How to keep sofas from sliding on wood floors

Updated April 17, 2017

If you hear an awful screeching sound every time you sit on your sofa, you aren't alone. Sofas often slide on hardwood flooring, especially if the floor has recently been refinished. A sliding sofa can damage your floors and may be a safety hazard. However, there is a way to stop the sliding.

Flip the sofa onto its back. Clean the legs of the sofa thoroughly. For wood, use a natural oil soap cleaner. For metal, use a pine cleaner. For painted surfaces or delicate surfaces, use a gentle cleaner such as dish soap and water. Allow the legs to dry thoroughly.

Rough the bottom edge of the legs (the part that touches the floor when the sofa is upright) up with 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe with a paper towel to remove dust.

Use a tape measure to measure the bottom of the sofa legs. Or, draw a template of the bottom of the legs using a sheet of paper, pencil and scissors.

Cut slip-resistant material to fit the bottom of the legs. This can be rubber shelf mats, felt or special furniture-gripping pads.

Use double-sided tape to attach the slip-resistant material to the bottom of the sofa legs.

Turn the sofa upright and sit on it to make sure it doesn't slide. If it does, apply another layer of the slip-resistant material.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Slip-resistant material (such as felt or a rubber shelf mat)
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
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