How to Stop a Mattress from Sliding

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To prevent the mattress from shifting, there must be friction between the mattress and the bed frame. Lack of proper friction is the reason your mattress keeps sliding. In general, the head and foot end bed is immune and sufficient to keep the mattress from shifting.

A firm and stable bed is a precondition for a good night’s sleep. Your mattress may be old, but buying a new mattress is the last option on your mind if your mattress keeps sliding off the frame. There are some proven DIY methods that we have tried to keep the mattress from slipping.

Let’s take a look at the factor that leads to the mattress slip problem.

Reasons Why Your Mattress is Sliding

Lack of Friction

As we discussed in the beginning, the inherent problem is the lack of friction between the mattress and the bed surface, leading to slip problems. The lack of friction can have several causes.

Wrong Bed Frame or Mattress Size

When buying a mattress or bed frame, stick to standard and accurate measurements. Sometimes an inch or so gap can lead to an unstable mattress. It may not seem like a big deal to buy, but it can cost you a compromise when it comes to sleeping comfort.

When purchasing the mattress or bed frame, make sure that there is no extra space between the edges of the mattress.

Flat Platform Beds or Metal Frames

Platform beds are very flat and the mattress sits on the surface of the bed frame. There is no railing support for the mattress. Even half an inch of lateral support from all sides is enough to keep the mattress in place.

Maintains the location of the mattress on the surface of the metal frame rather than on top. Metal slatted frames often face the problem of slipping, as the metal does not provide enough friction and the lack of lateral support for the mattress makes the problem even worse.

Old Dirty Mattress

As the mattress ages, it tends to get dirtier, and the dirt-absorbing surface makes the mattress base a little harder. The old and dirty surface becomes smoother and therefore reduces friction. The mattress starts to slide easily.

Proven Methods to Stop Mattress from Sliding

Ideally, you should have none of the above reasons. But if you already have problems, let’s come up with some easy DIY solutions to keep the mattress from slipping.

Non-Slip Pad or Rubber Pad

Just as we use rubber pads on furniture legs to prevent them from slipping on the floor, a similar technique can be used on the surface of the bed frame.

Use a non-slip mat or rubber mat to add friction between the surface of the frame and the mattress. It is one of the easiest and most effective methods of preventing the mattress from sliding on the bed frame.

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Make sure to use a thin and suitable filling. It may be a minor problem for warm sleepers, as the mat or pillow can prevent the mattress from breathing effectively. If this method doesn’t suit your needs, the following options are just as effective without trapping air and heat in the mattress.

Anti-Slip Tape

This is one of the cheapest and most effective methods we can recommend. Use a high-quality anti-slip tape on the surface of the bed frame and the slip problem will magically disappear.

These non-slip tapes are much better than regular duct tape and are made to prevent slip problems. Then choose a high-quality anti-slip tape such as that from 3M. They give good results and do not damage the surface when you want to remove the tape. Cheap non-slip can leave marks when you remove the tape.

Velcro Strips

All you need to do is go to the nearest arts and crafts store and buy some Velcro.

Glue them strategically to the corners and sides of the mattress. Placing the sides facilitates precise alignment of the hook (rough) and loop (soft) of the Velcro.

If the Velcro does not fit properly, the mattress will not hold and may slip. Again, the quality of the Velcro strip is paramount to keeping your mattress glued to the bed.

For larger sizes, such as King and California King, you may need to attach additional Velcro to the slats of the frame. A little experiment with the number of strips will get you started.

Clean Your Mattress

Regular cleaning of the mattress is essential for sleep hygiene. Make sure to vacuum the mattress on both sides to keep it free of dust and debris. The bed frame and box spring tend to collect dust and reduce friction, causing the mattress to slide.

While vacuuming won’t completely prevent the mattress from shifting, it helps and it’s good practice to vacuum every three months.

How To Stop a Mattress Topper From Sliding

The mattress topper is no different as it keeps sliding off the mattress. Insufficient friction causes the mattress topper to slip. Most good brands use relevant material under the mattress topper so that it does not slip.

Here are some tips to keep the mattress topper from slipping.

  1. Safety Pins:  Using safety pins is the best option for attaching the topper to the mattress. Usually it solves your problem. If not, check out our other options.
  2. Avoid Soft Mattress Cover: We accidentally use a soft mattress cover and this reduces the friction between the mattress and the topper. Remove any mattress pads or protectors that have a smooth, glossy surface.
  3. Velcro Strips:  A good quality Velcro is just as helpful in securing the topper as we discussed earlier in the case of the mattress.
  4. Anti-Slip Tape: A good non-slip tape can be a good option to prevent the mattress topper from slipping.
  5. Thin Rubber Mat or Non-Slip Pad: Use a thin rubber mat between the mattress topper and the mattress, but we mentioned earlier in the article that we’re not a fan of this method. This can cause the bed to heat up because the mat retains air and body heat.
  6. Stretchable Bed Sheet Holders:  Stretch film holders may be an option, but in our opinion they are a bit cumbersome to use and maintain. They tighten the sheets and hold the mattress topper together with the mattress to some extent. Invest in good quality media for longer life.

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