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How To Keep a Bed From Sliding On Wood Floor In Your Bedroom?

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Written By Filip

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3 April 2024 3 min read

Are you tired of looking at your ruined hardwood floors and would like to learn how to keep bed from sliding on wood floor? If you do – we'll help you with that.

How to keep bed from sliding on wood floor? Sound like an easy question to answer, doesn't it? Well, if that's the case, why does almost everyone's bedroom floor looks like they own an overly aggressive cat that's trying to dig a hole underneath the bed frame? And, apart from the ruined hardwood floor, we'd imagine it's getting quite annoying repositioning your bed almost every morning, isn't it?

If these issues seem to bother you, there's just one thing we want to tell you – don't worry! We have plenty of solutions that will keep your bed securely in place. From seamless and virtually invisible solutions all the way to bedroom-altering ones – we're going to share them all with you. Sounds good? Let's slide right in!

Why is my bed sliding on the wood floor?

Inofia hybrid mattress on a wooden bed frame in a bedroom.

The reason why bed frames are sliding all over the bedrooms is that the bed's legs and feet usually lack any traction. They're usually smooth as a baby's bottom. And while we agree that smooth legs look really good, they don't really work well with wood flooring. Or any other smooth surface, for that matter.

Your bed will start sliding because there's no grip between the legs and the floors. The movement and the sliding will usually occur when there's movement on the bed. That means while getting in and out of bed or during extracurricular activities. And, we don't know about you, but a sliding bed frame is not a feature we'd want during fun times.

Will my bed scratch the wood floor?

A scratched wooden floor.

A sliding bed will most likely scratch your wooden floors. A smooth bed leg might be smooth to the eye. However, it is more than sharp enough to leave scratch marks all over your expensive floors.

For most people, this is the thing that annoys them the most. Most people would tolerate an occasional slide since fixing it requires only a few seconds but fixing the hardwood floors – that's a rather expensive and time-consuming matter.

How to prevent the bed from sliding?

Now that we know that beds can slide all over the place and ruin your floor's finish in the process, there's just one more question to ask – is there anything we can do about it?

The answer is – of course, there is. Here's how you can prevent beds from sliding on wooden floors.

Get a rug and place it between the bed and floor

A couple putting a rug under the bed to prevent it from sliding.

The easiest way to keep your bed in place is to just put a rug underneath it. A thick piled rug is our top choice since it looks good, is soft and comfy, and offers more than enough traction to keep your bed in place, but just about any rug should do the trick.

Wrap your bed legs with rubber

Rubber bed stoppers are your regular rubber grommets that slide onto the bed legs, creating enough traction to keep the bed securely in one spot. They're not the prettiest solution, but they're undoubtedly the most affordable one. Also, they're very effective, and these grommet rubber feet will also dampen the vibrations, so not only will your bed stop sliding – it'll also become quiet.

Attach the entire bed to the wall

Attaching your bed frame directly to the wall is a permanent solution. All you'll need is a hard enough wall to hold your bed, a drill, some screws and a few wall plugs. It's an honest hour of work, but your bed will never move an inch again. The only downside is – your bed will never move an inch again. If you want to reorganize your furniture or clean under the bed – you're going to have to detach it.

Use non-slip pads

A woman holding a non slip pad .

Non-slip rubber floor pads are the best alternative to using feet rubber grommets. These non-slip rubber pads are placed directly underneath the feet and are easily trimmable, so they don't become an eye-sore. They're super simple to install (if you can even call it that), and are also one of the most cost-efficient solutions to sliding.

Use velcro pads

Velcro pads might just be the perfect solution to your sliding problems. They're thin, budget-friendly, and they prevent sliding just like any other method on our list. Installing velcro pads is super easy, as you only have to glue the pad to the floor, but that's also the downside of this method. If you want to move your bed, later on, you'll have to peel the velcro padding off the floor and clean the residue glue.

Use bed risers

4 black bed risers.

Bed risers will not only keep your bed in place, but they'll also give a few inches to your bed feet. The ones most suitable for sliding prevention are made from thick rubber, and they're super easy to install, so keep that in mind if you decide to run with this solution.

What types of beds are good for wood floors?

There are two types of beds ideal for wood floors.

The first type would be a metal bed frame with U-shaped bed legs. The greater surface area of these legs will prevent sliding, and metal will generally offer a better grip than wood.

The second and arguably better type is any bed frame with rubberized legs. If the bed comes with rubberized legs right out of the factory – you won't ever have a problem with sliding, whether you get a heavy or a lightweight bed frame.

Can I remove the bed legs and prevent the bed from moving?

Dormeo Memory Fresh mattress on a bed base

While it is true that removing the bed feet would probably prevent the bed from moving – we wouldn't actually advise you to do that. Bed legs are there for a reason, and removing them could cause some structural integrity defects to the frame.

The only instance where we'd be fine with removing the legs is if you have a thick pile rug underneath the bed, and your bed frame comes with storage space underneath. That way, you'd support the storage area base and keep the bed securely in place.

The only instance where we'd be fine with removing the legs is if you have a thick pile rug underneath the bed, and your bed frame comes with storage space underneath. That way, you'd support the storage area base and keep the bed securely in place.

One rubber leg close up

Also, if the legs are easily removable, you could remove them and replace them with grippier, rubbery ones – although we would much rather you stick to one of the methods we've outlined for you – for the sake of your bed.

Conclusion

Preventing a bed from sliding is not always easy, but with the right approach you can solve it. The next time you ask yourself how to keep bed from sliding on wood floor, do know that we have this guide that will help you. Now you can keep your bed on the wood floor and sleep peacefully!

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