How to Keep a Robot Vacuum From Getting Stuck Under Furniture

Updated: Feb 19, 2024 1:30 PM

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Difficulty Simple
Steps 0
Time Required Depends on method
Tools Needed Bumper Extenders, Furniture Risers

If you are new to the world of automated cleaning gadgets, you may wonder how to keep a robot vacuum from getting stuck under furniture. Some of the best vacuum cleaners, after all, are robot vacuums, and these devices often get stuck under furniture and in other locations throughout the home. So why do robo-vacs get stuck, and what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.

Key Takeaways_

  • Robot vacuum cleaners often become stuck underneath large furniture items, requiring manual retrieval.
  • To prevent them from getting stuck under a piece of furniture, such as a dining table, start by placing some furniture items on dedicated risers.
  • You can also prevent access entirely by setting new virtual walls, laying down boundary strips, or adding bumper extenders to the robot vacuum cleaner.

Why Do Robot Vacuums Get Stuck Under Furniture?

Robotic vacuums are smart, using algorithms and advanced AI to navigate spaces, but they can still get stuck sometimes, even if you have learned how to install and replace robot vacuum bumpers. If they could get under a couch, for instance, but then become unable to back out. This will ultimately lead you to research robot vacuum troubleshooting steps.

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You can also try buying elevated furniture to eliminate this problem.

How to Prevent Robotic Vacuums From Getting Stuck

Crawling under an item of furniture to retrieve your autonomous vacuum can be a daunting task, so it’s better to prevent them from getting stuck in the first place. Here are some ways to do just that.

STAT: In 1956, the American science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein described the concept of a robotic vacuum cleaner with a recharging dock in his novel ‘The Door into Summer. (source)

Use Furniture Risers

Simple furniture risers not only give you some additional space underneath large items of furniture, allowing them to offer a modest bit of storage, but they also prevent robotic vacuums from getting stuck. The reason is obvious. More room to navigate means your robot pal will come and go as it pleases. Of course, not all furniture items can be placed on risers, so do some research ahead of time.

Affix Bumper Extenders

Bumper extenders tell the vacuum when to avoid a certain location, so when the extender bumps into the lip of a large item of furniture, it will go elsewhere instead of attempting to crawl underneath. Many models ship with a number of these bumpers, so you won’t have to make an additional purchase.

Restrict Access


Regular maintenance is essential for your robot vacuum’s longevity. Understand how long robot vacuums last and follow guidelines on charging your robot vacuum to extend its lifespan. Neglecting these steps can lead to more frequent issues and reduced performance. If your standard vacuum has decreased suction power, it might be due to vacuum hose problems.

Your vacuum won’t get stuck under the couch if it never goes under the couch, right? This is precisely why most robo-vacs ship with boundary strips or allow for setting virtual boundaries. Just lay down the no-go magnetic strips in front of the item of furniture or re-adjust the boundaries on the affiliated app.

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