I own a great pair of knee pads. I lent them out to my father so I cannot tell you what brand they are, but they are very cushiony, durable, and attach above and below the knee for comfort and greater mobility.
Knee pads are great for when you’ll be working on the floor for an extended period of time, especially if it’s outside or on a hard floor. But there’s a downside. If you only need knee protection for a quick task or project, or cannot compromise your flexibility or mobility even a little bit, then you might not put them on.
A kneeling pad serves the same purpose as knee pads – to protect your knees from hard surfaces – and is more useful for certain types of work, and especially those times when you might not want to bother with knee pads.
I recently purchased a medium Custom Leathercraft foam kneeling pad, and can heartily recommend it. It’s 21″ x 14″ x 1″ thick and is very comfortable to rest on.
There are other sizes, but I find that the “medium” size offers a good balance between size and portability. The larger sizes might be a little more unwieldy to move around.
I have used the CLC kneeling pad for things I probably wouldn’t have worn knee pads for, but there’s no reason why there cannot be some overlap.
In addition to using the CLC pad for when assembling cabinets and workbenches on the floor, repairing a ball bearing drawer, and working on an electrical project beneath my desk, I’ve also used the pad for things like giving our baby a bath. That’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t wear knee pads for, as they would restrict my movement too much, and a rolled up towel just wasn’t doing it. As a bonus, the kneeling pad doesn’t slide as much on the tiled floor as a towel would.
The CLC kneeling pads are made from oil-resistant NBR (aka Buna-N and nitrile butadiene rubber) foam. It seems to respond fairly well to moisture (as in a bathroom environment), although Buna-N is usually NOT particularly resistant to water.
I’m very happy with the purchase, and don’t really see a downside to the kneeling pad. I wish that there was also a water-resistant version, just in case this one degrades, but its oil resistance is a greater advantage.
I ordered the kneeling pad from Amazon, and was a little worried as to how firm the foam would be. It’s an inch thick and I would say of “soft to medium” firmness, which makes it exceptionally cushiony. The handle makes it easy to tote and throw around without sticking out or taking away from the useful cushion part.
- Small (301): 8″ x 18″
- Medium (302): 14″ x 21″
- Large (303): 16″ x 28″
- Extra Large (305): 18″ x 36″
As mentioned, I bought the medium size (302) because I felt it was large enough for my needs while still being portable and easy to store.
The medium size is currently priced at $29, and was about $26 when I bought it 4 months ago. As you would expect, larger sizes are pricier, and the smaller size is cheaper.
You could theoretically cut a larger one down to a custom size, but 1-inch-thick rubber foam is not that easy to cut, at least not neatly, without specialty tools.