How to Keep Mattress From Sliding?

We all know how aggravating it is to wake up in the morning and see your mattress is slanted or even several inches off its frame. Constantly pushing a heavy mattress back into place is tiring, but thankfully, it’s also avoidable.

Mattress sliding may be due to a lack of friction between your mattress and its foundation, an improper frame, or even a too-old mattress. There are simple solutions to make your life a little easier and keep your mattress from sliding—let’s take a look.

Use a Non-Slip or Rubber Mat

A hassle-free solution to a sliding mattress is adding a non-slip or rubber mat between your mattress and its foundation.

Non-slip mattress pads are available in all sorts of sizes to correspond to your mattress size and work like non-slip pads for carpets or area rugs. The mats shouldn’t affect the feel of your mattress because they’re typically very thin.

You can even DIY a non-slip pad by using a thin exercise mat underneath your mattress. However, this only works well for twin size mattresses since exercise mats are roughly the same width and length.

You might try using two exercise mats for a larger mattress, like a queen or king size mattress, but it may not be as effective.

Try Velcro Strips

Hook-and-loop strips, or Velcro, are an easy and highly effective way to hold your mattress in place.

Stick 4 to 6 hook strips around the perimeter of your mattress’s underside, and then stick the loop strips onto the bed frame or box spring. You can also use two long strips of Velcro on the top and bottom of your mattress’s underside.

Be as precise as possible when matching up the hook and loop sides of the Velcro because they won’t work as effectively if they’re not lined up correctly.

Rather than using Velcro strips, double-sided carpet tape works similarly, however, it’s not a long-term solution. Simply apply the dual-sided adhesive the same way you would the Velcro strips.

Vacuum Under Your Mattress

While it seems too easy, vacuuming under your mattress really does help minimize any sliding. Dust, crumbs, dead skin, and other debris can accumulate under your mattress, causing the bed to lose its grip on the foundation and slip around. Regularly cleaning your mattress keeps the debris from building up.

Vacuum under your mattress thoroughly, along with your box spring, bed frame, or whatever foundation you have, to get rid of any debris.

You can take your vacuuming a step further and vacuum your entire mattress. Vacuuming your whole mattress minimizes bacteria build-up and prevents more dust from eventually collecting under the mattress. Finish the job by freshening up your mattress with a coating of baking soda to soak up any lingering odors.

Update Your Bed Frame

If your bed frame is too big for your mattress, there will be leftover space for your mattress to shift around. Or if your bed frame doesn’t have side rails, a headboard, or footboard, there’s nothing to stop your mattress from moving.

One option is to simply buy a new bed frame better suited for your mattress size. Choosing a bed frame with a headboard and footboard is also ideal to minimize sliding.

The more economical option is to fill the extra space between your mattress and current bed frame. You can use small blocks of wood or a rolled-up cloth, such as a towel or old shirts, in the open space.

This solution isn’t perfect since the wood can splinter, you’ll need to occasionally wash the cloth, and you’ll have to make adjustments, but it does work if needed.

Upgrade Your Mattress

Getting a new mattress is likely a last resort option for most people and isn’t ideal, but if your mattress is slipping around to no avail despite trying out other solutions, this may be a sign your mattress is old and worn down.

Also, if your mattress is dual-sided, it may be prone to slipping. With one-sided mattresses, the bottom is the base and typically has a fabric with a stronger grip to prevent the mattress from sliding.

What Causes a Mattress to Slide?

There are many potential reasons your mattress slides off its frame: lack of friction, no railing, the mattress is old, or you have too big of a bed frame.

There’s Not Enough Friction

A lack of friction between your mattress and foundation is one of the biggest reasons your mattress is sliding. This mainly happens with dual-sided or flippable mattresses since both sides of the mattress are soft, thus offering no friction against the bed’s base.

Still, with any mattress, its cover may not have a good enough grip against the bed frame.

Your Bed Frame Has No Rails

Most bed frames are slightly taller than the slats, where your mattress sits. If you have a platform bed frame without side rails, a headboard, or footboard, there’s no barrier to keep your mattress in place.

Your Mattress is Old

Over time, your mattress collects body oils and sweat, dust, pollen, and dirt. Your mattress cover also wears down over time, potentially causing it to lose any non-slip capability it initially had.

The build-up of gunk plus a worn-down cover causes an old mattress to lose its grip on the bed frame or foundation. You should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years, not only to minimize sliding but also for hygiene’s sake and so you’re properly supported.

Your Mattress Has Poor Support

If your mattress has too large of a frame, your mattress might slip and slide around due to the extra space between the bed and the frame. Your bed frame dimensions should correspond to the size of your mattress.

The legs of the bed frame can slip around, in turn causing your mattress to slide, especially if they’re on a slippery surface, like wood or tile. If so, you can use non-slip pads under the legs to prevent them from moving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to keep mattress toppers from sliding?

Use a tightly fitted sheet or mattress protector over your mattress topper and mattress to keep it in place. You can also try using bed sheet suspenders, stretchy straps you secure onto the topper and tuck underneath your mattress to prevent the topper from shifting around.

The solutions we’ve listed prior to prevent mattresses from sliding, such as rubber mats or Velcro strips, also work for mattress toppers when used between your mattress topper and mattress.

How to keep mattress on an adjustable base from sliding?

A common issue when raising either side of your mattress is the mattress sliding off of the adjustable base. You can try out other solutions we’ve listed, such as using Velcro strips or vacuuming the base, to prevent sliding.

Still, it’s best to choose an adjustable base with a prop or metal bar at the top and bottom of it to keep your mattress from moving when lifted.

How do I keep my bed skirt from sliding?

Most bed skirts lack gripping materials or fabric to prevent the skirt from sliding around under your mattress. Plus, having to lift your mattress to readjust the skirt is a total pain. Use Velcro strips or a rubber pad between the bed skirt and your mattress bed frame or base.

How do I keep my mattress from sliding on the floor?

Now, we don’t recommend using your mattress on the floor in the first place because it’s rather unsanitary. Dust and dirt pile up the ground and your mattress is completely vulnerable to them when left on the floor. Not to mention the pests and dust mites that can crawl all over your mattress. Using your mattress on the ground can also void some mattress warranties, so it’s best to use your mattress on a bed frame or a suitable foundation.

Your mattress is prone to sliding around when on the ground, especially if you have tile, hardwood, or otherwise smooth flooring. If you still want to use your mattress on the floor, minimize sliding by placing the bed over a rug, using double-sided carpet tape, or using a non-slip mat.

How do I keep my split king from sliding apart?

Split king mattresses are two twin XL size mattresses pushed together. Most split king mattresses come with an iron plate connector to keep the two mattresses together.

If your split king mattress doesn’t have this, you can follow the methods previously mentioned to prevent sliding, such as using a non-slip pad or dual-sided tape. Using an appropriate bed frame with rails is one of the best ways to keep split king mattresses together.

Conclusion

You can keep your mattress from sliding with simple DIY solutions, such as using a non-slip pad, Velcro strips, or vacuuming under your mattress. But if these suggestions aren’t helping, you may consider investing in a tighter-fitting bed frame or even changing out your mattress entirely.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

Michelle Zhang, Wellness Writer Michelle Zhang

Michelle Zhang is a regular contributor to our Zoma blog and is our go-to sleep researcher. In her time with Zoma, Michelle has researched and published many articles on widespread sleeping habits and troubles. In her time outside of Zoma, Michelle is an occupational therapist and long-distance runner. She believes leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to getting better sleep at night. Michelle's work has been featured on Men's Journal, The Frisky, and The Mighty.

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