You can enjoy your rocker without worrying about damaging the floor.

How to Prevent a Rocking Chair From Scratching the Floor

by Michelle Ullman

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.

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.

Measure and cut two pieces of felt strip that are one inch shorter than the chair's rockers.

Wipe the rockers with rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. This will remove oil or dirt that could prevent the felt from sticking.

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.

Repeat the process on the other chair rocker.

Return your rocking chair to its normal position.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Self-stick protective felt
  • Scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag


  • Check the pads periodically and replace if they become worn or loose.

About the Author

Living in California, Michelle Ullman is a professional writer with particular expertise in home, garden and pet/nature topics. Her work is published on many websites. She loves crafts and has a deep interest in design and DIY projects.

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