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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 382 (344)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 382
Page 382

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 382

Furniture Rests Can Save Floors

The Use of Simple and Inexpensive Furniture Rests in Theatres Can Sharply Reduce Repairs and Replacement of Floor Coverings

BRIEF: It is the attention given to seemingly small details that can often spell the digerence between the success or failure of any business enterprise . . . and the motion picture theatre is certainly no exception to this thought.

This article is devoted to a study of the various types of furniture rests which may be used on lounge furniture . . . and other items which may scratch or cause indentations on the flooring material . . . There is a discussion of the various types of flooring materials . . . and their individual ability to withstand abuse and pressure . . . There is also a valuable chart which summarizes all of the information contained in this feature.

The theatre operator who takes the time to study this article may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are simple . . inexpensive methods of reducing flooring maintenance costs . . . and increasing the life of costly flooring materials.

* The pesky problem of indentation of resilient flooring, the scratching and marking of hardwood floors, and the matting of carpet fabrics by the legs of furniture can be solved so easily and inexpensively that its surprising that it remains a problem at all. The answer is the use of furniture rests.

Specially Designed

Furniture rests available today have been specially designed to prevent in

Height (Per Leg) of my Loaded Furniture

Linoleum and Plastic Flooring

50-100 lbs. Per Log

100-150 lbs. Per Leg

150-200 lbs. Per Leg

200-250 lbs.

Per Leg 2'7/64

250-300 lbs. Per Leg

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dentation and scratching of almost any Hooring material by even the heaviest pieces of furniture. The rests are made for almost all types and sizes of furniture and are generally so designed that they are unobtrusive, sometimes an even attractive addition to the legs of furniture.

The principle of furniture rests is simple. They merely distribute the weight of the furniture over a wider area, allowing more of the floor to share in the weight supporting chore. The rests also provide a smooth, easy sliding surface to the points of furniture so that the floor finish is not scratched or marred by the movement of the furniture.

Resilient floors, like asphalt tile, linoleum, rubber tile, cork tile, and the new family of plastic materials are softer and quieter underfoot than other type floors. Because of these same resilient qualities, however, concentrated weight*weight which remains in one spot over a period of time*may result in depressed spots under the legs of furniture. The same weight mars the carpet fabrics, too.

Safe Floor Loads

Resilient floors will stand loads up to a certain point without showing ill effects, the same as non-resilient floors. For example, linoleum, one of the most popular types of resilient floors, can withstand a limit of 75 pounds per square inch without denting. With asphalt tile, the limit is 25 pounds; cork


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tile, 40 pounds. Rubber tile will take as much as 200 pounds to the square inch without indentation.

Often, however, the weight demands are greater than the safe limit. Then furniture rests or cups are needed,

Various Sizes and Shapes

Furniture rests and cups come in various sizes and shapes. Basically, four types of rests are recommended: Nail type, cotter pin type, rests for metal tubular furniture, all with ball and socket construction, and cup typesboth round and square.

The type of furniture leg largely determines the type that should be used. Where the leg is solid wood, either the

nail type or cotter pin type can be

inserted after a hole is bored in the leg. The ball and socket feature allows tilting of the furniture without having the rest leave the flatness of the floor. The larger square and round cups are for use on furniture with legs of wide


Until recently, suitable rests for furniture with round, hollow, metal legs were hard to find. Since then, a new kind of rest specifically designed to "cure" this condition has been introduced to the market. When this rest is inserted into the hollow leg, 2. serrated, parachutetype washer expands preventing the rest from disengaging.

The recommended size of the rest or cup is controlled by the weight of the particular furniture, Charts which list the sizes of rests in relation to the weight are compiled on the basis of the weight received by one leg. The charts are used as a guide to the size of the furniture rest required. For example, on an 800-pound piano the floor surface under each leg would receive 200 pounds of possible indentation weight. The rest used would be the one shown on the chart for 200-pound weights. In the case of linoleum, a rest two and seven-sixty-fourths inches Wide would be needed for each leg. One two inches wide would be required for asphalt tile, since the type of floor makes a difference, too.

Rests should not be limited to fumiture used on resilient flooring and carpeting. The same rests will protect wood floors as well, and on concrete floors the rests will prevent the legs from cracking and chipping.

Furniture rests are so economically priced and so quickly and easily installed that there's little reason why they are not universally used to prevent indentation and damage to fine Hooring surfaces.

THIS CHART indicates the various furniture tents available for different types of noon.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 382