How To Keep Mattress Topper From Sliding?

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by Max Stevens

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Got a mattress topper that keeps sliding off again and again? Let’s face it, it’s really embarrassing having to fix your bed every time your mattress topper slips off.

What’s worse is that it’s utterly irritating to wake up in your sleep two to three times at night to fix and secure your topper’s position.

Not to mention, a misaligned mattress topper and bed surface can cause bed sores or back pain. Getting back soreness and/or back pain leads to low quality of sleep, and low quality of sleep ultimately leads to low quality of health. Nobody wants those, right?

But don’t fret because we’ve prepared ways, tips, and tricks to help you secure your mattress topper from sliding. We guarantee you won’t be waking up again at night just to fix your uneven and misaligned bed!

How to Keep Mattress Topper From Sliding?

A sliding mattress topper is not just embarrassing and irritating. It can also lead to many back problems, including back soreness and back pain.

And an estimated 8 out of 10 of the general population experience back pain at any point in their lives.

Suppose you struggle with back-related problems and have a mattress topper that keeps on sliding off or are really fed up with fixing your bed. In that case, these extra steps will help fully secure your mattress topper to your bed.

Here are several tips and tricks to keep and secure your mattress topper from sliding:

Use Tight-Fitted Sheets

If you don’t know what tight-fitted sheets are, these are bed sheets with garters and/or elastic straps that make them tightly attached to your bed.

Simply put, tight-fitted sheets hug your mattress topper and the mattress itself, so it secures them firmly. Think of tight-fitted sheets like burger buns, the mattress topper as the pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce, and the mattress as the beef patty—the buns hold them all together.

Pretty odd analogy, right? We assure you we’re not hungry, though.

The downside with tight-fitted sheets is that it’s not a foolproof way to secure your mattress topper. If you’re a restless sleeper who tosses and turns vigorously at night, your sheets will probably slip off.

If you’re concerned about the thickness of your bed when applying a tight-fitted sheet: make sure to have an extra pair of hands to help put your mattress sheet on. This helps stop the corners from coming away every time you pull.  

Consider Better Bed Frames

If you have the extra budget to invest in a much better bed frame, we suggest doing so.

If your bed frame is significantly larger than your mattress and mattress topper, your mattress will move more affecting your topper positioning.

If you’re wondering what a “better” is then it’s a bed frame the same exact size as your mattress and mattress topper.

To find a better bed frame, measure your mattress and mattress topper length, width, and thickness and search for bed frames that fit those measurements.         

Use Sheet Suspenders

Sheet suspenders use stretch bands (or garter) to ensure your sheet doesn’t wiggle around your bed too much.

They are applied to the edges of your bed, and it tucks underneath the mattress to complete that clean bed look.

How are they different from fitted sheets?

Sheet suspenders are NOT sheets. They are pieces of stretchy bands that go around the edges of your bed to secure it.

Sheet suspenders are suitable for restless sleepers, as well as combination sleepers. They are really tight and securely attached.

And if you happen to wonder what the price is, you can buy some for a few pounds (probably less than 10 pounds). It also attaches easily, so it’s a great and cheap hack to secure your topper from sliding.

Use Velcro Strips

Velcro is a piece of cloth-like tape that has two opposite sides that ‘stick’ to each other. We call velcro the “hook-and-loop fasteners”, as velcro is a brand name.

Once you stick them together, they are firmly attached, and you might need to use a little bit of force to peel one side away from the other

If you already have a better bed frame, sheet suspenders, or a tight sheet, using velcro strips to secure your mattress topper might be overkill.

Stitching is also required, and you might damage your mattress or mattress topper in the process. If you aren’t experienced with stitching, we suggest using other tips in this list as you risk voiding either your mattress’s or mattress topper’s warranty, or both if you poked a big hole or cut open the material.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Stitch the hook side of a velcro strip to the bottom of your mattress topper and place them near the edges.
  • Stitch the loop side of the velcro strap to your mattress and make it completely parallel to the hook side you just stitched to the bottom of your topper.
  • Position the mattress topper on the mattress and push down to stick the velcro strips together.

Try Non-Skid Mats

Non-skid or non-slip mats increase friction between two surfaces, and these are commonly used for bathrooms, kitchens, and other slippery areas.

The good thing is that you can use non-skid mats to prevent your mattress topper from sliding. You need to buy a few and place them underneath your mattress topper, and you’re good to go.

It won’t make a sound when you use it underneath your topper.

You can buy a good one(s) for less than £20. But you can go higher for larger ones that can cover the surface area of your bed.

Use Safety Pins

Safety pins are common in the clothing and fashion industry.

Using a safety pin to secure your mattress topper is an easy task. Use several large pins, about 5.5 centimeters in size (we’re talking about less than 6 or 7 pins), pin it through your mattress topper and mattress, and secure it by clasping it.

But do this carefully. Safety pins can damage your mattress topper and mattress if you’re not careful. It’s also wise to note that having them damaged might void your warranty, so always check your warranty/care instructions.

Try Out Duct Tape

Another trick is using mighty old duct tape. Before we discuss further, take note that if you don’t like seeing duct tape on your bed, this trick is not for you.

All you need to do for this trick is grab your duct tape, cut a few long pieces, and tape the edges of your mattress topper to the edge of your mattress.

Not a difficult thing to do, right?

Duct tape ruins your bed’s ‘clean’ look. We recommend using this as the last resort if you don’t have the budget for any workarounds.

However, suppose you already used a few of the tricks we’ve listed. In that case, there’s no need to try this out unless you really want a perfectly still, secured, and literal earthquake-resistant mattress topper.

Invest In a Non-Slip Mattress Topper

If you’ve tried everything, you only have two options:

  • Throw away your mattress topper
  • Pack it away to never be seen again

What a waste of money, right?

If you’re in need of a non-slip mattress topper then invest in a non-slip mattress topper.

Some mattress toppers come with elastic straps that secure your mattress topper from moving and wriggling too much. Some also have grip dots that increase friction between two surfaces, so your bed feels tight and secure.

To find a non-slip mattress topper, you just have to read fliers about the product and see if it comes with bands and straps that secure it from moving. You can also ask the salesperson to confirm the product is non-slip.

Use a Cotton Layer

Adding a cotton layer to your mattress topper will often do wonders if your mattress topper slips off repeatedly.

You can opt to buy tight-fitting cotton sheets and place them on both the mattress and the mattress topper. You can also buy a cotton mattress pad and put it in between the mattress and mattress topper.

Mattress toppers often skid away because of the smooth surface. Still, with cotton, friction is significantly increased, making your bed slip-resistant.

The non-skid mats and the cotton layer both have the same principles: they increase friction, leading to more grip and resistance to skidding and slipping.

If you’re looking to buy tight-fitting cotton sheets or cotton mattress pads, you can browse Amazon and order them.

Why Do Mattress Toppers Slide Off?

Mattress toppers slide off because of a variety of reasons. We’ll discuss them further down below:

Do Mattress Topper Thickness Influence Sliding?

Yes, thinner toppers are more prone to sliding than thicker ones. This is because of the weight of the mattress toppers.

Thinner mattress toppers are lighter and can be moved around easily. In contrast, thicker ones are heavier and more difficult to move around.

But it is great to note that thicker doesn’t mean immovable—your thicker mattress topper can still move around. Hence, it’s best to supplement with the tips we’ve covered above so you can stop it from sliding.

Do Mattress Topper Firmness or Softness Influence Sliding?

No, mattress topper firmness or softness doesn’t cause itself to slide off. Softness or firmness can actually cause YOU to slide off your bed.

Mattress toppers really slide off because of the lack of friction between the mattress and mattress topper surfaces. Firmness or softness doesn’t have something to do with surfaces, so rest assured that your soft mattress isn’t what causes it to slide off.

Although topper softness and firmness don’t influence sliding off, they can affect sleep quality as medium-firm beds significantly improve back pain.

Does Mattress Topper Material Have To Do With Sliding?

It depends. Different mattress topper covers can be so smooth that they’re more prone to sliding off than other covers. So if your mattress and mattress topper both have smooth surfaces, chances are, your topper will slide off.

If both your mattress and mattress topper have smooth surfaces, feel free to use the tips and tricks we’ve taught you just now.

Which Mattress Topper Types Are More Prone to Sliding?

Light mattress toppers such as down and feather and wool are prone to sliding off because of their weight. Denser toppers such as memory foam and latex are more challenging to be moved around as their weights secure their positions.

So if you want to have a mattress topper that is difficult to be moved around, invest in heavier ones or the ones with straps to secure them through.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Mattress Pads Help Secure Mattress Toppers?

No, pads don’t secure toppers. Pads are meant to adjust your bed’s comfort level, and it’s so light it can’t secure your topper.

But there’s a workaround. If you have a cotton mattress pad, put it between the mattress and mattress topper to increase friction and grip. We’ve taught this above (using a cotton layer).

Can You Put a Mattress Topper Under The Mattress?

No, toppers are meant to alter the feel of your mattress, so placing them under the mattress to prevent it from sliding off defeats the purpose of getting a mattress topper.

Mattress toppers are intended to be the top layer where you lie down, so you get to enjoy its benefits. Doing otherwise is just a waste of your money as your topper would only get damaged and dirtied.

Does a Mattress Topper Go Under a Mattress Protector?

Yes, toppers go under a mattress protector. Protectors are usually waterproof, so they can prevent staining on both the topper and the mattress.

A protector can also lightly secure the topper since they have garters or elastic straps.

Mattress protectors are also often made with a smooth material called polyester. Rest assured that slipping off won’t be a problem since garters and/or elastic straps secure themselves to the bed.

Do mattress protectors slide off?

They’re equipped with garters and straps to secure and fasten themselves into the bed.

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Max Stevens

Chief Editor here at The Sleep Checklist. Suffered from a seemingly infinite knot in my thoracic area (between the spine and shoulder blade) due to my lifelong side sleeping habits. With my girlfriend, we look to provide the most relevant and best mattress advice.