Mattress pads are really helpful as they can either help you achieve the perfect firmness on your mattress or softness instead of having to buy a new mattress as this can be expensive. However, the problem comes in if they can’t stay in place. Most people complain about their mattress pads sliding to the bottom of the bed as they sleep or moving to either side as they get in and out of bed. This can be really annoying to appoint where you consider getting rid of them because readjusting them to sit properly on the mattress could be time-consuming especially because you have to undo the entire bed.

Luckily, there are some helpful tips that can help you keep the mattress pad from sliding and save you all the frustrations of waking up to your mattress pad near the bottom of your bed. Feel free to try different tips to see which works best for you.

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#1 Non-Skid Mats

Well, maybe you use non-skid mats under your area rugs or maybe in your shower to prevent slipping as you take a shower and have never thought that maybe they can be the best solution to keep your mattress pad from sliding. Most people who use the non-skid mats say that they work like a charm and they are easy to use as there is no much physical work involved. They especially perform exemplary when used on a latex or memory foam mattress. All you do is slide them between the mattress pad and the mattress, and you will have solved this annoying problem.

#2 Sheet suspenders/straps

Sheet suspenders make another great way of keeping your mattress pad from sliding as they give it no room to move. Some people try to keep the pad in place by using tightly fitted sheets, but this only seems to work for some time, but after some few hours, the pad starts sliding especially if you move a lot in your bed. With sheet suspenders/straps you will be able to not only keep the sheet well on the mattress, but also the mattress pad remains in place. However, you have to ensure that the sheet straps are applied tight enough. Most people refer to them as the suspender-type thingies, but they swear by them when it comes to holding the mattress pads down.

#3 Duct tape

If you have used duct tape before then, you already know that it can hold just anything together. For this case, a duct tape might not make the best option, but it does what it is supposed to do, keep the mattress pad from sliding. The best way to go about it is to tape the corners, or the edges of the pad to the mattress then use a tightly fitted sheet as well. You can also use a spray adhesive that’s available at the craft and photo stores if you think it’s easier to use. However, only use spray adhesive if the mattress is yours because it leaves some marks on the mattress once you remove the mattress pad.

#4 Cotton or cotton/poly blend pad

Most of the times the mattress pads slide off the mattress because mattress surfaces are too slick. Thus, adding just a simple cotton or cotton/poly blend pad on the mattress to ensure that the pad is not against the slick surface of the mattress can help.

Alternatively, put a fitted sheet on the mattress then place the mattress pad and another fitted sheet after the pad. This ensures that the pad is not in direct contact with the slick surface of the mattress and the top fitted sheet secures the pad more to the mattress.

#5 Adhesive Velcro tape/strips

Well, if you are a do-it-yourself person then here is a task that might excite you. If you have been searching on how to keep your mattress pad from sliding, Velcro might be all you need. First, attach Velcro on your mattress pad where the parallel side should face the bed. Again, ensure that the sharp side of the Velcro matches the soft side when positioning the pad on the bed.

Alternatively, attach the Velcro to the corners of your bed and go around the pad and the mattress, just as you would with bed garters. The advantage of using Velcro is that it is more secure and it is less likely to loosen up with time. Some people also use carpet tapes too, and they say they work just as well so feel free to try whichever you have available.

#6 Footboard

First, if you don’t mind adding a footboard on your bed, then this could help in keeping the mattress pad from sliding. However, this will only work if your footboard is long enough and if the mattress pad touches both sides of the headboard and the footboard. Some people do not like the idea of having a footboard and if you are among them, read on for more tips. And, a footboard might not help with the side to side sliding as you get in and out of bed.

#7 Use Safety Pins!

I know this sounds like a bad if not a dangerous idea but most people have used it and it works. And, the pins do not shred the mattress pad or rip your mattress. However, you have to do it right for your pad to stay in place without causing any damages. First, you have to use enough pins, at least five on each side, to distribute the pressure. And, if your bed is large, you should use more safety pins and also go for the large ones. The best part is, it is the cheapest method of keeping your mattress pad from sliding, and it’s not time-consuming.


With these tips, you will be able to keep your mattress pad or mattress topper from sliding, and you will have a peaceful night without having to wake up in the middle of the night to adjust it. There are also some mattress pads that come with their own straps to help keep them secure on the mattress, so if you will be shopping for another pad in the future, you can look for them.