How to keep sofas from sliding on wood floors

Written by leigh kelley
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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.

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Things you 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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    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

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