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How To Make Knee Pads: 5 Easy Steps To Save Your Knees

You happen to start cleaning your floors the next day. To protect your poor knees from the discomfort of kneeling, you need knee pads urgently. I understand your situation.

How to make knee pads?

To do that, at first, fold athletic socks longitudinally in thirds. Then, position the folded socks under your knee joints. Right positioning is vital. Next, take a plastic grocery bag and tightly wrap it around your knee. The same mechanism can be achieved with other materials.

But that’s not all. You need to know the details. And to give you clear instructions, I have this article for you. Read on!

5 Steps for Making Knee Pads

Kneepads come at various prices and types. It can be overwhelming to choose. Especially when you’re at home. Or need one urgently. And I’ll tell you how to make them without running to the store.

Here are 5 easy steps to making knee pads at home:

Step 1: Choose Material for Padding

The main padding of the knee pads is made for the front of the knees. When our knee joints touch a hard surface, we feel discomfort. Hence, if you’re kneeling, for extended periods, it’s likely to start hurting.

Don’t worry. You won’t need to destroy your foam mattresses to get your padding. The most easily available material is socks. It’s better if you have athletic socks. 

Remember, the thicker the socks, the thicker the foldings would be. This will serve as your padding.

Step 2: Preparing Padding

Now that you have your choice of padding, we have to shape them into paddings.

Take a pair of socks, one for each leg. Now, fold your socks into thirds, longitudinally. If your socks are longer than average, fold them into halves. Repeat the process one more time.

A 4 layer padding is sufficient. You can test it out to see how much it squishes under body weight. If it gives your knees enough resistance, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Positioning the Padding

Putting your padding in the right place is crucial. Enclosing a pad in the wrong place would not only waste your time but also hurt your knees.

Take the folded socks and place them on the underside of your knee joints. That is, right under your knee caps.

Step 4: Choosing Material for Interlacing

You need another material for interlacing the padding to your knees. You can use a variety of materials from your homes. Anything that can tie the padding in place works.

But what I do most in such situations, is use plastic grocery bags. This step is simple. Interlace the bag around your knee, adjust the tightness accordingly. Old fabrics can give similar results.

Step 5: Test Out Padding

After you’re done making and tying the paddings, test them out!

Before getting to work with them, you must do test trials on the floor or wall. Check to see if your knees can feel minor impacts. Or discomfort when taking your body weight.

If you think your padding isn’t enough, add another pair of socks. Then continue the process from Step 2.

These were the 5 easy steps to making knee pads at home. Hopefully, the next time you’re kneeling to measure the thickness of your floor tiles, you won’t get sore knees.

3 Types of Knee Pads

Shopping for knee pads from the store can be overwhelming.

If you want to know more about types of knee pads in the market, this section is for you! Or, if you want a general idea about knee pad types and their purposes, keep on reading.

Here are 3 common types of knee pads that I summarized for you:

  1. Hex Pads
  • Honeycomb designs for a secure fit.
  • Provides maximum comfort and mobility.
  • Made with foam materials
  • They are breathable and sweaty.
  • Used in rehabilitation therapy as a compression device.
  • Absorbs shock; suitable for sports such as weight lifting, volleyball, and basketball.
  • Designed for sportsman
  • Not suitable for long periods of kneeling.
  1. Padding Caps
  • The caps are soft and give pliable protection
  • This offers mobility for kneeling on smooth surfaces. Such as carpeted surfaces.
  • These types of knee pads are designed to be lightweight
  • These are suitable for projects within your house
  • Provides the widest knee to the surface contact point
  • Not ideal if your project requires side-to-side movements on the ground
  • Suitable choice for limiting fatigue
  1. Shell Caps
  • Has exterior shells on the surface, made out of carbon fiber or plastic
  • Ideal for moving and sliding around
  • Has dense padding
  • Held in place with loop straps. Or elastic sleeves.
  • Suitable for rough surfaces and construction sites

Hopefully, this will help you distinguish available kneepads at the store. Make no compromise to prevent possible knee injuries.

Why You Should Wear Knee Pads

Kneepads are often neglected. It should be considered essential at both home and work. 

Wearing knee pads prevents knee impacts on the knee caps. Makes kneeling comfortable. They can also prevent your chances of developing osteoarthritis in your knees. Also, you can use knee pads when partaking in sports activities.

Home-made knee pads are definitely helpful. But if you want better quality and sustenance, purchase ready-made knee pads from the store. 

Here are some of my favorites:

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Product 2

These knee pads would be worth every penny. Investing in long-lasting knee pads will protect your knees. On multiple occasions and places. Now you won’t face any discomfort from kneeling while cleaning your shower tiles.


Question: What kind of padding is used in kneepads?

Answer: Polyurethane is used and it is a synthetic material. It’s used by manufacturers of knee pads for making foams.

Question: Can knee pads be worn all day?

Answer: No, they are to be used for short-term use. Wearing knee pads for longer than needed is unnecessary. If your knee pads have straps, it can hinder blood circulation.

Question: How long do knee pads last?

Answer: They are likely to last an entire season. Depending on how thick your knee pads are, they will last longer.


That’s all I have for you. I hope my article helped you make knee pads at home easily.

Here’s a tip: you can also repeat the entire process with elastic knee supports as the interlace, and foam sheets as padding.

See you next time!