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Top 7 Ways to Prevent Furniture from Scratching your Floor

Advice
February 4, 2021

You just moved into a new home with brand new furniture and flooring. The place is clean and sparkling. The hardwood flooring is so clean that the sun coming out of the window and reflecting on it blinds you.

As you place the furniture throughout your home, a scary thought crosses your mind that you hadn't considered. What if this furniture scratches up my perfectly new floor?

If this is you, you've come to the right place!

The Consequences

Decreased House Value

Preventing your furniture from sliding needs to be taken seriously from the beginning. If you are someone who wants to potentially resell the home in the future, you don't want to have to awkwardly cover up the scratched surface with a rug in hopes that the buyer won't notice.

Getting the floors refinished or waxed

The less budget-friendly alternative is to get the floor refinished. This can cost hundreds of dollars, which I doubt you will want to spend if you can prevent the scratches and dents in the first place!

Alternatively, you can put floor wax on the damaged part of your floor. However, this is not a permanent solution as floor wax only lasts from 2 - 5 years. It's pretty budget-friendly though, only costing around $20 or so at your local hardware store. But again, it's something that you won't want to have to deal with.

Getting the floors replaced

Even more costly than refinishing is taking the floors out and getting them replaced entirely. This can cost thousands of dollars which, once again, I doubt you will willingly want to be spending!

As you can see, hardwood floors are a huge investment worth protecting. So how do we prevent scratches and dents appearing on our floor from furniture from the beginning? Here are the top 7 ways:

Check for rough feet

The first thing you'll want to do is check the feet of your furniture to see if the feet are rough. If they are, you should consider the following suggestions.

A wooden chair
Photo by Sam Moqadam on Unsplash

Rugs

One of the most obvious (and stylish) solutions to furniture sliding around on the floor is to throw a carpet down! Not only are carpets easy to move around and put wherever you want, it will make your feet happy and add that extra layer of comfort that a hard floor just doesn't have.

Furniture on mat
Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

Furniture Pads

Another simple and affordable solution is to buy furniture pads. Furniture pads come in felt, cork, or rubber.

Furniture/felt pads lying on the floor
Furniture/Felt Pads

These bad boys only cost between $10-$20 and are a breeze to deal with. They come in a variety of different sizes too for whatever size the leg is on your furniture. Just peel the back off, stick it onto the bottom of the leg, and away you go!

Peeling back of felt
Peeling back of felt
Placing felt on leg of chair
Placing felt on the leg of a chair (can be cut to fit more accurately)

You can even make your own from the resources you have at home. Cut up blankets, quilts, or clothing to make your own and save money.

Don’t push or drag furniture

Rather than pushing or dragging around your furniture when redecorating, it's always best to physically pick up the piece of furniture and reposition it.

Consider furniture with wheels

If there are furniture options where wheels are an option (like an office chair for example), opt-in for those.

Office chair with wheels
Office chair with wheels

Chair mats

For office chairs, you could consider investing in a chair mat. Chair mats usually come in 2 different types: smooth or cleated. For hardwood floors, tile, vinyl, or linoleum, you're definitely going to want use the smooth chair mats because the cleated ones will slide around on smooth surfaces and could cause damage to your floor.

Office chair sitting on a smooth chair mat on a hardwood floor
A smooth chair mat. Ideal for hard floors.

Here are the three options you have for smooth chair mats:

PVC/Vinyl

Thin, light, and cheap. Great for home offices. They can be transparent or patterned depending on if you want to show off the hardwood floor beneath or add a nice pattern to your office.

Polycarbonate

Strong and durable. They are ideal for heavier weights and more frequent use, so if you are regularly using your office for work, then this might be the best option for you. Similar to the PVC option, they come either transparent or patterned.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is the most expensive option of the three. They only come transparent. Of the three options, they are the most durable, reliable, and longest lasting. They won't curl up on the edges over time, and they are also the most eco-friendly! So if you're willing to spend a bit more on a longer lasting option, this could be the one for you.

Some people say that chair mats are not the best option, however, due to the mat sliding and rubbing against the hardwood floor beneath. Dirt and debris between the mat and the floor and wear down your floor over time. However, I wouldn't say that you shouldn't use a chair mat point-blank. I personally still think it is a viable solution, especially if you make sure to clean underneath it regularly. After all, not everyone is going to want to make the effort to change the wheels of their furniture or do the research to find the perfect wheels that will cause the least amount of damage.

Wood-safe floor caster wheels

You could also manually attach wood-safe floor caster wheels to any piece of furniture you want. This is definitely something you'll want to consider when you purchase an office chair, as most of these aren't sold with high-tech caster wheel projection. Before you jump in to buying some, you're going to want to do a bit of research to see which type of wheels you should invest in.

Selecting the right caster wheels depends on how light or heavy your furniture is. Here are some of the best casters to use on hardwood floors:

For light furniture

Nylon Casters

  • Most have been polished so they are not very abrasive
  • Great for any budget
  • Most commonly purchased

Hard Urethane Casters

  • Softer than Nylon
  • Optional polyurethane tread for added protection

For heavier furniture

Polyurethane Casters

  • Ideal for furniture that can weigh 100 pounds or more
  • Usually made of metal or cast iron
  • Coated in a thick layer of polyurethane
  • Very durable

Neoprene Rubber

  • Metal wheel covered by plastic on the outside
  • Available in a variety of different densities
  • For furniture that will weigh more than 200 pounds or so

You'll definitely want to stay away from metal wheels as they can really carve into your wood floors if you're not careful and you won't want that.

Wrap the bottom of the frame with rubber

Another option is to the wrap the bottom of the frame of your furniture with rubber. This will help keep your bed in place. You can cut up bike tubes, rubber gloves, or anything else that you might find around your house that can be cut up and attached to the bottom of your furniture. This is more of a rough DIY solution if you're really tight on money.

Position bed in the corner of the room

A simple solution from preventing your bed specifically from sliding around on your floor is to put it in the corner of your room as opposed to against one wall. This should stop your bed from sliding as your bed hits a wall from two sides instead of one. WHen you get in and out of bed, you don't have to worry about the frame moving because the pressure against the two walls will prevent it from moving.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to how to prevent your floor from getting scratched up and dented by your furniture (an overwhelming amount, in fact). At the end of the day, it's really up to how much getting scratches in your floor matters to you, how much time you're willing to spend researching, and how much money you are able to spend on it.

Will you be selling your house eventually? If not, getting scratches might not be a huge deal for you. But if you care about preserving your floor, it's important for you to take care of it. The easiest and most budget friendly solutions would be to either get a rug, put on some furniture pads, or put down a chair mat if you're using something like an office chair. The more expensive and time consuming options would be to put caster wheels on the bottom of your furniture. No matter what you choose, there's a solution for everyone at every price point!

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