Furniture Protector: How to Choose the Right Furniture Floor Protectors
Home flooring investment is as important as furniture investment, and the best way to protect both investments is a good furniture floor protector. Thus, it is essential to make sure that every member of our household is aware of good floor-friendly practices, and we should put a lot of attention on protecting our floor against issues such as outside contaminants, scratches and stains, because these are just some of the things you need to do for achieving a new and lasting home flooring. We often easily overlook simple things for our floor maintenance like disregarding the fact that the legs of our furniture and chairs are potential sources of floor damage leading to milt to severe floor scratches, especially when we’re moving them regularly back and forth like with our kitchen chairs and tables. Another greater concern when you’re in a home renovation or construction project is the impact of heavier furniture pieces on your flooring that may lead to floor scratches and gouges.
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. The various types of furniture protectors are self-adhesive felt pads, stick-on or screw on protectors, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, formed-felt pads, tap in felt pads, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, swivel guides casters, and cloth furniture gliders.
A well-known type of chair and light furniture protector are chair glides and furniture pads, that can be categorized into tap-on or nail-on pads, self-adhesive pads and slip-on pads. Tap-on or nail pads are usually attached to furniture legs with either a screw or small nail, and they are very secure. Tap-on or nail pads are made from different materials depending on the type of floor you have, so choose the best for your flooring, and be careful when it comes to installation, because poorly installed tap-on pads may damage your floor due to possible exposure of screw or nail. The least expensive are self-adhesive pads, which are peel and stick pads found almost everywhere, 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 most common materials in making furniture pads and chair glides include rubber, felt, plastic, cork, and metal.