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Why Does My Bed Move Away From The Wall? How to Fix it!


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Your bed is an essential aspect of life, given that we spend a third of our lives asleep. Comfort is vital when determining your bedroom’s bed position to get the most out of your sleep.

One problem that could affect your sleep negatively is a moving bed.

Why does your bed move away from the wall? While sleeping, you tend to toss and turn, moving from one sleeping position to another, which can contribute to your bed slipping away from the wall. Other nocturnal activities could also have your bed sliding from the wall. How about your little munchkins who love to jump and bounce on your mattress while they play?

They could also make your bed move away from the wall. If you have a wooden floor, especially, you will agree that beds leave ugly marks on the floor finish, which could end up becoming an unnecessary expense in repairs that could be avoided.

Here are some solutions to this sometimes never-ending bed problem:
1. Move your bed to a corner
2. Place a carpet under the bed
3. Place rubber furniture cups under the legs of the bed
4. Use rubber grippers
5. Apply rubber feet under the legs of the bed
6. Bed risers
7. Permanently attach the frame to the wall

Some solutions will keep within your budget and not compromise the theme and style in your bedroom. This article discusses how to deal with this vexing problem while taking into account your flooring and the occupants’ safety in your house.

Move Your Bed to a Corner

Rearrange your room by moving your bed to a corner. This is the first solution you could do to see if the problem will significantly reduce. There are chances that the remaining two sides that are not leaning on any wall will move, especially if your frame is lightweight. It could also breathe new life into your bedroom while creating space you didn’t know you had in your bedroom.

Place a Carpet Under The Bed

Using a rug is an affordable and effortlessly chic solution to stop a sliding bed. With a carpet, you can pick a style that complements your style or one that adds aesthetic appeal to your bedroom.

The most recommended to use is a thick piled rug or the shaggy carpet that will allow the bed legs to leave impressions instead of sliding on the floor.  Ensure that the rug covers the entire bed leaving at least 20 inches on the sides of the bed.

Place Rubber Furniture Cups Under The Legs of The Bed

Rubber furniture cups fit most furniture. They are easy to place and will put an end to your sliding bed. This way, you can even set your bed at the center of the room whenever you need to spruce up your bedroom look.

Lift the bed and slip a furniture cup under each leg. Don’t try to do this alone! Find someone to help you lift the bed as you fit the rubber cup. Some beds come with casters. You could try tapping them out with a hammer then place the cups.

Use Rubber Grippers

Rubber grippers are anti-slip and are perfect for any floor. Be it wood, tile, vinyl, or even concrete. They are easy to attach to the legs of your bed. You don’t need to use any tools or glue to secure it. Simply place it under the leg, and the anti-slip rubber grabs the leg and floor.

If you are a DIY-er, you could make your rubber grippers from old bike tires lying around in your garage. Alternatively, you could buy a rubber at the grocery store and cut it out to the shape of your bed leg and glue it.

Apply Rubber Feet Under The Legs of The Bed

Applied much like the rubber grippers,  you can use rubber feet as a permanent or temporary solution.  You can use rubber feet that need to be screwed under your bed leg so that they are permanently screwed into the frame or those that come with adhesive that sticks on the bed’s leg. Whichever type of rubber feet you chose, you will ultimately have peace of mind knowing that your bed will be in place and your floors intact.

Use Bed Risers

Besides raising the bed to create storage space under your bed, bed raisers are perfect for preventing your bed from leaving any unsightly marks on your flooring.

Permanently Attach The Frame to The Wall

This solution may be semi-permanent, which should be your last option if all the other solutions don’t work.  Ensure that the position you will move the bed to attach it to the wall is ideal for you.

You could start running a trial for a few days if you are comfortable with the bed position in that space before ultimately screwing it to the wall. This solution is not ideal for you if you love rearranging your room and furniture often.

Additionally, are your walls strong enough to be drilled? If they are, ensure that you are comfortable drilling holes into it. If all the questions tick your box, then go ahead and drill three holes, attach the headboard to the wall using wall plugs and long screws.

Where Should I Place My Bed?

Many homeowners, when moving into a new home, are overwhelmed by the thought of furniture arrangement. A big hurdle for many is usually the bedroom. Should it be placed next to the door? By the wall? Or in the middle of the room? These are questions that you may have faced as you determined your bed placement.

Most people prefer placing their beds near the wall opposite the door. You can set it off-center if there is a window to allow you to have space to enjoy your view outside.

This arrangement works for big and small spaces. If you cannot place your bed opposite the window, opt for the wall by the door. This arrangement creates an intimate space for the bed since it is hidden away from the doorway. If there are windows opposite the door, you get to enjoy the scenic view better.

Some people also place their beds diagonally on the corner across the door. This dramatic arrangement requires a larger room. This arrangement will have anyone drawn to the bed and headboard, which becomes the room’s focal point. It also adds some pizzazz due to the unique placement.

Conversely, if you want your bed to be the room’s prime focus, you can place your bed in the middle of the room, away from the walls. However, this arrangement works in a large bedroom with a four-poster bed or canopy bed.

How Far Should My Bed be From The Wall?

This is a concern, especially when you have space limitations in your house. Yet, experts state that you should allow at least 24 inches between the wall and the bed to give you ample space to get out of bed comfortably. Between the end of your bed and the bedroom door should ideally be 36 inches to allow ease of movement.

The bedroom is one of the rooms in your house where you should enjoy maximum comfort and relaxation. Having a moving bed is a nuisance that can quickly be fixed using the solutions listed above. You could prevent accidents of your energetic toddlers who love to jump and bounce on your bed.

Keep them from falling off between the walls by taking preventative measures.  Also, having a bed that glides when some movement is felt could pose a threat to the elderly, especially when getting up from bed. They could trip and fall, causing severe injury.

Niklas Lampi

My name is Niklas and I'm the author and content operator at The Bedding Planet. I've always had a big interest in bedding and more specifically sleep. If I find something that makes me sleep better, whether that's a lifestyle change or a better bedding environment, I'm ready to share it with the world!

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