Non-slip shelf liner keeps tablecloth from slipping

Leah's hack would simplify craft time at our house considerably:

Oilcloth tablecloths are excellent – they're durable, bright and wipe clean when the kids inevitably spill on them – but they slide around a lot.  I put rubberized non-slip shelf liner on the table underneath ours, and it works great – there's just enough catch to it that it doesn't slip and the kiddo doesn't pull it off as easily any more.

Non-slip shelf liner comes in handy all over the place. Anyone else have ideas for how to use the stuff?


  1. Jill says

    Hmmm, it’s not really a ParentHack, unless you count cooking.

    But we always use smallish (6 by 6 maybe) squares of shelf liner under flexible plastic cutting boards. They won’t move around at all, which makes them much safer to use. And easier.

  2. Alex says

    The nonslip shelf liner is great for other things, too. Our little girl’s physical therapist recommended that we put some in her high chair to encourage her to use better posture, which helps her get used to sitting up easier.

  3. Mlle. Thunderpants says

    We travel with a piece to put under her changing pad. It keeps her from slipping off desks, dressers, etc. at the in-laws’.

  4. Leslie says

    We use it under the car seat – helps the seat stick a little better and helps protect the leather from scratches/indent marks due to the seat base. We also use it under the hallway runners to keep them from sliding on the tile.

  5. Kim says

    if your carseat has a lap bar/pad type thing across it, wrap it around and toys they play with in the car that get set on it won’t fall off! just like putting it on your dash to keep your cell phone in place

  6. Cara says

    We have a big futon with a wooden frame in our living room. The mattress has a tendancy to slide down, so I ran a piece of non-stick shelf liner under it and now it doesn’t move.

    I also use strips of it under our memory foam mattress topper to keep it in place on our bed.

  7. Christy says

    We use ours in our high chair too – mostly to keep the kidlets from slipping around too much as they were too small for the seat belt to be effective.

  8. none says

    If it’s the mesh type liner, it can be cut to size and used to line your crisper drawers in the fridge. It keeps the air circulating and prevents that weird frozen carrot phenomena from happening.

  9. cabbey says

    I’ll second Jill’s use under cutting boards, especially important when you start teaching them how to cook. My mother did that for me way back when… I still keep a small piece rolled up in the drawer in the kitchen to under my smaller cutting boards to keep them from walking around on my Corian table, especially during those highly energetic chopping sessions.

    But here’s a new one of ya’ll: I use the same piece to wrap around stubborn jars that just wont open, or that would rather twist in your hands. Gives you stick to your hand and stick to the jar traction. Add a second piece on the lid and even the most poorly cross threaded jar that didn’t have the threads clened before it got put away will come open. This is that foamy mesh kind, not the thin sheet kind, which I suspect would have shredded long ago.

    Mademoiselle Thunderpants’ solution seem awesomely inspired… I’ll have to grab another piece to add to the diaper bag. (Having spent the better part of a half hour trying to change a screaming wriggling baby in the ER waiting room the other night, with the portable pad spinning around under him on the table… I can WELL appreciate the usefulness of that hack!)

  10. inconsequentia says

    back when our house had almost all hardwood floors, my newly-running-around toddler (who to this day at 11 years old still cannot *stand* not wearing socks) kept wiping out. even the stairs were hardwood.

    so i stitched a couple of scraps of that stuff to the bottoms of a few of his pairs of socks and viola! grippy house socks.


  11. Suzanne says

    Great ideas. I especially like the grippy house socks! :-)

    Can I just share something that changed our life recently? Inspired by my brother and sis-in-law, we bought a glass top for our dining room table. Our table is large (42×70), and it cost only about $90. I LOVE it… Easy to clean, the table’s protected, but you can still see and enjoy the beautiful wood underneath. We tried all manner of pads, cloths and table protectors, but this is awesome!

    • Julie says

      Where did you get the glass for your table? That sounds like a great idea, I’m just scared it would be pretty expensive. Thanks,

  12. Kate says

    We put small pieces between the pressure-mounted gate and the door frame, to keep the gate from denting the wood.

    We also put some under our DVR to keep it from skipping whenever we close the microwave door (maybe an installation-specific use).

  13. christi says

    You can use foamy/rubber paint pens to make toddler socks skid-free. Old Navy and Gap ass this to their sox, but it’s still pretty minimal.

    Be wary of putting that stuff on your table. There’s the potential that it will get mashed down and actually “melt” to your table – I’ve never used it on tables, but I’ve experienced this on shelves.

    I think weighting the corners is the best way to keep it down, but I think it will slide about a bit.

  14. fiona says

    I sold the same sort of things at the fabric store but always with the warning that it might ruin your table’s finish. I use silence cloth, a tablecloth for the season, and clear vinyl on top of all to keep spills/heat to minimum disaster. A little slippy but one way to have a “pretty” table with boys. Also they make a product called Jiffy-grip for those socks/pjs.

  15. natalie says

    I had an extra roll of the shelf liner that became an impromptu yoga mat for my 2-year-old!

  16. Alexandra says

    It works really well in a wooden highchair seat to keep a little one from sliding all around . . .

  17. Autumn says

    I use it in the sink, where I give my 6 month old a bath. It keeps her bottom from sliding around while she plays. (this will only work for babies that can sit on their own) it floats, but as soon as you set the kid on it, it stays in place pretty well.

  18. Kayla says

    I have an old antique wooden dining room table I got from my dad and I like to keep it a little more protected with a table cloth and a plastic cover over the top of it when the kids are eating. Plus the table cloth looks very nice. However, I have a problem with the table cloth sliding all over the place. The rubberized shelf liner is a great idea but I was wondering if anybody had any information on how the rubberized shelf liner can effect a wood finish?