How can I wheelchair proof my poor, scratched furniture?

by Wanda
  3 answers
  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jul 15, 2017
    Truthfully the best thing to do is to figure out which part of the chair is causing the damage and then build a bumper for it that goes with your decor!!! We did this for our beloved friend and it worked like a charm.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 15, 2017
    I have used those thin sheets of craft foam and some rubber cement to make bumper protections on pieces for disabled clients. I get mine from the Dollar Tree. You can also use those felt dots made for furniture legs, and use a colored marker (you can get stain markers in the paint section) to blend it.
    By the way those stain marker pens are great for blending scratches in, and they make hard wax stain sticks that you use heat to melt the wax into the scratch to repair pieces where the scratch is deep. If all your furniture is the same stain color, you might pickup a small can of gel stain in the same color and use a q-tip to apply.
    If a wall is continually getting scratched, I applied pool noodles along a lady's hall wall to act as a bumper. Corners, you can buy clear plastic edging at a home store.
    If its the wheel chair arm doing damage, or the foot rest, you can apply single cell foam strips or buy clear silicon gasket tubing using rubber cement.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 15, 2017
    And I've been pondering how to furniture-proof my wheelchair! Where the wheels and foot rests are, is where there are kitchen table and chair legs, potted plants, and other hazards. At arm level, most of the furniture is upholstered and safe. I really like the clear plastic edging for 90* walls, of which I have one. For you and for me, we need to figure new furniture placement to allow more space. Best wishes 😇