We replaced our nasty old carpet with wood laminate floors a few years back and I’ve never regretted it. The only thing that I DIDN’T like about it was that every time someone sat on our couch it slid back and hit the wall. So I did a little research on how to keep furniture from sliding and found the perfect solution for us!
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How to Stop Furniture From Sliding
One: Rug Tape
I started off using this tape that we already had on hand to keep our rugs from slipping. It would work for a week or two then the sticky would slowly wear off and the couch would be hitting the wall again.
Two: Anti-Skid Pads/Furniture Grippers/Furniture Grips
Then I found these anti-skid pads on Amazon for just a few dollars. The ones I found are from Shepherds Hardware.
I was a little skeptical when I found them as they’re just thin little rubber pads with a lot of texture. I didn’t see how they would be any different than the rug tape we had used before.
First of all, I had to trim the non-slip pad to fit the bottom of our couch legs. (They do come in different sizes, I just didn’t think ahead to get the right size.) I used an old pair of craft scissors with no problem.
One side has self-adhesive on it and it stuck right to the bottom of the couch leg. The black side you see above is what touches the floor. You don’t even notice them at all when they’re on. But I took a photo of the couch anyway. This was the most aesthetic solution for us. (Notice this is BEFORE I painted our side table.)
And, WOW, do these things work! They’ve got a good grip. Now we can plop down on the couch without it moving a bit! These were definitely the best solutions for our situation.
Here are a few similar products from Amazon. (Probably also available from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or your local home improvement store.) Different textures are available.
3 More Ways to Keep Furniture From Sliding on Smooth Floors
Three: Area Rugs
Probably the easiest thing to do is just add an area rug and place your furniture on it. That wasn’t an option in our situation because of the size of our living room and the size of our rug. A new rug just wasn’t in the budget yet.
Four: Rubber Drawer Liners
These rubber drawer liners are handy for many around-the-house DIY projects. To use them to keep your furniture from sliding, just cut small pieces to fit the bottom of your furniture legs. The rubber grips the bottom of the leg and the floor. I’ve tried this in the past, also. They worked for a while but eventually, the furniture started moving again.
Five: Silicone Leg Protectors or Leg Caps
I discovered these after I purchased the furniture grippers. Maybe I would have tried these first if I had seen them. I think these would be most useful on dining chairs or kitchen table legs.
Keep Your Floors Clean
I’ve also read that furniture slips more on dirty floors. So keep the dust off.
Felt pads, similar to the anti-skid pads that I found on Amazon, are also available. These will protect your hardwood floor, vinyl flooring, tile floors, and laminate floors from scratching but they do not prevent sliding.
Wooden blocks are another option. I’ve never used them so I’m not sure how well they would work. What I’ve read said to cut wooden blocks and place them between the furniture legs and the wall. Let me know if that works for you but I’m concerned about a couple of things: 1) how do these look? and 2) sideways movement.
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Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment and let me know if you’ve found anything else that helps keep your furniture from moving around when people sit on it.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
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Originally published on September 21, 2016. Updated in March 2023.
I do not see the name of the product that stops furniture from moving.
I got these… Shepherds Hardware… from Amazon: https://amzn.to/34lXonC [affiliate link]
This is the one I bought — Shepherd Hardware 9971 2-Inch Surface Grip Adhesive Non Slip Pads, 8-Pack, https://amzn.to/34lXonC [affiliate link]
Grace Kingsley says
Such a brilliant idea! We just had our wood floors resurfaced and I was concerned about our couches scuffing them up again. I purchased the anti-skid pads you recommended and it’s been great so far! Thanks again.