Covering chair and table legs without breaking my budget and losing my sanity?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    My new room doesn't have carpet, something I've always had. I know myself, and chairs on linoleum all day is going to sound like nails on a chalkboard.

    Where can you get cheap tennis balls in bulk, and what is the easiest way to cut them so I can get it done quickly? I have 21 kids, so to cover desk legs and chairs I'll need to cut a minimum of 168 tennis balls :dizzy: Maybe I'll have to learn to live with the noise....
     
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  3. GemStone

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    Can you have the kids bring in some? I've seen them on school supply lists here.

    Otherwise, how about hot-gluing pieces of felt to the legs? Some people here are probably more crafty than I, but I'm sure we can come up with some ideas without resorting to you buying all those tennis balls.
     
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    We have a nearby tennis and racquet club...you could call a similar place local to you and ak for donations.

    I've personally never been bothered by chair noise...and the dust that tennis balls gather from school floors skeeves me out.
     
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    I'm Title I, so I doubt that'd fly. I bet Pinterest has some ideas, but I don't know what to search for.
     
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    I saw one on Pintrest where the teacher cut squares of felt and rubber banded them around the feet of the chairs to cut down on the noise. This would make it easy to change them out if they get dirty and gross from the floor.
     
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    There are those furniture movers...sorry i have no idea what they are called...but you put them on the bottom of a couch to move it (makes it slide easier)

    ....maybe i can find a picture or something of them
     
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    Ask the local high school if they have leftovers from the tennis team... or any local tennis groups, as already suggested. That is how we got all of them for our school -- donations of used tennis balls from the tennis league around here.
     
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    I purchased mine from a local tennis club - they only charged me $10 per bag, and each bag had over 100 tennis balls in it. My hubby used a sharpie to mark x's on each ball, then a carpet/box cutter to cut the x. I just slip them on the chairs and desks. Personally, I love it!
     
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    good idea!!

    We need a "like" button on here...
     
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    I did this. However, I don't even have students yet and a rubber band already broke. So I am nervous about how it will hold up when all the kids come...
     
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    Is there any place where you could pick up a carpet remnant cheap??
     
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    Here is a picture with the felt 'booties'. Please ignore my mess of a classroom!

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    ahh it was worth a shot
     
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    With the felt, I spent about $11 for 28 desks and chairs. I did find some of it on clearance, which is why I used the ugly grey. Much more cost effective.
     
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    Pisces- Delete some of your PMs. I tried sending you a message, but it won't let me!!!

    (I got my planner Friday :D )
     
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    I guess I was just oblivious to it last year. I really don't remember noise from chairs being an issue? Sorry I'm no help...
     

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