How to Keep Your Sheets On The Bed


A well-made bed is one of the most comfortable feelings in the world. Unfortunately, this can be hard to achieve. It’s all too common for sheets to try and escape from the rest of the bed, and keeping them on can be a lot of hassle.

If you’re anything like me, you know all too well how frustrating it is to finally get a sheet over the last corner, only for a different corner to pop off immediately.

Luckily, this guide is going to help you with all your sheet-related frustrations. Simply use these easy tricks, and you can say goodbye to chasing after sheet corners.

Ready? Let’s get right into it!

How To Keep Sheets On Bed

There are several easy methods you can use to keep your sheets securely attached to your mattress. There are different types of sheets and each have their own tricks, so it’s important to establish what type of sheet you have first.

Flat sheets (also known as top sheets) are simply large, rectangular pieces of cloth that lie over the top of your mattress. Top sheets are the most likely to shift, as they aren’t attached to the mattress in any way.

Fitted sheets, meanwhile, have elasticated corners that stretch over the mattress to form a snug fit. These corners mean there is often less excess material than a flat sheet, but fitted sheets will shift less.

Deep fitted sheets follow very much the same premise as regular fitted sheets. However, they are designed for thicker mattresses, or if you’re having a topper over your mattress. This means that the elastic corners are much longer, and there is more excess material on the sides.

Flat Sheets

Flat sheets can be the hardest to keep secure. Nevertheless, there are a few ways to make sure they stay in place.

One of the easiest ways to stop your sheets from sliding is to tuck as much extra material under the mattress as possible. If your sheets are larger than the mattress, tuck the sides underneath. Try to get an even amount on each side so that one side doesn’t come out more easily. This method will only work if the sheets are big enough, and you’ll still have some sliding if the mattress moves at all.

You can also get elasticated bands that stretch across the top of the mattress. Most of the time it will just be one at the top and one at the bottom, but you may want to put a third band in the middle for some additional security. From there, lay your flat sheet over the top and secure it to the bands with an included clip or locking mechanism to stop your sheet from moving.

If you want a method that’s more discrete and out of the way, you can use some traction pads. These come in many different forms, and their purpose is to increase the amount of friction between the sheet and your mattress. Simply place one in each corner and lay your sheet on top. The pads will keep your sheet in place, and you don’t have to worry about bands making your bed uncomfortable.

A more secure method of keeping the mattress in place is with safety pins. Pinning the sheet to the mattress will make sure it doesn’t move. Make sure that the pins are on the sides of the mattress, and try to avoid leaving the pin exposed. As long as the pins are out of the way, you have a hassle-free and secure method of keeping your sheet on the bed.

Fitted Sheets

In general, fitted sheets are easier to keep in place than flat sheets due to their elasticated corners. This doesn’t mean they won’t move though, and you’ll still want to secure your fitted sheet. Here’s how to stop the corners popping up.

Suspenders are a similar method to bands but are more discreet and easier to set up. Some types of bed suspenders go beneath the entire mattress and attach to multiple parts of the sheet, pulling them into a central point. You can also get smaller suspenders that stretch across the corners and are easier to put on. These make sure your sheet won’t budge in the slightest, and you don’t have to worry about adjusting your sheet once it’s on.

You can also make simple suspenders easily yourself. Simply take a short length of elastic, and safety pin it across the corner. Do this on each corner, and you’ll have some extra grips that stretch beneath the corners of the mattress.

Safety pins can also be used to pin a sheet’s corners directly onto the mattress, similar to with a flat sheet. You only need to pin the corners, as these are the spots that would need securing normally.

You can use deep fitted sheets on a regular mattress. Like with a larger flat sheet, this will give you some extra material to tuck under your mattress, securing it with the mattress’ own weight.

Deep Fitted Sheets

Deep fitted sheets don’t really differ from regular fitted sheets. However, some thicker mattresses may shift more if they are made of a softer, more flexible material.

You can use bands or suspenders underneath the mattress if the sides will go all the way down. As previously mentioned, using suspenders that connect the whole sheet beneath the mattress is one of the most secure methods, and this goes for deep fitted sheets as well. Having the sheet attached to a single central point beneath the mattress means that it’s hard to move it even on a softer mattress. 

Bands are also a good method for deep fitted sheets; however, it’s important to remember that these should be pulled tight to stay secure. Thicker mattresses will need longer stretches of elastic, so make sure you consider this beforehand.

Final Thoughts

There isn’t a single best method you can use, and it mostly depends on what works best for you. Whichever trick you choose, you’ll never have to worry about shifting sheets again!

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