Unitasker Wednesday: Chair socks

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Look at these cute socks:

Oh, wait. You’re saying they’re not socks I can wear? They’re socks for my chairs?!

Why in the world does my chair need socks?! Are its legs cold? Does it wish to look stylish when its frolicking outdoors in its parka? Are the inexpensive and unnoticeable cork floor protectors no longer suffice at keeping scratches off my hard wood floor? Is my chair being immodest if it shows off all of its leg?

And, what if my chair is clearly female but wishes to wear the “argyle male” color pattern? Huh?! What should it do, then?!!

Phew! I’m noticing now that the chair socks are not available in the U.S. I am tempted no longer.

(A wonderful word of thanks to Louise for finding these adorable unitaskers.)

61 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Chair socks”

  1. posted by Aslaug on

    @Natalie – do you have a pattern for chair socks from your mother? I’d love to make some in red for my chairs that have red seat covers. Also hate the animal hair and dust collection on the felt pads and that they keep falling off.

    Really love the comment on passive-aggressive cluttering. I wonder, when I regift pretty items that I just don’t need because they clutter up my home if I’m being a passive-agressive clutterer.

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    posted by Charity on

    Oooh, a good idea! I’m so sick of the cat-furry pads falling off. My toddler is growing out of his socks fast so I shall re-purpose some for the chairs.

  3. posted by Rue on

    I think they’re adorable! Maybe not so practical for use, but they certainly would liven up a drab set of chairs :D

  4. posted by Sabrina on

    Useless? Yes! Weirdly cute? Yes!

  5. posted by Helene Segura - www.LivingOrderSA.com on

    I almost fell over laughing when I read about this unitasker. I pride myself on never having bought anything you’ve mentioned…until now! I bought baby socks for our folding chairs. We have three big functions a year and have to replace those little felts on 12 folding chairs every time because they don’t stick well. After ten years of replacing those things, I broke down and bought socks. No scratches on the wood floors, and no felt replacement!

  6. posted by Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com on

    Haha they are amazing. I read the title in Google Reader and knew what they would be immediately. Hilarious :) It’s like socks for animals but slightly more useful. Thanks for the laugh.

  7. posted by Laetitia in Australia on

    I rent so have to be particularly mindful of the floors in the places I live.

    About 11 years ago we moved into a place with polished wood floors in the dining room so I needed a solution for the chairs to ensure they didn’t scratch the floor. A quick trip to the hardware store and I came home with packets of chair feet – standard sized, hollow rubber truncated cone-shaped items that slip onto the bottom of chair legs to protect your floors. Technically unitaskers but considering they’ve lasted over 11 years, survived many moves and are still doing their job, I consider them well worth the investment.

    With the move into our current abode which has polished floors everywhere but the bathroom and laundry, we’ve had to invest in more protectors for different bits of furniture. For furniture that isn’t going to be moved much (e.g. bed, blanket boxes) we’re using cork, castors bought previously and felt cut to size.

    The felt comes either precut to size or in sheets for you to cut to the size and shape you want. We don’t have pets so pet hair isn’t an issue.

    The felt we bought comes with a super sticky side and the instructions say that once stuck it can’t be moved so make sure you have it in the right place first. My parents-in-law have used it for a while with no problems so either the product available here is a different quality or others posting here have been using it for longer to have the glue die.

  8. posted by Christina on

    I, too, think they’re useful for helping chairs slide nicely and for protecting floors. This gives me an idea for how to repurpose the bazillion baby socks my MIL gave us for our daughter!

  9. posted by nanajan on

    I love my chair booties, got them at the Mennonite Relief store in New Hamburg Ontario Canada, 4/$3… hand knit in tan and brown colours. we have antique chairs and the pet hair was causing havoc with the felt circles! they look so appropriate on our chairs on our cork floor! and we wouldnt be without our chair booties! happy New Year! love your site.

  10. posted by a3 on

    I love these!
    Like others, I don’t think I’d buy them–but I would create them out of hole-y sock or maybe even knit some cool ones myself.
    Love them!

  11. posted by Tina on

    Like many have said before, I find this item very cute and would indeed consider buying it, if I found it at a local store.

    I’m currently using cork pads and these are definitely a nightmare to keep clean. Fortunately, mine have not come off, yet.

    Seriously, I don’t know what kind of old socks with holes you have, but I would not even consider using my good socks. They are too plain (black, some colored) and not very decorative. It would be shameful! Using (new) baby socks, however, sounds like a good alternative. :)

    Thanks for the ideas everyone!!!

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