How To Keep Sheets On Bed: 10 Easy Hacks


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Tips To Keep Sheets On Your Bed

Do you wake up in the tangled mess of your bed sheets every morning? Is all your effort to keep a tightly made bed going in vain as the sheet keeps coming off of one corner or another and gets bunched up. Sheets constantly slipping not only looks unsightly, but also creates an uncomfortable sleep environment.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone, and the good thing is that it’s an easily solvable problem.

Many reasons can cause your sheets to lose grip, but don’t worry. We have some tips and tricks up our sleeve to help you keep those sheets in place all night long. Avoid waking in the middle of the night as your sheet comes undone or waking in a tangled mess of a sheet that won’t stay put.

So, read on to find out how to keep flat or fitted sheets on your bed.

How To Keep Bed Sheets Slipping Off the Bed

Here are 10 easy hacks to keep your sheets tight and in place:

1) Tuck top corners first: This may sound like an obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many times people don’t tuck their sheets in the right order. Start with the top corners (near the headrest or wall) and then proceed to the bottom corners. If you do the other way round, you may not have enough clearance when tucking the top corners, due to which the sheet may come loose or slip off easily.

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Sheet Suspenders

2) Sheet Suspender: Sheet suspenders are designed to keep fitted sheets slipping around and bunching up. These elastic suspenders go under the mattress and clip around the corners or sides of the sheet with gator clips, creating a tight hold. There’s a variety of sheet suspenders available on the market, from simple triangle-shaped ones that are attached to the corners to X shaped ones that connect diagonally.

Do note that some of the multi-point sheet suspenders may require you to lift the mattress, which can be a nuisance. That’s why I prefer the triangle-shaped sheet straps that connect at the corners and don’t require lifting the mattress. Since they’re small, they’re easy to handle and won’t likely twist or tangle when not attached. They’re also simple to attach and exceptionally affordable.

Sheet suspenders

3) Sheet Straps or huggers: Instead of gator clips used in suspenders, sheet huggers are essentially a giant rubber band that loops over the mattress and the sheet and holds the sheet in place. While it is an effective option, it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing as the strap is visible, and it can be cumbersome to place if making your bed alone.

4) Place a rough flat sheet under the fitted sheet: Another neat hack to keep sheets in place is to place a sheet made from coarser materials beneath the fitted sheet. Think of materials like flannel or cotton. The friction between the two sheets will give the top fitted sheet some extra grip and make it less likely to move around or slip off.

5) Non-Slip Rug Corners: Putting non-slip rug pads on all four corners beneath your flat or fitted sheets may give the extra traction to keep the sheet down and snug on the mattress.

You can also opt to add other materials that will increase the friction, like pieces of foam or old t-shirt cuttings.

6) Zippered Sheets: Zippered sheet, as the name implies, is a fitted sheet at the top zippered to a flat sheet underneath the mattress such that it completely envelops the bed. There is no risk of the sheet coming off as it is one complete piece. The zipper also makes it easier to put on and take off. The only drawback to zippered sheets is that they can be a little pricier than regular sheets.

Zippered sheets are quite a popular choice for kid’s beds and baby cots, as even if you have little hands grabbing at the fabric and tugging, they won’t be able to get these types of sheets off. This also helps in regards to keeping your little one safe.

7) Safety Pin: If you’re in a pinch but need some rest from the constant battle of fighting with your sheets, you can use safety pins to pin your sheets down. Be careful that there isn’t too much tension against the safety pins as this could cause the fabric to tear, though this may not be a large concern if you plan to replace them soon.

8) Binder Clips: Similar to the safety pins, you can use some binder clips to keep your fitted or flat sheet in place. Clip the sheet to the mattress at the corners or along the sides, and you should be good. This is a great temporary hack and does not hamper the fabric.

9) DIY repairs: If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can put your skills to the test by adding new elastic to your sheets. Instead of replacing the existing elastic, you can sew elastic bands across the corners, similar to the sheet suspenders method recommended above. You can also do a temporary repair in this fashion by utilising safety pins to keep the elastic in place. If this is your go-to, it’s best to use thicker elastic bands (about 2.5cm).

10) If nothing works, upgrade: If the problem with your sheets is a result of worn-out elastic, instead of struggling with a quick fix, consider upgrading to a new sheet set.

Why Won’t Your Sheets Stay On?

Age may be a common factor that prevents your sheets from fitting your mattress properly. Generally, you should look at replacing your sheets every 3 to 5 years.

Let’s look at some of the other reasons causing your bed sheet to come off the bed.

1) Friction

Friction is going to be a large component of keeping your sheets to stay on your mattress. If the materials of your mattress and sheets don’t mesh well, they’ll regularly slide across each other, and your sheets won’t be able to maintain a grip on your mattress. If you tend to be drawn toward slicker materials like silk, satin, and bamboo blends, keep in mind this might pose a problem when it comes to keeping your bed made as you drift off to sleep.

2) Worn Elastic

Fitted sheets manage to stay on your bed by using a snug elastic band to wrap around the corners and sides of your mattress. If this elastic gets worn out due to age or becomes damaged from overstretching, it can no longer provide the tension needed to keep your sheets from slipping off.

3) Wrong Size

Having too large or too small sheets can also contribute to them falling off in the middle of the night. If they’re too small, they very likely will not even be able to get over the edge of the mattress, but even if they do, it will likely be by a small margin. Like a rubber band pulled too taut, it will want to snap back to a more manageable position.

If your sheets are too large, the issue you will encounter is excess fabric, and even the elastic will be relatively useless as it will be too loose to remain fitted on your mattress. The excess fabric also creates a bit of a trap for your feet as you sleep at night, which can easily lead to your feet tangling in them and pulling them off the mattress as you toss and turn throughout the night.

4) Mismatched pocket depth

Along with the size, it’s crucial to find a set of fitted sheets that have a pocket depth that’s compatible with your mattress, or you will constantly be fighting to keep them in place.

Pocket depth is the measurement from the top of the mattress to the bottom of where the elastic is sewn in, and it should be close to one and half times the mattress thickness. If the pocket depth of your sheets doesn’t align with the depth of your mattress, the elastic will hug along the sides of the mattress instead of beneath it, which will cause it to roll up and come off. You can use our guide to help determine the pocket depth of your mattress and sheets.

4) Tucking Technique

It can be easily overlooked, but if your fitted sheet or flat sheet is being placed on your bed unevenly, they can quickly become undone. Positioning the sheets so the elastic can stretch down the side and go underneath the mattress will allow it to stay in position. This may be not easy to accomplish if your bed is in the corner pushed against two walls.

If the corners of the sheets aren’t aligned with the mattress’s corners, this will also be an issue. Even if you’re able to pull the sheet down over the edge when the corners aren’t aligned, you’ll likely have excess fabric, which can create a trap for your hands or feet while you snooze.

Wrapping Up

Apply these tips next time you struggle with your sheets that refuse to stay put while you sleep.

If you have any questions or want to share your tips on keeping sheets on your bed, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below!

Emma Bethany

Emma Bethany

Emma is a wellness writer who has shared her knowledge for over three years. Her Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes means Emma approaches each topic with compassion and gentle curiosity. She wants everyone to be as passionate about taking care of their body as she is. That’s why Emma believes investing in your sleep is an investment in yourself. She wants to create a loving space to learn self-care and build a beautiful bedtime routine to soothe the soul. She loves to discover new ways to enhance sleep and embraces a holistic lifestyle. She enjoys settling down in the evening with a good book and a cup of chamomile tea.


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