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Keeping Furniture from Sliding on Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors add beauty to your home; keeping them looking their best requires some care with regards to your furnishings. This is a guide about furniture on hardwood floors.


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June 8, 2012

We recently had hardwood flooring installed in our house. The first problem that I encountered afterward was that our couch needs to sit away from the wall, but on the hardwood, it always slid backwards. I wanted a solution to keep the couch exactly where I wanted it but also one that wouldn't show too much. Ultimately we decided to use pieces of the leftover hardwood cut to the length I needed. Here's what we did:

  1. Measured the distance that I wanted to keep the couch out from the wall, then cut two length of flooring to the right length.
  2. I purchased a sheet of sticky-backed felt (like the felt feet) at the hardware store and cut 4 strips, the length and height of the board ends, to protect the wall and the couch legs. I stuck those to the board ends.
  3. Then I took some non-slip shelf liner and cut to strips just smaller than the board so they wouldn't show.
  4. I put the boards behind the couch, with the liner underneath, and pushed the couch back against them. The couch has stayed in place, just how I want it and the boards just blend in with the flooring!

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful

What a great idea! I do something similar with the utensils tray in my drawer. It kept sliding back so I put an old milk carton lid back there and now it stays up front. Simple things are always the best!

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April 23, 2012

We have a really nice and shiny hardwood floor, but that means that furniture and rugs tend to slip. So we found the anti-slip material and put it under the rug. It worked so well that we wondered if it could keep our couch(es) from slipping. We discovered that a small piece of the anti- slip material under each leg of the couch works great! Now the couch doesn't move every time we get up from sitting down.

By tiller from the Netherlands

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February 21, 20050 found this helpful

In order to prevent scratching your hardwood floors, just glue some soft felt to the bottom of your furniture legs.

By Robin

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September 26, 20123 found this helpful

This video shows you a quick and easy way to prevent furniture from sliding backwards on hardwood floor. View View the full project here: Keeping Furniture From Sliding on Hardwood

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is fine if sofa in in static location. If sofa is moveable long wise the spacer needs to be wider. I'll try to find enough cut off dove tailed. Have u tried some thing attached to sofa?


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