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Stop Your Mattress From Sliding

How To Stop Your Mattress From Sliding

If you have been trying to get some good night’s sleep and wake up in the middle of the night or the morning with a different position, maybe even on the floor? Well, that happens to the best of us when we cannot keep the mattress in place. 

It could be frustrating to just wake up and see your mattress halfway off its position, even though it is not a serious matter, it is still annoying and can affect your sleeping quality which eventually impacts your health and overall mood. 

Well, usually simple actions such as sitting on the bed can cause the mattress to move off the box spring or foundation, it is easily fixed, you just put it back in place! But what if you just got fed up with this inconvenience happening every day?

Even though the bed can move due to many reasons, they are all fixable! By following some simple steps, you can prevent it from happening again. Keep reading Sleep underground to find out more on how to stop your mattress from sliding. 

What Causes the Mattress to Slide?

If Your Mattress Got Old

As people tend to keep their mattresses for a long time, maybe even over 10 years, the mattress absorbs all kinds of sweat, saliva, dirt, and fluids. Which creates a kind of a sliding film underneath the mattress making it easy to slide away. 

This could be fixed by following the proper steps to clean a mattress and by using a mattress cover to protect it from getting dirty for as long as possible. However, if the mattress’s overall state is bad, these solutions won’t last and you will need to replace the mattress.

If Your Bed Misses a Few Rails

Since not all frames are made the same way, some of the old frames might provide uneven support, the same thing goes for faulty box springs. This can all lead to having insufficient support to keep your mattress in place. 

Lack of Friction

Some of the products we get do not include a cover, even though these covers are needed to help keep the mattress in place. You can try to get a rough cover over your mattress so that it creates friction between the mattress and the foundation, keeping the mattress in the right place. 

If you are unable to purchase one, you can try putting a felt blanket between the mattress and the bed, this could also show a lot of improvement. 

If Your Bed Frames are Bigger than Your Mattress

Even though some people think if they get bed frames bigger than their mattress it would prevent any unwanted sliding around, but that is unfortunately not true. The best thing to do is make sure that your bed frames and your mattress are a perfect fit to sleep comfortably. 

How to Prevent Mattress Sliding

Vacuum under the Mattress

Even though this sounds a bit irrelevant to mattresses sliding, it is a great way to stop it from moving around. This is because mattresses absorb all kinds of fluids over the years such as sweat, dust, saliva, pet hair, and skin cells. 

Vacuuming under the mattress could help reduce the amount of dirt under the mattress which makes it less prone to slide and move around while you sleep or sit on it. 

Use Carpet Tape

Do you know that great magical tape that we use to keep carpets in place? Well, turns out we can use it with mattresses as well to keep them in place. Apply the tape between the mattress and the bed or box spring and position the mattress perfectly so that it stays that way. 

Keep in mind that this method should be only used for short-term solutions as the tape can easily leave a glue stain on your mattress or cause its threads to be ripped. 

Try Non-Slip Pads and Rubber Mats

Those two products are found in regular DIY stores and they are considered great solutions for sliding mattresses. To use these products, you only need to place them between the mattress and the foundation beneath it whether it is the frames or the box spring. 

Try Velcro Strips

Velcro strips are one of the best solutions to prevent mattresses from wandering around your bed. Those strips stick to the bed base and the mattress providing them with the needed support to keep them in place. 

How to Keep a Mattress in Place on a Metal Bed Frame?

Since metal bed frames are… Well, made of metal, it does not have the necessary friction needed to keep a mattress in its place. Therefore, you should consider adding a baseboard and head. As well as carpet tape to keep it from moving to the sides of the bed. 

How to Keep a Mattress in Place on a Box Spring?

Usually, bedsprings provide the necessary support and friction to keep a mattress in place, however, if your box spring got older, it might lack those privileges. Therefore, you can try one of the methods mentioned above such as carpet tape or non-slip pads. 

How to Keep the Mattress Topper in Place?

Sometimes people use mattress toppers to stop the mattress from sliding and moving around. However, if that topper is in bad shape, made of bad materials, or simply too old. Then you can either purchase a new one with more friction or you can try one of the above methods such as Velcro tape to keep the mattress topper in place.  

Sleeping is the reward of a long day of work, and the last thing anyone would ever want is to waste those few good hours on a lousy mattress or an uncomfortable bed. Therefore, make sure you reward yourself by making the bed the comfiest and the most relaxing for you. 

Matt Pulnett
Matt Pulnett is an experienced sleep expert and mattress enthusiast who has been writing about the importance of sleep and the best sleep products for over 10 years. He is a recognized sleep expert and has been featured on many of the top websites and magazines devoted to sleep and mattresses.
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