Tuesday, 31 December 2013

How To Stop Sofa Cushions Slipping Out

Preventing your sofa or futon cushions from sliding outward is simple and easy. All you need is a gripper mat to be positioned underneath the cushions.

The product pictured below is a specialized friction mat designed specifically for sofa cushions.

What separates this from similar versions is its reinforced edges, which prevent folding and bunching. This has been designed for all chair and seating cushions, including love seats and sectionals. 

These are made of natural Eco-friendly rubber and will leave no residue or marks on your cushions.

If you're interested, click here to view on Amazon

Other non-slip liners

There's several kinds of gripper mats which will do the job, even though they're not specifically designed for couches. Some are sold as shelf liners and others are sold as mats for washing machines or for tool boxes to prevent unwanted movement and to stop things falling from unstable surfaces. These are simple, non-adhesive mats which will work without having to attach or 'install' them.

Browsing customer reviews reveals that these mats are very commonly used for other purposes, such as for couch cushions or creating extra grip on all sorts of surfaces for all sorts of reasons. If you can find a piece of rubber around your house then it could work as long as it's big enough to create enough friction. However, the specialized mats pictured above aren't exactly expensive and might save you from digging around in your garage.

Folding and bunching up

Although generic liners create sufficient friction to hold cushions in place, there can be issues with bunching and folding.

Use them to make D.I.Y furniture pads.

Simply place a piece of cardboard underneath the leg, and cut around to to get the exact right size. You then simply place the cut out over the shelf liner and cut them out. Obviously, the rubber has not been specifically made to perform this function. However, common sense would suggest that it'd do the trick.

Use the rest on your shelves the keep things falling off. Three problems solved.

What about sagging cushions?

Slipping is worse when combined with sagging as you tend to sink back into the sofa, whilst the cushions slide out on an upward angle. 


1. 16x6 vinyl covered particle board
2. Simply unfold and place under sofa cushions
3. Improves posture

If you're interested check out this cushion supporter on Amazon

If you've got an older couch, there's a reasonable chance you're also experiencing cushion sag, which can be equally annoying. These support boards are designed to fold up, which is useful for storage or during transportation, but once they're underneath the cushions then it hardly matters.

These support boards will not only increase comfort, but can also be good for your posture as they stop you from sitting in a sunken position. If you can find a piece of wood or strong plastic around the house, then you're probably not going to need to buy one of these. The product shown above is basically a fold up plastic board, which is covered in vinyl.

D.I.Y cushion support?

This is the type of product that is obviously relatively easy to make your own do it yourself version of. Perhaps not a fold up version, but it's easy enough to find a piece of wood or panel of some kind to place underneath to create some extra support.

For years I suffered with sliding and sagging cushions and put up with having to constantly stand up in order to re-position them. I also had a sofa with cardboard and a thin wooden board placed underneath the cushions, which didn't work at stopping sagging. This was especially annoying when lying down, as I ended up sinking down into the back gap of the sofa. and has developed into a bit of a pet peeve for me. Luckily that sofa's long gone now, but I would've liked to have been aware of these solutions back then.

I guess a lot of people are unaware of these kinds of solutions, and keep putting up with it. I hope this has been a little bit of help to you

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Washing Machine Gripper Pads To Prevent Movement

As a washer revs up to a higher RPM, it's extremely common for vibrations to cause unwanted movement and sometimes even damage to the unit. Before placing any special anti-vibration washer grippers under the feet, there's a couple of simple things you can check. 

Common Issues

1. Check to ensure that the shipping bolts have been removed. If the shipping bolts have not been removed, this can cause excessive vibration which can damage the unit.

2. Ensure the washer is level. Over time, locking nuts on washer feet can become loosened and re-adjustment may be necessary.

'Stop-Slides' stop horizontal movement of washing machines.

These gripper pads and cups will prevent washer movement whilst also minimizing vibration and noise.

The extent to which a washing machine is loud whilst in use is exacerbated by vibrations which go down through your floor, increasing that droning noise throughout your home. There are specialized 'vibration stoppers', (pictured below). However, the gripper pads shown above are not specifically designed for washing machines, but it is claimed by the producer that they will put a stop to any walking and other movement.  I think I'd have to see it to believe it. From my experience, you'd need to be creating some pretty serious grip to restrain a determined washer.

If you're interested click here to view 'Stop Slides' on Amazon

Specialized feet cups for washers

If you're looking for a more specialized stopper which is made specifically for washers then these grip cups will be worth considering. They're capable of not only keeping your washer in position, but also dramatically diminishing vibrations and noise.

'Silent Feet' Anti-Vibration Anti-Movement Pads

These special anti-vibration pads for washers will put an end to unwanted 'walking' and also cut down on noise of both front loaders and top loaders. By leveling the washer, and stopping the vibration between the feet and the floor, movement is stopped. Named 'Silent Feet', these will be perfect for saving the sanity of anyone whose struggling with loud or adventurous washing machines.

These pads have a clean modern appearance and use a dual material vibration isolation system to get the job done. Polymer technology allows these little cups to restrain appliances without requiring any glue or complicated installation. Using these is as simple as lifting and placing them under the feet.

Click here to view 'Silent Feet' on Amazon

I tend to be a little cheap and avoid spending on these kinds of things, as I go into D.I.Y mode and think I can fix it myself. However, looking back, I just couldn't do this without resorting to something ridiculous like wedging bricks between the washer and the wall. I started considering drastic things like chaining it to the wall somehow because I was so tired of pushing it back into position.

If anyone has any clever D.I.Y ideas for restraining them during a spin cycle then feel free to post them up.