How do I keep my couch from sliding on hardwood floors?

How to Keep Furniture From Sliding on a Wood Floor

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By Cathy Habas Updated January 21, 2021

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Does the couch move backward every time you sit down? You can keep the couch from sliding on a wood floor by using couch stop blocks or grippers. Both are inexpensive solutions that will protect your floor from wear and tear. Placing the couch on a rug also works well.

Rugs, Couch Stop Blocks and Grippers

For a fashionable and effective solution to a sliding couch, place the couch's two front feet on an area rug. The rug should be large and heavy enough to counteract the force of the couch as it tries to slide backward. You can also place all four feet on an area rug for the same effect.

Stop blocks are an ideal solution if you want the couch to stay close to a wall without bumping into it. The blocks are thin, but they're sturdy pieces of wood that wedge between the wall and the couch's two back feet to stop the couch from sliding further backward. Couch stop blocks can easily be made with scrap wood or even two old bricks.

You can purchase grippers, also called gripping pads, grippy dots or non-slip furniture pads, to place underneath the couch's feet. These come in packs of two, four or eight and are available in a variety of pre-cut sizes. Some brands have a peel-and-stick adhesive backing; others are designed to be held in place by the couch's weight.

How to Make Your Own Grippers

According to Home Digs, you can also make your own grippers out of red rubber gasket sheets, which you can find in the plumbing section of your local hardware store. If the couch's feet are not easily accessible, ask someone to help you carefully tip the couch onto its back so that you can measure them. Use scissors to cut pieces of rubber that fit perfectly under the couch feet for an unobtrusive appearance.

Placing the couch precisely on top of the small rubber pads can be a little tricky. To make it easier, use double-sided tape or a dab of glue to stick the rubber onto the feet. It doesn't have to be a strong connection, but the tape or glue should stay in place long enough for you to tip the couch forward again without the rubber pads falling off. For best result, clean dust and debris from the couch's feet before applying the adhesive.

Even the best furniture grippers for hardwood floors both name-brand and homemade will eventually wear out and become less effective. Replace them if the couch begins to slide again.

Additional Tips for Success

Some materials are unsuitable for using under a couch's feet. For example, felt protects the floor from scratches, but it won't stop the couch from sliding. On the other hand, anti-slip tape, such as that used to provide traction on stairs, may stop the couch from sliding but abrade the floor. Finally, don't use the sticky rubber mesh that's designed to line cabinets and drawers; it isn't strong enough to stop a couch from sliding.

Couch grippers will work best if both the floor and the couch's feet remain free of dirt and debris, according to Nydree Flooring. If there's a layer of dust or pet fur on the floor, the gripper won't come in contact with the floor. Keep the area around the couch clean for best performance.

Things You Will Need

  • Scrap wood

  • 2 bricks

  • Red rubber gasket sheet

  • Scissors

  • Double-sided tape

  • Glue

References

  • Nydree Flooring: Flooring Tips: How to Stop Furniture From Sliding
  • Home Digs: How To Keep Couch From Sliding?

Writer Bio

Cathy Habas has been a full-time freelance writer since 2014. She graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a Bachelor's degree in English. She enjoys writing content that helps homeowners feel motivated and confident in handling projects around the home. Her work has been published around the web, including on home improvement sites like Ron and Lisa.

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