Updated April 10, 2021Waking in the night to feel the mattress dangling off the edge of the frame or changing positions only to feel the mattress move with is annoying. An action as simple as sitting on the edge of the bed could push half the mattress off the box spring or bed frame. Instead of dealing with this inconvenience, we provide tips on how you can prevent a sliding mattress for a more comfortable night’s rest.What Causes a Mattress to SlideMattress sliding can be caused by several things— lack of friction between the mattress and the bed frame or box spring, missing rails due to the design of the bed frame, a wrong size frame, or an old mattress ready for replacing. Identifying the cause behind a sliding mattress can help you pinpoint the right solution.Lack of FrictionA lack of friction can cause even the best mattresses to slide, but dual-sided are the most common mattress type to experience this problem. These types of mattresses are encased in a smooth cover to provide a soft surface, no matter which side a person chooses to sleep on.Another reason for lack of friction between the mattress and the bed frame or box spring is that the mattress cover may not have a good grip on the bed frame. The material might be more textured on the bottom of the bed, but not enough to keep it in place.Missing RailsMost bed frames slightly rise above the slats on either side of the mattress to hold it in place— some bed frames lack this barrier, resulting in a sliding mattress. Other bed frames, like platform beds or metal frames, may lack a headboard or footboard to keep the bed centered on the foundation.Poor SupportMattress sliding could result from a too-large bed frame— extra space between the edges of the mattress and sides of the frame can increase skidding. Bed frames should match the standard size of the mattress.Old MattressOne reason for mattress sliding is the age of the bed. Over time, mattresses collect bodily fluids, dead skin, and dirt, all of which rest on the bottom of the mattress. If you’ve had your bed for 7 or more years, it might be time to purchase a new one.How to Stop Mattress MovementNow that you’ve identified the problem, it’s time to find the solution— this can be something as simple as adding a non-slip pad or Velcro strips to fill in the gaps between the mattress and the bed frame. Most of the solutions are cost-effective, but for more drastic measures, you may have to buy a new bed frame or a new mattress.Non-Slip Pad or Rubber MattingThe easiest way to prevent a mattress from sliding is by placing a non-slip pad or rubber matting between the mattress and the bed frame or box spring. Rubber matting is used as a shelf liner and to keep carpets and area rugs in place. Adding a pad or matting shouldn’t affect the feel of the mattress because it’s so thin.Measure the mattress first to correctly size the pad or matting. Padding and rubber matting can be bought in large sheets. If the pad is too big, it can easily be trimmed down with a pair of scissors. If you’re unable to find a large enough pad for a California king or king size mattress, place two smaller pads side by side.An alternative material you could use instead of a pad is a thin exercise mat, but this would only work for twin-size beds.Velcro StripsVelcro strips are a good way to hold a mattress in place. Simply remove the protective paper from the adhesive and place 4 to 6 medium “hook” Velcro strips under the mattress and the corresponding “loop” Velcro strips on top of the bed frame or box spring.You can also place one long strip of Velcro at the foot of the bed and another long strip of velcro at the head to hold the mattress in place.An alternative to Velcro strips is double-sided carpet tape. Simply apply it using the same method as Velcro strips. Double-sided carpet tape won’t be as stable or as long-lasting as Velcro, but it should prevent mattress skid.Bed FrameIf your bed frame is too large for the mattress there are two methods you can choose from to fix this. One solution is to purchase a new bed frame. Choose one that will fit better than the previous one, or purchase the right size bed to fit your current bed frame. Selecting a bed frame with a headboard and a footboard can also prevent mattress sliding.A second solution is to place wooden planks or small rolls of soft material like towels between the extra spaces. This solution is only temporary and may require frequent adjusting.Vacuum Under the MattressAs previously mentioned, your mattress may be sliding due to accumulating debris, skin, and dirt. If purchasing a new mattress is not within your means, the next best thing would be to vacuum the bottom of your mattress. Simply flip the mattress over, and using the upholstery brush attachment, vacuum the underside of the mattress.Before doing this, if you’d like to take it a step further and deodorize your mattress, simply sprinkle an even coating of baking soda and let it sit for a couple of hours. Afterward, using the upholstery brush attachment, vacuum up the baking soda. For added freshness, mix 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender, into the baking soda before evenly coating the sleep surface. This can be done on both sides of the mattress.Other Things to ConsiderAre box springs necessary?Depends on the mattress—memory foam and latex beds don’t need a box spring, but innersprings and hybrids might perform better with a box spring. Check with the manufacturer to make sure before purchasing a new bed.Does a mattress need a frame?A mattress doesn’t need a bed frame, but it might be a good idea if you prefer to keep your mattress and foundation off the floor.Can I put my bed on the floor?We don’t recommend putting your mattress on the floor because it can prevent air from flowing through, creating mold or mildew build-up. Also, damages like this can void your mattress warranty.How do I keep my adjustable bed from sliding?A common problem with adjustable beds is that they slide as the bed lifts up. To avoid this, look for beds with technology that ensures the mattress stays up against the wall so you’re not out of reach of your nightstand.Why does my mattress slide off the box spring?Your bed frame could be too big for your mattress. Most frames have a little bit of extra space to accommodate the mattress and box spring, but too much extra space can make the mattress slide off.ConclusionA sliding mattress may not seem like a big deal, but over time after you’ve adjusted the bed yet again, it can quickly become an arduous task. Instead of constantly dealing with the inconvenience, use one of our solutions to fix the problem once and for all. Something as simple as placing a non-slip pad between the mattress and the box spring or bed frame can save you from disrupted sleep.About the author Malik Karman“Professional sleeper” Malik Karman is a freelance writer for the eachnight blog. Over the years, Malik has read countless medical studies and explored hundreds of different bedding products in an effort to better understand what goes into a restorative night’s rest. Malik curates many of our “best mattress” guides to assist readers in the mattress buying process. Find more articles by Malik CommentsLeave a comment jimmy September 18, 2020 at 8:52 am Replysplit king adjustable beds can be velcroed together at the frame to keep them from sliding apart. split king mattresses can be stabilized with a strap from Bedbinders thru Amazon. cover this binder with a nice mattress protector to keep it out of sight. Walls! no more gap to swallow you between mattresses Leave a comment Cancel replyLeave a CommentYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name Email I agree to the Terms and Conditions of this website.