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Chair Socks, Chair Glides and Tennis Balls for Chairs

Are you trying to decide what type of chair socks, chair glides or tennis balls for chairs to use in your classroom or school?  Maybe you are asking yourself, why do 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 home or at work.  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.

Solutions for chair feet noise at work.

Solutions for chair feet noise at home.

Tennis balls chair glides

Why do teachers put tennis balls on chairs?

First let’s answer this question about why teachers put tennis balls on chairs in the classroom for students.  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 something called sensory overload, which causes them to feel uncomfortable and have difficulty learning.  Learn more about sensory overload.  Some children are sensitive to noise, they might have a sensory processing disorder which causes them to be hypersensitive to noise.  Learn more about sensory disorders.

Imagine the number of times during the school day that children get up out of their chairs.  Then you can imagine the amount of noise that makes.  Even for children who do not experience sensory overload or who have a sensory disorder the regular sound of chairs scraping against the floor can be very annoying.

There are a number of different types of chair feet covers that are used to sometimes describe the same thing and sometimes describe different things.  For example, sometime tennis balls for chairs that are used to cover the chair feet are also called chair socks or by a brand name chair sox.  However, chair socks made of material that cover chair feet are also called the same thing.   To help you with this confusing vocabulary here is a list of all the words that are used to describe the products that are used to cover chair feet and reduce annoying sounds in the classroom.

Different words used to describe chair socks

  • Chair glides
  • Chair feet pads
  • Chair leg socks
  • Black tennis balls
  • Chair feet covers
  • Tennis balls for chairs
  • Tennis balls on chair legs
  • Furniture footies
  • Alternative to tennis balls on chairs
  • Precut tennis balls

Are you thinking about buying chair socks, tennis balls for chairs or the like for the classroom, at work or at home?  You are likely wondering how you will decide what  to purchase.  Here is a checklist for your chair socks decision making.

Chair socks buying checklist

  • How many chair legs do I need to cover?
  • Do I need to buy chair socks in bulk or single packs?
  • Is this for home use or industrial (school or work use)?
  • How durable a chair sock product do I need?
  • Does color matter?
  • Does style matter?
  • Are the chair leg diameters of different sizes or the same size?
  • Are the chair leg bottoms the same size as the chair leg or bigger?
  • What size opening do I need to accommodate?

To help you narrow down your search for a solution to chair scraping noise in the classroom, office or home, here are some examples of each type.

Solutions for a noisy classroom

Did you know that there are special chair glides are available specifically for classroom chairs?

These are an alternative to tennis balls on chairs 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.

As an alternative, you can order them in packs of four for smaller settings or just one classroom.

Make sure you order them pre-cut like the examples above!

Solutions for chair feet noise at work

Does the constant scrapping 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 décor.  However, they might be less durable for an office setting if there are a lot of office workers.

Solutions for chair feet noise at home

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 home are custom knitted chair socks in different patterns.

Finally, you might 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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