Can Your Furniture and Hardwood Floors Get Along?

Cortney Lindquist

Durability is one of the most important benefits of hardwood flooring. Hardwood is the most-durable type of flooring you can get.

However, another important  interior-design feature—your furniture—can damage your hardwood floors.

Fortunately, it’s simple to keep that from happening.

How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors

Un-padded furniture pieces can scratch a hardwood floor if you slide them across the floor. For example, if you have a dinner party, a guest might inadvertently slide a chair across the floor. It’s rare, but even a slight movement can cause a noticeable scratch.

To guard against this damage, add pads or gliders to couches, tables, and any other furniture with legs.

We recommend tap-in glides instead of glides that are connected to the legs with nails, as nails can damage the floor over time. Tap-in glides use thin metal that doesn’t cause any damage to the hardwood finish.

Another option is to add a nice area rug beneath your furniture. You can use small rugs that don't detract from that wonderful wooden look hardwood floors bring.

Bottom Line

It’s easy to prevent damage to your hardwood flooring if you’re aware of the potential for damage and take simple steps to protect it.

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