How to Keep Metal Folding Chairs from Damaging Floors

Nickel on the end of a metal chair leg.
A nickel is the perfect size to keep metal chair legs from damaging floors.

The sharp, steel ends of metal folding chair legs can quickly wear through the protective rubber tips and damage floors.

To prevent damage from metal chair legs:

  1. Remove the rubber tip from the chair leg.
  2. Insert a nickel inside the rubber tip.
  3. Put the rubber tip back on the chair leg.

Since a nickel is the same diameter as most metal chair legs, it will prevent the hollow, sharp, metal chair leg from wearing through the protective rubber tip.

For other size chair legs, use a washer or a coin that is the same diameter as the leg.

Coin Diameter Size:

  • Quarter: 15/16” diameter
  • Nickel: 13/16” diameter
  • Penny: 3/4″ diameter
  • Dime: 11/16” diameter

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Joe Truini: On the occasions that you need additional seating around the house, you can’t beat a metal folding chair. First, they’re pretty affordable, they’re comfortable, and they stack really neatly—you can fold up and stack them away. But they do have an Achilles heel—let me show you.

If you look at the bottom, the legs are nothing more than a steel pipe, and that’s a really sharp edge. And they come with rubber tips on, but what happens over time is the legs just cut right through. Here you see it cut completely through. And now, if you move this chair around on your living room floor, it’s gonna scratch it all up.

So here’s the solution. You go out and you buy a new set of rubber chair tips. These only cost about less than $2.00 for four of them. But if you just put it back on, which most people do, what’s going to happen? Of course it’s going to just cut through and you’re gonna have the same problem.

So here’s the solution. If you look at this, it’s exactly the same diameter as a nickel, about 7/8 of an inch diameter. So what you do is take a nickel, put it in the bottom of each new chair tip, then slip it on. So now the chair leg will rest on the nickel and it won’t cut through the chair anymore.


  1. thanks so much for this video. I’m putting in vinyl plank flooring and was in a quandry about rockers. Hope I can find hook and loop strips
    also wondering what to do about rolling desk chair

  2. That is a fantastic solution if the metal chair leg is round. I have kitchen chairs with square legs. Any suggestions? They are death to my floor!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  3. For the metal folding chair with the ends the size of the diameter of a nickel what size chair end caps did you buy? I can see in the picture they were Super Sliders brand but want to know the size.
    If you still have the information of where you purchased them that would be helpful also.

    • Hi, Joe,
      Thanks for your interest in the products used for this episode.
      This article is five years old, so, unfortunately, we no longer have that information.
      Take care!

  4. I have rectangle feet on my outside decking chairs.
    Which constantly is scratching the wood . What can I do to prevent this? Ready to throw them out?


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