Glides are those often-invisible bits at the bottom of chair legs that protect both the legs themselves and, more importantly, the floor beneath them. They prevent floors from becoming scratched and damaged, make it easier to move chairs around, and reduce the noise created by the scraping of chair feet on hard surfaces. Because of their importance, it’s important to ensure that glides are regularly checked for damage and that they are still intact and functioning properly.
There are three main types of chair glides: self-adhesive, screw on, and nail on. The key difference between them is how they are fitted to the chair leg. Self-adhesive glides can be easily removed if you only want to use them when moving furniture, while screw on and nail on glides are fixed to the chair leg for permanent use. There is no difference in how they function however; they all serve the same purpose of protecting the furniture and floor.
To install a glide, first clean the bottom of your chair leg with a damp cloth to remove any dirt and dust (Photo 1). If your chair has a threaded hole at the bottom of its leg, you can use leveling glides that screw into the chair leg. If your chair doesn’t have a threaded hole, you can try using a cap, which snaps on to the end of the chair leg. The easiest way to determine what size cap to buy is by flipping your chair over and examining the bottom of the leg to see if it has a’seat’ where the glide will go. If so, measure the diameter of the’seat’ to find out which size glide will snap securely onto it.
The best chair glides for hardwood floors are made of durable materials and designed to fit snugly on the legs of your chair. They are shaped to be sturdy and non-flexible to protect the legs from scratches and dents, and have soft felt bottoms that reduce friction, reduce noise, and protect the flooring surface underneath. They also provide a small amount of cushioning to make it more comfortable to sit in your chair.
These furniture glides are designed for wooden, tile and laminate vinyl floors and have a smart transparent design that will not detract from the appearance of your chairs or any other furniture. They are easy to slip on the chair leg and fit like a glove, making them an ideal solution for anyone with a hardfloor. They are also very durable and can withstand heavy loads and frequent use. They are suitable for all types of chairs, and will protect wood floors from scratching and snagging.