Narrow Rectangular Furniture Legs

The latest style in furniture is furniture legs that are 1/2″ thick and anywhere from 1″ to 2″ wide. You can find these types of legs on tables and chairs, especially chairs, but even on patio furniture and lounge chairs. It makes for really great looking furniture but the legs can really damage floors.

Felt pads can’t hold onto the bottom of the narrow leg no matter what glue you use. Some tell me they’ve even used that really strong glue you see on TV and it also doesn’t hold for very long. It’s basic physics. There is simply to much stress being put on the felt and glue as you move the furniture back and forth. Some of you have tried to use wide clear adhesive tape and some have even tried duct tape (they will remain nameless but you know who you are).

Well, Flexi-Felt has heard your cries of “I need help”, “I’m so fed up of having glue and felt stuck to my floor and not the bottom of the chair legs” and so on. They have come up with a clear piece that has their felt on the bottom. It is similar to their models for sled based chairs but is made especially for ½” wide rectangular furniture legs. You simply put the pieces on the floor under the furniture legs (exactly where you want them to be on the legs) and push down on the furniture. The clear piece holds onto the bottom of the furniture leg and the wool blend felt on the bottom of the clear piece protects the floor. Finally a solution for narrow rectangular legs.

Kitchen Cupboard Chaos

Are you like me, I open the cupboard door under the kitchen sink and find the dreaded kitchen cupboard chaos? What with all the different cleaning, waxing, degreasing, polishing spray bottles, dog shampoo and deodorizer, dishwasher and regular dish soap, scrub pads and the list goes on and on…. Added to that, I put a small garbage can under there for things that need to go in the garbage outside within 24 hours or the whole house smells to high heaven. It’s a mess, things are piled on top of each other and of course because of the mess, drips and can or spray bottle marks and dirt ends up all over the place. Yuck. I don’t like opening my cupboard doors and I sure don’t want any visitors to EVER see the inside of that cupboard.

What to do? You can wash as a spill happens but would hubby or the kids take the time to do that (especially when it took quite a feat to get them to help)? You could empty everything out every week, or so but who has the time. I tried those cheap plastic shelves but they have slits in them so if you don’t place narrow bottles like the dog shampoo or scrubbing pads properly they end up falling down one level or all the way to the bottom and either landing on other stuff or knocking other stuff over. Either way it ends up in a bigger mess and, as will often happen, there will be spills because someone (who shall remain nameless) didn’t close one of the bottles properly.

Now there is a better option than either the mess or the flimsy shelves, there is the Eco-Shelf Pro from the creators of the Flexi-Felt. You take the inside measurements of your cupboard as instructed on their web site and specify how many shelves you need. They will custom make your shelves at a reasonable cost. When you get them, unfortunately you must clean out your cupboard at that time, then just put in the new shelves (no tools needed). It will just take a couple of minutes, not like some of those units that you buy and it takes an hour to assemble, you discover you put one piece in wrong when you go to put it in place and then must completely undo it and start all over again (we all know and have done this before). Place your stuff back on the shelves and you will find that it’s so much easier to find and use all your products AND you may end up actually opening that cupboard to show your friends and family how great it looks.

Thanksgiving is over – What do your floors look like?

Well, you’ve had the family and friends over for Thanksgiving. Everyone got stuffed with turkey and watched many football games. Now comes the time when you do the clean up and discover that your floors have been scratched.

This is a problem that many people are experiencing. What with coordinating who’s coming when, getting all the shopping done and food prep done, cleaning and decorating the house for Thanksgiving, who had time to think of floors? Or as in some cases, its when hubby got excited by a football play that he and his pals jumped up and you could hear furniture grinding across the floor. Not good.

Soon the Christmas parties will begin. Before they do, do your floors a favor and protect them now or next year not only will you get the holiday bills but also have to find money to get your floors redone. I’m sure you’d rather not have to get THAT done. Think of the cost but also all the trouble of emptying the rooms and the dust (you’ll find the dust for months after the floors are done).

So take a few minutes and look at the furniture in your home and accurately measure their legs and note if they’re round or square. Go to the Flexi-Felt web site and use their wizard. Answer a few questions and it’ll tell you what to order. Place your order and in no time you’ll have the floor protection you need before the Christmas parties begin.

One Use Items & Garbage vs Environment

We’re all aware that the earth is being overwhelmed by garbage. So many things manufactured today are ment to be used once and thrown away. Most of them end up in garbage dumps (nicely called landfills) or recycle plants where energy is used to recycle them. Housing is being built closer and closer to dumps that are being filled or are full.

Every time you purchase something and only use it once, it ends up in a landfill. It can stay there for decades or even hundreds of years before breaking down. As it breaks down it can also produce chemicals that can go into the ground water or into the air. The environment is impacted for many years from the purchase of “one use” items. You might think that buying “one use” items that were made from recycled materials or will be made into recycled material is good for the environment. To a certain degree it is because it doesn’t end up completely in landfills (some by-products can end up in landfills). However it requires energy to recycle material and sometimes the trucks to pick up and transport the material, the energy to crush or shred it, the heat, energy or chemicals to transform it all have an impact on the environment. We think something being recycled is not impacting the environment but it is. I’m not saying don’t recycle, do it because it is better then ending up in a landfill but there is a better solution then buying “one use” items.

How do we solve this problem? Reuse! Buy products that can last a while. The longer they last, the less of them that end up in landfills or being recycled. For example mop pads. You can buy a mop pad such as the Silver Mop Pro Pad that you use and wash. It can be used over and over again. Use the throw away sheets and think of how many end up in landfills in one year (4 per week for 52 weeks = 208 sheets per year). 208 sheets or 1 mop pad? And the cost of those 208 sheets compared to 1 pad. Yes you have to wash the mop pad but it’s just going in the laundry with other items that you were going to wash anyway. Over 10 years – 2080 sheets. It can really add up even though you thought of it as only one tiny skinny little sheet.

The same with floor protectors. Buy the cheap box store ones and replace them every few weeks. Buy quality ones like the Flexi-Felt floor protectors and you only have to replace them once every few years.

Tennis balls in classrooms on chair legs. They simply don’t last. How many of those end up in landfills? I don’t even want to think about it or do the math. Buy the commercial line of Flexi-Felt floor protectors and don’t replace them for at least five years.

What a novel concept. Buy things that last so that you can reuse them and hey, if you get fed up using them, pass them onto someone who can use them. Be kind to the environment, buy quality and reuse.

Furniture Feet

I’m sure most of you have heard about Furniture Feet. You have probably seen the commercials on television or seen the product in some box stores. I’m sure that some of you have even bought and tried it so you know what I’m referring to. What most of you may not know is that it’s a knock-off of the Flexi-Felt floor protectors.

They changed what they call the boot to be curved rather than straight like the Flexi-Felt so that it looks a little different.

They claim in their video that it’s a wool felt but when you look on the box that the Furniture Feet comes in, it says 100% polyester. All of the others floor protectors in my area are also made of polyester. The Flexi-Felt floor protectors are the only ones that have a wool blend felt (and I have looked at a lot of different brands) . As you know wool is an expensive natural product that is very durable which is why it’s been used for hundreds of years and it’s why Flexi-Felt use it.

The Furniture Feet boot is not clear in appearance so you can see it quite easily when it’s installed on furniture legs. The boot is made of poly-vinyl which, yes it’s easy to slip on but it’s also easy to slip off. I’ve had people send me pictures of it half slipped off their furniture and wanting something that stays on. Some have also sent me a Furniture Feet and asked me to send them a Flexi-Felt in the same size because the one they sent me didn’t stay on.

There are Furniture Feet and many other similar products on the market but if you want the best, buy Flexi-Felt floor protectors.

Rented Seniors Center

I just got a call from a really nice man who helps at a seniors center. They’re renting a space where they hold activities for seniors but are responsible to make sure that the floor is maintained regularly and doesn’t get damaged or they’ll be responsible to repair the floors. Like most centers, money is an issue. It’s very costly to repair floors so they definitely don’t want to end up doing that. They’re looking for floor protection that is durable, not too expensive, that will last and protect the floors for a number of years.

The solution is from the commercial line of Flexi-Felt products. These products are guaranteed for five years so once they put them on the furniture they know that they won’t have that expense again for five years. The rubber sleeve is very durable and made to withstand furniture being moved back and forth. The wool blend felt not only protects floors but also ends up polishing them as they move over the floor. The other nice thing is that they reduce noise. Imagine how much noise 25 or more chairs can make when they all move at the same time. So if the rental space is above another rental space it will make the renters below very happy that the sound of chairs moving is greatly reduced. The felt pads also allow the chairs to move more easily across floors. Once this person knew of all of the advantages of these floor protectors he called a reseller to purchase them immediately.

Flexi-Felt In the UK?

Has Flexi-Felt really crossed the pond to the UK? Yes it has!! The United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland have been selling Flexi-Felt floor protectors for many years. Flexi-Felt is very please to be able to protect the floors in the UK. Upon thinking about it, it may mean that Flexi-Felt may end up protecting floors in English castles and can one hope that one day they will be used to protect floors in Buckingham Palace or one of the other royal castles. How exciting would that be? A floor protector created in someone’s basement that ends up protecting and preserving floors that are hundreds of years old and have had great people walk on them. Whether it’s a castle floor, a floor in a country home or in a London flat, the Flexi-Felt will protect all of these floors beautifully.

Now located in Manchester and able to ship anywhere in the UK, people all over the United Kingdom can finally protect their floors with the quality and wonderful Flexi-Felt floor protectors that we have been using for years. You can see their web page at http://www.flexifelt-in-england.com/ .

Cluttered Closet (too many shoes- is that even possible?)

Every time I open my closet door something falls out. When I go to close it, I quickly throw things back in (mostly shoes) and close it fast before anything can fall out again. Does this sound familiar to some of you? Well I came across the Eco-shelf for school lockers. I know my closet is way bigger than a school locker but the neat thing about it is I don’t need tools so no hammering, screwing or assembling for an hour before I can use it.

I measured the width and depth of my closet and how high I could go before I reached the bottom of the hung pants, skirts and sleeves. My closet is 22 inches deep and the Eco-shelves are 15 inches deep. At 15 inches I figured that would give me enough shelf space and still leave room at the front if I wanted to stand a suitcase or other large object. One of the standard shelf heights is 24 inches and the other is 34 inches. 34 inches was too high but 24 inches means that I can put a shelf at that height and still put a pair a shoes on that shelf.

I sorted through all of the stuff at the bottom of the closet and the majority of it was shoes with the balance being small bags to carry my laptop, purses, carry on bag etc. I ordered two types of shelves – the standard 15″ wide shelves (2 shelves) that I could adjust the heights for bags, and the other shelves were custom made for the rest of the closet width for all of my shoes (3 shelves which gave me 4 levels).

I got the kits and it took me about 3 minutes to put up. The only help I needed was to hold the first long shelf as I was putting in the first shelf for the bags. The rest really did pop in with no tools needed.

The biggest job was determining if I really needed all those shoes and which ones to display at the front because I wore those more often. The “I only wear for special occasions” ones ended up at the back and I finally got rid of the ones that hurt when I wear them or the “why did I ever buy them” shoes. I ended up with 3 shelves and a bit of shoes and space to put other things such as bins for belts and other small items. Now my closet is organized, I can find shoes at a glance and I don’t have things falling out then I open the closet. I am so proud of my closet that I have emailed “before” and “after” pictures to all of my friends and family.

Next I think that I’ll tackle some of my deep narrow kitchen cupboards that also have stuff falling out every time I open them.

Flexi-Felt on Designing Spaces

Exciting news!! Flexi-Felt floor protectors will be appearing on Designing Spaces November 10 and 17 on Lifetime and TLC.

This home improvement show travels across the country to refresh spaces in need of new designs. Although each episode features a redesign of a particular room or building, the series aims to present decorating ideas, DIY projects and step-by-step guides that viewers can incorporate into their own home improvement projects.

On the November 10th and 17th episodes “Designing Spaces” shows how to protector your floors from high heel shoes that make marks in your floors and how to protect your floors from furniture that can scratch and damage your floors. It’s a fun and educational segment that is also practical and will save you money in the long run from not having to refinish or replace damaged floors. A must see not just for women but for anyone who wants to make sure their floors stay nice for years to come.

Your floor deserves more.