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QuickFIXIT: Giving desktop PCs and laptops new feet with furniture pads

Ever found yourself in a situation where you discover that the rubber feet under your desktop PC or laptop had gone missing or fallen apart from wear and tear? Ever wanted to rotate your custom-built desktop PC and move the attached rubber feet accordingly, only for the adhesive to come away from the feet with no way to stick them back on again, not even having any double-sided tape lying around to use? Well there is an alternative way to protect the undersides of laptops and downward-facing panels on desktop PCs from scrapes and scuffs – why not try using furniture pads?

Furniture pads are small DIY items that are designed to be attached to the feet of various kinds of furniture, such as chairs, tables, beds and desks, usually with pre-applied adhesive. They are usually made of firm felt or rubber, and are used to protect floors and carpets from scratches, scuffs and other physical damages when furniture are moved from one place to another.

In the case of computers, sticking on furniture pads is just a matter of peeling off the paper backing from the adhesive, and placing them at the same spots as the original rubber feet underneath the desktop PC or laptop, or on either side panel on bespoke computer cases, depending on where the case fans are installed. Optionally, additional pads can be placed on the same side where even weight distribution is desired, as long as they do not block airflow into the case.

Rubber pads are better for use on laptops, and on desktop PCs where you don’t intend to move them around very often, since rubber pads are non-slip by design, and better protect the undersides of desktop PCs and laptops from underneath liquid ingress. Felt pads are better for when you want to place your computer into places that are more difficult to reach, such as small enclaves on some wooden TV cabinets and stands, and can move them in and out of such places more easily than with rubber pads.

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