molds to the shape of the foot, providing uniform support across the entire footprint, which significantly enhances comfort during long standing periods.


Why Stylists Love It: The Bella Decorative Salon Mat by Smart Step is stylish and elegant with a silver leaf design. It measures 3’X5′ with a 3/4″ thickness for ultimate comfort for stylists and barbers. It has beveled edges that will never curl, and it will not delaminate or bubble. It comes in three precious metal colors that will add a touch of style to your styling area.

Considerations: This salon mat promotes a distinct look & feel with its decorative silver lead design. If this design doesn’t fit your design scheme, be sure to consider alternative styles like the Smart Step Vintage Mats that contain a luxe vintage dye-wash look & feel.

Shopper’s Tip: With its distinctive design flair and flexibility, this mat offers a unique aesthetic that sets it apart from most others. It’s perfect for shops looking to maintain their signature look and feel seamlessly through their mats, without compromising on design that doesn’t align with the overall appeal of the shop.


Why Stylists Love It: The Rhino Extra Flex Semi-Rectangle Meg Mat is a unique and comfortable option for stylists who want to maximize the work area around the chair. This mat is designed to allow the chair to sit directly in the middle of the mat for a 360-degree workspace. It measures in at an extra-large size of 5’X6′ with 7/8″ thickness for ample space around the chair. it is designed to stimulate circulation in the feet, legs, and back to promote health during long days.

Considerations: Before opting for this 360-degree design, ensure you have ample surface area around your station and chair to accommodate its larger-than-standard footprint.

Shopper’s Tip: This mat is ideal for stylists who prefer to move freely around the chair, especially during longer services. Its popularity extends to salons & barbershops alike, thanks to its full base cutout that supports the entire hydraulic base, avoiding the fractured look and feel that can sometimes accompany half-cutout indentations.


Why Stylists Love It: The Designer Runner Salon Mat by Smart Step is a stylish extended mat that is intended for multiple stylists to use at once. It offers a uniform and clean look to your salon or barbershop. It offers ultimate comfort with a 3/4″ thickness and stretches a lengthy six feet long. It comes in multiple colors and finishes that will never delaminate. It keeps floors protected from stains and scratches, and the edges will not curl.

Considerations: Before choosing a “runner mat” like this one, consider both its functionality and practicality. Make sure you have adequate space to accommodate its size, and think about how it will impact the movement of both stylists and customers within the salon. Assess whether its presence will facilitate smoother operations or potentially create obstructions and hinder mobility.

Shopper’s Tip: Thanks to its elongated 6′ design, this mat is ideal for salons seeking a clean, sleek, and continuous aesthetic for multiple stylists, avoiding the often bulky appearance of individual mats. It perfectly balances stylist support and floor protection, making it an excellent choice for modern salon environments.


Why Stylists Love It: The Vintage Leather Salon Mat has a unique, subtle leather texture that adds a touch of luxury to any space. This designer salon mat has beveled edges that will never curl to keep your clients safe as they move through your space. It measures 3’X5′ with a 3/4″ thickness for leg and back relief throughout the day. It is stylish and functional to provide any space with a touch of sophistication.

Considerations: The subtle leather texture and vintage dye-wash of this salon mat create a sophisticated look, enhancing the salon or barbershop’s overall décor. However, ensure that this aesthetic aligns & compliments your shop’s style and branding.

Shopper’s Tip: This mat seamlessly complements the trending vintage salon design style with its vintage look and feel. Available in multiple colors, it’s an ideal choice for shops aiming to integrate a mat that effortlessly blends into their vintage-inspired decor.


In conclusion, selecting the best salon mat is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the comfort, safety, and overall experience of both clients and stylists. By considering factors such as material, size, thickness, and design, salon owners can ensure they choose a mat that meets their specific needs and enhances the functionality and aesthetics of their salon. Investing in a high-quality salon mat not only improves the work environment but also demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and client satisfaction.

If you are looking for additional accessories to add to your salon, check out our collection of utility carts, appliance holders, and stools.

For more tips & advice to consider before selecting which mat works best for you, read our piece on What To Consider When Selecting New Salon Mats to help guide your decision-making!

Uncertain about your specific needs? Schedule a complimentary planning call with our design team today!





Jason Eichholz – Vice President

Jason has been an integral part of Buy-Rite since 2014 when he joined the family business. His passion lies in helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams. By working so closely with family, he instills family values in all of his work. He loves to share his expertise while maintaining honesty and dedication to the Buy-Rite brand. He leads the way for our customer service team to make sure each customer feels confident from the purchase to the delivery. Jason’s industry knowledge has propelled thousands of salon owners to open and maintain the salon of their dreams.

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