Will your bed not stop sliding on your wooden flooring? That problem begs the question how do I stop a bed from sliding on a wooden floor?

There are many ways to go about stopping this problem. For example, there are furniture stoppers designed to match the size of the legs of the bed and be mostly out of sight. There is also the option of area rugs, mounting your bed on the wall, and even raising your bed with bed risers. Beds slide on wooden floors because of the lack of grip on their legs, and there are many more ways to solve that problem. 

Here are some recommendations for solutions from rubber scuff proof pads, all the way to permanently affixing your bed somewhere. I hope you find your solution somewhere on this list!

1. Use Furniture Stoppers

Furniture stoppers can be found anywhere, and most hardware stores stock them and Amazon has every type you could potentially need. All you need is to know what size and shape suits your bed best.

Non-Slip Pads

The non-slip pads are often designed to be cut to fit any size easily. They’re designed not to mark your wooden floors and out of sight! In my opinion, avoiding nail or adhesives makes life so much easier. Non-Slip pads promise to be hassle-free and perfect for any bed. 

Non-slip pads simply need to be cut to size and placed under the bedposts. This creates something for it to grip to, to sit between the bedposts and the wood. 

Rubber Caster Cups

These often come in sets of four, and are designed to sit beneath casters or bedposts without adhesives. The rubber caster cups come in different sizes, so finding the perfect size is very important. Rubber caster cups can sit beneath both caster styled beds, and regular bedposts

Some beds do have caster wheels, and if a bedpost without caster could slide on wood, casters absolutely do too. Rubber caster cups are the solution for that! They catch the wheel, and the rubber prevents it from moving. 

Rubber Floor Pads

Rubber floor pads are like the best of both worlds when it comes to the furniture stopper styled solutions! Safe for wood, tile, vinyl and man other surfaces with no adhesives required. They are a little easier to see than the cut pads, but they will still get the job done.

The rubber floor pads are the counterpart to the caster cups, for the regular bedpost. 

These are all easy to find at hardware stores, on Amazon, and even at department stores like Walmart. These options are easy to access, easy to implement and incredibly effective. Depending on the size and the amount required the price could be anywhere between $10 to $15 for a set. 

2. Consider the Position of Your Bed

Sometimes the solution is actually a little easier than having to purchase something. I understand that not all rooms would suit this solution, but if the bed is pushed against the corner of the room it would be less likely to slide. This solution is not perfect, but it is free and easy if your room can suit the bed position.

Moving the bed like this is free and relatively easy but admittedly difficult if more than one person is frequently sharing this bed. This solution is best for a twin bed or a bed with only one frequent user. King and queen-sized beds are not recommended for this position.

3. Add an Area Rug

If your room already has a rug, or if you are already thinking of getting a rug for your room this could be a great solution. Simply put the legs on the rug and it will prevent slipping painlessly! The issue with the bed sliding is the lack of grip on the floor, and the solution for it is giving the bed something to grip onto. 

It is incredibly important that all four legs are on top of the rug. If only two legs are under the rug, it will slide on the unprotected side. This solution protects the wood floor, and prevents unwanted sliding. This solution is more expensive, depending on the kind of rug you get.

According to this website, the best size for twin is 5’x8’, full is 6’x9’, a queen-size is 8’x10’, and a king-size is 9’x12’. 

4. Mount the Headboard

This solution takes a little more crafty skill but is a solution to a sliding bed. Mounting the headboard directly to the wall, if possible, is a more permanent solution to the trouble. Using interlocking fasteners, you can attach the headboard and then the rest of the bed after. 

Mounting the headboard makes it harder to move the bed again if the need arises later. However, this solution is a one time solution if you are willing to put the work in the first time. There are many how-to videos on helping mount the headboard. 

5. Try Bed Risers

Bed risers can act a lot like rubber floor cups, while also giving you additional storage under your bed. These come in many different sizes, shapes, and heights for every type of bed you could need! Though it wasn’t made with the intention of being used to prevent sliding, if the material and shape of the product has more grip than the legs of your bed, it should still add the needed grip to keep your bed in place.

There are more types of bed risers:

  • Stackable bed risers, that you can find on Amazon and other online retailers. These ones are best if you want more flexibility in the height that your bed will rest at. 
  • Non-slip bed risers, that are the best of both worlds and also found on Amazon. These ones are the best of both worlds, they can raise your bed and are also specifically designed to have more grip on the wood floor

These styles are best if you could use the extra storage, and to stop your bed from sliding on the wooden surface. Just be sure that the ones you purchase will not mark your wood flooring. As the stackable bed risers are not marketed to be non-slip, they may not be safe in avoiding markings so read descriptions carefully!

The Best Way to Stop Your Bed from Sliding

There are many things to consider with all of these different ideas when you have a troublesome sliding bed.

Price of the Solution

Some of these solutions, like the rug, are more expensive than others. Figuring out what you are willing to spend is an important step.

Trouble of the Solution

A couple of these solutions are easier than others. It’s important to decide how much effort you want to put into your solution. Additionally, consider how permanent of a solution you want for the bed sliding. This can help you find a solution.

Size of the Room

If your room is smaller, you might not want to use an area rug. Additionally, you may not be able to push the bed against the wall.

Every room is different, and this means that every room favours a different solution. You know your room and budget better than anyone, but these are some simple recommendations. Some people might be able to DIY their bed stoppers, but most of us can’t. All of these solutions promise to keep your bed in one place and protect your wooden floor from scuffs and scratches.

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