The dining room chairs were scratching and wearing the finish off the hardwood floors. The plastic leg chair pads were replaced with felt nail-on pads to protect the floor. This project explains how to replace the chair pads in only a few minutes.
The chair legs had hard plastic pads that were wearing the finish off the hardwood floor and made a dry scraping sound everytime the chair moved. Felt chair pads are soft and solved the problem. Now the chairs quietly glide on the floor, without being so slick as to kick-out and create a falling hazard.
Felt Pads versus Other Products
There are number of after-market chair leg pads available – felt, teflon, plastic that can be nailed, screwed or stuck-on. Teflon and plastic products are unsuitable because sand and grit will catch under the pad and scratch the wood floor. Felt pads are soft and won’t scratch. The disadvantage of felt is it tends to pick up dog and cat hair, but this easily vacuumed off.
1-Inch Nail-On Felt Chair Pads
I bought several 8-packs of Shepherd Hardware Felt Gard Plus 1-inch heavy duty nail-on felt pads at Home Depot for about $5/pack. The 1-inch pads are slightly larger than the original plastic pads but small enough to be concealed from view. These particular pads appeared to be a popular choice as I bought the last packs on the shelf. I liked the way these were made with the sharp metal ring. This pad wasn’t going to fall off. Pads are available in variety of styles and colors.
Compare the factory stapled-on plastic pads (left) with the new felt pads (right):
Remove the Old Plastic Pads
The original plastic pads were stapled on to the chair leg and had to be pried off. A tap with a hammer got a screw driver started under the edge of the pad. This method works if the original pads were nailed or stapled on. If yours is screwed on, just unscrew it to remove.
The chair is set upside down on the table. The chair cushion protects the table from scratches and dents. If your chair has arm rests, place a thick towel on the table.
The pad is pried off with a screw driver, taking care not to mar the corner of the chair leg. If your chair leg is very slender, try twisting the screw driver instead of levering it.
More often than not, the plastic pad pulled off the staple. Not a problem.
Needle-nose pliers make quick work of extracting the staple from the chair leg.
The new 1-inch felt pads have a sharp circular base that is hammered into the chair leg.
Center the felt pad on the chair leg.
The leg pad attaches easily with two or three moderate smacks with the hammer.
Felt chair pad attached to leg.
The felt pads work well and glide quietly on the wood floor. Now it’s time to apply new lacquer to restore the wood floor finish.
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