How to Keep Sheets on an Adjustable Bed

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An adjustable base can add quality and comfort to your time in bed by helping you find a neutral sleeping position every night. A neutral sleep posture keeps your spine straight, relieves pressure points, and helps with other health issues like sleep apnea and acid reflux.

While they are certainly a good investment in your long-term sleep health, some aspects of an adjustable bed can be frustrating. For instance, trying to keep your sheets on the mattress as the bed moves up and down is sometimes difficult on an adjustable bed. This article offers some solutions to this annoying problem.

Fitted Sheets with Deep Pockets

Standard fitted sheets tend to slide off the corners of the mattress as the bed adjusts. One simple solution is to find fitted sheets with deep or extra-deep pockets. Deep pockets are up to 15 inches deep, while extra deep pockets usually range from 16 to 22 inches deep.

Sheet Fasteners

Adjustable bed sheet fasteners are another way to keep sheets on your adjustable bed. These are two elastic bands, each with strong clasps on both ends. They work by attaching one clasp to a corner of your fitted sheet, then running it diagonally across the underside of your mattress. You do the same with the second band on the other two corners of the sheet.

Sheet Suspenders

Sheet suspenders are similar to sheet fasteners—the difference is how they are attached to the sheet. While sheet fasteners use one clasp at each end, suspenders use two clasps; this forms a “Y” at each corner of your mattress. They look exactly like clothing suspenders, just longer and stretchier.

High-Quality Elastic Corner Bands

Elastic bands (also called corner anchors) are a fourth way to keep your fitted sheet on your adjustable bed. Elastic bands sewn across the four corners of your fitted sheet anchor the sheet to your mattress. These bands are made of durable elastic, usually 1.5 inches wide. If your fitted sheet doesn’t come with elastic bands, you can always sew them on yourself.

Adjustable Bed Top Sheets

Top sheets don’t have as much trouble staying on adjustable bed frames, but over time they can become untucked as the bed moves. Some manufacturers address this issue with an extra-long top sheet. The length ensures the sheet stays securely tucked in. There are also top sheets that come sewn to the fitted sheet.

Best Fabrics for Sheets

While one type of fabric is not better suited for an adjustable bed frame than any other, buying high-quality sheets is still important. Using the right kind of sheets can regulate your body temperature and wick away moisture, helping you get your best sleep every night.

No matter what fabric you decide on, we recommend buying sheets with at least a 300 thread count. Thread count refers to how many horizontal and vertical threads there are per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the material. Below we outline the various types of sheet sets suited for an adjustable bed frame.

Bamboo

Bamboo sheets can be rather expensive, but they are often worth the extra money. They are moisture-wicking, which makes them one of the best sheet sets for hot sleepers. The bamboo fibers are hypoallergenic and extremely strong, so these sheets should last you a long time.

Tencel®

Tencel® sheets are made from the wood cellulose of eucalyptus trees. They are very moisture-wicking and have a cooling effect—which is good news if you tend to sleep hot. These sheets have a silky feel, making them comfortable for sleeping.

Tencel® is a semi-synthetic material made by taking eucalyptus cellulose and turning it into rayon fibers. This is a closed-loop process, meaning all the added solvents are used up in the production of the fibers; the end result is an eco-friendly material. These sheets are also hypoallergenic and a good fit for sleepers with sensitive skin. While Tencel® feels similar to cotton, but Tencel® tends to be more durable and won’t pill or fade with continuous washing.

Cotton

Cotton is a crisp material that wicks away moisture and keeps you cool while you sleep. These sheets can be quite affordable and easy to maintain because most are machine washable. Cotton sheets are also gentle on sensitive skin and soft to the touch—and they only get softer with every wash. When shopping for cotton sheets, we recommend those with a percale weave. Percale sheets have a smooth, crisp feel that is inviting and breathable, perfect for warm climates and hot summer months.

Microfiber

Microfiber sheets are made of nylon or polyester fibers. This is an entirely synthetic material, making it quite affordable. Microfiber is a thin, light fabric that lasts quite a while because its fibers are tightly woven. However, when choosing between cotton and microfiber sheets, cotton tends to be more breathable. So, if you are a hot sleeper, we would recommend looking for a different sheet material.

Amerisleep Percale Cotton Sheet Sets

Amerisleep Cotton Sheets

Amerisleep Percale Cotton Sheets are a great choice for adjustable beds. With 18-inch corner pockets, the fitted sheet stays firmly on your mattress as the adjustable frame moves. The cotton material has a 300 thread count and is breathable, moisture-wicking, and soft to the touch. They are available in split king sizes.

Amerisleep Tencel® Sheets

Amerisleep Tencel Sheets

Another great option for your adjustable bed are Amerisleep Tencel® Sheets. These sheets come with our patented Smarty-Bandzz® technology; this means the fitted sheet has elastic bands sewn all the way around the bottom border of the sheet. Thanks to our Smarty-Bandzz®, your sheet stays firmly on your adjustable bed. Our Tencel® Sheets are eco-friendly, soft, and moisture-wicking. These sheets are also available in split king sizes.

Benefits of an Adjustable Bed

The right sheets help your body stay dry and at a healthy temperature throughout the night. Getting a good set of sheets can really accentuate the health benefits and comfort of having an adjustable bed. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of an adjustable bed.

Reduces Back Pain

Lower back pain is often the result of bad posture, even when sleeping. Good sleep posture means your spine is straight and aligned with your neck and hips; in this position, your weight is evenly distributed across your entire body, minimizing pressure points. Adjustable beds make it easier to find a healthy and comfortable sleeping position.

Minimizes Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is what happens when stomach acid enters your esophagus. Sleeping at a slight incline helps with acid reflux because it encourages the stomach acid to stay in your stomach. With an adjustable bed, you can effortlessly elevate the head of your mattress.

Relieves Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea and snoring both have to do with whether or not your airways stay open. Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing for periods of time throughout the night. Snoring happens when either the back of your tongue or the loose tissues in your throat partially block your airways. While an adjustable bed can’t fix these conditions, it can help keep your airways clear by elevating your head.

FAQs

Is it bad to sleep at an incline?

Sleeping at an incline is good for you, as long as the incline is not too steep. A gradual incline encourages a healthy sleep posture, lessens acid reflux, and helps keep your airways clear. This position helps you get the deep sleep your body needs to heal.

How do you put sheets on a split king adjustable bed?

A split king mattress is two twin XL mattresses placed on the same bed frame. Therefore, you need two twin XL fitted sheets and one flat king sheet for this size bed. Raise one side of the split bed as high as it can go, then stretch the fitted sheet over the four corners of the bed. Once that’s done, lower it and do the same to the other side of the bed. Make sure both sides are completely lowered, then finish making the bed just like you would a normal king bed.

Is zero-gravity a good way to sleep?

A zero-gravity sleep position is a very healthy way to sleep. In this position, your weight is evenly distributed, there are no pressure points, and your spine is straight. This healthy position helps you sleep deeply, giving your body a chance to heal and get ready for the new day.

Can you use a regular mattress on an adjustable bed?

An innerspring mattress is the only kind of mattress you can’t use on an adjustable bed. Innersprings are too stiff to move with the adjustable frame and their metal coils usually end up breaking. Memory foam beds and hybrid mattresses are the best mattresses for an adjustable bed because they have enough flexibility to move with the frame.

Is a split king bigger than a king?

A split king is the same size as a king mattress; the main difference is a split king is two beds, both twin XL size (38 inches by 80 inches). Two of these mattresses are the same size as a king bed, which is 76 inches by 80 inches. King size bed accessories should fit your split king bed just fine.

What is the difference between a hospital bed and an adjustable bed?

Hospital beds are very utilitarian, while adjustable beds tend to be more luxurious. Hospital bed frames need to be easy to clean and use, so they don’t have any unnecessary bells and whistles. Modern adjustable bed frames look like normal bed frames and they often have features designed for your comfort and convenience. A few examples of this are the massage feature, built-in USB ports, and under-bed lighting.

Conclusion

Investing in an adjustable bed can contribute to your nightly health and comfort because it helps you sleep in a neutral position. Having the right sheets is a big part of getting a good night’s sleep—if you sleep hot, you need sheets that are breathable and moisture-wicking; if you sleep cold, you need sheets that are cozy and retain body heat.

Finding sheets able to stay on your adjustable bed isn’t too difficult. Even if your new sheets don’t have any built-in features to keep them on the adjustable frame, all you need to do is invest in either sheet suspenders or fasteners. The best sheets for you are made of whatever material agrees with your skin and body temperature.

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