Furniture Protector: How to Choose the Right Furniture Floor Protectors
In our homes, we invest both in a beautiful flooring and fine furniture, so the best way to protect both investments is a good furniture floor protector. We must put a lot of attention on protecting our floor against issues such as outside contaminants, scratches and stains, and to make sure that every member of our household is aware of good floor-friendly practices, because giving attention to these details are important in achieving a new and lasting home flooring. This is easily overlooked, but many of us disregard the fact that furniture and chair legs are potential sources of floor damage leading to floor scratches, especially when they’re regularly moved back and forth across flooring such as kitchen chairs and tables. A greater concern posed in our home flooring is the impact of heavier furniture pieces on your flooring that may lead to floor scratches and gouges, especially when we do a home renovation or construction project.
It is important to have added floor protection by making our furniture and chair legs floor-friendly, ranging from simple self-adhesive pads to rolling casters which can be mounted to chair and furniture legs, and good thing these are widely available in the market today. Some types furniture protectors may work better than other types, and some work better in different furniture and flooring types. Furniture protector types include self-adhesive felt pads, stick-on or screw on protectors, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, swivel guides casters, cloth furniture gliders, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, formed-felt pads, and tap in felt pads.
Chairs and light furniture can be safeguarded in protecting your floor against scratches with chair glides and furniture pads, which include tap-on or nail-on pads, self-adhesive pads and slip-on pads. Tap on or nail pads are very secure, and they’re usually attached to chair legs and furniture legs using a small nail or small screw. Tap-on pads can be made into different materials depending on the type of flooring, and proper installation should be done, otherwise the screw or nail may be exposed, harming your flooring. Self-adhesive pads are peel and stick pads available almost everywhere, and are the least expensive, but they usually don’t last long as compared to tap-on or slip-on pads. On the other hand, slip-on pads are made and designed to fit over a furniture leg or chair leg, without problems falling off like self-adhesive pads and don’t have any potential problems of scratching your floor like exposed or broken tap-on or nail-on pads, and they are usually made of soft plastic or rubber.
Be careful in selecting the best furniture floor protector, and consider the floor type you have, whether it’s carpet, hard floors such as ceramic or hardwood, or soft floors like rubber or vinyl. The materials commonly used in making furniture pads and chair glides are rubber, felt, plastic, cork, and metal.