How to Prevent Kitchen Chairs From Scratching Wood Floors

Written by lauren romano
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It is a huge hassle when kitchen chairs scratch a wood floor. Scratches are not easy to fix and are unsightly. Some simple tips can help you prevent the scratches from occurring in the first place. It is much better to stop them before they start rather then have to find a way to fix them later.

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    Use tennis balls. Tennis balls usually come in a four-pack, so you can buy one pack per kitchen chair. Cut a hole in the top of each ball, and slide it onto the bottom of each chair leg. The tennis balls are great for attracting dust as well, so you can wipe them off periodically.

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    Attach antiskid chair leg pads. Each pack usually comes with enough pads for one or two chairs. You put one round circle on the bottom of each kitchen chair leg. Before you make the purchase, measure to make sure they are not too big or small.

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    Use felt to make chair leg covers. Put a square piece of felt under a kitchen chair leg, and then pull the fabric up so it covers the bottom part of the leg. Trim according to how high you want it to come up. Measure enough pieces, all the same size, for all the kitchen chair legs. Pull a piece of felt up around the bottom of the chair leg, and then tie it to the leg using a piece of ribbon. Do this for each chair leg.

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    Pick up the chair when moving it. When someone pulls the chairs in or out, that is most likely when many of the scratches occur. Make sure to pick the chair up off the floor when moving it, and ask others to do the same.

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    Put a rug under the kitchen chairs and table. Use a thin rug so it is easy to pull out and clean when necessary and so that it does not look odd or too bulky. Choose one that is large enough that the kitchen set will fit on it and when you move the chairs, the rug will not move around with them.

Tips and warnings

  • When choosing an item to help keep the kitchen chairs from scratching the wood floor, measure the width of the legs correctly and compare the size to the item you are buying or making.
  • Avoid having metal or iron kitchen chairs when you have a wood floor. It increases the chances of ending up with scratches.

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