How to stop chairs from scratching hardwood floors

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How to stop chairs from scratching hardwood floors
Moving chairs sometimes is unavoidable, but you can try to protect the floor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Protecting hardwood floors can be a challenge when the furniture in a room is moved frequently or has a rough texture along the bottom. Kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms in particular often have at least a few chairs that people scoot or drag along the floor, leaving deep gouges or thin scrapes. A few ways exist to stop chairs from scratching hardwood floors; try one or all of them to find the method that works for you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Furniture wax
  • Adhesive-backed felt pads
  • Scissors
  • Area rug or throw rug
  • Felt or carpet remnants
  • Hot glue gun or permanent adhesive

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  1. 1

    Turn chairs onto their side if they have wooden legs so you can see and reach the bottoms of the legs. Sand over the bottom of the legs to smooth the ends and to remove jagged edges.

  2. 2

    Apply furniture wax according to the packaging to the bottoms of wooden chair legs to create a coating between the chair and the floor.

  3. 3

    Trim self-adhesive pads with scissors so they match the bottom of the chair legs if necessary, such as if the legs are square ended and the pads are round. Peel off the paper backing from the pads one at a time and stick them to the bottom of each chair leg, pressing firmly.

  4. 4

    Select a thin area rug or throw rug to go under the furniture and preserve the floor. A thin rug, rather than a thick or high-pile rug, still should allow you to move the furniture pieces without difficulty.

  5. 5

    Cut pieces of felt or carpet remnants to the size of the bottoms of the legs, and hot glue them to the bottoms or secure them with a permanent, all-purpose adhesive for wood or metal. Only do this if you don't mind making a permanent change to the chair.

  6. 6

    Sweep hardwood floors at least once a week, lifting furniture out of the way as you work, to remove pieces of dirt or grit that may get in between chair legs and the floor and cause scratches.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase self-adhesive felt pads that are the same diameter as the bottoms the chair legs.
  • Avoid sanding or using the self adhesive pads or wax to maintain the value of the piece if you have antique furniture. Select a thin rug or move the piece to a carpeted room.

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