Often, the most beautiful wood and metal furniture weighs a lot, which means big trouble for your flooring. The furniture’s sharp edges and excessive weight could scratch or otherwise damage your floors, leading to potential problems if you ever want to host parties or sell your house.
You don’t have to compromise by buying cheap, light furniture just to save your floors. You can have the best of both worlds if you follow the tips listed below.
- Put felt pads on the bottom of the furniture.
Most furniture has sharp edges that could cut into the wood or linoleum on your floor. And the heavier the furniture, the higher the risk of cuts or tears. If you add felt pads to the bottom of your furniture’s legs, sides, feet, etc., you’ll protect your floor from extensive damage.
Don’t forget to examine the felt pads every once in a while. The weight of the furniture will probably wear through them eventually, especially if you move the furniture around a lot. It could also wear if you stack heavy items on the top of the furniture. Just remember to check the pads at least once a year.
- Never drag furniture across the floor.
When you drag furniture, you often drag it at an angle, scraping its sharp edges against your flooring. This causes a lot of scratches, and could lead to giant scrapes across wood or linoleum.
Even if you don’t drag your furniture at an angle, you could still damage your floor. Lift instead of dragging whenever you want to move your furniture to another location. If you can’t lift the furniture by yourself, have family or friends help you, or rent a dolly.
You can also put thick rugs or towels underneath the furniture if you have to drag it. Just pay close attention to the towel. Stop and adjust it if it slips out from under the furniture.
- Clean your floor before placing or moving heavy furniture.
Even if you have towels, the weight of the heavy furniture could press sand and other debris into the floor, scratching or damaging it. Make sure you’ve swept and mopped your floor before you start moving furniture across it, and don’t forget to let everything dry off. You don’t want to slip and have the furniture smack into the floor.
- Cushion your furniture with carpets or rugs.
Carpets can stand up to the wear and tear of heavy furniture better than wood or laminate flooring. If you don’t already have carpet in your home, you can buy rugs or carpets to stick underneath your furniture. Make sure you buy really thick carpets or rugs to give your floor extra protection.
To keep the rugs from slipping, attach rubber pads to the underside. The pads keep the rug from shifting as people walk over it—if it shifts with the heavy furniture on top of it, you’ll have a hard time getting it back in its proper place.
- Place heavy furniture in quiet areas.
If rough-housing children or pets knock into your furniture, they could damage the floor by making the furniture slide, teeter, or even topple over. Keep the heavy furniture out of major walkways like the front room, the living room, the kitchen, any hallways, and any children’s rooms. If you do put it in the living room, just make sure it stays out of central areas where children might play.
What could children knock over? Think of bookshelves, entertainment centres, armoires, china cabinets, and some sofas. Sofas don’t usually topple over, but children like to play on them because they can easily bounce on and climb around them. Make sure you place your sofa, shelves, and other heavy furniture as close to walls as you can.
However, your heavy furniture doesn’t have to contribute to the damage. Use these tips to keep your home looking beautiful for many years to come.