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How to Keep a Mattress from Sliding: Tips for a Secure and Comfortable Sleep

How to Keep a Mattress from Sliding: Tips for a Secure and Comfortable Sleep

Salman Qureshi |

A slipping mattress can be a frustrating experience that disrupts sleep and compromises comfort. However, with a few simple techniques and accessories, you can prevent your bed frames and mattress sets from sliding and ensure a stable and secure sleeping surface. In this blog post, we will explore practical tips and solutions to keep your mattress in place, allowing you to enjoy a restful and uninterrupted sleep night after night.

  • Non-Slip Mattress Pads or Grippers

One effective solution is to use non-slip mattress pads or grippers. These rubber or silicone pads are placed between the bed frames and mattress sets or foundations, providing friction and preventing movement. They are available in various sizes and can be easily trimmed to fit your specific mattress dimensions.

  • Velcro Strips

Using adhesive Velcro strips is another cost-effective method to secure your mattress. [1] One side of the Velcro strips is attached to the corresponding and the bottom of the bed frames and mattress sets, respectively. The interlocking Velcro will create a firm grip, preventing sliding or shifting during sleep.

  • Rubber Shelf Liner or Rug Grippers

Rubber shelf liners or rug grippers can be placed directly on the foundation of bed frames and mattress sets to create a slip-resistant surface. The textured rubber surface provides grip and stability, keeping the mattress in place.[2]  Trim the liner or grippers to match the size of your bed frame for optimal effectiveness.

  • Mattress Encasements with Non-Slip Base

Consider investing in a mattress encasement designed explicitly with a non-slip base. These encasements provide complete protection for your mattress while incorporating a secure bottom layer that prevents sliding. They also offer additional benefits such as waterproofing and dust mite resistance.

  • Adjustable Bed Straps:

If you have an adjustable bed frame, using adjustable bed straps can help keep the mattress securely in position.[3]  These straps wrap around the corners of the mattress and attach to the frame, holding it in place even when adjusting the bed's position.

  • Rubberized or Tacky Mat

Placing a rubberized or tacky mat directly on the bed frame or foundation creates friction and prevents mattress slippage. These mats are typically made of sticky materials that adhere to the mattress base, minimizing movement.

  • Bed Frame with Non-Slip Surface 

Consider investing in a bed frame or foundation that features a non-slip surface. Some bed frames come with built-in rubberized or textured surfaces that provide grip and prevent mattress movement.

  • Wall Brackets or Headboard Fasteners

If your bed is positioned against a wall, consider using wall brackets or headboard fasteners to secure the bed frame. These attachments connect the bed frame to the wall, minimizing any potential sideways movement.

  • Use a Box Spring

Pairing your mattress with a box spring can provide additional stability. The box spring helps absorb motion and minimizes the chances of the mattress sliding.

  • Secure Bed Skirt or Fitted Sheet

If you use a bed skirt or fitted sheet, ensure that it fits snugly around the mattress. Tuck it tightly under the mattress to create friction and prevent the sheet from shifting, which can contribute to mattress movement.

  • Carpet Grippers or Double-Sided Tape

If your bed is on a carpeted surface, carpet grippers or double-sided tape can be used to secure the bed frame. Attach the grippers or tape to the bottom of the bed frame's legs, ensuring they firmly grip the carpet and prevent sliding.

  • Check the Frame and Support System

Regularly inspect the bed frame and support system to ensure that all components are intact and properly connected. Loose or damaged parts can contribute to mattress movement, so tighten screws and bolts as necessary.[4]

  • Opt for a Mattress with Built-in Anti-Slip Features

Some mattresses come with built-in features designed to prevent sliding. These can include materials or patterns on the mattress base that enhance grip and stability.

  • Avoid Placing the Mattress on Slick Surfaces

Ensure that the surface on which the mattress rests is not slippery. Avoid placing the mattress on smooth floors or polished surfaces. Place a non-slip rug or mat between the floor and the mattress to enhance stability if needed.

  • Regular Maintenance

Regularly inspect and clean the area where the mattress rests to remove any debris, dust, or moisture that might contribute to sliding.[5]  A clean and dry surface improves grip and stability.


A sliding mattress can disrupt your sleep and lead to discomfort. By implementing the tips mentioned above, you can keep your mattress securely in place, ensuring a stable and comfortable sleeping environment. Whether you opt for non-slip mattress pads, Velcro strips, rubber shelf liners, or other solutions, taking proactive measures to prevent bed frames and mattress sets movement will enhance your sleep quality and provide you with the peaceful rest you deserve.


Q1. How do I make my mattress not slide?

A) To prevent the mattress from sliding, use non-slip or grip pads. Place a rubberized mat or shelf liner under the mattress. Velcro or adjustable straps can also be used. Attach rubberized feet or stoppers to the bed frame. 

Q2. Why does my mattress always slide down?

A) Your mattress may slide down due to insufficient friction, an improper fit with the bed frame, or mattress wear and tear. Improve stability by using non-slip pads, rubberized mats, or securing mechanisms to prevent sliding.

Q3. Can a mattress sit on a frame?

A) Yes, a mattress can sit on a frame. A frame provides support, stability, and proper alignment for the mattress, ensuring it remains flat and supported. It helps prevent sagging and extends the mattress's lifespan. Choose a frame that is compatible with your mattress to maximize its performance.

Q4. Why do I slide down the bed at night?

A) Sliding down the bed at night can be due to a lack of friction between your body and the mattress, an aging mattress losing firmness, or inadequate support from the bed frame. Consider using non-slip sheets, evaluating the condition of your mattress, and ensuring proper support to prevent sliding.

Q5. How do you keep a mattress in place on a bed frame?

A) To keep a mattress in place on a bed frame, try using a non-slip mattress pad, rubberized mat, Velcro or straps, or rubberized feet or stoppers. These methods increase friction and prevent sliding.