Asked on Jul 28, 2020

Chair booties

Becky at Flipping the FlipJohnavallance82Lauren of Mom Home Guide
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We have 4 oak dining room chairs and a ceramic tile floor, the chair legs have cracked multiple tiles in spite of having the felt pads under the chair legs. Are there any homemade chair booties or socks I can make to soften the blows? The tiles are laid over a slightly irregular slab foundation.


9 answers
    • Redcatcec
      on Jul 29, 2020

      Thanks for the links, many creative ideas on Pinterest and the more traditional on Amazon.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Jul 28, 2020

    Chairs crack tiles because tiles were not installed properly or your floor is shifting. It is important to keep stady temp In the house to prevent that


    • Redcatcec
      on Jul 29, 2020

      Thank you for you input on this, you are right the installation. As we have come to learn with this renovation of removing wall to wall carpet, we found ancient linoleum under it. The linoleum was glued to the slab foundation and came up in pieces, to the point of areas had to be scraped and sanded off. The result was an uneven cement base. I think the contractor tried his best to get it level, but it just was not in the end. I am think of taking up the cracked tiles and trying to compensate somewhat with making the base even. The covers for the legs is a stop gap measure, the felt pads don't want to stay on too well.

  • Emily
    on Jul 29, 2020

    What about tryin the tennis ball on the legs of the chairs? I have seen many people do this on their walker legs. Just an idea.

  • Betsy
    on Jul 29, 2020

    Hi Redcatcec: Have you considered putting a rug under the dining room table and chairs? If the tiles are on an irregular foundation, they will surely crack. You can get some really nice rugs at Home Depot or Lowes. Good luck

  • Maura White
    on Jul 29, 2020

    Hmmm....its the irregular slab foundation that is the problem. And its the weight from the person that is causing the cracks. Not sure if another bootie will solve that problem.

    • Redcatcec
      on Jul 29, 2020

      Next thought is to try to make the replacement tiles more even, might take some chiseling of the foundation, which is the cause of the tiles cracking.

      Thanks for your help.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Jul 31, 2020

    You can sew DIY chair socks for your chairs - they are actually pretty cute.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide
    on Jul 31, 2020

    This tutorial suggests cutting sponges and gluing them to the bottoms of your chairs to protect your floor. You could spray paint the sponges to make them look better. Or you could add them to your chair legs and then cover them with your DIY hair booties.

    • Redcatcec
      on Aug 3, 2020

      The sponges are also a good idea, we had the felt stick-on pads but they came off with moving the chair, not always the reliable. Thank you again.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Aug 1, 2020

    Hello Redcatcec,

    The foundation is the problem. It won't get any better until the foundation are made good. The only possible help otherwise is to use rubber ladder shoes. Best wishes

    • Redcatcec
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thank you for answering, I agree it is the foundation that is uneven., I am dreading taking up tiles to fix this situation.

  • Have you tried those silicone glides for chair feet? I’d also fix that floor if at all possible as it could also be a tripping hazard.

    • Redcatcec
      on Aug 3, 2020

      Thaks for getting to this question, you are right, it is a tripping hazard. The only thing going that is helping is it is under a dining room chair which is a low traffic area. It does need to be fixed.

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