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counter stools that don't damage HW floors

Posted by debrak_2008 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 25, 12 at 9:07

We need to start looking at stools for the island. Really concerned about possible damage to the floors.

Here is a pic of a stool with a metal base. How are those on hardwood? Do you have to put a felt pad on the bottom? Would a stool with legs be better?

Ideally I would like a stool that will not damaged the floor, swivels, has a comfortable place for your feet, low back, and maybe height adjustable, and is reasonably priced.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

I had stools with a base like that. They had a flat rubber ring on the bottom, you can kind of see it in your picture.

There was some kind of reaction between the rubber & the finish on my floor in my previous house that caused discolored rings where the stools were. It was a factory finished engineered hard wood in a light color.

Of course the stools got moved around with use so there were several discolored rings from each stool before I noticed the problem. It was not dirt or anything on the surface that could be scrubbed off. They actually permanently changed the color of the finish.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

Agree with the above, I would run away from those stools with a hardwood floor. Look for a traditional 4-legged stool that you can put the felt pads on, for sure.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

Agree with getting 4-legged stools with felt pads. Your floor will thank you.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

Thanks for the input. Will look for the 4 legged kind.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

I purchased stools - the 4 legged kind - at Overstock.com. They are having a great cyber sale! My 2nd pair will arrive tomorrow. So far the stools are holding up, however, we only have kids in the house about 2-3 times a month.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

We want to actually sit on some stools before we purchased. We never had stools of any kind in our house before and are not sure what kind we would like. Need to find some local stores that have a good selection to try. Once we get a better idea of what we like I won't mind buying online. I have a feeling the family is not going to all agree, so this may be worse then picking out granite, lol.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

If you want a swivel stool, then think carefully about who will sit there and how they'll use them. Chairs that swivel and have hard wood or metal backs can bash into the edges of your counter and chip the backs and/or the counter edges. If it's just a couple of careful adults, this may not be an issue. If you have a few less-careful kids, then you might want to make sure that the backs are padded--including padding on the edges of the backs.


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RE: counter stools that don't damage HW floors

As a counterpoint...I have stools with round bases like you pictured. I've had them for 4 years or so, never had any damage to my hard wood floors. Off the top of my head I can't remember if they have foam/rubber around the bottom. I'm surprised by gin_gin's experience there.


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