I have carpet in a bedroom that I am thinking of replacing with a hardwood floor, but the bed has big wooden feet and they might scuff the floor. Is there a standard way to protect the floor? Maybe a rubber pad or cup?

  • @ratchetfreak - but on occasion a little bit of back and forth movement of a bed may be unavoidable ... – brhans Oct 22 '18 at 12:37
  • One doesn't need to move furniture to see it damage flooring. Simple vibration from usage will eventually mar or scuff the floor. – isherwood Oct 22 '18 at 14:12
  • glue circles of carpet to the bottom (fuzzy-side-down), trim as needed; more effective than felt and less chance of holding scuffing dirt – dandavis Oct 22 '18 at 16:24

In addition to Jim Stewart's answer, you can buy self-adhesive felt pads to place on the bottom of furniture legs. These allow the furniture to be slid across the floor from time to time, without scratching.

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  • I was going to comment with this. I have used them before as well in the US. – Ben Oct 22 '18 at 12:55
  • @Ben That was helpful. I have removed the geographical limitation. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Oct 22 '18 at 12:58

The bed has "big wooden feet"-- how big? A large cross section of the ends of the feet decreases the pressure at each point and reduces deformation of the floor. You might be able to use the bed as is with no significant damage to the floor.

You can buy glider pads for furniture and keep them under the legs all the time. Or you could make support pads for the feet of the bed out of 1/2 inch plywood. A square 6" x 6" should be enough, then cut off the corners to make an octagon. Slightly relieve the edges with sand paper so that it doesn't leave edge marks.

Some furniture manufacturers put metal buttons on the bottoms of wooden legs. Does your bed have those? If directly in contact with a softer floor, those will cause deformation and scratching. If your bed has those, and you decide to use the bed without pads, pry the metal buttons off with a screwdriver. But if you use wooden pads you can leave them on, especially if you make a slight depression in the wooden pad for the buttons to fit in.

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I would consider either rubber feet (thick rubber designed for furniture, not just a sheet of rubber because it will tear) or sticky felt (one side is sticky, the other is felt). I use rubber on our couch. It doesn't move and protects our wood floor and felt for our furniture we don't sit. If you felt furniture you sit/lay on, it will move around the room.

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    Felt pads are my preference. They slide if necessary and do a fine job of protecting the floor. They should be as large as possible without becoming an eyesore. – isherwood Oct 22 '18 at 14:13

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