Originally Posted by DC Bass
I stand sometimes, in which case a rubber stopper is enough on a wood floor, but does leave a mark on carpet. I mostly play seated with the bass at a fair angle, however. Here, I must either use my point or something like the Xeros to keep the bass from running away from me (I guess the bass knows something I don't!). In my last long term orchestra gig we had long narrow boards with a big hole on one end to go under a stool foot, and you could set your tip anywhere you wanted on the other end. This worked OK, but again it was a compromise.
If you want to have a proper practice space at home, you shouldn't entertain nonsense like this. You should be able to just sit down and play. No sliding or fishing for a fixture for your point. Perhaps just tell the wife "Honey, if you wanted pristine carpets, you shouldn't have married a bass player"