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What type of chair for a wood floor?

dealgate 6,368 1,085 February 3, 2016 at 01:37 PM
I have some decent quality rolling, rocking dinette chairs that I bought 15 years ago for around $300 each. They are getting long in the tooth the fabric is ripping and stained and some of the bases are starting to break (one has already been tossed). Long story short, I need to replace them. I was just going to go and get 6 new, similar design chairs since I like them. But, my interior decorator neighbor told me that my house design should not have these type of chairs, they are outdated. Well ok...

Anyone have any advice if I wanted to do something more modern? Here is my problem. The area that they go in is all hardwood floors. I think that traditional slide in chairs with legs will eventually wear big spots on the floors. It is a fairly large area and one big expanse of hardwood for most of the ground floor of my house so I am not looking to ever have to replace or refinish the floors. Is there anything else that will not damage the floors but is more modern than kitchenette style rock/roll chairs?

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I have some decent quality rolling, rocking dinette chairs that I bought 15 years ago for around $300 each. They are getting long in the tooth the fabric is ripping and stained and some of the bases are starting to break (one has already been tossed). Long story short, I need to replace them. I was just going to go and get 6 new, similar design chairs since I like them. But, my interior decorator neighbor told me that my house design should not have these type of chairs, they are outdated. Well ok...

Anyone have any advice if I wanted to do something more modern? Here is my problem. The area that they go in is all hardwood floors. I think that traditional slide in chairs with legs will eventually wear big spots on the floors. It is a fairly large area and one big expanse of hardwood for most of the ground floor of my house so I am not looking to ever have to replace or refinish the floors. Is there anything else that will not damage the floors but is more modern than kitchenette style rock/roll chairs?
Personally I feel screw what your neighbor says and you should tailor it to your own tastes and conveniences. That said, if you want design advice (from a bunch of nerds in the tech support section? Questionable choice Wink).. consider posting some pictures for people to understand the space and current setup better.
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All the wood chairs I have used typically have feet of sometype. Either Felt or a nylon foot designed to keep it from marking up wood or other flooring. If its a hard foot you have to keep the floors clean so you dont have gravel or anything getting caught.

As for the style each to their own. I would try and match or get close to the style of furniture you have which should kind of match the house but all these things are in a constant state of flux for most. Most people don't go buy all new furniture if they move houses, and many people remodel houses or kitchens so its kind of a where do you want to be in the future? Is it a 100 year old family table or might you plan on updating the table in 10 years etc.

As far as the existing charis assuming they were good build quality they might just need fixed up. Joints reglued, and new material put on, etc. Before buying new you might see what it would cost to fix up your existing ones.
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Ha! Yes good points but I like to use all of my resources. BTW: Her solution to the wood floor being scratched was to redo the entire area in a different floor and compartmentalize where I eat. So take this big open architecture house that I love and bought for that reason and divide it up? Yeahhh.......

I do agree with her that the existing table and chairs are somewhat "country" and could certainly use a modern refresh.

Maybe a modern looking office style conference table and some office chairs? This isn't the formal living room but it is where I eat most of my meals.
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You can buy stick on felt pads in a variety of sizes for cheap if the chair legs don't already have felt on them.
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You can buy softer casters / casters with a rubber wear strip. Also replace casters when they get scratched up as rough casters will damage the floor more easily.
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You can buy softer casters / casters with a rubber wear strip. Also replace casters when they get scratched up as rough casters will damage the floor more easily.
I have high quality soft casters now, they were an upgrade when I got the chairs. And the wood floor is in near perfect condition, so I know they work very well. If I went with a style that is not the rocking/swivel type chair, I wonder if I could put the casters on? Perhaps the felt would work too. But I really hate to lose my comfortable chairs! I'm going to take a ride to the kitchen store soon and see what they have, their showroom is packed. Shit there goes $3k! Frown
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Felt or rubber (may occasionally make marks, but they can be cleaned off) feet work well on non-rolling chairs or wood floors.
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