Protect your hardwood floors and keep them looking like new by installing felt pads on the bottoms of furniture legs to prevent unsightly marks and scratches on the floor. Place felt pads on furniture pieces that are used and moved around most often, such as chairs, stools and ottomans. Felt pads are an easy and inexpensive way to extend the life of your wood floors, and come in a variety of types and sizes to fit any furniture bottom.
Purchase felt pads to install on your furniture. Choose either self-adhesive or tap-in ones, and the sizes and thicknesses that best fit your needs. Felt pads come in all sizes and thicknesses — choose a thicker pad for heavier furniture — as well as even large un-cut squares of self-adhesive felt, so you can cut the shape you need to custom-fit furniture bottoms with unusual shapes.
Lay the piece of furniture on its side and clean the area, where you will be applying the felt pad, such as bottom of a chair leg, with a dry rag. Use a small amount of soap and water to clean the area if there is any buildup to create a smooth, clean surface for the felt pad to adhere to.
Peel the paper off the adhesive back of the felt pad and press it firmly onto the bottom of the piece of furniture and hold for around 10 seconds to create a tight seal. Or, lightly tap the pad onto the leg with a hammer if you are using a tap-in felt pad. Repeat these steps for each piece of furniture.
Check the felt pads every few months to ensure they are still tightly adhered to the furniture bottom. Replace the pads as needed when they wear down or fall off completely. Choose tap-in felt pads instead of self-adhesive versions for longer protection, as they tend to stay put longer than the styick-on variety.