how to keep sofa cushions in place

How to Keep Your Sofa Cushions in Place | 5 Simple Solutions

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Let’s say you bought a new couch that you absolutely adore, but there’s just one problem with it right off the bat: your sofa cushions keep sliding out from under you while you sit on the couch! Sounds annoying, right? 

How might you keep your sofa cushions in place? There are many options that help keep your cushions in place, such as velcro strips, fabric glue, grip pads, and even sewing your couch cushions in place. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to each option.

Let’s go over some of the best ways to keep sofa cushions in place.

5 Ways How to Keep Sofa Cushions in Place

1. Velcro Strips

Velcro can be a simple, affordable, and effective solution to keeping your sofa cushions in place. Velcro is available at many major retailers and hardware stores. It is also manufactured in many colors, lengths, and widths.

Velcro is also versatile in that you can purchase velcro with adhesive, or you can plan on sewing it into place. Depending on your couch and cushion style, you may find one or the other more beneficial.

Adhesive strips are usually preferred, as you don’t have to sew anything into your couch permanently. Plus, they are much easier to install in the first place. You can cut this product to the exact length and width that you need, depending on the size of your couch!

I highly recommend this adhesive stripping from Teuvo– their non-slip pads are designed to prevent your sofa cushions from slipping. Using high-strength adhesive, these couch cushion non-slip pads are perfect for various sofas with smooth surfaces, such as wood and leather.

All you have to do is peel and stick this product- just make sure the strips line up properly before you affix them permanently! This is one of the easiest and most effective solutions for keeping your sofa cushions still.

2. Gorilla Grip Pad

Another excellent product for keeping your couch cushions in place is this grip pad from Gorilla Grip. Slip-resistant pads are the perfect solution to help stop cushions from sliding. While this product isn’t permanently affixed to your couch like the velcro adhesive, this might be a plus for some of you!

Designed to hold even the heaviest cushions in place so you can sit down comfortably on your couch again, this product can be used for nearly any style of futon, daybed, sofa, or chairs with cushions that move or slip.

Customize your size of this product, and trim the pad with scissors to fit uncommon sizes of couches and cushions. The pad is intended to be slightly smaller than your cushions so your grip pad is not visible while in use.

Simply lift your cushion, place the pad on the couch, and put your cushions back where they belong. The high-quality double sided slip resistant material helps to keep your cushions locked in place, without you having to glue or sew anything!

This product is known for its tough durability and long lasting effectiveness. It is also easy to clean with mild soap and a damp cloth or sponge. While some reviewers mention it moving from time to time and needing adjustment, this could be a simple and elegant solution to your sliding couch cushions.

3. Sew on a Button or Hook and Eye Lock

Did you know you can use a hook and eye lock or a simple button to secure your sofa cushion into place? No matter your sewing experience, you can easily attach either of these sewing products to your couch and keep your cushions permanently affixed!

Buttons and hook and eye locks come in many styles, sizes, and shapes. You will no doubt find something that fits your couch cushion design. Be sure to purchase more than you think you will need, just in case you discover that you need more than one per couch cushion!

I recommend marking the positions of your buttons or hook and eye locks before beginning sewing. Making sure that your sewing lines up is the most important part of this process! You will also be hand sewing, as a sewing machine can’t work on something like a couch fixture.

Choosing a metal button or hook and eye closure is also recommended, as these will prove more durable in the long run. You may find that your stitching comes loose or breaks sooner than you expected- try to find upholstery or heavy-duty thread for this project. 

While this solution may require some maintenance, it can be a more elegant solution for those of you looking to add a bit of style to your couch cushions.

4. Fabric Glue

If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your cushion problem, you may find fabric glue to be an appealing option. However, keep in mind that this solution is most likely permanent- I don’t recommend doing this if you plan on reselling your couch or if your couch is brand new.

However, if you need an affordable and effective solution to keep your couch cushions in place, fabric glue may be just the way to go! Simply apply small amounts in the four corners of each couch cushion. Follow the instructions on whatever glue you choose.I recommend trying out this fabric glue from Aleene’s, it is easy to use, non-toxic, and remains flexible after drying, which means it will be a good solution for an active area like a couch cushion. 

5. Sew the Cushions to the Couch

Another permanent option that I don’t recommend for new or nicer furniture? Sewing your cushions to the couch itself. While this is easier said than done in many instances, you may find that sewing your cushions to your sofa is the best solution for you.

You will need a sturdy sewing needle as well as durable thread, but sewing your couch cushions is a simple solution to constant movement. Choose a thread that most closely matches your existing couch, as these sewing marks will most likely be visible.


Sofa Cushions FAQs

Still have questions regarding your sliding sofa cushions? Let’s take a look at some other frequently asked questions now!

How to keep sofa back cushions in place?

If you are also struggling to keep your sofa back cushions in place, you can use any of these existing solutions on them as well. I believe velcro will work best in this instance, as the grip pad works best in a horizontal application rather than a vertical one.

You can also glue or sew your sofa back cushions into place, though this is not recommended for nicer or newer furniture. You could consider a button or hook and eye closure solution, but these are also prone to wear and tear over time.

How to stop cushions slipping on leather sofa?

Leather sofas can be tricky to keep the cushions in place. I don’t recommend most fabric glue or sewing, as leather is a tough fabric to manipulate in this way.

Most velcro adhesive strips will work well, or even a grip pad. These two options will also be less likely to damage your leather material. 

How to stop cushions from slipping off outdoor furniture?

Outdoor furniture can be difficult to manipulate, as most are designed for remaining outside at all times. Many outdoor furniture pieces are designed with removable cushions so that you can bring your soft goods inside during times of rain or inclement weather.

You may find luck using a grip pad or strip of velcro on most outdoor furniture applications, as these allow you to still bring your cushions inside for the winter months. I recommend these two options over any others, as the removability of these cushions is key.

Final Thoughts

Stopping your sofa cushions from sliding isn’t as difficult as you may think. Choosing a reliable and durable product from this list will ensure that your cushions remain in place for years to come.

Have you found a sofa cushion adhesive that works well for your couch? Let us know in the comments!

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