How to Keep a Mattress From Slipping Off Box Springs

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Full beds are sometimes called "doubles."

You can also buy the mats online if you can stand the slippery mattress for a few more nights until they can be shipped.


To avoid injury or damage, always get help when moving a king sized bed.

Mattresses and box springs that are made with satin covers can sometimes be slippery, causing the mattress to shift when sitting or laying down on it. The problem can be even worse with waterproof hospital covered beds. Since having a mattress slipping beneath is certainly not the ideal sleeping position, it is important to stop the mattress slip. Fortunately, doing so is as easy as a trip to the store.

Step 1

Determine the size of the mattress. Mattresses typically come in one of four sizes: twin, full, queen or king.

Step 2

Visit your local discount store and head to the area rugs section.

Step 3

Locate the non-slip rubber safety mats that are used for placement under area rugs.

Step 4

Select the right size rubber safety mat for your bed size. A twin size bed will need a 3-foot by 5-foot mat. A full and a queen will both require a 4-foot by 6-foot mat. For a king, purchase two 3-foot by 5-foot mats.

Step 5

Return home and remove the mattress from the box springs.

Step 6

For a twin, full, or queen-sized bed, center the mat so that the long edge is parallel with the long edge of the box spring. For a king-sized bed, place the mat centered side-by-side with the long side of the mat running parallel to the top of the mattress.


Faith Davies

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.