The most beautiful metal and wood furniture often weigh a lot, and this means trouble for your flooring. The furniture’s excessive weight and sharp edges can scratch or damage your floors, leading to potential problems if you want to host parties or sell your home.
On that note, you do not have to compromise quality by buying cheap, light furniture just to be able to save your floors. Trust us, you can have the best of both worlds! Just follow these tips:
#01. Put felt pads on the bottom of your furniture.
Most furniture has sharp edges that can cut into the linoleum or wood, and the heavier the furniture, the higher the risk of tears or cuts. If, however, you add felt pads to the bottom of your furniture, you can protect your floor from extensive damage. Be sure to examine the felt pads once in a while as they, too, can wear away, especially if you move the furniture around.
#02. Do not drag the furniture across the floor.
When you drag the furniture, you will scrape its sharp edges against the floor, causing a lot of scratches that could lead to giant scrapes across linoleum or wood. Instead of dragging the furniture, be sure to lift it if you want to move it to another location. If you cannot lift it by yourself, then have family or friends to help you. You can also put thick towels or rugs underneath the furniture if you really have no choice but to drag it.
#03. Clean your floor before moving or placing heavy furniture.
Even with the help of towels, the weight of heavy furniture can press sand and other debris into your floor, damaging or scratching it. Make sure you have swept and mopped your floor first before you start moving furniture across it and make sure to let everything dry off first. You do not want to slip and have furniture smack into your floor.
#04. Cushion your furniture with rugs or carpets.
Carpets are known to stand up to the wear and tear of heavy furniture better than laminate or wood flooring. If you do not already have carpet in your home, then you can buy carpets or rugs to stick underneath your furniture. Be sure to buy thick rugs or carpets to give your floor that extra protection.
#05. Place heavy furniture in quiet areas.
If children or pets knock into your furniture, then they can damage the floor by making the furniture teeter, slide, or even topple over. It is best to keep heavy furniture out of major walkways like the living room, front room, the kitchen, hallways, and kids’ rooms. If you do decide to put it in the living room, then do not place it in the central areas where the kids love to play.