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Protect Hardwood Floors From Furniture
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The front half of my house is all hardwood floors. That includes the living room and dining room – two of the most used rooms in my house. We aren’t talking about anything of a manufactured nature. We are talking about the original hardwood from when the house was built in 1933. Hardwood that was covered with wall to wall carpeting for the majority of its life, only having been exposed recently. It’s in pristine condition.
People like me shouldn’t be trusted with things like this. People with furniture and a toddler.
If you can relate, then this tip is for you. You can’t really protect your floors from your toddlers (or dogs, or your cousin Larry that randomly likes to visit). But you can protect it from your furniture, and it only takes a few bucks and a couple of minutes. I love projects like that, don’t you?
Our floors were starting to show some scratches in the finish (luckily, not in the wood) from our dining room chairs, and from the mini table and chairs that I bought my toddler. You know the little set from Ikea that runs about $20? We love that table and chair set! My daughter spends a lot of time at that table. But she has a habit of dragging the chairs across the floor. She plays musical chairs, creates forts and does general goofing around with the chairs. That’s ok by me, but it’s starting to take a toll on the floor.
The lightbulb went on the other day, and I remembered I had some felt hanging around the house. A little bit of felt on the bottom of the chairs – no more scratches in the floor! Sure, you can buy similar items from your local home improvement stores. They run about $1.99 for a 4 pack. This project will cost you a few pennies. You can add felt pads to every piece of furniture in your house for the price of 4 pre-made felt pads.
And your piece of furniture, of course!
Any color of felt will work – you really can’t see it once you flip over your chair and table (or your couch!)
The process is simple, I didn’t even mark the felt with a pen. Just cut a small square out of the felt, then hold it over the end of the chair leg and trim to size. I made the felt piece a little bit smaller than the leg so you wouldn’t be able to see it when you flip it back over.
Use that square as a template to cut out your other squares.
Glue in place, and let dry completely before flipping your furniture back on its right side. (you don’t want any glue to seep through to your floors!)
That’s it. Done.
Enjoy your smooth sailing, no scratching furniture. Your hardwood floors will thank you!