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When Roomba Won’t Clean Under the Couch #firstworldproblems

irobot roomba via @chgdiapers

Post contains affiliate links. I have wanted a Roomba for years, pretty much ever since I first heard of them! They combine two of my loves; a clean house and gadgets/electronics! Although my husband and I aren’t big on exchanging expensive gifts, he surprised me with my very own Roomba this year! (I think he’s going for husband of the year after he bought me a Ragababe?)

One problem…

irobot roomba via @chgdiapers 2

Sometimes I suspect my boyfriend maid Roomba has the I.Q. of a turnip, but he’s tall, dark & handsome and cleans up after the kids. The tall part is the problem.

roomba yuno meme via @chgdiapers

Not vacuuming under the couch was a bit of a deal-breaker. We have hard floors on the main level, and there are always crumbs, dust bunnies etc. under the furniture. Part of the reason the Roomba was so attractive to me was his (yes, it’s a he) ability to clean under furniture. Having to get the kiddos out of the way and drag furniture around is such a pain, yet if I don’t do it daily, it’s a mess in no time, and highly visible from the vantage point of playing on the floor with kids! I’ve tried crawling around and jabbing my broom under, I’ve tried using the hose on my vacuum…nothing works as well as moving the furniture.

So, I Googled, and Googled, and Googled some more. I tried things like “Roomba won’t fit under my couch, “how to get Roomba to go under my couch,” “bed risers to make Roomba fit under couch” and even “couch that Roomba fits under” (ha ha). I found one person who came up with a Roomba “hack” to keep it from trying to go under the couch. Whoa, wrong way lady!! I even found a review for a couch where the reviewer commented that her Roomba fit under it (my kind of gal.)

I searched for replacement couch feet (too expensive) and finally found Raise Its Furniture Risers. I ordered an 8-pack in black and crossed my fingers.

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They are a tiny bit small, but they work. I may end up using double stick tape or shelf liner to make sure they stay secure to the couch feet, but now I don’t have to break up with my Roomba. 😉

irobot roomba via @chgdiapers 3

I was surprised that no one has jumped on the Roomba bandwagon and filled their store with keywords to bring people with my problem to their website! A store with various furniture risers to make Roomba fit underneath…heck, sell furniture that Roomba will fit under! I know if I ever shop for a new couch or new kitchen chairs, the height and width of Roomba are going to play a big role in my final decision (and I am soooo not joking).

So hey, you…if you sell this kind of stuff, add “make Roomba fit under your couch / furniture” to your description, LOL!!

We’ll see if I love Roomba as much once the newness of the relationship wears off, hee-hee!

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • March 31, 2021 at 9:00 am

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  • Monica M Colvin
    March 22, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I found exactly what I was searching for. LOL

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  • NIkki
    August 16, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I used to have a Roomba years ago and I loved it! But over the years our furniture arrangement has become more complex and we just don’t have the energy to move all the furniture around whenever we leave the house. I wish someone would design an entire warehouse full of Roomba-compatible furniture! Dining tables with attached, legless chairs, coffee tables designed specifically with Roomba clearance, hanging beds, sofa swings, etc. I’d do my whole house this way and get a new Roomba just to never have to vacuum again.

  • April 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Wow, you’ve done your research! I’m trying to make sure I’m correctly picturing what you’re saying…so if the couch is right up against the wall, it will definitely clean between the two (front/back) legs, along the wall. If it’s not right against the wall, it won’t have a way to get in there. It has a little side brush but that just helps sweep things into its path.

  • Kevin
    April 6, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve been planning ahead, living with hand-me-down furniture. If I’m selected, I return to the big money, and trash my furniture. Currently shopping for robot compatible furniture. Here is what I found; “Ever since iRobot introduced the first Roomba in 2002, there have been 7 different generations starting from the 400 series all the way to the latest 900 series. All Roomba products have the same dimensions – around 13.9 inches wide and 3.6 inches tall.” Bottom line is; Roomba will go under, if clearance is about 4″, but will it clean between the legs and wall, without 14″ between the furniture and the wall?

  • February 7, 2020 at 9:45 am

    You can definitely stick a felt pad underneath!

  • Meghan
    February 7, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Hi! Great resource! I just got done laying down to reach for my Roomba! It goes it but not out…. What are the bottoms of these like? Are they flat that I could apply a felt pad, do they already have a soft bottom, or are they hollow? I need to put them under my couch but also coffe table! I tried stacking felt pads but by the third on on each leg, it’s getting sad! I don’t want them to scratch my floors when I move the table.

  • GizmoiGuy411
    January 7, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I found this site via Google search, like others. The Irobot site shows that Roombas need 3.6″ or 92mm of clearance. However looking closer, the newer I7 model actually needs 3.7″ or 94 mm of clearance. I added pieces of 5/4″ board (deck boards) under my couch to test how well my I7 cleaned under it. So far so good, other than finding that my couch sags a bit in the center, which will be corrected. Thank you for your post!

  • Chris
    August 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Save time building or buying something costly. I used end caps for curtain rods. They come in different colors and stains to match your furniture and they are easy to install. Cheapest solution I found, $3 for two caps. Martha Living brand at home depot.

  • Heidi
    December 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I have 6 (yes six) kids and came across this because my off brand roomba, Deebot (we call him Deebo 😂), doesn’t fit under my huge sectional. My fiancee thinks I’m being silly but he doesn’t understand this first world problem! Thank you! I will be buying these this week!

  • amy
    March 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    This is SO funny! I love my roomba too, but it makes me so sad it won’t fit under my coffee table or couches. 🙁 I have 2 girls, and it drives me CRAZY.

  • Al
    August 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    We own 5 roomba’s, a Braava mopping robot, a window washing robot, and a DeeBot robot. The debot is slightly lower, but I feel your pain. Over the last 8 years of roomba fun, I’ve raised my furniture using a chop saw and cutting/staining my own custom risers. With so many robots life is a breeze but yes, we do make sure our home is compatible with the robots. We also take the robots to church when we volunteer to clean the chappel…they go right under the pews without issue.

  • April 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    You are now on top of the search list for the keywords, “increase sofa height for roomba” lol. I am using metal coffee cups in placing them inverted under the legs just for the night and remove them in the morning, but was looking for a better fix when I landed here, nice post! thanks

    • April 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      That’s so funny, I never would have thought of metal cups. Smart! I’m glad the post helped! 🙂

  • casilda chenier
    July 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    How about risers for a recliner sofa/sectional?

    • July 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Hmm…would adding risers cause it to be unstable? We ended up putting double sided tape between the risers and couch so it wouldn’t slide. I wonder if that would work?

  • Donna
    September 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    We finally ripped out our carpet and got hardwood flooring on our first floor. The first thing I bought was a Roomba 880 and I LOVE it. I found out that my couch was too low towards the back when my poor roomba got stuck (and scratched) . That brought me here – how to raise my couch :). I will definitely be buying something for under the legs. I’ve only had my Roomba 2 weeks and a new one came out!!!!!I I would love the new 980 for my first floor and would gladly take the 880 upstairs for the bedrooms :). I can dream….

    • September 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I would love to have a whole army of Roombas! If only. 😉

    • Mary Ann Brown
      April 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      I neede to raise my couch 1″ so I could buy a roomb. Went to lowes and got a set of furniture moversthat were 1/2″ glued two together and was able to raise couch high enough and with the felt side down I can move couch freely.

  • Annie
    July 20, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Lol! I found this website because I googled “couch a roomba will fit under”. Thanks for the idea:)

    • July 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Yes, I’m not the only one! These risers are still working well though I did double stick tape them on. The love seat isn’t against the wall and when someone sat on it, it seemed like rather than sitting down, they’d throw themselves backwards and the couch would slide off!

  • Li
    June 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I think we have the same couch. I didn’t get a Roomba because I know it wouldn’t fit. You gave me hope.

    • June 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      These are still working great! We ended up using double stick tape to keep them on. 🙂

  • Kristin
    April 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    You are a life saver! I bought a bobsweep from Groupon because the dimemsons specified that it was only 4.3inches tall. Well apparently I’m not the best at measuring the space between the floor and my sofa and I was off by an eighth of an inch. So my boyfriend Bob kept getting stuck iner my sofa. I’m ordering these lifters today!
    Thanks so much for this post!!

    • April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Yay! So glad I could help! I am so psyched not to have to clean under my couch, LOL!

  • Emily
    March 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thank you! My Roomba doesn’t fit under the couch either, and it drives me nuts! I saw these risers on Amazon but was hesitant to order them because I didn’t know how they’d work with my couch legs (which are nearly identical to yours) but now I’m going to order them!

    • March 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

      We ended up adding some sticky tape on the ones under the couch that isn’t against the wall, so it doesn’t slip off when people flop themselves down. They are awesome! Love not having to vacuum under there. 😉

      • Emily
        March 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

        Good to know, thanks!

  • Butterfly
    April 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I found this website, cause i have the same problem with my furniture, besides that Im in love with this toy, I bought a 770 model the only cons I’ve seen so far is that is missing the lighthouses that comes with the 780, but there is a big difference in price, I’ve been using it for only a week so I can’t tell about durability, but I read they need to be pampered, keep it clean after each use and that will make it last longer.

    • April 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I’ve only had ours for about 4 months but it is still my favorite toy, ha ha. I gave up on the light houses since my boys won’t leave them alone, LOL. We clean the brushes & rinses the filters maybe once per week. I love it & the furniture risers are still working great!!

  • Caitlin
    January 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    My husband won’t buy me (or let me buy) a Roomba 🙁 He says it’s just a silly gadget that won’t work 🙁 I’ve been wanting one for YEARS!

    • Lorraine
      February 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      You should get one. I just did, and it’s amazing. Bought the 880 for my carpets and the Scooba for my hard floors. If he says its just a silly gadget that won’t work, then he should do the floors lol

  • January 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I want one!

  • samantha clinton
    January 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    i want a roomba sooooo bad!!! when i was preggo my friend lent me her’s and one that mops floors as well, i fell in love!! how how exactly does a couch need to be 😉

  • Emily
    January 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I have always wanted a Roomba too, pretty much for the same reasons as you! I keep reading terrible reviews that have kept me from buying one though, like they break at about 13 months, 1 month after your warranty expires. Will you set a reminder in about 14 months to update us on how it is holding up? 😉

    I love the idea of a Roomba-friendly furniture store. LOL. But I’d totally shop there.

    • January 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I am wondering how it will do long-term too!

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