How To Keep A Mattress From Sliding Around

How To Keep A Mattress From Sliding Around

There are several reasons a mattress slides around. When this happens, it doesn’t matter if you’re sleeping on a platform bed or a sleigh bed. You probably can only think about the discomfort. And this can seriously affect your ability to drift off to dreamland.

It could be that there is no friction coming from the bottom of your bed. Or maybe your bed frame is larger than your mattress, leaving room for the latter to shift. An old mattress may also have shrunk to the point that it’s slipping off of the box spring. No matter your situation, this article will show you how to keep a mattress from sliding around.

On top of this problem, you may also be using a mattress topper. If this tends to move, too, you can check out our tips on how to keep mattress topper from sliding.

What Causes A Mattress to Slide

No Grip or Friction

Part of the support you get out of a good base layer is its grip. This quality creates friction against the surface of the box spring or foundation. Without this, though, the bed may tend to slide off of the bed frame. Dual-sided models often have this problem. Since both sides consist of comfort layers, flipping won’t help in making the bed stay put.

Inappropriate Support

Sometimes, the structure cradling the mattress is itself the culprit. A mattress without a slip-resistant bottom can slide off. And this depends on the frame. For instance, with a platform bed sporting a smooth, flat surface, there is no stopping the object from sliding. At the same time, foundations with rails do not always work. They may have a big enough space that can cause your sleeping area to move around.

Aged Mattress

In case it’s not showing, your mattress may have lost some of its capacity to perform. One of the parts that get hit when aging happens is the bottom. It may not be exposed to sagging or dents like the top layers, but it can accumulate a buildup of body oil and such. In turn, this causes the mattress to slide off more easily.

Tips On How To Keep A Mattress from Sliding

Non-Slip Options

Mattress Pad

If there’s little or no friction, create it. You can do this by adding a mattress pad made of a grippy material. This is usually a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rubber. Insert the pad between your mattress and bed frame. Make sure the pad is of the same size as your mattress or bed frame. If only smaller ones are available, you can put them together to cover the space.

Rubber Matting

If the first choice is not available, you can buy rubber matting for an area rug instead. This option is also cheaper. If it comes in a bigger size than your mattress, cut it to fit the latter—lengthwise, widthwise, or both. You may also come across multi-purpose gripping pads, which are made for both mattresses and area rugs. These are good but slightly less cheap.

Velcro Strips

Are you the do-it-yourself (DIY) type? Then buying stick-on velcros may work for you. Look for long strips with adhesive and velcro parts. You can set up one side on the bottom edges of your bed. Then, place the other side over the edges of your box spring or foundation. The adhesive and velcro strips should line up neatly opposite each other before you stick them together.

No velcro strips? Try the double-sided tape for carpets instead.

Towel or Any Soft Item

Like we mentioned earlier, the mismatch between the mattress and the bed frame can cause the former to slide around. One kind of mismatch is when the mattress is smaller than the foundation. There may be space between your mattress and the sides of your frame. Inserting a towel or a similarly soft item can keep your foam, innerspring, or hybrid in place. Consider this a temporary fix, though.

Other Options


This probably has not occurred to you. But you need to vacuum up the dirt, dust, and other things that have accumulated under your mattress. The stuff that has gotten stuck in the corners of your bed frame may be causing your mattress to slide around. Some potential culprits would be oils and fluids that spilled into the area. 

Clean it up with a vacuum to ensure that every nook and cranny is covered. See if this move improves the situation.

New Bed Frame

How To Keep A Mattress From Sliding Around

Are you always bothered by your shifting sleeping space? A more drastic measure would be to replace your bigger bed frame with another. Find a size that will allow your mattress to fit snugly into the foundation. Consider getting one with a headboard and footboard. This solution should also permanently relieve you from this sliding problem. 

The downside is that you’ll have to spend more bucks. You may also be forced to discard a fully functional bed frame.

New Mattress

If you own a dual-sided mattress, you might have to switch to a one-sided version. The comfort layers on both ends could be causing the mattress to slip. There is little to no friction even if you use the firmer side as the base. Come to think, a one-sided mattress should have more grip. Do it if you think it will save you time and energy, as well as stress.


This option is for those who are off to shop for a new mattress or bed frame. If you have exhausted all your options, it’s time to turn to your last resort. You will spend much more money than with the other choices provided here. So you better pick the correct mattress or bed frame this time around.

Go for a mattress model with a non-slip bottom. As we said, avoid dual-sided ones. As for the bed frame, make sure it has the right dimensions to keep your mattress in place. Find one that has rails that can contain the mattress as well.

Read: What Are the Different Types of Mattresses?

Securing the Bed Frame

Sometimes, you need to deal with the bed frame itself to prevent the mattress from sliding around. After all, an unstable bed can be as annoying.

Area Rug

An area rug is often placed in the living room, under the center or coffee table. This is not just for aesthetic purposes. It also provides traction to the table, which may contain some delicate objects. To enhance your room’s look and feel, you can also put an area rug under the bed frame.

Why an area rug? It will have the same effect on the foundation as the center or coffee table or on any object that you want to stay put, for that matter. Choose a plush rug with a design that matches the theme of your bedroom. Lift the bed and place it on the side, set up the area rug, and then put the bed frame back on top of the area rug.

Furniture Feet

These are not just decorative accents that can elevate the bed and beautify the bedroom. Furniture feet, particularly non-skid ones, can hold your bed frame in place. They cost less than area rugs. And they don’t make the space underneath your bed look stuffy. Pick non-skid furniture feet if the other two options cannot work for you.

Attach each piece to one corner of the bed. Take your time to ensure that all parts are correctly installed. Check for any sign instability, like shaking, and imbalance. You can buy furniture feet at your local handyman shop or any home improvement stores.

Additionally, if you can’t find non-skid ones, you can slide pieces of rubber shelf liner under the furniture feet. This DIY solution should keep the bed steady.

How to Keep Mattress Topper from Sliding

While we’re at it, why don’t we cover the other problem regarding your sleeping surface? If you’re using a mattress topper, particularly a memory foam mattress topper, it may be the one sliding around instead of your mattress. Here are a few tips on how to keep mattress topper from sliding:

Tight Mattress Topper

Your first choice is to find a sheet that you can wrap around your mattress topper. Find something that is tight and fitting. Loose sheets tend to encourage sliding around. So the opposite can change the game for you. Once you have one, cover your topper just like you would your mattress. 

Even if the mattress pad cover is too tight, it should remain breathable. While shopping, opt for one with a material that promotes airflow even as it is fitted. Those who sleep hot should feel comfortable and cool while snoozing on this type of cover.

Straps or Suspenders

Stretchable straps look like large rubber bands with a locking mechanism. You need to measure your mattress topper and mattress to ensure the straps are the right fit. Before you place the sheets, strap two pieces around the mattress pad. Fasten them using the locking mechanism on one side. These bands are thin so that they won’t cause discomfort to the sleeper.

On the other hand, suspenders are elastic bands with metal clips on both ends. These clips act as a locking mechanism that holds the mattress topper-securing sheets in place. You can buy a pack of suspenders in a hardware store, at the mall, or online.

Safety Pins

You can use safety pins to keep the topper from sliding around. This is a straightforward and almost cost-free choice. However, smaller safety pins can pop off at some point. So make sure to buy heavy-duty ones for this purpose.

Safety pins can also be used to create makeshift suspenders. To start, follow the first step: use a tight-fitting sheet. Then, prepare elastic bands and safety pins. Cut the bands to one inch thick and 6 inches long. You will need four bands attached to safety pins to cover the sheet’s four corners. Your DIY suspenders should act like store-bought suspenders and secure the topper sheet in place.


Last but not least, you can also rely on spray adhesive or duct tape to steady the topper. You should be using a tight-fitting sheet, as with the other options. You should be all right with having some signs of adhesive on the bottom side of your sheet. The debris should come off during cleaning. Just make sure to wash the sheet regularly, especially if you’re using duct tape.

If you’re using duct tape, secure the corners first and the edges next. But if you’re opting for the spray adhesive, know that you’ll have to cover the whole backside of the topper to secure it in place. This choice may also leave some sticky residue on the mattress proper.

Read: Do You Need A Mattress Pad Or Mattress Protector?


In this article, you’ve learned the different ways on how to keep a mattress from sliding around. Tips on how to keep a mattress topper from sliding around have been included. These solutions range from easy to moderate. Perhaps the hardest option is those that involve spending tens to hundreds of bucks.

Replacing your mattress or bed frame should, therefore, be a last resort. It won’t be practical to buy another one if either item is brand new. So far, a shifting mattress has no significant impact on your body. But it can disrupt your slumber. Try the hacks we’ve shared here to improve the situation.

If you’ve done any of the tips found in this guide, tell us about your experience. If this is your first time to deal with this problem, let us know if we have helped you in any way. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.