Nothing completes your sofa like a set of throw cushions. From solid to patterned, striped to quilted, the right combination of cushions can give your sofa – and your living room as a whole – a stylish look that’s never short of character.
Unfortunately, sofa cushions don’t always stay in place like we’d like them to, and your carefully arranged cushions can go from elegant and organised to cluttered, unorganised and sloppy very quickly.
Luckily it’s easy to keep your sofa cushions in place and prevent them from moving or slipping when you sit down. In this guide, we’ll share three techniques that you can use to prevent your sofa cushions from sliding.
ATTACH VELCRO STRIPS TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE CUSHIONS
Do your sofa’s bottom cushions move out when you sit down? A lot of sofas are built using high quality materials and stylish fabrics, but their design leads to the bottom cushions moving outward far more than they should.
One of the best ways to keep your bottom cushions in place is by attaching them to your sofa using Velcro strips. One or two strips of Velcro is all it takes to prevent a large cushion from moving around and making your sofa look messy.
Attaching the Velcro strips to your cushions is simple. Cut a 10-15cm Velcro strip for each cushion and attach it to the back (the vertical part of the cushion that lines up with the rear of your sofa) using thread.
Use one strip for smaller cushions or two strips per cushion if your sofa uses two wide cushions. Attach a second set of Velcro strips to the rear of your sofa, making sure they line up with the strips on your cushions.
Make sure you attach the Velcro strips to the back of each cushion and not to the underside. If you attach them to the base of your cushions, you won’t be able to reverse the cushions without the Velcro strips showing.
USE NON-SLIP RUBBER PADS TO PREVENT MOVEMENT
If you’d rather not sew Velcro strips to your cushions, you can easily prevent most movement by installing non-slip rubber pads. These small disc-shaped pads attach to the bottom of your cushions and prevent them from moving.
Non-slip rubber pads are inexpensive and easy to install on your cushions. They’re also easy to remove, in case you’d like to switch to a new range of sofa cushions or want to flip the cushions on your sofa.
YET MORE DOMESTIC BLISS - this rubber matting stuff I just bought STOPS MY SOFA CUSHIONS SLIPPING. Man alive. pic.twitter.com/AJEfldMFww— Rhodri Marsden (@rhodri) 5 February 2014
Most non-slip pads come with an adhesive rear side that’s easy to attach to your sofa fabric. The pads use small threads of rubber that “dig in” to your cushions and keep them in place, no matter how often you sit down on them.
Using rubber pads to prevent movement is also a great way to keep covers, coasters, rugs and other fabric items from moving. A pad or two on each corner keeps almost anything in place.
SEW A RING AND CLIP ONTO YOUR SOFA AND EACH CUSHION
Here’s a simple way to keep any type of cushion, from throw cushions to the bottom cushions of your sofa, in place. Sew a small piece of fabric onto the sofa and another onto the cushion. Then, attach a small metal ring to one and a hook to the other.
With this technique, you can hook each cushion into your sofa and prevent it from moving out of place. Since the hooks and rings are attached to fabric that’s sewn to your sofa, they can easily be removed in case you no longer need them.
While this technique is a little bit more complicated than the other two, it’s one of the best options for securing throw cushions and side pillows that move around a lot to your sofa and keeping them looking sharp at all times.
DO YOUR SOFA CUSHIONS SLIP WHEN YOU SIT ON THEM?
A lot of sofas with removable cushions will slip and move when you sit down on them, especially if they aren’t secured. Which of the three techniques listed above will work the best and prevent your sofa cushions from sliding?
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