Place new pads or gliders under couch feet to prevent scratches

Ways to Fix Couch Feet That Scratch Hardwood

by Kim Blakesley

Your hardwood floor and couch look good together and seem to be partners in the living area. Either for cleaning purposes or rearranging the room, when you move your couch you may notice several scratches on your hardwood floor in the location of the sofa's feet. These scratches occur when the gliders or pads under the feet are broken or missing. People sitting on your sofa and adjusting their position move the sofa slightly, causing the scratches. Fix the problem with the addition of new gliders or felt.

1. Tap-on Pads

1 Tip your couch backwards so the bottom of the feet are visible. Measure the bottom of one foot to determine the appropriate size of tap-on pads. Purchase an appropriate tap-on pad. Speak with a sales representative if you are unsure of the size.

2. Tap-on Pads

2 Tip your couch back so it is resting on the floor.

3. Tap-on Pads

3 Position the tap-on pad so the nail head is in the center of the wood. Tap the center of the tap-on pad with a hammer until the pad is flush with the couch leg. Repeat with remaining couch legs.

4. Tap-on Pads

4 Tip your couch up and position in place.

5. Self-stick felt pads or gliders

1 Tip your couch backwards so the bottom of the feet are visible. Measure the bottom of one foot to determine the appropriate size of self-sticking felt pads or gliders. Purchase the appropriate size.

6. Self-stick felt pads or gliders

2 Peel the paper off the back of one self-sticking felt pad or glider.

7. Self-stick felt pads or gliders

3 Position the pad or glider in the center of the bottom of the couch leg. Press firmly to attach. Repeat the process on remaining couch legs.

8. Self-stick felt pads or gliders

4 Tip your couch up and position in place.

9. Homemade Heavy Felt Gliders

1 Lift the sofa and slide a piece of heavy felt under the leg. Put the sofa down on top of the felt.

10. Homemade Heavy Felt Gliders

2 Draw around the outside of the leg directly on the felt. Remove the felt and cut out the shape.

11. Homemade Heavy Felt Gliders

3 Tip your couch back so the back is resting on the floor.

12. Homemade Heavy Felt Gliders

4 Cover the bottom of the couch leg with rubber cement.

13. Homemade Heavy Felt Gliders

5 Center the heavy felt cut-out over the couch leg. Press in place. Repeat with remaining couch legs. Allow the glue to dry 15 minutes before tipping the couch upright.

Items you will need

  • Ruler
  • Tap-on pads
  • Hammer
  • Self-sticking felt pads or leg gliders
  • 12-inch heavy felt square
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

Photo Credits

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