How to keep furniture from sliding on hardwood floors?
This is a question that a lot of homeowner with hardwood floors often ask.
When your furniture keeps on sliding on your beautiful hardwood floors, it’s not just annoying because you have to keep repositioning it- but it can also easily scratch and damage your hardwood floors.
Considering how expensive and time consuming repairing or replacing your hardwood floors can be, it’s highly advisable that you find a solution to the sliding problem once and for all.
In this article, you’re going to learn 2 ways in which you can stop furniture from sliding on hardwood floors. They include;
- Placing Furniture Gripper Pads under Furniture Feet on Hardwood Floor
- Placing a Thick Area Rug
Let’s dive right in;
2 Ways on How to Keep Furniture from Sliding on Hardwood Floors
1.Placing Furniture Gripper Pads
One of the most effective yet cheapest ways to stop furniture like couches, tables, ottoman, recliners, chairs, and others is by placing furniture gripper pads.
Furniture grippers are basically rubber-backed furniture pads that grip onto the hard floor surface and onto the furniture itself. This helps keep it in place.
Additionally, these furniture gripper pads help protect your hardwood floors against scratches, dents, and scuffs that may occur as a result of furniture sliding.
That said, what furniture gripper pads do I recommend?
The only furniture gripper pads I am going to recommend are the X-Protector Non Slip Furniture Gripper Pads.
The X-Protector Non Slip Furniture Gripper Pads are some of the best furniture pads for hardwood floors for two main reasons;
- They prevent furniture from sliding on hard floor surfaces like hardwood floors, vinyl floors, laminate floors, linoleum floors, marble floors, tile floors, and other smooth hard floor surfaces
- They protect hardwood floors and other sensitive floors like laminate and vinyl floors against scratches and dents from furniture feet
The furniture gripper pads have an anti-slip bottom that is primarily made of rubber. Rubber naturally grips onto the surface of hardwood floors so when placed underneath furniture feet, it helps the furniture stay in place.
The pad’s top side consist of felt and a strong adhesive applied on this part in order to prevent them from coming off furniture feet.
The adhesive is super tenacious so you don’t have to worry about these pads coming off on a regular basis. They will stay in place for a very long time.
These pads will also protect your wood floors from scratches and dents that are often caused when furniture slides or gets dragged across the floor.
That’s why it’s not advisable to drag furniture on a hardwood floor as it can easily ruin it with scratches and dents.
When moving furniture or rearranging it, I recommend placing the SuperSliders 4766595N Reusable XL Heavy Furniture Movers for Hardwood Floors. These furniture sliders not only protect your hardwood floors from scratches and scuffs when moving furniture- they also make the task much more smooth and hassle-free.
If moving furniture on a carpeted floor, the SuperSliders 4764095N Reusable XL Heavy Furniture Movers for Carpet are just what you need.
NB: I know you may have concerns about the X-Protector Furniture Gripper Pads discoloring your hardwood floors since they have a rubber bottom. Its actually possible for these furniture gripper pads to discolor your hardwood floors. You definitely wouldn’t want that. That’s why I am going to recommend placing a thin area rug beneath your furniture if you’re going to place these rubber-backed furniture pads.
You can also cut up a non-rubber mat with scissors- small pieces are the same size as these furniture pads. They will prevent the rubber from ruining your floors.
Alternatively, you can simply place a thick area rug and skip using these pads. (I am going to discuss the benefits of placing a thick area rug under furniture on hardwood floors right below.)
2.Place a Thick Area Rug Under Furniture Feet
Another highly effective solution for keeping furniture from sliding on hardwood floors is placing a thick area rug.
A thick rug basically has thicker and denser fibres that allow the furniture feet to sink into them. This restricts their movement and therefore keeps them in place.
One of the best area rugs for hardwood floors is the Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Modern Plush Snow White/Cream Area Rug.
This rug does not have a rubber backing and is therefore safe for use not just on hardwood floors, but also on all types of floors- including laminate and vinyl floors.
The only problem with this rug is that it slides on hardwood floors. The good news is that placing heavy furniture over it will prevent it from slipping.
In case it slips, you can always place a rug pad like the RUGPADUSA – Basics – 5′ Square – 1/2″ Thick – 100% Felt – Protective Cushioning Rug Pad as I have explained below.
Choosing the Right Area Rug for Hardwood Floors
Although area rugs do a great job restricting furniture movement, an area rug with a rubber or latex backing is not safe for your hardwood floors because they will discolor the floors over time.
Rugs with synthetic backings are not safe either as they are extremely rough and can therefore scratch or scuff your floors.
If you’re going to use a non-rubber area rug or basically a rug that slides, I recommend purchasing a rug pad that is primarily made of felt.
Felt is completely safe and therefore won’t damage your floors.
A rug pad is typically thick and dense and will therefore help keep the area rug in place. And when you place heavy furniture on it, it won’t slide either.
There are countless rug pads in the market but the safest pad I can recommend is the RUGPADUSA – Basics – 5′ Square – 1/2″ Thick – 100% Felt – Protective Cushioning Rug Pad.
Placing an area rug on hardwood floors is a great way to prevent your couches and other furniture from sliding.
It’s also a great way to protect your precious hardwood floors against scratches and dents.
How to Keep Furniture from Sliding on Hardwood Floors- Bottom Line
Hopefully, you’ve now learnt how to keep furniture from sliding on hardwood floors. You can either go for the cheaper option which is using the X-Protector Non-Slip Furniture Gripper Pads or placing a high-pile area rug like the Unique Loom Solo Solid Shag Collection Modern Plush Snow White/Cream Area Rug.