Asked on Jan 20, 2015

Couch cushions pushing forward

Any ideas out there on how to stop seat cushions on a couch from migrating forward? It is a sleeper sofa from a nice manufacturer...I've tried the rubbery stuff for rugs and even the rubbery material boaters use to prevent slipping, but to no avail! any ideas?
I've even tried the tucking the cushion backwards...
  20 answers
  • OBX Interiors OBX Interiors on Jan 20, 2015
    Try a gripping rug pad... Its easy to cut to any size. Or it looks like your cushions are one sided, if so you can get a heavy duty velcro and attach a single strip to the seat deck and to the cushion. This is not an uncommon thing with sofas. Ashley Sofas often have a 2"x6" piece of Velcro under the cushions to help hold them in place. Just put it in the same spot on all 3 cushions so you can switch them around every so often and avoid the favorite spot look.
  • Dolly Golen Dolly Golen on Jan 20, 2015
  • Bobbie Long Bobbie Long on Jan 20, 2015
    sew some rings to the back of the cushions, then to the back of the sofa. Then connect the cushion to the back using a string or velcro. It's about the only system that will actually work!
    • Yasmin Steinke Yasmin Steinke on Aug 07, 2020

      Hi Bobbie can u post a video on how to do this? Even if urs is done, but as an example. My email is thank you. Nothing else has worked

  • Carole Carole on Jan 20, 2015
    I agree with Dolly and Bobbie - Try Velcro strips attached to the cushions, that should hold them!
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Jan 20, 2015
    @Angelynne Amores Beaudry apparently they make a product called dura grip to prevent this - Haven't used it but it looks different from the nonslip mesh you may have been using. I would be careful using Velcro as occasionally you need to flip then which would be difficult with Velcro stuck to one side.
  • Janet Miracle Janet Miracle on Jan 20, 2015
    I also recommend Velcro, the double sided kind. put the strips all along the back of the seat cushions and along the sides and underneath the front of the cushions.
  • Lorna Reed Jean Lorna Reed Jean on Jan 21, 2015
    I used velco heavy duty strips. I struck to the undersize of the cushion and the bottom of the seat where the cushions seat on. Make sure that you position it where the cushion is seating all the way back flush against the back of the couch. Works great!
    • CK CK on Jan 21, 2015
      @Lorna Reed JeanI was just going to write the same thing :-)
  • Pati Russell Pati Russell on Jan 22, 2015
    Velcro strips
  • Molly Molly on Jan 22, 2015
    I used Velcro strips with our leather couch and the glue side of the velcro is not strong enough to hold in place over time. A furniture sales person told me to use 2 way carpet tape and it will never move, so I am going to give it a try.
  • Danee Kaplan Danee Kaplan on Jan 24, 2015
    I just put everything back where it belongs every day or two.
    • Andrea R Andrea R on May 03, 2016
      @Danee Kaplan LOL! Thats what I do,everytime anyone has sat on my couch,and its so aggravating,too.
  • Dcsharpe Dcsharpe on Jan 24, 2015
    My couch has velcro strips attached already and the cushions still slip. I have to pull them up off the velcro to slide them back in and the velcro on the bottom of the cushions has actually started to rip the fabric it is attached to. We have kids and pets (and a husband) so all the gunk that gets down in the couch gets the velcro clogged up. you can comb this out but I don't know what to do about the ripping. I just don't think there is a good solution. I just need a monster sofa covered in plastic, lol!
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Jun 08, 2015
    My hubby is harder on the furniture than my kids ever were, plus with kids you can correct the way they sit but not the hubby, right?
  • Ann Ann on May 03, 2016
    Get rubber carpet padding big enough to go under all the cushions front to back.The thin type. You want the rubberiness, not the thickness. I have done this on leather chairs and it does work fine on them.
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on May 03, 2016
    Have any of the above ideas worked? How about the rubbery- like shelf liner under each cushion? We've used that under area rugs to keep them in place.
  • Angelynne Amores Beaudry Angelynne Amores Beaudry on May 03, 2016
    No none of them worked. Luckily the maker and the store have great customer service and sent a pro who sewed in Velcro.
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on May 05, 2016
    how about that rubber like shelf paper? it's non skid.
  • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on Aug 10, 2020

    I really would like to hear from anyone who has devised a way to turn a pillow backed chair into a regular sofa. I like the looks of our sofa, but the pillows and cushions are ridiculous!

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 10, 2020

    The rubber layer that you put under a rug should do the trick.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 17, 2021

    You can sew a strip of velcro on the back of each cushion and then the other half on the back of the sofa where the pillows rest. But this type of style is a pain IMHO and would never buy again after owning one. I also hate the 3 cushion bottom which also slides out. Next sofa I got sure was different.

  • RixRantz RixRantz on May 30, 2021

    I have a resin wicker sectional on my patio. For a sofa configuration (2 corners) I cut mesh rubber rug under-padding into squares the size of the cushion less 1” all around (anything less doesn’t work) and it stopped the cushion from sliding forward. This did not work for configurations without 2 corner pieces like an armless chair, but what did work was those old fashioned ring clips to bind a book of loose paper that have a hinge - they clip together from pressure. You can get very thin ones at the Office supply stores. Puncture the fabric on each side of the corner seam or zipper for a stronger hold and grab as much of the foam as you can. I used another ring through the resin wicker chair back but fabric would work too (leather sofas often have fabric underneath) then clip the two rings together and turn the rings until the closure is inside both the cushion and the sofa. If the cushion still slips around, adjust the rings to grab deeper into the foam of the cushion and the sofa back. This will also make it more secure.

    This worked for me 99% of the time. The odd time one ring will unclasp and I just switch out that ring to a new one that has a stronger pressure hold. The rings are cheap and it has not ripped the fabric because It straddles the zipper seam and a good chunk of the foam. When I flip the cushions you may or may not have to adjust the rings so straddle the clips on the cushion first, exactly where the zipper is, don’t leave much ring showing. The fabric on my patio is a polyester, not expensive, so it was worth a try. Im happy not slipping and sliding or constantly repositioning seat cushions and It’s windproof too. 🤩