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Install Furniture Pads and Glides

Protect your floors and furniture by attaching pads and glides to your table and chair legs.

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Tools & Materials

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Know Before You Shop for Furniture Hardware

  • Match the pad or glide to the floor. Metal or plastic glides work well on carpeting, while felt and some plastic pads work best on hard surfaces.
  • Measure the size of the smallest chair or table leg end; then buy pads and glides of the same or the next smallest size.

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Protect Your Furniture with Pads and Glides

Step 1

Draw an "X" on the bottom of the chair leg.

To find the center of a chair leg (especially an oddly shaped one), use a square or ruler to mark diagonal lines between the corners of the leg.

For round furniture legs, measure the leg diameter and divide that in half. Hold a ruler that far from the edge and mark three or four lines on the leg. Where they meet (or almost meet) is the center.

Step 2

Drill a hole.

Where the lines intersect, drill a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail or screw that will hold the glide in place.

Good to Know

Make a simple drilling jig to help freehand a 90 degree hole. Draw a 90-degree line along the edge of a scrap block. Rest the block beside your drilling mark and sight the bit parallel with the line and resting against the block edge as you start the hole.

Step 3

Attach the furniture glide.

Gently tap the glide in place without bending the nail.

Some pads come with a hard floor or carpet option. Use the plastic pad on carpets or attach adhesive-back felt pads for smooth, hard-surface floors.