Slick flooring can be incredibly beautiful. However, it can also cause your furniture to slide whenever you sit down. Even more so if you have hardwood, laminate, or vinyl floors in your home.
If you’re no stranger to couch-sliding, this article is just the thing for you!
Why You Need to Stop Your Couch From Sliding
There are, in fact, several reasons why you should immediately deal with a sliding couch.
First of all, if you’ve always dreamed of owning a home with perfect hardwood/laminate floors, then scuffing is probably your worst nightmare. Ultimately, your floor won’t get damaged overnight, but with the constant slipping and sliding, your couch will completely ruin your beautiful floor.
Another problem is that if your couch keeps sliding every time you sit on it, it will never be in line with your other furniture. Ultimately, that can cause the entire room to look slightly off.
While this may not be that visible to some people, if you’re the one who has to constantly push the couch back into place, this problem is bound to drive you crazy at some point!
However, not only is a sliding couch annoying, but it can also be quite dangerous. For example, those of you with kids have probably witnessed them jumping onto the couch more times than you can count, causing you to have a mini heart attack!
And let’s not forget how dangerous a sliding couch can be for elderly people! You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to break a hip when you’re over 60.
Easy Solutions to Stop Your Couch From Sliding
Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are several great ways to keep your couch and any other furniture from sliding around:
1. Buy Rubber Pads for Couch Legs
If you’re looking for an affordable solution, furniture pads are the most cost-effective option. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can install them on any type of couch. However, before you decide to purchase them, make sure you measure the legs of your couch, or rather, the bottom part of the legs.
Rubber pads are also easy to find as they are available at basically every home improvement store, and of course, online.
Tip: If you plan on buying them at the store, consider tracing the outline of the bottom part of the couch legs onto a piece of cardboard for reference.
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2. Get Furniture Grips
If rubber pads aren’t your cup of tea, consider purchasing furniture grips. They’re virtually unnoticeable, and they come in different styles, sizes, and even textures. That means you can customize them to fit the look of your furniture.
Additionally, choosing the right texture will ensure that your couch stays put at all times, no matter what type of flooring it’s placed on. But, more importantly, you don’t have to worry about those pesky scuff marks any more.
In fact, if you can’t seem to find the right grippers at your local home improvement store, you’ll find that some companies make custom furniture grips specially made for your couch.
3. Place Stop Blocks Behind the Couch
Not everyone is a fan of stop blocks, mostly because they don’t work unless your couch is positioned with its back towards a wall. However, if you’re looking for a quick-fix, this option should work just fine.
Stop blocks are made from wood and other sturdy materials. Basically, you need to place two or three blocks (depending on the size of your couch) between the back of the couch and the wall.
However, these may not be the best option if you have kids who like to jump onto the couch, as these blocks don’t do much to prevent scuff marks.
4. Place a Rug Under Your Couch
Most people have more than just a couch in their living room. For instance, if you have an armchair, coffee table and couch, the best solution would be to place a rug under all the furniture items.
Obviously, you will need a big rug to cover all that space, but ultimately, it will keep all your furniture in place.
What’s even better is that a rug will keep any scuff marks from appearing on your floor. And, last but not least, you can completely upgrade your living room with this stylish accessory!
Keep in mind that you should look for a non-slip carpet, as these will ensure that your furniture doesn’t move an inch. Alternately, if you absolutely fall in love with a carpet without this feature, you can purchase a non-slip pad for the bottom.
5. Push Your Couch to the Corner of the Room
For some people with large living rooms, placing a sofa right in the middle of the area is a good way to create a room divider. However, this kind of furniture placement is bound to make your couch slide around the room whenever someone sits on it.
Consider placing your couch in the corner of the room instead. That way it has nowhere to slide, and you won’t have to keep readjusting it.
If for some reason you cannot place it in a corner, at least try pushing the backside of the couch against a wall and add a rug underneath.
6. Make Your Own Furniture Socks
Making socks for your furniture might sound like a ridiculous idea. However, this DIY project can turn out to be both fun and useful! Also, if you’re on a really tight budget, they basically cost $0.00 to make (unless you want to buy some fancy material, of course).
Note: This DIY project will only work on a couch with the following types of legs:
- Arrow foot legs
- Cabriole legs
- Claw and ball foot legs
- Club foot legs
- Paw foot legs
- Saber legs
- Spade foot legs
- Splayed legs
- Tapered block foot legs
Tools and Materials
Here’s what you need:
- Seam rippers
- A drinking glass (7oz)
- Marker (preferably vanishing marker)
- An old towel you don’t mind cutting up
- A hair tie or some ribbon
- Lace trim
- Square-shaped fabric patch (approximately 12’’ x 12’’)
- Place the drinking glass upside down onto the corner of the fabric patch, and trace around the rim to create a circle.
- Cut out the circle, and then also cut off the remaining fabric (from the fabric patch) to create a rectangle.
- Place the glass onto the towel (not upside down this time), and trace around the rim to create a smaller circle.
- Take the remaining part of the fabric and divide it into four rectangles. Then, use your marker to make eight cuts.
- Cover the raw edges of the cuts using a needle and thread. Bring the needle up from the reverse side of the fabric, looping it through the hole and then under the looped thread. Do the same for all eight cuts.
- Place the circle you cut out of the towel in the middle of the fabric. Then, place the larger fabric circle on top, and sew it to the fabric rectangle.
- Finally, use the hair tie to weave through the slits. Tie a knot and put the sock onto the couch leg.
For more detailed instructions, check out this video:
7. Make Furniture Booties
If sewing is not your thing, but you’re good at crocheting, furniture booties are also a good option.
You will need:
- Yarn of your choice
- A crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
For a detailed tutorial on how to make them, check out this video:
The only problem is that they are so cute that once you start making them, you’ll probably end up crocheting socks for all the furniture in your home!
8. Make Your Own Stop Blocks
Making your own stop blocks is a good solution if you know how to handle a saw. All you need to do is measure the space between your couch and the wall and cut out some wooden blocks according to those measurements. Then place the blocks in the measured space.
Tip: If you’re planning on making your own stop blocks, consider purchasing some rubber material to glue onto the bottom side of the blocks. Doing so will keep your floor free of scuff marks.
9. Make Your Own Furniture Grips
Making your own furniture grips is pretty simple. Also, it may even be a better option than purchasing them from the store since you can customize them to fit any type of couch leg. All you need to purchase is a sheet of rubbery, non-slip shelf liner and some silicone adhesive.
In order to measure the bottom of the couch leg, place a piece of cardboard underneath and trace around it. Cut out the measured area on the cardboard and use it as a template.
Next, unroll the shelf liner and put the cardboard template on top of it. Trace the shape onto the shelf liner and repeat this process for however many legs your couch has. Flip your couch so the legs are pointing toward the ceiling.
Place some silicone adhesive onto the rubber grips and secure them onto the bottom of the couch legs. Make sure to let the adhesive dry before returning your couch to an upright position.
Note: Unlike dining chairs, a couch isn’t meant to be moved around all the time, so adding the silicone adhesive is optional.
10. Additional Tip
Keep in mind that a dusty floor makes everything slippery. So, even if you place rubber pads or furniture grips on the couch legs, it’s bound to slide. Just think about how easy it is to slip on a dusty laminate/hardwood floor when you’re in your socks (and yes, even the ones with those rubbery dots on the bottom).
In order to prevent your couch and other furniture from sliding you should make sure to dust the floor at least once a week. Also, buying the right cleaning tools will help keep your home clean and make maintenance a breeze!
As you can see, it’s completely possible to keep your beautiful flooring safe from the harmful clutches of your couch legs!
Thanks to all these different anti-slide solutions, you can breathe easy knowing your flooring will stay intact. But even more importantly, they will also keep your family safe from any couch-related accidents.
Try them out to see which solution you like the best!