They are known as movers, sliders, and gliders. Or pads, discs or even blanket. But the purpose remains the same: moving heavy pieces of furniture easier without damaging the floors or damaging the furniture.
The first worldwide patent for a furniture slider was filed in 1990 and over 30 years later, it is a product that continues to be improved upon. Sliders for moving furniture across carpeted surfaces were followed shortly by sliders for furniture to be moved across hardwood and tile surfaces. Then came caster cup, then self-stick felt pads in 2007.
Some questions remain – what exactly is a moving slider? We collected a few frequently asked questions from social media and product reviews, focusing particularly on moving.
What kind of moving sliders should I use?
Let’s start with the flooring – the surfaces that you’ll want to protect. There are sliders specific for hard surfaces that feature a heavy-duty felt layer that can stand up to frequent moving. And then there are the furniture sliders for carpet, which have a smooth, rounded plastic surface that won’t snag on carpets or rugs. (Note: if you use a carpet slider on a hard surface, it will scratch it. If you use a felt slider on carpet, you’ll go nowhere. Selecting the correct slider matters.)
Most “moving sliders” are the reusable type – meaning they do not have a self-stick pad that adheres to the bottom of your furniture. However, for the bottoms of chairs, stools, tables, etc., the small self-stick sliders are a good bet if they will be used on the same surfaces.
Reusable sliders are a good investment because it goes beyond just moving day. If you need to move furniture during home improvement projects, or to rearrange items for a fresher look or for functionality, having a set of reusable sliders on hand can make those kinds of quick projects easier.
What size of slider should I use?
Selecting the appropriate slider size is important. Pick too small of a slider, you could ruin the bottom of your furniture and the flooring beneath. Use too large of a slider, your piece of furniture could tip over or even ruin the slider itself.
To select the best size slider, choose the one that is closest to the size of the furniture leg or foot. The leg or foot of your piece of furniture should sit in the very center of the EVA foam, which helps secure the piece in place. The slider should almost feel like it is a part of the furniture when in motion.
How do I install the sliders?
For safety purposes, this might be a two-person task, depending on the size of the piece of furniture. While you’re only lifting a corner for a moment to slide and position the slider underneath, there is a bit of finessing where to position the slider underneath the piece of furniture. One half of the duo does the lifting, the other slides it into place. Placing the piece of furniture in the middle evenly distributes the weight, which makes the sliding effortless.
Do not pull a piece of furniture onto a slider, which could damage the furniture, the floor, even the slider.
Is it better to push or pull my furniture when on the sliders?
A little of both: this is again a judgement call based on what you are physically capable of doing, the path that you must maneuver, and most importantly, the size – height and weight – of the piece of furniture. While a furniture slider makes these labor-intensive tasks easier, it still involves some elbow grease.
If pulling a piece of furniture on your own is part of the scenario, it is crucial that the slider selected is very close to the actual size. You might pull the piece of furniture completely off a slider if it is too big. The layer of EVA foam not only is there to cushion the piece of furniture but secures it to the sliding surface of the furniture slider.
Can I do this alone?
This might be a matter of height: if an object, like a curio cabinet or entertainment center, towers over you, having a partner to help move the piece is suggested. A hiccup or small bump in your path could cause the item to tip over, no matter how sturdy and secure the piece fits on the slider.
What should I do about moving heavy appliances, like washing machines, or small refrigerators?
Pieces like these may have casters on them, or adjustable feet. Heavy-duty caster cups like these were designed specifically to move pieces like those.
The largest Super Sliders (5 ¾” x 9 ½” ovals) can move up to 1,000 lbs. By positioning a slider underneath each corner and equally distributing the weight of the piece of furniture or appliance, moving should be simplified.
Reusable sliders are a practical household investment, not just during moving time, but for home improvement projects or just to have when it's time for a deep cleaning. The average cost of a household move is a little over $1200.00. When it’s time to upgrade a nursery to a big kid’s bedroom, or you’re adding a fresh coat of paint to the dining room, there will be a time when a set of reusable sliders will be nice to have around.