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How to Stop Sectionals From Separating

Updated April 13, 2018

Sectionals provide comfortable seating with plenty of room, but keeping the pieces from separating can be frustrating and difficult, especially if your furniture rests on a hardwood floor. Some sectionals come with hardware built into the bottom of the pieces to snap them together, but many do not. There are several ways to help stop your sectional pieces from separating and most of the items used to keep sofas stationary are inexpensive.

Place rubber furniture cups under the legs of your sectional. Rubber works especially well on hardwood floors to stop sofas from sliding. You can purchase rubber cups for furniture at most superstores, home improvement stores and furniture stores.

Cut out sections of thick, non-slip shelf liner to place under the legs of your sectional. Some sectionals have wide, bulky legs that are too big to fit in most furniture cups. Shelf liner is inexpensive and works well to give your couch a grip. Layer several pieces of shelf liner under each leg if you find that one is not enough to stop it from slipping.

Wrap several thick zip ties around the legs of your sectional to connect the pieces and prevent them from slipping. Zip ties work best for sectionals that move only slightly, such as sofas that are on carpet and shift slightly from movement and weight. Sectionals on hardwood floors usually require grips under the legs to prevent separation.

Purchase sectional connectors, such as the Sofa Snap, to install under your sectional. These connectors are very similar to the connectors that come preinstalled on some sofas. The connectors screw into the bottom of the sectional pieces and consist of clamps that snap into small rods to prevent your sectional from separating.

Make your own sofa connectors with metal hooks and loops from a hardware store. Screw a thick metal hook into the underside one piece of your sectional and attach a metal loop to the second piece. Slide the hook into the loop to keep your sofa together.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber furniture cups
  • Non-slip shelf liner
  • Zip ties
  • Sectional connectors
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Metal hook
  • Metal loop
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Amanda Knaebel is a self-professed gadget geek and loves all things tech, both new and old. Amanda has been working as a freelance writer for over 10 years on topics including technology, health, fitness, nutrition, gardening and many more. She has also worked with Fortune 50 tech and financial companies, both in technical support and content production.