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13 Alternative Uses of Velcro All Around Your Home

A piece of Velcro is an excellent way to attach a huge variety of objects - from remotes to carpets, pens, keys, and even picture frames. It comes in rolls, long strips, small patches, and you can buy it in various colors and both with and without adhesive. Do you have a roll or two of Velcro lying around? If so, you’ve come to the right place, as you’re about to learn countless useful ways to use it to upgrade your house. And even if you don’t, you’ll want to pick some up after reading this article. Without a doubt, these self-fastening strips can help turn your home into a more organized and convenient space in a matter of minutes.

Fun fact: Did you know that the word Velcro is a company name? The common term for this product is “hook-and-loop fastening system” or “self fastener,” which just doesn't have the same ring to it… Long story short, you can use any kind of hook-and-loop fastener in all of these tips.

1. Prevent rugs from sliding around the floor

Velcro Uses 3 types of Velcro

Small rugs that aren’t properly held down by furniture are serious tripping hazards. If you have a rug that keeps slipping and sliding all over the floor, you can fix the issue once and for all with a few pieces of Velcro. For rugs on carpeted floors, you’ll only need to use the hook side of the Velcro on the bottom side of the rug, because it naturally grips itself to any soft fibers.

On wooden or tile floors, you’ll need to attach a piece of Velcro on both the underside of the rug and the floor to keep the rug securely in place. Best of all, when it’s time to clean, the rug will be easy to lift too.

2. Remove pilling on fabrics

There are many ways to get rid of fabric pills. Electric lint removers, specialized detergents, and even old safety razors work great. But there’s one neat solution we only found out about recently, and all it takes is a piece of Velcro. Just wrap a strip of the hook side of the Velcro around the palm of your hand and smooth it across the garment with pilling. The pills will be transferred to the Velcro quite easily, and you’ll have a new-looking sweater or what have you in no time.

Related Article: Pilling on Fabrics - How to Avoid and Remove Lint

3. How to never lose a remote control again

Velcro Uses  remote control
Image Source: Matt Miller/ Flickr
Does the TV remote keep sliding between the couch cushions or just vanish from its proper place all of a sudden? Annoying, we know. We’ve all been there. But you can remedy this issue by simply velcroing the remote to the side of the TV or the bottom of the living room table. And voila, as long as you reattach the remote back after every use, you’ll always know where to find it. The same trick also works for air conditioner remotes and pretty much any other remote control you can imagine.

4. Always have a pen and paper handy

Velcro Uses stylus
Image Source: Reddit
Pens and digital styluses have the annoying tendency to vanish or hide in the depths of drawers just when you need them. Luckily, a piece of Velcro can fix that issue once and for all. Just place a tiny strip of Velcro on the side of your table or electronic device that uses a stylus and the other side of the Velcro on the pen or stylus, and you’ve successfully coupled the two together. Now your stylus will always be handy next to the tablet, and there will always be a pen near your calendar.
I personally used this trick to attach a pen to the side of the fridge, so I can always have a pen on hand to write down memos or recipes. This method also works great for attaching a notepad and pen to the dashboard of the car.

5. Store laptop cables and adapters just where you need them

Velcro Uses laptop
Image Source: Reddit

This trick may not be the most aesthetically elegant, we’ll say that, but it’s certainly very practical. So if you’re willing to deal with a few pieces of Velcro on the cover of your laptop, it can be surprisingly helpful. As illustrated in the photo above, Velcro can be used to attach cables, adapters, chargers, earplug headphone cases, and the like. These miscellaneous pieces always get lost during one’s daily commute, and this trick helps prevent that from happening ever again.

6. Adjust kids clothes

Kids sure do grow out of clothes very quickly. For this reason, parents often buy clothing that’s a bit bigger, and wisely so! But what should you do while those jeans and pants are a bit too long for the kiddos? Adjust the length by sewing a strip of Velcro on the inside of the sleeve or pant and folding the garment inward to make it look shorter. As the child grows, you’ll be able to gradually extend the length down, no extra work is needed.

7. Organize and hide cables

Velcro Uses cables
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TV stands and work desks are notorious for having cables overflowing on or behind them. Apart from being quite unsightly, these cables also make furniture a real hassle to dust, so some kind of organization is just necessary. Using Velcro to organize cables is really handy because it’s reusable and you can attach it to the back of a table or stand (as seen in the picture above) and hide all of those ugly cables.

8. Prevent a jacket, button-down shirt, or blouse from opening

Velcro Uses shirt busting at the seams

Your jacket or any other button-down top gaping open in all the wrong places? Strategically sew on a tiny piece of Velcro on the hem of the garment between the buttons, and you will have a smooth and professional-looking top in a matter of minutes.

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9. No more towels on the floor

Tired of towels sliding off the towel holder or the oven handle? Attach a tiny strip of Velcro or a command strip, and the problem will be dealt with. Best of all, you don’t even need to sew on Velcro on the towels. The tiny hooks will automatically stick to any fabric.
Velcro Uses Velcro on oven rail
Image Source: Reddit

10. Organize keys, tools, and toys

Glue a piece of Velcro around your screwdrivers and other tools to fix them to the wall for quick access. The same trick works great for stuffed animals. Just sew on bits of Velcro to the toys, and you’ll be able to affix them to the wall for easy cleanup. Last but definitely not least, you can use this trick to attach the keys to the wall near the entrance or hide spare keys outdoors. Clever, huh?

11. Hang a picture's frame on the wall

Velcro Uses hanging pictures frame

There are special frame fastening strips available in stores, but if you don’t have any of those on hand, you can use some Velcro with similar success. Just attach pieces of Velcro in a few spots of the frame and the wall, and you’re done. The advantage of using strips instead of nails goes beyond preserving the wall too. The hook-and-loop fastening is forgiving to user error and allows you to move or rehang any frame quite easily.

We do recommend using strong hold Velcro and hanging lighter and smaller frames to prevent falls, but you’d be surprised at how sturdy the holding power can be!

12. Secure your pet’s bowl

Are you sharing your home with pets? Then you’ll appreciate this trick. The thing is, cats and dogs often make their food and water bowls slide all over the floor. This is messy and unpleasant for the pets too. Remedy this issue by attaching a couple of pieces of Velcro to the bottom of the bowl and the floor to secure them. You’ll need to replace the Velcro eventually, but it usually lasts for months, so this trick is definitely worth a try!

13. Prevent seat cushions from sliding around wooden chairs

Velcro Uses kitchen
Unfortunately, not all chair cushions have ties that allow you to fix them to chairs. This can make the chair cushions slide off the chair very easily, which is another fall hazard. Fix this issue by attaching bits of Velcro on the top of the chair and the underside of the cushion, and you’re done! No more cushions sliding around.
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