Top 5 Ways To Keep A Mattress Pad From Bunching

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Is your mattress pad more bumpy than comfy? There are easy fixes that will get rid of this problem forever.

A mattress pad can be secured by adding pad straps or velcro strips. They can also be kept lump-free by pinning them down or using tightly fitted sheets. Non-skid mats are also a great way to prevent a mattress pad from bunching. 

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How To Keep A Mattress Pad From Bunching

When mattress pads were invented, sleep suddenly got a lot comfier. Not only do these thin layers of material hug the sleeper but they also protect the mattress. Indeed, a mattress pad is a great way to ensure a bed does not suffer from wear and tear over the years. However, these softies do have a nasty habit of bunching up and making sleep impossible. 

A few simple DIY tricks or adjustments can get rid of all the lumps. 

  1. Fasten the mattress pad with velcro.
  2. Use pad straps.
  3. Pin the pad.
  4. Try non-skid mats.
  5. Fold hospital corners or use fitted sheets.

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How To Fasten A Mattress Pad With Velcro

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Gather enough velcro, a sharp pair of scissors, and glue that is fabric-friendly. You don’t need the scissors if the velcro is already packaged in strips. 

The idea is to divide each strip and glue the corresponding halves on the mattress and mattress pad. In other words, the part with the tiny loops is placed on the mattress while the softer side is attached to the underside of the pad. Place several strips this way along the edge of the bed and you will have a velcro border that holds your pad in place. 

Make sure that you place the velcro in such a way that the pad is tightened to the point that it cannot bunch. 

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Use Pad Straps To Secure The Mattress Pad

Pad straps are a great option if you want to buy something off the shelf and fix the bunching problem with little effort. Pad straps are basically elastic bands that hold stuff down and in this case, they wrap around the mattress and the corners of the pad. This anchors the pad securely and tightly, eliminating those annoying lumps. 

That being said, it’s easy to make your own mattress pad straps. All you need are scissors and elastic bands. You can cut a good piece off the elastic band roll, loop it around the mattress and a corner of the pad before tying it down. Easy peasy.

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Pin The Pad Down 

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A rather unusual route to follow involves safety pins. Never use sewing pins as they can fall out and get picked up by small children or swallowed by pets. Use the safety pins that are traditionally used for old-school cloth nappies – you know the type. However, choose a large and strong safety pin to work with. Get a good number of them and simply pin the border of your mattress pad to the mattress. To avoid bunching, pin the pad so that it stays tight. 

Pro tip: There is a drawback to this method. Since it pierces the pad, there is always a chance that it could lead to damage – especially if there is a lot of movement. For instance, the movements of a fidgety sleeper might accidentally tear tiny holes in the mattress pad where the pins are located. 

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Try Non-Skid Carpets To Reduce Movement

Non-skid mats are not connected to your mattress or pad in any way. This makes it a great option for those who do not want to glue velcro or stick a hundred pins into their mattress pad. But how does the non-skid mat work to prevent bunching if it does not hold the mattress pad down in any way? 

Well, at the heart of the bunching problem is movement. A mattress pad does not bunch until you get on it or the dog romped around on your bed. Since the surface of these mats provides a good grip, the mattress pad cannot move so freely and therefore, it cannot bunch so much. 

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How Big Must The Non-Skid Mat Be To Work?

In order to work properly, it must cover the entire size of your mattress. Let’s say you have a double mattress. That means it needs to be the same size as the surface of your mattress. If you cannot find a piece like this, there are hardware stores or mattress stores that will cut a mat for you. Another option is to buy several smaller mats but while they can and do work, smaller mats are prone to movement themselves (which defeats their purpose in this case).

Use A Tight Sheet To Hold The Pad In Place

Do you want another option that won’t require glue or pins? How about your own bedding that is already probably on your bed? Indeed, a tightly tucked in sheet can keep a mattress pad from bunching up ever again. A fitted sheet is a good choice but does not always hug the bed tightly enough. We have all had those fitted sheets that barely gripped the corners and even crept up and into the bed at night. A better idea might be a flat sheet tucked in by hand. 

One of the best ways is to fold hospital corners. This technique is so effective that it is used by both the military and hospitals across the world. Not only does it look very neat but hospital corners also secures a flat sheet in place so that it does not rumple or move. By extension, any mattress pad located underneath a flat sheet folded with hospital corners will also not be able to move around or bunch. 

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A Quick Summary On How To Keep A Mattress Pad From Bunching

  • Mattress pads add an extra layer of comfort to a bed – but not when they bunch up and leave lumps all over the place!
  • Lumps can be avoided when a mattress pad is secured in a tight and flat position. 
  • This can be achieved with pad straps, velcro straps, safety pins, non-skid mats, and by folding hospital corners using a flat sheet. 

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About the Author Tom

My journey into the world of sleep came about through living in several properties over my lifetime and always seeming to have the worst luck with neighbors. All but one have been extremely noisy and very inconsiderate. What this made me realize early on, was that the little sleep my neighbors allowed me to get needed to be of great quality. So I started to learn all about sleep, and what helps people get the best quality sleep possible.