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Floor mat for trunk- Why not hinged for footwell opening?

musicious

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Apr 11, 2015
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Wheeling, IL
I have an idea that may be good for one of you engineers.. How about for a trunk floor mat, in order to allow easy access to the footwell for storage you could add a hinge to the floor mat? Then assuming it is a rigid allweather mat that lays flat, take out the normal footwell cover and just put a handle or loop on the floor mat so we can lift the front half of the floor mat up due to the hinge to access the footwell.

Or if the footwell cover is needed, then have the little loop that you normally use to open the footwell attach to a hook under the floor mat and have a handle or loop on the floormat which would then lift both the front half of the floor mat (due to the hinge) and the footwell cover itself.
 

BertL

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Aug 19, 2015
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Carlsbad, CA
I have an idea that may be good for one of you engineers.. How about for a trunk floor mat, in order to allow easy access to the footwell for storage you could add a hinge to the floor mat? Then assuming it is a rigid allweather mat that lays flat, take out the normal footwell cover and just put a handle or loop on the floor mat so we can lift the front half of the floor mat up due to the hinge to access the footwell.

Or if the footwell cover is needed, then have the little loop that you normally use to open the footwell attach to a hook under the floor mat and have a handle or loop on the floormat which would then lift both the front half of the floor mat (due to the hinge) and the footwell cover itself.

Challenge with a rigid mat that has a hinge, is, you'd likely loose some ability for that mat to hold water. Most hinges leak unless they are a lot more robust and costly. The other challenge would be mat height -- assuming you wanted a flush mat design on both sides (especially on the top for ease of sliding things across it), you'd have to have the mat material be a lot thicker to incorporate a hinge, which would add weight and therefore cost.

A soft mat, like most after-market carpet mats, well, just bends up pretty easily on it's own.
 

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