How to Use Felt Chair Bottoms to Protect Floors

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Using felt chair bottoms to protect floors is a simple way to keep your home’s hardwood floors scratch-free.
Felt chair floor protectors are pads with soft felt on one side and an adhesive on the other. There are many different types that can be purchased in a variety of shapes and thicknesses so, no matter the weight or size of the chair, you can protect your wood floors from the scuffs and scratches caused by furniture legs.
Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your hardwood. Minor spot repairs may only cost $100 to $200, but extensive repairs to floors can cost in the $1000s; whereas using felt chair bottoms, chair glides, and furniture pads usually cost about $20 — talk about a worthwhile investment!
Are your floors currently at the mercy of unpadded furniture legs? Here’s how to use felt chair bottom protectors.

How to use felt chair bottoms

Before getting started, you’ll need to gather a few materials:
  • Dish soap
  • Felt pads with adhesive
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Water
Determine what size of felt chair bottoms you need: Examine the bottoms of your chair legs and measure the diameter with a ruler or tape measure. Find suitably-sized felt pads at a local hardware store or online. Felt chair pads typically range between ¾-inch and 1 ¾-inch in thickness. The basic rule of thumb is to use thinner pads for lighter furniture and thicker pads for heavier furniture. If in doubt, opt for the thicker pad.
Clean the chair bottoms: Turn the chair over with the legs angling upwards. Mix up a few drops of dish soap with warm water. Wet a cloth in the soapy mixture and clean each chair foot (being mindful to remove grit, crumbs, and animal hair). Rinse with a clean damp cloth and allow the bottoms to completely air dry.
Peel and stick: Peel off the backing on the adhesive side of one of the felt chair bottoms, then press the sticky side firmly onto one of the chair leg ends. Repeat for the remaining chair legs.
Use your chair Flip your chairs over and put them back in place.
Keep in mind, self-adhesive pads don’t only work on chair legs, they’re also great for tables, media units, and any other furniture that may damage your floor.