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How to Stop Cushions From Slipping on a Sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

Certain types of fabric sofa cushions present a slicker surface than others. Polished cottons and fabrics treated with stain resistant chemicals often slide around more than woven, textured sofa upholstery. Likewise, leather sofa cushions or cushions covered with vinyl liners slide unexpectedly. Fixing the annoying case of the slip and slides with your sofa cushions isn't expensive and can be done in a matter of minutes. Rubberised drawer or shelf liner is available in rolls and can be cut to fit the length of the entire cushion for problematic sofas. Rubber grips the cushion above and the interior sofa surface below, preventing any movement of the cushion.

Remove the sofa seat cushion.

Put the tape measure at the left edge of the cushion. Stretch the tape across the cushion to the right edge.

Measure and cut the rubberised drawer or shelf liner according to the determined length measurement from Step 1. According to "Popular Mechanics" magazine, friction causes cushions to slip around on a sofa. You can also use a similar product, rubberised tool box liner, to keep the cushions from slipping.

Place the cut length of rubberised drawer or shelf liner on top of the interior sofa surface where the seat cushion rests. Put the seat cushion on top of the rubberised liner.

Remove the sofa cushions.

Put the tape measure at the left edge of the interior surface of the sofa. The interior surface of the sofa is the flat part of the sofa, usually covered with a gauze or lesser quality fabric liner, where all of the sofa cushions are positioned.

Stretch the tape measure across the entire surface where the seat cushions are positioned until the tape touches the right edge.

Measure and cut a length of rubberised drawer or shelf liner according to the measurement determined in Step 2.

Stretch the rubberised drawer or shelf liner across the interior surface of the sofa. Smooth the edges flat. Replace the sofa cushions.

Tip

Rubberised drawer and shelf liners typically are available in 12-inch wide rolls. The rolls are available in varying lengths of up to 5 feet. The liners are available in grocery, hardware, discount, kitchen and home improvement stores, and come in a variety of colours.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubberised drawer or shelf liners
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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About the Author

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.