How To Keep Couch Cushions From Sliding (4 Ways To Do It!)

Kirstin Harrington
by Kirstin Harrington

Having a comfy couch is easily one of the best parts of a living room. After a long, exhausting day, nothing beats sitting on the sofa and relaxing. Since it’s one of the most heavily trafficked furniture pieces in your home, it’s important to have it just how you like it.

It’s less than pleasant when you’re trying to kick back, and the couch cushions keep slipping. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to prevent your couch cushions from sliding around. By far, the easiest method is to add a rubber mat to keep everything in place.

To keep your living room as cozy as possible, I’ve found three easy ways to keep your couch cushions in place. I’ve also included tidbits on how to keep a couch cover looking great and more. Hopefully, this helps you and leaves sliding cushions as a thing of the past.

Four Methods to Prevent Couch Cushions From Sliding

The four main methods we’ll be talking about today are:

  • Using velcro strips
  • Applying non-slip drawer liners
  • Hooks and rings
  • Non-slip upholstery mats 

My favorite thing about all of these options is that they’re inexpensive and easy to apply. Each one shouldn’t take more than half an hour to apply. Let’s jump into the first method.

1. Velcro Strips Under Cushions

Velcro strips are one of the easiest ways to control the couch cushions. It involves applying velcro and sticking it to another piece to keep cushion sliding at bay. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make it as easy as possible.

Step One: Picking Out the Right Size

There are plenty of different options when it comes to velcro sizing. One of the best things about it is you can cut the pieces as small as you need them to be. I’d suggest opting for a package of long pieces and customize it as needed.

Step Two: Applying the Velcro

To keep your sofa cushions where they should be, I like adding four pieces of velcro to each cushion. I cut my strips to be about two inches each and place them at the four corners of the cushion. Do this to all of the cushions before moving on.

Then, you’ll need to add velcro in the same spots on the base of your couch lining. To ensure that you have velcro pieces that match up, you can measure where they are on the cushion. Then simply put your couch back together, and the problem will be solved!

2. Non-Slipping Rubber Drawer Liner

Your next option is to use rubber drawer liners. These are the same liners you use in your kitchen and bathroom drawers to keep things from rolling around. This stuff is fantastic for several things, including keeping your cushions in place.

It’s easily removable, just like velcro. You can buy these liners at just about any store, and they won’t leave any marks or residue on your couch.

Step One: Cutting the Liners

Non-slip drawer liners usually come in a large roll. The first thing you’ll want to do is trim it down to the length of your couch. While it’s unlikely, you may also it’s not too wide and sticking out of the front of your sofa.

Step Two: Lay It Down

All you have to do for this method is lay it down flat on the base of your sofa. Put the cushions on top, and you’ve got yourself a solution to your original problem. This is by far the easiest, quickest, and most cost-efficient way to keep cushions in place.

3. Hooks And Rings

Another thing you can try is the trusty ol’ hooks and rings method. This requires a bit more skill than the previous options, but it will work like a dream once completed. You’re essentially hooking the couch.

Using clips and rings requires a little bit of DIY skills. This method can be the most convenient since it becomes a permanent part of your couch. You can hook the cushion to the sofa and keep it from sliding forward.

Step One: Make an Attachment Piece

The first thing you’ll need to do is take a small piece of any fabric and sew it onto the couch and the cushion. It’s important that these pieces of fabric line up with each other and are relatively the same size.

Step Two: Attaching a Ring and Hook

Next, get a ring and sew it onto the fabric that you previously attached to the cushion. After that, sew a plastic blunt hook onto the fabric that is placed on the couch. Clip the hook into the ring, and you’ll have more sturdy cushions.

4. Non-Slip Upholstery Mats

Not to be confused with the non-slip drawer mats, upholstery mats are a bit different but have the same concept. Here’s how you can use them on your couch to keep cushions in place.

Step One: Head to the Store

Go to any store near your that sells carpeting or rugs. Find the non-slip mats that keep rugs from moving around. If you can’t find a place near you that has these, they’re readily available online.

It’s essential to find one that’s the length of your couch. Measure the distance from the inside of one arm to the next to get the proper measurements. Just like velcro, you can buy longer pieces and cut them as necessary if you have multiple sofas.

Step Two: Fit the Mat to Your Couch

Once you have the mat, take off the cushions, and measure the sitting area of your couch. Trim the non-slip mat to make sure it will fit under the cushions without sticking out anywhere. Vacuum inside your couch before applying it to help the mat stick better and get a firmer grip.

Step Three: Put the Mat in the Couch

Lay down the mat on the sitting area of your couch without the cushions on. Make sure it’s smooth and that all lumps and bumps are gone. Press down firmly to help it get a good grip before putting the cushions back on.

Fixing a Slipping Couch Cover

Now that you’ve got your cushions all figured out, another thing you may deal with a slipping couch cover. It may seem like common sense, but the easiest way to keep these in place is by tucking them into every crease on the couch.

Some sofa covers have drawstrings on the bottom that make it easy to tighten everything and keep it in place. A lifehack you can apply to make sure everything looks great is by stuffing newspaper into the crevices behind the cushions.

Because a couch cover can get pretty dirty, it’s important to wash it regularly. Consider doing a load of laundry that consists of the sofa cover, the cushion covers, and any throws or pillows you use in the living room.

Performing routine maintenance like this will ensure your living room will always look beautiful. It also extends the life of your couch, which can be an expensive piece of furniture to replace.

Related Questions

Should cushions on the sofa match?

While most people opt for cushions that match the sofa, you can reupholster them to get a unique look. There are color pallets that you may want to stick with that use color theory to give a cohesive look. As long as you like it and it makes you happy, that’s what matters most. 

How do you arrange a scatter couch cushion?

Take the matching cushions on either side of the sofa and make sure there’s enough distance between them. It doesn’t matter what type of fabric you’re working with; the look should bind together. This is best for a smaller couch and can be done on both ends of the sofa if you’re working with larger furniture. 

Can you wash couch cushions?

You can and should wash your couch cushions. Of course, it matters what type of fabric you’re working with. Most that are removable can be thrown in the washer on a gentle cycle using colder water. It’s crucial that the cover is zipped closed before washing it. Consider using a mild detergent if there are any stains or dirt that needs to be removed. You can dry them on a line or in the dryer. Cushion covers can be put back on when they’re slightly damp.

Kirstin Harrington
Kirstin Harrington

Kirstin is a passionate writer who loves helping people learn new things when it comes to home improvement. When she's not behind a keyboard, she enjoys DIY projects, crafts, spending time with her pets, and making videos. She hopes that with all she writes, someone is finding a solution to their home improvement needs.

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