better homes than yours · crafty · DIY

My chairs have socks.

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My chairs are wearing socks. Which is great, because that way at least someone is. Heaven knows my kids hate wearing them.

We started off, like most people, with felt pads on the bottoms of our chairs – mostly to protect the wood floors from damage but also so that the chairs would slide quietly and easily. It worked for a while – or so we thought.

One day we saw our kids tipping a chair backwards and then dragging it along the floor. I winced at the scraping noise and reminded myself that I really do want the floors to develop some patina – but not today.

Felt pads were clearly not enough. While they do a good enough job on the bottom of the chair legs, they’re useless once those legs are tipped on edge. So I turned to the internet and discovered these things called “chair sox”. Cheapskate that I am, I didn’t feel like paying $30 for a set of 24 (six chairs’ worth, for the math impaired), so I figured I could make them myself with fabrics I have sitting around at home.

So I did. Aren’t they cute?

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(Please ignore the unswept floor. Clearly the child responsible hadn’t done their chores yet.)

Now my chairs glide silently when they get moved or even dragged. Mission accomplished.

Next mission: convince my kids that socks are cool, preferably sometime before winter sets in!

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(If you want a tutorial on how to do this at home, let me know in the comments!)

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