How to Keep a Mattress Topper from Sliding

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Written by: Alex Savy
Read 6 minLast updated on February 12, 2023

So, you want to know how to keep a mattress topper from sliding?

Well, the easiest way is to put it under a fitted bed sheet that sits tightly.

Also, you can use safety pins, a Velcro tape, different kinds of straps, or even glue your mattress topper to the mattress (although I’d recommend that as a last resort only).

Let’s take a look at each of these ways step by step and see which one might work best for you.

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1. Place a Mattress Topper Under the Fitted Sheet

To keep a mattress topper in place with no real effort and additional tools, just install it on a bed under your fitted sheet. Here are the steps you need to take for that:

  • Find a fitted bed sheet that can accommodate the height of your mattress and the mattress pad combined.
  • Place your mattress topper on your mattress and allow it to expand to its full volume.
  • Cover the mattress and the pad with a fitted sheet and tightly tuck any excess material under the bottom of the mattress.

That’s it! In most cases, a fitted sheet can offer good grip to secure even a thick mattress topper. Yet, if your mattress is thick too, you may have a hard time finding a sheet with pockets deep enough to fit the combined height. If that’s your case, proceed to the next tip.

Also read: TOP 6 Best Mattress Toppers for Side Sleepers

2. Strap It

Strap It

Another effective method to keep a mattress topper from sliding is to use straps and bands. The possible options include:

  • straps that come with your bed sheets;
  • suspenders that you can find on some models of bed frames;
  • or, you might get creative and make DIY straps that will hold your mattress topper not only by its corners but also by the sides, so it will become totally immobile.

Basically, you just have to place your mattress pad in place and secure its every corner with straps. Then, place your bed sheet atop of it and sleep soundly.

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3. Secure It with Safety Pins

If you have a firm mattress topper — which is typically bouncier and more prone to wandering around the bed — you can use safety pins to secure it in place.

The steps are pretty straightforward, but be sure to consider the following:

  • Use larger safety pins. They’re usually thicker and more durable, so you won’t have to replace them every couple of days.
  • Place the pins with needles facing downwards. Thus, you won’t get hurt in case they accidentally open.
  • Use at least five pins per each side. This will ensure that the pins will hold your mattress pad tightly and won’t leave room for it to move.

And no, using safety pins won’t damage your mattress or void its warranty. If you follow the recommendations above, everything will be okay, and your mattress pad will be properly secured. 

Note that if your topper has no cover, though, the pins may damage it when penetrating the material, especially if you’re not trying to be too diligent.

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4. Use a Velcro Tape or Similar Items

This option is somewhat similar to the one with straps. A Velcro strip can offer you a really tight grip and will keep a mattress topper from sliding for a long time.

So, to use this method, you’ll need to do the following:

  • cut two pieces of Velcro strip  (the length depends on the width of your bed);
  • secure the loop side to your mattress across its width near the headboard (you can use small safety pins here);
  • secure the hook side of the Velcro to the bottom of your mattress topper so that it would face directly the loop side;
  • repeat the same near the footboard to ensure better grip.
  • stick the two sides together, making sure that they face each other evenly.

That’s all! Now, your mattress topper is secured.

However, if you don’t have Velcro tape, you can use some alternatives:

  • Rug tape. This dual-sided tape is quite sticky to secure your mattress pad.
  • Cotton or polyester sheet. Polyester and cotton are both tenacious fabrics, so they can compensate for the lack of grip if your mattress surface is too slippery. Simply cover your mattress with a bedsheet, then place a mattress topper and cover it with another sheet.
  • Anti-skid mat. These mats are made of soft rubber and can secure your mattress topper pretty tightly. Just place a mat between your mattress and a mattress pad, and the sliding problem will be solved.

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5. Try Duct Tape or Adhesives

Now, I need to make a disclaimer here:

It’s preferable to use both of these on older mattresses. Because both the duct tape and the adhesives may stain your mattress surface and hence, void your warranty.

Also, do not choose superglue or other harsh adhesives, as they may contain a lot of harmful chemicals. A regular fabric glue will work fine here.

If you go with the duct tape, simply place a mattress pad in place and wrap every corner of this construction as you’d normally do with bed straps.

If you use glue, coat your mattress with a thin layer and place the mattress topper above. Then, press it firmly for a couple of minutes (you can lie on the bed, for example).

Now, your mattress pad is secured and you can sleep soundly without worries.

So, which of these ways to solve the sliding issue seems the most effective to you? Share your thoughts below!

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6. Get a Non-Skid Mat

Such mats are typically made using rubber and have a textured surface. Thus, they can prevent the topper from sliding by increasing friction. Such non-skid mats can be found online or at stores that sell home accessories. 

Many of them are made larger to fit under rugs, so this option might be an excellent solution for a mattress topper. However, shoppers can also buy a few smaller non-skid mats and place them under each corner of the mattress topper.

7. Consider updating Your Bed Set-Up

Adding a headboard and a footboard can prevent the mattress topper from sliding. These two components can simply work as barriers. Plus, adding a headboard and a footboard can help readers spruce up their bedroom and make it look fresher and new.

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