If you live in a house with wooden floors, you probably know the anguish of how easy it is to get scratches on those floors. It could cost you a lot to repair. It’s said that it can cost around $20 per square foot to repair hardwood floors and sometimes it can go even higher than that.
One of the worst enemies of hardwood floors is furniture.
In this article, I want to specifically talk about the dining room table you have in your dining room. If you own a large, heavy dining table, and you’ve left your dining table in the same place for years, you could very well find a strong dimple or lots of scratches underneath those legs.
I want to offer you a few options of how to avoid such a costly mistake.
It’s important that before you buy a dining table, you consider where it is you’re putting it. If it’s on any kind of wooden floor, laminate, or vinyl, you might find that after some time, there’s lightly some damage underneath where the feet of the table make contact with that floor.
Use a rug
By placing a rug underneath each of the legs and feet of the table, you are providing added cushioning that will protect your floors.
This is a rather easy approach and can take almost no time at all to accomplish. However, you will need to find a rug that’s big enough to cover all the legs of the table. The process is really simple. Measure the distance that’s needed to completely cover all the legs of the table.
With this information, go to the store or order online and purchase a rug that’s several inches larger.
You don’t want to find a rug that is close to the distance between the legs of the table. You want to at least have a rug that extends at least 4 inches beyond the legs. That way, you have some extra room if in case the table moves on the rug.
After purchasing the rug, ask for help and move the table to a different location temporarily. Then place the rug under that spot. Then carry the table back to the area and place it dead center on the rug.
One thing about rugs is that they tend to move. This especially true no matter what you do. Movement can sometimes be attributed to damage to your floors as well. To avoid the rug from moving you might want to look into rug grippers. You can find some really great rug grippers that I recommend here on Amazon. These rug grippers help keep the rug from peeling upwards on the corners and stop it from sliding thanks to the suction cup-like material that makes contact with the floor.
Why did I choose to show you one that’s tan and brown? Because it’s my opinion that if by some slim chance these were to move and shuffle against the floor, its matching color with the wooden floors won’t make any damages too visible.
Use foot padding
If you’re not too keen on the idea of placing an entire rug under your table, you can look into furniture foot padding. Amazon has a huge selection of felt paddings for furniture legs.
Check it out here on Amazon for what I recommend regarding furniture footpads. These have adhesives that cling onto the bottom of the feet and have a felt tip that makes contact with the floor’s surface.
Furniture foot pads are a very popular tool to protect your flooring because the material used that makes contact with the floor is often really soft and durable. If the table were to move around a lot, you’d likely not find any damage to your flooring thanks to these little things.
You can cut these felt tips to any shape you like. Just make sure it fully covers the foot of the table and you should be worryfree from any issues.
Use rubber coasters
If you’re not really liking the idea of attaching an adhesive material to the bottom of your table, or just wish to use something that you can take off really easily, there’s another option called casters.
These are basically the equivalent to coasters for drinks. They are small plates with protections on top and bottom for both the dining table legs and the floor. It can be made of all kinds of materials but most of the time, it’s a soft rubbery material on both sides.
Another consideration you need to make is that casters are a set size. Normally, you can’t just make any alterations to it because it’s cupped and that cupping allows for support in keeping your dining table’s feet inside the caster without the need for an adhesive.
I recommend these rubber caster cups from Amazon. They are in the shape of squares with 3-inch x 3-inch sides and are easily installable and removable.
Now, these casters are pretty hefty, they won’t move especially if you have a heavy table on top of it. The rubber material will almost certainly protect your floors and as long as it stays within the casters for its lifetime, you will never have to worry again.
Use tennis balls
This is nothing new but it’s a highly clever way of using something old around the home to fix this major issue.
How would you use a tennis ball to protect your floors from the dining table? It’s really simple. Simply cut a plus sign slit into the ball. This would be the hole for your dining table leg to slip right into. It’s like a full on shoe for your table leg.
The insides of a tennis ball is rubber while the outside is made of a wool, nylon, and cotton material. This substance that makes contact with the floor won’t damage the table by any means.
However, it doesn’t always look nice. In fact, it might look too tacky. That’s why i don’t recommend that this be a permanent thing for your table and that you should find a better alternative. That is, unless you don’t care about how it looks.
Don’t use wheel casters
This is from personal experience. I have had a terrible experience with a computer desk that had wheel casters. These are basically wheels on your desk.
Yes, they help prevent scratching of the wood undernead the feet. However, the point at where ball touches the wood starts to press into the wood after a few years. This created a dimple that was very difficult to repair requiring several patches of glue and materials to repair.
My guess is that the point of contact where the ball meets the floor is very small. It created a huge amount of pressure on a very small area and was able to press it down into the floor due to the weight of my desk.
If the feet of the leg would have been wider, then the force would have been distributed across more of the area and maybe my floor would’ve been saved.
But it’s a lesson learned.