A rocking chair is a wonderful spot to sit and relax, nurse a baby or read to a toddler. Rocking chairs add old-fashioned welcoming charm to a room, but the rubbing of the chair on a wooden or laminate floor can create ugly scratches. You could set your chair on top of a rug to prevent damage, but if that isn't an option, felt pads create a soft barrier between the rocker and the floor. As an added bonus, the felt pads will muffle the sound of wood rocking on wood.
1 Turn your rocking chair upside down on a cloth or carpet to avoid scratches, and measure the width and length of the rockers. Purchase a roll of self-stick protective felt long enough to cover both rockers and slightly narrower than the rocker's width.
2 Measure and cut two pieces of felt strip that are one inch shorter than the chair's rockers.
3 Wipe the rockers with rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. This will remove oil or dirt that could prevent the felt from sticking.
4 Remove the adhesive backing on one felt strip and position it on a chair rocker, leaving 1/2 inch of space at both ends. Press the strip firmly into place.
5 Repeat the process on the other chair rocker.
6 Return your rocking chair to its normal position.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Self-stick protective felt
- Rubbing alcohol
- Check the pads periodically and replace if they become worn or loose.
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