For many people, the bedroom is a sanctuary. It is where you can allow all of the weight of the day to melt away as you slip into a blissful rest. A bed that slides around the floor can disrupt the calming atmosphere you’ve developed in your bedroom.
There are ways to remedy the slipping and sliding of your bed:
1. Relocate Your Bed
Some homes contain a mix of floor coverings. The master suite may have hardwood floors while the guest bedrooms have carpet.
If your bed sliding around your floors is truly bothersome, you may want to relocate your bedroom. This could sound like the world’s craziest idea to someone with their own master suite, but if bed slippage is disrupting your life, it is a viable option.
If you live alone with multiple bedrooms, this option is a no-brainer. Sure, you’ll be sacrificing some space, but you’ll be gaining peace of mind. Smaller rooms often bring a cozier feel as well. This feeling is perfect for a bedroom, and may even help you get more restful sleep.
Maybe you live with roommates or your family. In this instance, trading rooms could be tricky. However, master suites are often large enough that more than one person could bunk in that room. Young children of the same gender are often crammed into one bedroom. Why not give them some more space? You may find you can even store all of their toys more efficiently in this larger room, keeping the rest of your home much tidier.
2. Roll Out the Carpet
When trading rooms isn’t an option, or your entire house lacks a shred of carpet, you could purchase area rugs.
Placing an area rug beneath your bed can help keep your bed from sliding around.
Choosing an area rug for your home is difficult. There are endless patterns, shapes, and materials to choose from. If your main purpose for this rug is to prevent your bed from sliding, there are a few things you should look out for.
Choose a rug that is slightly larger than your bed. If the rug reaches outside the perimeter of your bed, you have a better change of the bed being centered on the rug and remaining there. A rug that barely reaches to the corners of each foot of the bed will often slip out from underneath the foot. This will cause the bed to lose contact with the carpet and go back to sliding around.
The underside of the carpet is also of importance. Fluffy or soft area rugs are cozy and feel great beneath your toes. If the soft material of the rug spans both sides of it, you could create an environment ripe for slipping. Choose a rug with an underside that has a coarser texture. There are even some rugs that have a rubber mat on the flip side of them to prevent them from sliding all around.
3. Rubber to the Rescue
Besides being an ideal material for the underside of a rug, rubber alone can help you prevent your bed from sliding about.
When you have the money to spare, you can purchase rubber feet or castings for your bed at nearly any furniture store. These pieces of rubber can either be in the form of an adhesive patch that sticks to the bottom of your bed’s feet, or they can be moldable pouches that slip over the foot of the bed, completely encasing them.
If you’re short on cash, you could try to make your own rubber feet for the bed. Old bike tires and silicone molds can easily be trimmed and molded into the perfect shape to wrap around the feet of your bed. You can browse online tutorials or wing it yourself.
5. Velcro Pads
Velcro isn’t just for youngsters who haven’t learned how to tie their shoes. It can also be instrumental in keeping your bed from sliding across the floor.
Velcro sets can be found at any grocery or home improvement store. They may not be near the bedroom and bedding section of the store, but they will be near the housewares. Depending on the brand you choose, they may not be marketed as furniture grips. You can often find Velcro sets near the picture hanging materials, as they make great options for nonpermanent fixation of wall art.
These sets will include two pieces of Velcro. One piece will have small, hook-like protrusions, while the other piece will have loops of fabric. When the two sides are pressed together, they form an incredibly strong bond that is also reversible.
You will need four sets, one for each of your bed’s feet. Secure the adhesive side of one strip to the floor where you want your bed’s leg to reside. Then, place the adhesive side of the other strip to the bottom of the bed’s foot. Repeat this process for each leg of the bed.
Ensure good grip between the two Velcro pieces and – Voila! You now have a bed that will stay firmly in its position.
There are two downsides to this method. The first is affordability. While Velcro is produced in masses, it is not as widely used as rubber is, making rubber often the more cost-effective option.
The second problem that arises is the adhesive used to mount the Velcro to its position. While no one really cares if there’s a bit of glue stuck to the bottom of your bed, many people worry that adhesives could damage their flooring.
The adhesive on Velcro strips is strong enough to hold the Velcro in place, but not strong enough to really damage your floors. Rest assured that painted surfaces such as decorative tiles will not be harmed by Velcro as long as the adhesive is removed properly.
Any time you are removing adhesive from a surface that you do not desire to harm, use an adhesive remover. These solvents are specially formulated to lift and dissolve glue from many surfaces without endangering the integrity of the surface.
6. Mount Your Bed Frame
This option is the most permanent of those mentioned, but it’s also highly effective. In the majority of bedrooms, you can find at least the headboard of a bed resting against a wall. If you keep your bed in the corner of the room, it will butt up to two walls.
If you hate your bed sliding around everywhere and love the placement of your bed, consider mounting it to the wall.
You will need a drill, some long screws, and wall plugs. Be sure to purchase screws that will penetrate the material you intend to drive through. A lot of bed frames are constructed of wood, but there are also metal and plastic options available.
You can drill through your headboard if you don’t mind the hardware being visible, or you can mount the bed by drilling horizontally through the bed’s legs. Securing the legs to the wall will keep the bed firmly in place, but headboard mounting is ideal for anyone whose headboard often bangs against their wall causing loud noises and damage to the wall.
Why Is Bed Sliding Bad?
Your bed sliding around on your floor may seem inconsequential and miniscule, but it can cause major issues.
For those who are sight impaired, objects remaining in their place in the home is crucial. Whether they are fully blind or legally blind, many of these individuals navigate through life by touch. They have to rely on the rest of their senses when one has failed them. If the bed was exactly 20 paces from the doorway, but it has slid across the floor another two paces worth, someone whose sight is impaired may fall as they prepare to get into bed, only for the bed to not be where it should be.
As your bed slides around on your floor, the legs of the bed scratch your flooring. Scratched flooring is unsightly and often difficult to repair. It could even lessen the value of your home.
Beds can’t slide around forever. They will eventually bump into something. The obstacle that keeps your bed from sliding further could be other furniture or the wall.
When your bed slides into furniture, it can cause damage to that piece by chipping the paint, leaving a scratch, or even knocking it completely over.
If your bed comes into contact with the wall, you could have some major problems. As your furniture bumps against the drywall, you damage the wall. The paint will begin to chip away and the plaster will disintegrate. While paint can easily be repainted, plaster is not so easy to mend. If you have a deep enough imperfection in the wall, there may be no hope for a patch job, and the whole section of wall will need to be repaired.
For people who are particular about the location of their furniture and the order of their home, bed sliding can be a top tier annoyance.