How to make homemade furniture sliders

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How to make homemade furniture sliders
Furniture sliders are an effective way to move furniture around a room without picking it up. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Moving furniture, especially large pieces, is often the biggest hassle of household projects. Furniture sliders are an effective way to slide heavy objects around your home with minimal effort. Sliders fit under the legs or corners of heavy furniture and can be pushed over hardwood, carpet and laminate flooring. They are decidedly low-tech, but furniture sliders can prevent back injuries and other bodily harm caused by heavy lifting. While sliders can be bought at DIY centres, it's easy to make your own.

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Things you need

  • 30 cm by 30 cm (1 foot square) plastic, 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick
  • Craft glue
  • 30 cm by 30 cm (1 foot square) foam padding, 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) thick
  • Razor blade or small saw
  • Fine-grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Cut the plastic into quarters. Sand the sharp edges down with sandpaper to avoid scratching walls, floors or yourself.

  2. 2

    Cut the foam padding into quarters.

  3. 3

    Glue the foam to the pieces of plastic. The foam and plastic should be the same size. Let the pieces dry overnight before using them to move furniture.

Tips and warnings

  • Four furniture sliders are adequate for moving one large piece of furniture. If you need more sliders, repeat the steps above as desired.
  • Always be cautious when working with sharp blades. Cut away from your body at all times.

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