handyman furniture feet resized 600Here is an easy handyman tip to prevent scratches caused by furniture on your beautiful wood floor. Furniture has a way of moving around somewhat, especially if it gets bumped around. Things like a desk or a dresser that has drawers will move slightly when you open and close them. Hard surface floors like wood or laminate are smooth, and depending on how much force is exerted in the opening and closing action, you may get scratches on the floor

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You can prevent this by padding the feet of the furniture. You can buy small padded rests for the desk or piece of furniture. Depending on what type of wood the furniture is made of, it may be easy or tough to get the feet in. Most of these will have a spike coming from the center that enters the leg or base of the furniture. I wouldn’t tip the furniture over to install these, rather enlist some help from someone to lift one side of the furniture so you can tap the foot into place. Most furniture is made of particle board and so you can probably get the point of the spike into the piece and let the weight of the furniture sink it in. These feet are small and shouldn’t be very noticeable.

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If the leg of the furniture is solid wood, I wouldn’t chance hitting the entire length of the spike into it, for fear it may split the wood. Instead, you can grind the spike down to a length where it just enters the wood and holds.

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