The best way to protect the hardwood floors is with felt chairs glides or felt furniture pads. Durable felt is comfortable on hardwood floors but sturdy enough to handle the weight of furniture and repetitive movements and use.
Compare it with metal chair slides that can rust and cause stains or plastic slides that can crack and cause bruises.
Protecting the hardwood floors is more than just the floor. It’s just about securing your investment if you spend time and money fixing your wood floors yourself or paid others to install brand new floors.
It’s worth protecting you as best as you can. Scratches and scuffs don’t always occur from sitting on the hardwood in the wrong shoes or from strange incidents like losing a drinking glasses tray.
They come from regular events such as pushing dining room chairs back and forth or rearranging furniture.
How to Protect Hardwood Floors?
Chair glides or furniture pads are a common type of chair leg protection. Quite simply, these are pads made of various kinds of material mounted on the bottoms of your chair legs. There are various styles of chair glides, each providing different levels of cost and protection.
Nail-On Felt Glides
Nail-on felt glides are our best-selling chair glides for hardwood floors and other kinds of floors. The strong felt pad is applied to the glide base with an industrial-strength adhesive that avoids separation. The nail-on design makes it easier to mount the chair glide to the bottom of your furniture or chair legs.
Tap-On Felt Glides
Usually, we prefer tap-on felt chair glides for wooden furniture or chair glides. Installing them is super quick, and there is no need for drilling or glueing. Line up the felt slide with your sofa or chair leg and tap it with a hammer.
The longevity of these styles of hardwood floor glides is unprecedented. It blends the power of rubber, metal, and felt that are all linked together in manufacturing.
These are peel and stick pads, which can be used almost everywhere. They are typically made of felt or rubber and are the cheapest. However, the adhesive on these pads would not last as long as the tap-on or slip-on pads.
These pads are designed to fit around the chair’s leg and are mostly made of rubber or flexible plastic. They’re not going to have a problem slipping off like a self-adhesive pad or have the ability to scratch your floor like a cracked tap-on pad.
Sledge Base Felt Glides
Sledge base felt glides for hardwood floors are made for specific furniture types. If your chair, school desk, or sofa has sled-shaped legs, this is the chair that will support the hardwood floor and furniture the best.
It’s made of high-quality plastic that allows you versatility in stretching and tightening your furniture leg. It is then tightly bonded with a sturdy felt pad that is comfortable on wooden floors.
Levellers with Felt Pads
This kind of felt chair glides helps secure the hardwood floors while allowing you to adjust your glide’s height. If your furniture has irregular legs or lies on an uneven surface, flexible felt slides like this fit better.
You should screw it into the leg of your furniture as long as you like to keep your furniture protected and stable. It adheres firmly to the felt pad for long-lasting use.
Snap-On Felt Glides
Snap-on felt chair glides are perfect for rounded brass, plastic, or wooden chair legs or desk legs. They snap firmly to the bottoms of your furniture legs and are available in various diameters for different leg sizes.
If you’re in between diameter measurements, scale-up! They will sit under your furniture leg while also allowing you the freedom to slide your furniture around if desired.
It’s one of the better hardwood floors glides that we typically recommend for homes or businesses.
Although chair glides and furniture pads can be bought at the nearest home improvement shop, other choices are available if you choose to cut costs and make your own.
Here are a few DIY remedies that will help if you’ve got these materials lying around. For both of these choices, a hot glue gun is a perfect way to make sure the furniture doesn’t slide or fall.
Old carpet scraps can be cut and placed on the legs of the furniture. Make sure these pads are placed with the rug-side touching the surface.
Old towels can be sliced into pads, making sure they are thick enough.
Leather is another comfortable, sturdy material that can be made of a decent furniture pad.
No matter what sort of pad you buy or make, make sure your furniture is flat on the floor. If not, you can scrape the finish or make gouges on your floors.
Often, be sure to keep a good maintenance regimen to ensure the floors are clean and dirt-free. No matter how durable your furniture pads are, they won’t protect you adequately if your floors are dusty.