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A couple of years ago, I was struggling with the decision as to whether or not I should get rid of various things that I never seemed to use. It was that point when I stumbled across these top 5 ways to use leftover rubber & felt furniture feet pads and haven’t looked back since.
If you have the same issue with those fluffy little buggers lying around your place, accumulating like a useless pack of Tribbles from Star Trek, then read on to learn how you, too, can get further use out of them, once and for all.
1. Keep Wall Decor in Place Using Rubber Pads
I initially got the idea of using rubber bumper pads for wall decor from my mother. Initially, she wanted to use them to keep her pictures in place. This was more so the case during earthquakes, occasional doors slamming, or even the hard-walking upstairs neighbors.
I quickly learned that the bumpers didn’t just keep things in place. They also helped me out while I was dusting and sped the whole process up. Honestly, out of the majority of chores that I’ve wholeheartedly disliked throughout most of my life, dusting would have been one of them.
Those small, insignificant bumpers ended up turning into a small yet awesome blessing in disguise. I no longer had to retrace my steps to straighten pictures or wall art, which saved me minutes and gave me fewer excuses.
Between that alone and also buying a better duster, more efficient duster, I learned to enjoy dusting. I even started to do it weekly, if not twice a week. In fact, that’s about the point in my cleaning journey where loved ones finally started to ask if I was okay.
2. Soften Cabinet & Drawer Noise with Felt Pads
Although this one is sort of a no brainer, I love adding leftover furniture pads to the corners of cabinet doors and drawers.
Furniture bumpers may not always be added upon installation, and they can sometimes become less effective or worn down over time. One type may even work better than the other, making it a good idea to experiment.
If you hear a louder-than-normal banging every time a cabinet drawer or door is shut, try adding pads. They can be a quick and inexpensive way to help deaden or soften any loud noises.
3. Turn Items Into Non-Slip
Even though bumper pads are generally designed to protect surfaces, adding them to the bottom of items can be a great way to keep them where they’re supposed to be. Just as rubber pads can keep wall decor in place, they do the same for table or countertop items that might get moved when dusted, bumped in to, or jostled.
Another area where this can come in handy is in drawers. If you have problems with junk or utensil organizers continually moving out of place, use rubber pads underneath them to keep them in place. Once again, because items won’t be continuously moved about, you can avoid having to rearrange or reorganize things later.
Some of the other items I’ve found useful to make non-slip include:
- Underneath laptops
- Drawer organizers and bins
- Pet bowls
- Food containers
- Table or countertop knickknacks
4. Protect Furniture & Make Heavier Items Easy to Move
For some reason, felt pads are probably my favorite to use out of the 5 ways to use leftover rubber and felt furniture pads. While they’re great for protecting the floor, they’re great for plenty of other uses as well.
Make Cleaning Easier & Faster
Using them on chairs and other types of furniture helps me to move them easily, quickly, and without damaging the floors.
I often like to treat my cleaning sessions as though I were playing a game, making it a point to move and finish as fast as I can. Sometimes, that might mean that I’ll even work against a timer. The pads come in handy with this since I don’t have to pick anything up or get slowed down.
I notice the most benefit whenever I’m vacuuming or mopping the floors. I tend to finish faster and have fewer steps, such as moving chairs individually. Since there are fewer steps, that means I have fewer reasons to procrastinate or not do it more consistently.
Move Heavy Items With Ease
The second benefit where these leftover furniture pads can come in handy is with moving bigger, heavier, and more cumbersome items. This typically includes items that are on hard floors but might not otherwise be easy to move on one’s own due to their weight or size.
A good example of this would be major appliances, like a stove. I can quickly move my oven by myself now because I have felt feet attached to the bottom.
As I mentioned in my 10 Things You Might Be Forgetting to Clean At Home post, I find this really handy when I’m doing spring or seasonal cleaning since I usually don’t want to wait for someone to help me. Because it’s so easy to move, I’m also willing to get under the stove to clean far more often.
Types of Heavy Items That Felt Pads Can Be Beneficial for:
- Dining chairs and barstools
- The dining room and console tables
- Couches and chairs
- Large planters and pots
5. Create Pull-Out Style Bins and Organizers
Although I can usually get away with using plastic bins on most smooth surfaces without having to add anything special, I find adding felt furniture pads to certain items can make them more accessible.
For instance, one area where I found them useful happened to involve my Ninja Coffee Bar System.
Like most kitchens, I have issues low-set cabinets. Our coffeemaker is also quite tall, has a steam vent on top, and there’s not much room to spare between it and the cabinet above. This forced me to pull the machine out from underneath to avoid steam damage any time I want to make coffee.
The other kicker? The machine has rubber feet on the bottom (yeah, go figure), making it more awkward to move. Considering I do single-serve doses throughout the day, that’s a lot of hassle just for a nice brew!
Fortunately, I figured out that as long as I could find a nice-looking tray big enough for my machine, I could set the coffee machine on top of the tray. I then placed larger felt feet on the bottom to make it easier to pull out. In the end, it worked out better than expected!
I wound up being able to contain the all-too-common spills and stains from landing on my counter, all while being able to pull the coffeemaker out with little to no effort. It looks great, too, and who could hate that?
In the end, there are probably more than these 5 ways to use leftover rubber and felt furniture feet pads, but it’s been a lot of fun experimenting with different things to see what else might work. So far, I would have to say that the coffeemaker tray trick and the time-saving furniture moving hacks are my most favorite.
Have any clever ideas for rubber or felt bumper pads? Comment down below!
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