How to Prevent Your Mattress from Sliding on an Adjustable Bed and Four Simple Solutions

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It's a nuisance to correct a sliding mattress on a bed frame. Mattresses, especially those of a larger size, can be awkward to move on your own.

When the mattress slides whenever, or nearly whenever, you try to adjust the bed, it can be frustrating.

Moving the mattress back into place on an adjustable bed is a quick fix in the moment, but a persistent issue.

Any time you move your bed, it's a good bet that you're about to get into it. If you ever have to stop and fix something, that's the last time you want to have to.

You may feel like you're stuck in a rut every time you rearrange your mattress only to have to do it all over again, but there are ways to break the cycle.

Here are some ideas to try and some troubleshooting steps to take in case the cause of the problem is more complex than the mattress moving around on the bed frame during adjustments.

When using an adjustable bed, why do mattresses tend to shift around?

Mattress on Adjustable Bed

When you discover that your mattress has shifted, it can be perplexing. At first, you might not think of the mattress shifting as a potential problem when using an adjustable bed.

It's frustrating, at best, if your mattress slips when you're trying to make adjustments to your bed.

Adjustable bed mattresses can move around if they are not fastened to the bed frame. If your mattress keeps slipping off the bed, it may be because its fabric or material isn't well suited to the texture of your bed frame.

Since there isn't enough friction between the two textures to keep them both in place, they may slide around.

A simple solution exists for this issue in most cases. You can repair your mattress so that it no longer slides whenever you readjust the bed's position.

It's tough to be patient with a restless mattress at the end of the day, especially if you're already worn out from the day's activities.

You should know that this issue has multiple workarounds, and you have many options to try before giving up on your movable bed.

Fixes for Sliding Beds

When you readjust your bed, you can use many effective methods to correct a sagging mattress. Most potential solutions to this issue require only a modest financial outlay.

If your mattress is sliding around in bed, try the simplest solutions before you commit more time and money to a more permanent solution.

Start with the options that seem most feasible given your current situation and capabilities. If that doesn't work, you'll have to try some other, more expensive options.

Make use of a material that prevents slipping as Step 1

Black Yoga Mat on Floor

All home improvement stores stock a wide variety of slip-resistant materials.

Put something that won't slide around in between your mattress and the movable bed frame. A mattress less likely to shift during movement of the bed is ensured by this measure.

A mattress-specific non-slip pad is available for purchase. Depending on where you bought your mattress, adjustable bed frame, or both, that store may also sell non-slip mattress pads.

Some useful materials are surprisingly common; you may even have versions of them lying around your house. Carpet pads can be used and trimmed to fit your mattress's exact dimensions.

Yoga mats are another fantastic alternative. However, a yoga mat is more costly to use than a carpet pad, and it is not available in as many sizes.

If you're looking for a quick fix, rather than a permanent fix, a yoga mat could be the way to go. If you have a yoga mat lying around and your mattress slips when you readjust your bed, you can use it as a temporary solution.

A yoga mat can also be used as a temporary non-slip surface while you wait for the arrival of a more permanent solution, such as another non-slip material ordered online.

Yoga mats may not work as well on a larger mattress. Yoga mats work best with twin-sized mattresses; king- or queen-sized mattresses may require multiple mats to keep in place.

Secondly, fasten the mattress with tape.

Adhesive Velcro Strips

It may seem too simple, but taping down the mattress's border is a great way to prevent it from shifting whenever you readjust the bed's height or position.

The correct tape, however, must be utilized. The bulk and size of a mattress means that regular tape won't do the job.

You can use Velcro to help secure your mattress. Velcro is incredibly sturdy and won't fall apart. It's a simple solution for ensuring that your bed's mattress is securely fastened to its frame.

You can buy Velcro in pre-cut strips or on a roll and then slice off what you need.

Make sure the Velcro's adhesive backing is strong enough to support the mattress's weight before attempting to tape it down. The Velcro strips you have may require a more robust adhesive on the back.

In the event that your Velcro strips detach from the mattress, simply apply more adhesive or research alternative adhesives.

The Velcro may still be whole, but it may have come loose from the bed or the mattress.

Third, give the underbed a good vacuuming.

Man Vacuuming Mattress

If your mattress keeps slipping off the bed, the issue might not lie with the quality of the mattress or the bed frame. It's possible that dust or other debris has settled to the floor under the bed.

This happens frequently, especially after a long time with the same mattress and bed frame. It doesn't mean you need to spend money on other products or put in a lot of effort. It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or dirt from the bed frame.

Simply remove your mattress from the bed and place it to the side, or lean it against the wall. As a result, you'll be able to get to the bed's underlying frame.

Then, vacuum up the floor around the base of the bed's adjustable frame. It's not just the bed frame that can collect dust and debris, though; the mattress itself may be hiding dust and debris as well.

Move the entire bed frame and run the vacuum cleaner under the area where the bed typically sits if you see a lot of dust collecting there.

Leaving the dust under the bed can lead to an increase in the amount of dust on the mattress. It's a good idea to take some preventative measures while you have the bed apart to make sure this doesn't happen again any time soon.

Dust and debris can accumulate on the bed frame and the floor space under the bed if you don't use a vacuum to remove them.

Unless you have a vacuum, you should look into getting one of those instead. Instead of buying a new mattress, you could probably save money by purchasing a vacuum cleaner.

Fourth, fasten the mattress to the frame using whatever is handy.

Stack of Rolled Towels on Floor

It's possible to use common household items to improve the mattress's fit within the bed frame.

The mattress is more likely to slip dramatically if there is anything other than the mattress and the bed frame between them.

Use a few extra towels to cushion the space between your bed's mattress and its frame. They can be rolled up and tucked into the crack between the bed's frame and mattress.

They're wonderful because they're big, plush, and long-lasting. Plus, you undoubtedly have a stockpile of spare towels stashed away somewhere.

Don't have any spare towels? Make do with some unwanted garments. You can use them in the same way you would a towel and slide them in between your mattress and the bed's frame.

A towel or piece of clothing would work well because it can be adjusted with your adjustable bed frame and won't slip.

Yet, since this solution might not be aesthetically pleasing, it is possible that it won't be the most long-lasting solution to the issue. If this is bothersome, you should determine why your mattress is too large for your bed frame.

Ultimately, if All Else Fails

Mattress Dimensions and Bed Sizes

If you've exhausted all of your options for preventing your mattress from sliding off of your adjustable bed, it's likely that the two aren't well-suited to one another.

Learn more about where you purchased each one of these. Did other customers who made purchases from that site encounter the same problems?

The issue is probably not with the bed itself but with the mattress. It is important to verify that your mattress can be used with an adjustable bed by checking the product description or manufacturer's website.

There is also the possibility that the mattress is too small for the bed. Check the dimensions of your new mattress and bed frame to ensure a proper fit.

Check to see if the mattress and bed frame fit together properly at the edges. It's likely that you have two different sizes if there is more than an inch of misalignment on either side.

Use this size guide of some of the most common mattress sizes, listed here in inches, to determine the dimensions of your bed and mattress.

  • Twin: 38 x 75
  • Size of an XL Twin bed is 38 by 80 inches.
  • Full: 54 x 74
  • Blanket dimensions for a Queen are 60" x 80."
  • King: 76 x 80

If there are two different measurements between the mattress and the bed frame, it's possible that you bought the wrong size mattress.

If you've tried everything else and your mattress still slides when you adjust the bed, it may be time to shop for a new one.

Choosing the Right Mattress Guide

Mattresses for Sale at Furniture Store

The likelihood of your adjustable bed functioning properly with a non-compatible mattress increases if you make a hasty purchase. If this is your first time using a bed that can be adjusted, you may find the controls to be a bit bewildering.

If you own a bed with a movable frame, it's a good idea to read up on how it works.

If an adjustable bed frame is still on your shopping list, it's important to buy a mattress that will fit it properly.

Mattresses are often sold alongside bed frames by the same manufacturer. Prior to purchasing an adjustable bed frame, it is a good idea to see if the website selling the frame also sells mattresses that are compatible with it.

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