Stop your couch cushions from sliding with these 4 simple methods – for a comfier setup

Four simple solutions to secure cushions to couch frames and keep your furniture neat and comfortable

living room, couch, window seat
(Image credit: Future / SOHO Management London LTD)

A couch is a significant investment, and while you may have fallen in love with yours for its comfort, aesthetic appeal, or even price tag, discovering that the cushions don't seem to stay in place can quickly undermine its appeal.

There's nothing less relaxing than constantly having to readjust couch cushions during a movie night or when hosting guests. So, why put up with the hassle when there are simple, low-cost solutions to fix this problem? 

Before you start browsing the best places to buy a new couch, consider these four easy techniques. 

How to stop couch cushions from sliding

The best option for you will depend on the material of your couch base (fabric, wood, plastic, and metal) and whether you prefer a permanent or temporary solution.

Whether you're dealing with cushions on your best outdoor furniture, window seats, sectionals, couches, chairs, entryway benches, or even beds, these tips will help you keep your furniture neat, comfortable, and looking great.

1. Hook and loop fasteners

living room with pink tiles walls, a terracotta sofa and a fluffy white rug

(Image credit: Fired Earth x M&S)

To stop couch cushions from sliding, consider using hook-and-loop fasteners. These fasteners provide a strong adhesive grip that will allow you to easily attach and detach cushions while preventing them from shifting out of place. 

Hook-and-loop strips, commonly known as Velcro strips, are affordable and available at Amazon for indoor and outdoor use.

How to install: Trim these to fit the size of your cushions. Attach the hook-and-loop fasteners to the bottom of the cushions and the base of the couch, ensuring that both sides align properly for a secure hold. You can do this by sewing or finding fasteners with adhesive backings. If you opt for those with adhesive backing, ensure they are designed for the type of material you are attaching them to. 

2. Non-slip fabric

Grey couch, galler wall, vase, wooden floor

(Image credit: Future)

If you prefer a temporary solution that doesn't involve adhesives or fasteners, consider using non-slip grippers specifically designed for furniture. These grippers come in various shapes and sizes and are typically made from rubber or silicone, which provide traction between the cushion and couch frame to prevent any movement. Alternatively, rubber shelf liners or silicone mats can be just as effective. They can easily be cut to size. 

While this method may not be as secure as the others, it's a quick and easy way to prevent sliding without making any permanent changes to your couch, making it perfect for a rental. 

How to install: These are easy to install – simply place them underneath each cushion.

Premium Non-Slip Furniture Pads |

Premium Non-Slip Furniture Pads | Only $4.99 from Amazon

3. Upholstery tacks

Green living room, fireplace, white rug, green table

(Image credit: Future)

Upholstery tacks or pins can be used as a more permanent solution to secure cushions to couches. These may create holes in certain materials and won't work for plastic or metal frames; however, on suitable surfaces, this solution will effectively secure the materials together.

How to install: Simply attach the tacks or pins to the undersides of the cushions and press or twist them into the couch base. This EEEkit pack of 50 is only $6.98 at Walmart.

4. Fabric ties

Pink couch and wallpaper, red coffee table, closet

(Image credit: Future)

As a chic DIY approach to this project, you can sew fabric ties onto your cushions and the couch frame and tie these together. This method is a great way to attach the cushions while offering an easy way to detach them where needed (say, for cleaning purposes) and add a decorative touch to your furniture. 

How to install: Simply sew one end of the fabric tie to the cushion and attach the other end to the couch frame. You can use an upholstery pin to attach the fabric straps. You can make your own ties with fabric cuttings, use ribbons, or find some in local craft stores.

Often used to keep bedsheets in place, adjustable straps or clips are a versatile way to prevent fabrics from sliding. If a blanket or throw is draped over your couch, these can be wrapped around the cushions or couch and secured into place. You can use these Korlon clips, from Amazon; they are easy to install and can be adjusted to fit various cushion sizes, providing a secure hold.

Lola Houlton
News writer

Lola Houlton is a news writer for Homes & Gardens. She has been writing content for Future PLC for the past six years, in particular Homes & Gardens, Real Homes and GardeningEtc. She writes on a broad range of subjects, including practical household advice, recipe articles, and product reviews, working closely with experts in their fields to cover everything from heating to home organization through to house plants. Lola is a graduate, who completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Sussex. She has also spent some time working at the BBC.