Need to protect wood floors from scratchy chair legs

shelendeJune 22, 2008

The stick on felt pads I purchased at Home Depot for the bottom of my chairs don't stay on. What can I put on the bottom of my chairs to protect my wood floors that will stay on and not come off?

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emagineer

Is there something on the chair legs causing the felt to come off? I use these on everything and have not had a problem. Perhaps seal the bottom of the legs with a poly and then put new ones on.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 10:55AM
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gk5040

I have always had good luck with the stick on pads. Especially after the chair has been sat on a few times. Did you buy the thick pads, make sure you are not using the thin felt pads that you put on the feet of nick nacks to protect that item from scratching the top of furniture. I dont recommed the magic glides, they actually scratched my floor. Are you buying the right size pad? Make sure the bottom of the chair leg has a clean surface.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:14AM
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bungalow_house

We have the same problem. The pads come off because they rub across the edges of the flooring strips and get caught. I couldn't find a solution so I have a rug in the dining room, but I would love to figure out something for the chairs because I don't particularly like my rug and can't afford a new one!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:31AM
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tinker_2006

Are you removing the original plastic disk they have on the bottom of the chairs? If not - pull them out and then put the felt disk on. I have used these for years without a problem, but the plastic disk need to be removed.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:55AM
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natal

I tried the felt pads. Found them to be a dust magnet and it didn't take long before they started to "shift" with the constant chair movement. Switched to Magic Sliders and haven't had a problem since. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. I have the ones with grip tips that stretch to fit the chair leg. You can buy them at Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: Magic Sliders

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 1:08PM
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n2bach1

I recently had some new hardwoods installed and the workers told me to hot glue the felt pads on the feet of the furniture. I've not done it yet, but probably will.

Hope that might help you.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 8:06PM
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terriks

I bought the felt ones that you hammer on. I had to remove the plastic thingy first. They have been on my chairs for almost 3 years now with no problems.

Here is a link that might be useful: floor protectors similar to the ones I used

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:38PM
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nanny2a

I used the safe glides like terriks for all my chair and table legs. Put them on 8 years ago and have never had any slip off. They do collect dust and pet hair, but if you have pets it's unavoidable, so cleaning the bottom of the pads needs to be done occasionally!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 11:44PM
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yayagal

Sand the bottoms of the legs, dust them off and glue gun the felt pads and apply pressure until they dry. They'll be good for years.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 1:15AM
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mlraff53

I have very very heavy wood chairs and they have destroyed my wood floor. I've tried everything, even the nail on kind and nothing helps. These are better than nothing but not good enough. My last resort is to add wheels.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 2:30PM
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carriem25

ON my previous wood dining chairs, I bought a set of knitted "chair socks" at the farmer's market. The little old lady shared her top secret information with me - glue the socks on with white glue. It dries clear and is easy to remove if you take off the socks.

Carrie

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 4:54PM
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pegrini

Just a warning about Magic Sliders and hardwood floors: I also have trouble with felt pads being magnets for dust (and oh, the cat hair!) and will probably remove them at some point... to replace them with a rug. But though other people really like the teflon sliders, I ended up with a huge scratch on my oak floor because of a tiny speck of sand that caught underneath the slider. I never had that problem with the felt pads.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 2:25AM
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