Are you trying to decide what type of chair socks, chair glides, or tennis balls for chairs to use in your classroom, or workplace? Do you wonder why teachers put tennis balls on chairs in the first place? You might even be wondering if you should use chair feet covers or tennis balls for chairs in your own home or at work too. This blog post will help answer your questions about chair socks and other types of chair feet covers. You will learn about the following topics:
Why do teachers put tennis balls on chairs?
Different words used to describe chair socks.
Chair socks buying checklist.
Solutions for a noisy classroom.
Help for chair feet noise at work.
Ideas for chair feet noise at home.
Teachers cover the chair feet with pads, glides, socks, covers, and the very commonly seen tennis balls to stop or reduce the scraping sound of the chair against the floor every time a child moves their chair. Some children may experience sensory overload, which causes them to feel uncomfortable and have difficulty learning. Some children may be sensitive to noise and may have a sensory processing disorder which causes them to be hypersensitive to noise. Other children have autism, along with sensory challenges or anxiety.
Imagine the number of times during the school day that children get up out of their chairs. Now consider the amount of noise that makes for children who have a sensory disorder. Even children who do not can experience sensory overload with the sound of chairs scraping against the floor.
There are several different types of chair feet covers that can be used to reduce noise. For example, regular tennis balls make great chair feet covers or get them under the brand name, Chair Sox. You can also find chair socks made of material specifically designed to cover chair feet. Here is a list of common terms to help you with your search.
To help you narrow down your search, here are some examples of each type for school, home or office:
Did you know that there are special chair glides are available specifically for classroom chairs?
These are an alternative to tennis balls on chair legs.
If you want to order tennis balls on chairs, you can order them in bulk for a whole school. Look for them in different colors too.
You can also order them in packs of four for smaller settings, like your child’s chair at home, or just one classroom.
Make sure you order them pre-cut!
Does the constant scraping of chair feet in the office kitchen make your lunch break intolerable? There are solutions for office kitchen noise at work.
The first is black tennis balls that are specially sized to be smaller and less obtrusive for an office setting. They also come in different colors like grey or brown to match your office décor.
Another solution is knitted chair socks that you can order in different sizes. They too, come in different colors to match the office. However, they might be less durable for an office setting if there are a lot of employees.
Chair feet pads are less likely to hold up in the classroom, but they might be a good option for you at home, especially in the dining room or living room.
Another fun solution for your home might be custom knitted chair socks in different patterns or you may want to simply order a single set of 4 tennis balls to put on chair legs where your child sits to study.
Is noise a problem in your daily life? Do you experience sensory overload? Maybe you or someone in your family experiences sensory sensitivity. Did you know you can search for sensory-friendly places and events in the Sensory Friendly Finder?
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Christel Seeberger worked as an occupational therapist for more than 25 years helping people with sensory sensitivity who experience sensory overload. Christel has sensory sensitivity herself; she has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016. Sensory Friendly Solutions brings together people around the world looking for sensory friendly living and businesses and organizations who offer sensory friendly experiences.