By in Bedroom Furniture, DIY Tips

5 Ways To Stop Your Bed From Sliding

Bed on Hardwood Floor


A common problem for bed owners with hardwood floors in their bedroom is the curse of sliding whenever you get in, roll out, or move in the night.


Unfortunately a sliding bed can lead to scratched floors which can be very time-consuming to replace, in addition to chipped or scratched away paintwork if your headboard is in close contact with the bedroom wall.


Lightweight bed frames are usually the culprit of the damage but rather than discouraging you from buying them, we’ve got some nifty and stylish ways that you can happily own one and stop it from sliding around your bedroom.


1. Place a Rug Between the Bed and the Floor


Opting for the use of a rug is the most stylish of our tips but you need to make sure it is a large, thick piled rug – best suited for rooms with large floorspace.


The thick pile will allow the bed legs to create impressions in the rug, keeping it firmly set in the grooves. Also, you will benefit from a rug that is much larger than the perimeter of the bed frame because the larger the surface area covered by the rug combined with the weight of the bed, the less likely the rug is to move.


Using a rug for this purpose will also keep your toes warm when you first step out of bed during the winter, which is great if you prefer not to wear slippers.


2. Wrap the Bottoms of the Frame with Rubber


This suggestion is best suited for U-shaped bed legs and was raised in several forums as a thrifty way to keep your bed in place. You will need a cutting tool and a pair of old bicycle tyres with little to no tread left to make this work.


Simply cut the tyres to the length of the leg surfaces that are in contact with your floor and wrap them so that the outside of the tyre creates friction with the floor and the inside of the tyre has the bed leg inside of it.


It might not look great on close inspection but remember, these types of legs are under your bed and rarely in view so you won’t need to worry about the appearance of it too much unless you spend a lot of time under the bed.


3. Apply Rubber Feet to the Feet of the Bed


This solution can be either permanent or temporary, depending on whether or not you want to drill a screw into the bottom of your bed’s legs.


Rubber feet for your bed are easy to find and come either with adhesive on one side so that you can stick them to the frame’s legs or with screws built in so you can make the rubber permanently fixed to the frame.


This solution is far more subtle and can hide perfectly under the points of the bed that are in contact with the floor.


4. Permanently Attach the Bed Frame to the Wall


If you have a solid wall in your bedroom that can handle a bed frame being attached to it then it might be a good idea, if all else fails, to drill through the head of the frame to the wall behind it.


Using a set of wall plugs, some relatively long screws, and a drill, you will be able to attach the bed to the wall. This will, however, mean making around 3 small holes in your wall so before rushing into this decision you might want to try our other suggestions first.


Make sure you place your bed exactly where you want it and trial living with that configuration for a short while before finally fixing it to the wall. If you prefer re-configuring your room on a regular basis then this option may not be ideal for you.


5. Apply Velcro Pads to Bed Feet


Another suggestion from the online communities was velcro padding which has an adhesive on the non-velcro side so one pad is attached to the frame whilst the other is stuck to the floor.


This technique would make the bed frame sit flatter with the floor, as velcro is less bulky than a rubber stopper, however, it does mean applying an adhesive to your hardwood floor which could potentially stain it if the bed is replaced at a later date.


Note: All of the suggestions in this article are based on other peoples’ experiences and suggestions from online communities. Please take care when considering to use these methods to stop your bed from sliding around your hardwood floor.


    1. This is a great solution (and the simplest!) for divan beds on casters. But many bed frames won’t easily allow for the removal of the legs, and may even leave you with a bed on the floor the height of a mattress.