Must-have for Floorplanner fans

Must-have for Floorplanner fans

The vast majority of Floorplanner uses draw their floor plans with a computer mouse. I have the must-have for these Floorplanner fans.

Why this Floorplanner must-have?

As you may know, Floorplanner is sensitive to small movements of the mouse. For example, if you want to select something and move the mouse while clicking, Floorplanner has difficulty doing so. In other words, it does not execute your command! As a result, you have to try again. You might even start thinking that the program has crashed.

The solution is simple

Put your mouse on a mousepad. You know, those little rectangles from days gone by that I’m sure are still in a desk drawer somewhere. Well, let’s get them out again!

Annoying little mousepads
Most people use a small mousepad.

All the time, you have to lift your mouse and return it to the center of the mousepad.

It started to irritate me.

And then it dawned on me, ‘I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem. Aren’t there any large mousepads for sale?’

Yes, of course!

Testing two large mousepads

I tested an almost square one of 17.7 x 15.7 inches (45 by 40 cm) and a very wide one of 35.4 x 13.8 inches (90 by 35 cm). And both are still in use, although I do have a preference by now.

Test 1 Floorplanner square mousepad

  • Large
  • 17.7 x 15.7 x 0.08 inches (45 x 40 x 0.2 cm)
  • Material: smooth surface cloth on top | non-slip rubber base
  • Still looks perfect after nine months of use (non-stitched frame)
  • Stays flat
  • Stays clean
  • Each hand is on a different surface

Test 2 Floorplanner XXL mousepad

You want the rectangle to be as wide and deep as possible. I prefer to put my hands and forearms, my mouse, and my keyboard on the XXL mousepad. Why both hands? Because then they both rest on the same texture and feel the same temperature. When using an XL square, the mouse hand rests on a likely warmer surface while the other hand rests on the colder desk.

So, this is my largest mousepad. The XXL dimensions are 35.4 x 13.8 x 0.12 inches (90 x 35 x ca. 0.3 cm).

I think 35 inches is just a bit too short. Ideally, this would be 40 to 50 inches.

The brand is Qware Gaming. I think it’s only sold in The Netherlands.

No worries: similar mousepads are being sold elsewhere. The material on top is soft and cloth-like. A non-slip rubber surface rests on your desk. It has a stitched brim, so it will stay nice for a long time.

I have also used this one for nine months, and it still looks perfect. It also has no stains and stays flat very well.

And the nice thing compared to my Large mousepad is that both my hands are on the same surface.

What material is best for your mousepad?

You want a non-slip surface for your Floorplanner gaming pad. It should not be made of smooth plastic. My mousepads are made of some kind of rubber with a textile layer on them. I haven’t tested any leather ones, but I expect them to be too slippery.

A rubber mousepad with a textile finish also ensures warm hands!

You also want the mousepad to have a non-slip bottom. It has to stay exactly where you put it. So buy one with a non-slip surface.

The larger the mousepad, the thicker. Oversized but thin mousepads will not stay flat.

Some alternatives

Super large

It’s that my desks are already full. But if I were to buy one now, it would really be this one. My mousepad can’t be big enough.

  • 3XL / XXXL
  • 47.28 x 21.67 x 0.16 inches (120 x 55 x 0.4 cm)
  • Material: smooth surface cloth on top | non-slip rubber base

Colorful designs

  • Many different designs
  • 31.5 x 15.7 x 0.12 inches (80 x 40 x 0.3 cm)
  • Material: Lycra surface | non-slip rubber base
  • Water-resistant coating, easy to clean
  • Stitched edges

Available in many colors

  • Many sizes, up to 39.4 x 78.7 inches (200 x 100 cm)
  • Many colors, double-sided
  • Waterproof and easy to clean
  • Material: durable PU leather 

I have not tested PU leather. It may be that this is too slippery at the bottom and/or top.

Go for it!

On to more working comfort! And warmer fingers during Winter!

Happy Floorplanning!


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