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Question DetailsAsked on 12/4/2013

Do furniture sliders for moving heavy furniture really work? Do they work on hardwood floors?

I have an extremely heavy leather sofa bed couch and I want to be able to rearrange my furniture when guests come. I've seen furniture sliders advertised on TV. Do they really work and if they do, can they be used on a hardwood floor without scratching or damaging the floor somehow? Any other suggestions to move this heavy couch around?

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I have used them on my oak floors and had no problems. Just be sure to use the largest you can get to spread out the load and dry mop or sweep the floor prior to moving the couch so as to get rid of any grit that could scratch the floor. If you are still worried and have some drop cloths or old blankets you can lift up the couch one end at a time and slip the blanket under one end then the other. Place another drop cloth in front of the other and overlapping the first over the second. That is a bit of overkill though, as long as the sliders are new or you check to make sure there is no grit stuck to them you should be fine.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


As Don said, they work IF there is no grit stuck to them OR to the floor - therein lies the rub, because grit tends to embed in them if they are felt or plastic, and of course if they are metal they can gouge wood or laminate quite easily. I have seen some terrible floor scratches from nylon or plastic sliders with grit stuck to the slider, from being drug across the floor. And of course, by the time you feel the resistance or hear the scratching sound, damage has already been done.

For furniture that is frequently moved I recommend a thick glued-on (NEVER NAILS OR STAPLES) felt pad that is checked periodically to be sure it does not have grit embedded in it.

My recommendation for occasional moving for cleaning or entertaining is to drymop or hand wipe the floor where you will be dragging it to get grit out of the path, then just place about a 4-layer piece of fabric like a twice folded CLEAN old washcloth or cleaning rag under each foot to act as a pad. You can build a little lever to help lift the couch while you slip it under - a scrap of wood like a 1x4 about 3 feet long, with an appropriately thick piece of wood (padded with fabric) mounted crosswise near one end, so you can slip that end in under the end of the couch, kneel on the long board to pry the couch end up to slip the cloth pieces under, then do same to other end when you want to slide the couch around. Think aof teeter-totter with the balance point way off-centered toward the couch end to provide leverage. This sort of idea -

They also sell commercial ones - a bunch shown here -

Just be sure it is well padded where it contacts the floor to prevent scratching or denting the floor - I have seen dents in both hardwood and laminate,, as well as cracked floor tiles and stone, from the ones with little pads or hard plastic rollers.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I think you were refering to the "As seen onTV" sliders, large plastic discs that you put under the legs of a couch not the permanent ones you fasten to the legs. If they are the later they can be just as bad as the existing legs because they pick up grit and can damage the floor as much as the original legs. I wore the finish off my ceramic tile floor with those. The sliders I was refering to were for temporary use and those are fine since you tale them off between moves and can clean them, they usually come in a set of various sizes and that is what I meant about using the largest ones.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


I have the large sliders for moving furniture and they work great. If I want to use them for wood or laminate or tile floors I just slip the thick fuzzy covers over the hard plastic. When you move furniture on carpet just use the hard plastic sliders. I'd like to be of more help, but I'm not sure where I bought them. I think it was at Home Depot or Menards.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9187467

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