How to Keep Fitted Sheets on Your Bed

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    There’s nothing quite like sleeping on clean sheets, that is, if they stay on the bed. If you’ve ever woken up to a sheet corner slipping off the mattress, you’re not alone. Tossing and turning in your sleep can increase the chance that your sheets will slide off your bed’s edges. But really, the only time you should have to worry about how to keep fitted sheets on the bed is when you’re making your bed after washing the sheets.

    So, how can you solve this problem? If you think the only way is to change your sleeping habits, then keep reading. It turns out there’s quite a few other practical ways to keep your fitted sheets on your bed. Check out the tips below to save yourself from having to re-make your bed each morning.

    Check to See if You Need New Sheets

    If you’ve had your sheets for a long time, chances are you may need to replace them. One reason your sheets may be slipping off the sides of your bed is that they’ve shrunk or lost their shape completely. Even worse, if your sheets have tears in them, it’s definitely time to make a trip to the store for a new set.

    The material of your sheets might have an effect on whether or not they are sliding off your bed at night, too. The smoother and silkier the sheets, the more likely they’ll have a difficult time staying in place.

    Wash and Dry at the Right Temperature

    If you have new sheets, but you realized they’ve somehow shrunk, it may have something to do with how you’re washing them. Some washing machines include a bedding setting with automated temperature and time settings so you don’t have to worry about what to adjust your wash cycle to. Not all sheets will work with the designated bed setting, though.

    Before you throw your bedding into the wash, check the tags on your sheets and look for washing instructions. Some tags may suggest to wash the sheets on a gentle cycle or dry them with a low-heat setting to reduce the chances of pilling or shrinking. The safest bet is to wash them based on the instructions on the tags. As far as how often to wash your bedding? Most experts suggest washing your sheets once per week.

    Buy Sheets with Deep Pockets

    One of the easiest ways to keep fitted sheets on your bed is to buy sheets with deep pockets. This is especially true if you sleep on a thick mattress

    If you just bought a new mattress, make sure you know its height when you go out to buy new bed sheets. Deep-pocketed sheets will come with extra fabric and usually fit mattresses that reach 15 or more inches high. The packaging your sheets come with should state their dimensions to make the buying process a bit easier.

    Check for Elastic Straps on the Corners

    Some fitted sheets come with elastic bands at the corners to make making the bed an easier process. You’ll notice the bands fit on the underside of your mattress to hold the fitted sheets in place. If your sheets don’t have an elastic band, you can purchase sheet suspenders, which basically do the same thing the elastic bands do.

    Don’t want to buy mattress suspenders? No worries. Another quick tip to keep your sheets in place: place a tiny piece of velcro on each corner underneath your mattress. Fit it so that it reaches the edges of the fitted sheets, and before you know it, you’ll have a new way of holding your sheets in place.

    Buy a Mattress Protector

    If you don’t already have a mattress protector on your bed, you may want to buy one. A mattress protector adds an extra layer to your mattress to prevent stains, liquid and even bed bugs from reaching your mattress. It can also add a tiny bit of height to your bed and padding that can keep your sheets in place.

    If you sleep with silky sheets, then you know how easy it is for them to slide off the edges. A cotton mattress protector can easily combat that problem. For sleepers who prefer soft mattresses, some mattress protectors come with extra padding.


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