Every now and then I come across a product that solves a common problem. One such nuisance is furniture that scratches the floor - chairs and tables that pull across the floor leaving unsightly marks in their tracks.
Many years ago, the shopkeeper at my local hardware store introduced me to EZ Glide Surface Protectors - the small carpet-like pads specifically designed to prevent surface scratching. EZ Glides are terrific - not only do they prevent scratches, but they also make moving furniture so easy. I have them on the bottom of every chair leg, and every table leg - even on the feet of my garbage receptacles - everything that could potentially damage the floors if moved.
Every spring, Cheryl and Gretchen, who take care of Skylands, my home in Maine, check the everyday furniture and replace all the EZ Glides in time for the busy summer entertaining season. They change hundreds of EZ Glides on chairs, tables, baskets, planters, etc. It's a tedious chore, but well-worth the effort. Enjoy these photos.
EZ Glides are available in rounds, strips, pads and rolls. The heavy duty Olefin fiber construction makes them water resistant for extra durability. http://www.ezglides.com
During winter, when I am not at Skylands, the furniture is always protected with white sheets. Every spring, as rooms are cleaned and furniture is uncovered, EZ Glides are replaced on all the often-used pieces.
Here, Gretchen removes the old EZ Glide from the bottom of a dining room chair.
These chairs also have protective plastic rounds on all the leg bottoms, but the EZ Glides attach easily on top.
These protectors are very simple to use – just peel off the paper backing and adhere to the surface.
This size is perfect for these chair legs, but if needed, EZ Glides can be cut to fit.
Once the chair is turned over, it is easy to push back under the table without any scratches on the floor.
The EZ Glides are nearly invisible from this distance – they don’t deter from the beauty of the faux bois dining table and silk velvet chairs.
On the pink granite-topped table, even the boat, holding many stones I’ve collected over the years, has EZ Glides under its hull.
Cheryl is replacing the EZ Glides on the stools for my large kitchen table.
Over time, the old ones flatten from use.
Because the adhesive is so strong, Cheryl uses a putty knife to remove the old EZ Glide.
The new EZ Glide is affixed to the stool leg – so easy to do, just peel and stick.
The bright and spacious kitchen has always been an important part of Skylands. During the summer months, there are always many mouths to feed – I keep about 18-stools under this table for guests to use.
Even the garbage cans get EZ Glides. Gretchen uses a large round for each of the four feet.
So neat and tidy – they fit just right on the bottom of this receptacle.
All the garbage cans are labeled – trash, glass, recycle, returnable bottles, etc. These two sit next to one of two enameled sinks, which are original to the house.
These waste cans sit next to the bank of stoves across the room from the sinks.
Gretchen uses EZ Glide strips for the bottom of these laundry baskets.
The EZ Glides stick firmly to the wicker. These baskets are pretty sizable, so Gretchen uses six strips under each basket.
I keep two baskets by the fishmonger table – one for kitchen linens and one for table linens. I found this porcelain fishmonger table in an antiques store – it looks so perfect in this kitchen, as if it has always been here.
This is a faux bois planter. Because it is so heavy and made of concrete, it is important to place several EZ Glides on the bottom, so nothing touches the surface of the wooden windowsill.
The EZ Glides certainly make moving them a little easier when the leaded windows are cleaned.
This pink granite-topped table is currently in my living room. EZ Glides are affixed to all the legs, especially since I like to move its location from time to time.
EZ Glides are also under the legs of this faux bois chair in my Living Hall.
You probably recognize this table, even under the sheets – my long faux bois table in the center of the Living Hall. Built by artist, Carlos Cortes, it is a very strong structure. The table top and the four bench tops are made of wood-grained cement. The table top alone weighs 1200-pounds! And yes, each leg has an EZ Glide.
And, so does each bench leg.
EZ Glides save the floors, and your back – they’re not only great, they’re a good thing! Where do you use your EZ Glide Surface Protectors? Let me know in the comments section below.