Easy Ways to Protect Your Floors from Furniture Damage

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Whether you have hardwood, laminate, tile, or any other type of flooring, protecting it from the scratches and dents caused by furniture feet is essential. These simple yet effective tips will help you preserve the beauty and longevity of your floors while ensuring your furniture stays in place without causing any damage.

1. Use Felt Pads:

Hand placing felt pads on furniture feet

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to protect your floors is by applying felt pads like these to the bottom of your furniture feet. Felt pads act as a cushion, preventing direct contact between the furniture and the floor. They are available in various sizes and shapes and can be easily attached with adhesive backing. Regularly check and replace worn-out or damaged pads to maintain their effectiveness.

2. Rubber or Silicone Chair Leg

G Plan Sideboard with hairpin legs and plastic feet

 For chairs and other furniture with legs, consider using rubber or silicone chair leg caps. These caps provide a protective barrier between the furniture legs and the floor, reducing the chances of scratches and scuffs. They are particularly useful for chairs that are frequently moved or used on delicate flooring surfaces.

You can find lots of sizes and shapes online, for example these are 5cm wide and so fit under a variety of furniture legs. The disadvantage of these is that they will be visible so if you want a hidden solution then the felt pads would be better.

If your piece of furniture has hairpin legs then you can get these plastic feet which are designed to blend in with the look of the piece. 

3. Area Rugs and Mats:
Placing area rugs or mats under heavy furniture can help distribute the weight and minimize the impact on your floor. Choose rugs or mats with a non-slip backing to ensure they stay in place. This not only protects your floor but also adds a decorative touch to your room.

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4. Lift and Move Furniture:
Avoid dragging furniture across the floor, as this can cause deep scratches and damage. Instead, lift and carry furniture when moving it. Enlist the help of others or use furniture sliders to make the process easier and avoid any accidents.

5. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance:

Man sweeping pale tiled floor
Keeping your floors clean and well-maintained is key to protecting them from furniture feet. Dust and debris can act as abrasives and cause scratches over time. Sweep or vacuum your floors regularly to remove any dirt or particles. Additionally, consider using floor protectors or rugs in high-traffic areas to minimize wear and tear.

Taking these preventive measures will not only save you the hassle and cost of repairing or replacing damaged floors but also enhance the overall aesthetics of your living space.
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