Chips and dings on walls may be small, but they can be such an eyesore. And the bad thing about this is that it will take to repaint and a dent on your budget to remedy these scratches. So the best thing to do is take the preventive approach to make sure you won’t ever have to deal with the headache that comes with a damaged wall. Here are some tips.
1. Surface Guards or Moulding
Furniture, particularly chairs, is the most common culprit of scratched walls. To prevent chairs from accidentally nicking the paint on your walls, it’s best to install surface guard or moulding. Baseboard moulding and chair rails will not only protect your walls from scratches, but they also have an aesthetic function.
Chair rails are installed 1/3 of the height of the wall from the floor to keep a balanced design. When choosing mouldings and surface guards, make sure to consider the room design and color scheme so that they complement each other.
2. Chair Slipcovers
The least costly solution to chair scratches is to dress up your chairs with slipcovers. The cloth provides a good buffer between the chair and the wall so that when a chair hits the wall, it won’t create a lasting mark.
Doorknobs banging against the wall will not just create an annoying noise, but produce a hideous sight in your walls as well. To keep this from happening, you can place a doorstop at the base of the door. This fixture comes in varying sizes, designs and colors ranging from the simple and functional to the whimsical. So not only will this keep your door from slamming since you can also show some personality with your choice of doorstop.
4. Rubber Tips on House Tools
Seemingly innocent house tools like the mop, duster and broom are common reasons behind wall abrasions. To prevent scuffing, put a rubber tip on the handle of these tools. The rubber tip will protect surfaces and at the same time, give those cleaning tools enough grip to keep them leaning right where you placed them.
5. Adhesive Hooks or Picture Rails
Are you planning to put up artwork, frame or a wall decor? You don’t have to do so at the expense of your wall. With adhesive hooks or picture rails, you don’t have to drive a nail through the wall and create lasting damage. You can easily remove the adhesive hooks and rails should you decide to do away with the decor or change the interior design of the room.
6. Wall Cover
For high-traffic parts of your home, it’s best to apply a wall cover. This will protect your walls from bumps and scratches. Often made of vinyl or fabric, a wall covering can also help you infuse some style into a room with the right design. Just make sure to incorporate the main color and theme of the room into your choice of wall covering.
Well-maintained walls are often an indicator of a well-kept property. And between taking these preventive measures and patching up or repainting a damaged wall, prevention is always the better option. It’s more cost-effective and less laborious.