How to Stop Couch Cushions From Sliding

  • A couch is the central part of a living room—even if it proudly stands in its corner. It gathers all the joys and sorrows that the family goes through, and we inevitably create a kind of emotional connection to it sooner or later. 
  • Over time, however, you may notice that keeping cushions in place becomes harder and harder. Cushions are sliding so often that you barely ever relax!
  • In this post, we find out how to stop couch cushions from sliding away while you’re using them. Whether your favorite method is a Velcro strip, a non slip rubber, or a hook, there are some handy solutions to how to stop couch cushions from sliding.


A soothing relax on the couch is one of our favorite things to do at home. 

You have to admit: 

After a busy day at work, there is nothing like a nice little nap or a calming evening in a horizontal position with a movie and a glass of wine. 

Yet, some things tend to stand in our way—like sliding couch cushions.

There’s no bigger pain than that cushion that is slipping every few minutes!

You get up, fix your cushion, and see it happening over and over again. 

The tendency for sliding of a couch is hard to predict before the purchase.

Yet, a couple of furniture related tips can keep couch cushions from sliding.

Try one of these method to stop a couch cushion from sliding:

1. a non-slipping rubber drawer liner or pad underneath the cushion,

2. Velcro strips underneath the cushion,

3. hooks and rings on the back of the cushion connected to the couch;

In this post, we’re about to figure them all out. 

Keep couch cushions from sliding

Here’s how to stop couch cushions from sliding with a couple of method. 

Non-slipping rubber drawer liner, rug, or pad

Are you tired of constantly picking cushions from the floor? Having to stand up and reposition cushions isn’t your favorite way of spending time anymore?

Try the method of a non-slipping rubber drawer liner, rug, or pad installed underneath the cushion.

Tip: These mats aren’t hard to get. Purchase them online, at any home improvement store, or Walmart. Lining and pads are also relatively cheap.

It’s probably the easiest option, as all you have to do is place the rubber lining underneath the cushions. 

Also, compared to Velcro strips—which we will discuss later—the rubber drawer liner is easily removable. What’s more, it won’t leave any residue or marks like the sticky Velcro tends to.

To efficiently keep cushions in place, consider buying a non slip rubber with perforations. 

This tiny element increases adhesion—and a firm hold on the cushions is more than desired. 

Tip: Before you install the linning, vacuum the sofa to remove any dust and particles. It’s important because they could hinder the proper functioning of the lining or pad.

Simply grab the rubber drawer liner and cut it to the size of your couch cushion.

Take this piece of fabric and place it underneath, between the couch and the cushion. 


Velcro strips 

The following method is related to the good old Velcro. 

Keeping couch cushions from sliding may be easier than you expected. 

The Velcro strips should be about 10-15cm.

Place one side of the Velcro on the bottom of your cushion with the sticky side. 

Then, place the other side of the Velcro on the couch—where it can meet up with the other half.

The goal is to ensure these two meet so the Velcro can keep the cushion in place.

Tip: Place the strips either underneath the cushion (there’s enough room for as many strips as you want) or on the back of the cushion. 

We want functionality and durability, so the tape you pick should be:

  • heavy-duty, and 
  • sturdy; 

One of the advantages of Velcro tape is that lifting the cushion comes easy. So you’re free to take them out, for example, if you need to clean them. 

Select the correct needle to avoid damaging your couch if your Velcro is not a sticky type but requires sewing.

Also, the material of your cushion cover is something you should bear in mind when you’re buying a life-saving stripe. 

Hooks and rings

Using clips and rings requires a little bit DIY skills than the previous method. 

On the bright side, this technology will become a permanent part of your couch. 

Once you can hook the cushion to the couch, it’s going to keep it from sliding forward forever.

How to install hooks and rings on your couch?

First, grab a small piece of fabric. Then, sew it to the couch and cushion facing each other. 

Then, take a ring and sew it on the fabric with the cushion. 

Lastly, as you already expected, you need to take a hook and sew it onto the piece of fabric on the couch.

You want to use a plastic, blunt hook. Anything sharp will do since we’re talking about a sofa here. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few main reasons to make you wonder if the time may be right for buying a new sofa. Consider replacing it when: you see that seats start sagging to the point of not supporting you (and the DIY fix method doesn't help anymore), the fabric is too stained and worn to be aesthetically pleasing, and the frame is breaking down or squeaking. On average, a typical sofa will last 7-15 years.
We can expect couches with a dense hardwood frame (for example, teak, maple, or walnut) to be the most durable. When it comes to the material—go for tightly woven textiles or leather.
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