How to Keep My Mattress from Sliding?
Many mattress qualities affect how well you sleep, including its materials, firmness, and age. But one thing's for sure - no matter what type of mattress you sleep on, if it slides around all night, your sleep quality will suffer. For anyone who sleeps on a mattress that slides around freely, this article will be super helpful! In it, we'll tell you why your mattress is sliding around and share several remedies you can use to help your mattress stay put. Let's get right into it!
Why Your Mattress is Sliding
To determine how to stop your mattress from sliding, you need to understand why it's moving around in the first place. This section will dive into the most common culprits.
Your bed frame doesn't have any rails
Bed frames come in various configurations, some of which don't have rails. If yours doesn't have rails, your mattress may shift around when you move during sleep, as it won't have anything to fence it in.
Your mattress is dusty
Most might think that dust doesn’t affect your mattress too much. But that’s not the case. Believe it or not, dust particles can collect in the fibers of your mattress and change its surface, making it more likely to slide around.
Your mattress is old
Older mattresses collect a variety of substances, including body oils and debris, as they age. Some of these substances can cause your mattress to become slick, ultimately causing the mattress to slide around during normal use.
Your mattress and frame are mismatched
Everyone knows that your mattress and frame need to be compatible. If your frame is larger than your mattress, then there will be a gap between the mattress and frame, allowing your mattress to move around.
How to Prevent Your Mattress From Sliding: 5 Tips
Now that you understand a few of the most common culprits behind a sliding mattress, we're ready to move on to the meat of the article - the solutions. Here are five tips you can try today to keep your mattress from sliding.
Remove Dust By Vacuuming the Mattress
As we mentioned, dust can accumulate on your mattress and cause it to slide. To remove the dust from your mattress, start by giving it a good vacuum. This will remove any dust that is causing your mattress to slide and reduce the slickness of its surface. It's best to use a vacuum that has a brush attachment to help dislodge dust particles that are stuck in the mattress fibers.
Increase Friction with a Non-Slip Mattress Pad
If vacuuming the mattress doesn't solve the problem, maybe your mattress is made of a material that tends to be slick. But that's not a problem - you can use a non-slip mattress pad to create more friction and keep the mattress from sliding. Non-slip mattress pads are made of grippy material and can be placed underneath your mattress for a quick fix. And as a bonus, they are also great for increasing your mattress's comfort and support levels.
Invest in a Bed Frame with Rails
If your bed frame doesn't have any rails, then it's time to get one that does. Rails keep your mattress in place and can be easily installed on most bed frames. You can also check to see if your mattress manufacturer offers any specialized rail system for their mattresses. If neither of these options is available, you can switch your current bed frame out for one with rails. On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $150 for a new bed frame with rails, depending on the brand and size.
Before you choose a bed frame, ensure that its size is compatible with the size of the mattress. Even if you get a bed frame with rails, you'll still need to ensure there's no gap between your mattress and frame - any extra slack could cause shifting.
Not in the mood to add or purchase bed frame rails? You can also try using a mattress extender, which is a fabric wedge or bar that's placed between the mattress and bed frame or the mattress and the wall. This will help fill in any gaps so your mattress won't move.
Keep the Bed Stationary with Velcro Straps
Good ole' velcro - it's got so many applications, from fastening clothing to hanging art to organizing tools, and more. But did you know you can use velcro straps to keep your mattress in place? All you have to do is wrap the straps around both your mattress and bed frame and fasten them together. The more velcro you use, the more secure your mattress will be. You may need to use your imagination to figure out the best way to keep the mattress secure, but it's worth trying if other solutions haven't worked.
Try Furniture Grippers
Furniture grippers are small, rubber discs or squares that people use to keep their furniture from sliding around. To keep your mattress from sliding, you can place the furniture grippers between the bed frame and your mattress to increase friction and minimize sliding. The weight of the mattress should hold the grippers in place.
Will a Mattress Slide Less on the Floor?
Considering all the rigamarole involved in keeping your mattress from sliding on a bed frame, you may be tempted to just place it on the floor instead. This could help with the sliding problem sometimes, but won't work all the time. What determines whether your mattress will slide on the floor is the type of floor you have. If you have a laminate, porcelain, or ceramic floor, your mattress may slide from time to time because of the low friction between the mattress and the flooring. But if you have carpeted floors, you shouldn’t have any issues with sliding.
If putting your mattress on your carpeted floor sounds good to you, keep reading. There are several reasons you shouldn't do this, and they include:
- Mold and mildew growth. The mattress will become more susceptible to mold and mildew the longer it's on the floor. Since the bottom of the mattress doesn't get much airflow, any moisture it comes in contact with can jumpstart the growth of mold or mildew.
- Aggravation of allergies or development of new ones. Dust mites and other allergens thrive on the floor. They hide deep in the carpeting and can easily find their way into your mattress when it's not elevated. Also, sleeping closer to the floor brings you closer to any allergens lurking there - they don’t even have to get into the bed to cause problems. If you have allergies, it's best to avoid placing your mattress on the floor for this reason.
- Higher risk of bed bugs. When a mattress is on the floor, it's more likely to come into contact with bed bugs and other critters that you want nowhere near your bed. When your bed is elevated, and on a frame, these bugs will have a harder time getting on it.
These are just a few reasons most people put their mattresses on a bed frame. And we recommend you follow suit and do so as well.
Get Yourself a New Mattress
Perhaps your mattress is past its prime and does not have the firmness and support that it used to. Or maybe it's slippery by nature and doesn't respond to the tips above. If that sounds like your case and it's been several years since you've invested in a new mattress, maybe now's the time.
If you want a mattress that'll provide the best possible sleeping oasis for you, then it's important that you get one that suits your individual needs. That means you need to consider the mattress material, size, and firmness. Here are some tips to get you started!
- Choose a mattress type that provides both comfort and support. Gel memory foam mattresses are a great choice as they contour to your unique body shape, ease joint pain, and keep you comfy and cool all night long. Not all gel memory foam mattresses are created equal, though, so get yours from a mattress company that gets it right - Dynasty Mattress. One gel memory foam mattress that keeps customers sleeping soundly is the CoolBreeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam mattress.
- Get the right size mattress for you. If you plan on keeping your existing bed frame and replacing only the mattress, then you'll want to make sure that the new mattress you select fits your frame. Always look at the dimensions of any mattress you're considering, whether you're buying it online or in person, and compare them to the dimensions of your frame.
- Consider mattress firmness. Our CoolBreeze mattress is available in various comfort levels, but most people find that "medium firm" works perfectly for them. If you're a larger person or just prefer firm mattresses, you can get yours in “firm” or “extra firm” for more support. And if you like to sleep on a more plush surface, “medium soft” just might be your jam.
So, there you have it - several easy ways to stop your mattress from sliding around. We hope that one of the remedies mentioned in the article will solve your problem so you can get back to resting well. Good luck!
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