There is a lot of advice out there regarding what should go under your recliner when it’s on the wood floor. For example, you may use a rug or different pads to put under a recliner on a wood floor. So, here are some tips to help you decide what exactly you should put underneath your chair.
Your first step towards protecting your hardwood floor is choosing the padding material. There are three main types of padding, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Felt pads are a good choice because they’re economical and fairly easy to install. In addition, they’re very effective and durable. They also have a non-skid backing which ensures your chair will stay in place. And they don’t slide around on the floor as some other protectors do. On the downside, felt pads are thin and don’t provide much cushioning for your floor.
Rubber pads are a good choice because they’re easy to install and easy to get out of your way when they must be moved on your wood floor. They are also very effective at catching crumbs, dust, sand, and dirt–in fact, the only thing that can pierce through the rubber is a tack driver.
They’re also non-skid and don’t slide around as some other protectors do. On the downside, rubber tends to wear down over time from friction with other furniture on top of it (like chairs), so you’ll need to replace them fairly often.
Nail-On Felt Pads
These are the most effective and durable protection material you can use under your recliner. Only a tack driver can pierce through them, and they last a long time with only occasional replacement. They are also non-skid and don’t slide around as some other protectors do.
On the downside, nails are rather hard to install, so it will take you some to get one that fits properly under your recliner.
How To Choose
So, which of the three types of padding is best? There are two answers to that question, but you need to decide which one suits your personal preferences and budget.
If you’re on a tight budget, then felt pads would be the way to go. They’re not usually very expensive, and they only need occasional replacement if they get worn out. If you choose to use felt pads instead of glue-on rubber pads, try to find ones with a non-skid backing so your chair won’t slide around on the floor while it’s in use.
Felt pads can also help protect furniture over them if you have those surfaces on any lower level in addition to your hardwood floor (like chairs or coffee tables).