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The Best Furniture Sliders for Hardwood Floors

Updated on August 30, 2010

Furniture Sliders are an amazing device that make moving simple and easy and they work great on carpets sure, but you still have some reservations about using them on hardwood floors. You may have heard of people using furniture sliders to move heavy objects around on their hardwood floors only to find that they had a huge scratch in floor. There is good news; not all furniture sliders will scratch your wood floors but the question remains what are the best furniture sliders for hardwood floors?

To start off it’s important to understand what’s happening when you get a big old scratch in your hardwood floor. In my furniture sliders review, I mentioned that I had tried using a set of furniture sliders to move my table across the wooden floors in my dining room. I ended up scratching the finish on the floor with the hard plastic furniture sliders. What happened in this instance is that before moving the table we failed to clean up the floors and a small stone or cinder got underneath the slider while it was moving and was dragged across the floor. Based on the size of the scratch I would have to assume that they were pretty small. Wanting to test out other sliders, I cleaned the floor first before trying this again. While I was successful in moving my table with a couple other sliders there was one furniture slider that worked better on hardwood floors than the others.

So based on this discovery, it would seem that moving furniture across hardwood floors has more to do with how clean the floor is than with what furniture glider your using. That being said there is one furniture slider that works better on hardwood floors. The Waxman reusable sliders that I used worked well when sliding the table across the floor. I believe this to be because the sliders themselves are made with a tough felt like material on the bottom. It seems that the felt has more give to the material and will absorb more small cinders and dirt than the hard plastic. With respect to how the sliders performed when moving the table, each of them performed equally well making my heavy oak dining room table easy to move by myself.

If you have hardwood floors and are looking to get furniture sliders that won’t scratch or damage the flooring then my suggestion is to purchase sliders with a felt -like material on the bottom. However, if you already have a set of sliders, then my recommendation is to go ahead and use those sliders making sure that you vacuum or sweep prior to using them. No matter which furniture slider you do end up using, it’s a good idea to clean the floors anyhow to eliminate any dirt that will scratch the floor. The 15 minutes it takes to clean the floor will be far better than any effort you put into repairing or replacing the flooring.


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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I really need these. I think about them every time I move something. lol Great hub!!