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How to Keep Sheets on an Adjustable Bed

How to Keep Sheets on an Adjustable Bed

Bedding Guides
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  • Adjustable bases offer improved sleep quality by facilitating a neutral sleeping position, aligning the spine, relieving pressure points, and addressing health issues like sleep apnea. While adjustable beds enhance long-term sleep health, the movement can make standard sheets frustrating.
  • Solutions include using fitted sheets with deep pockets, employing sheet fasteners or suspenders, opting for high-quality elastic corner bands, and considering adjustable bed top sheets.
  • The choice of sheets significantly impacts the benefits of an adjustable bed. Fabrics like bamboo, Tencel®, cotton, and microfiber offer various advantages. High thread count, moisture-wicking properties, and breathability are essential considerations.

An adjustable base can add quality and comfort to your time in a 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.

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 bed sheets on the mattress as the sheets on adjustable beds move 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 four corners of the mattress as the adjustable bed adjusts. One simple solution is to find fitted sheets with deep pockets or extra-deep pockets. Sheets with 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 similar to sheet suspenders and are another way to keep bed sheets on your adjustable bed. Sheet fasteners are two elastic bands, each with strong clasps to the elastic bands on both ends. They work by attaching one clasp with elastic bands to a corner pockets 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 fasteners are an excellent option for oversized flat sheets and incorrect sheet placement.

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 and similar to sheet fasteners, just longer and stretchier and can improve incorrect sheet placement.

High-Quality Elastic Corner Bands

Elastic bands (also called corner anchors) are a fourth way to keep your fitted sheets on your adjustable bed. Elastic bands sewn across the four corners of your fitted sheet anchor the sheet to your mattress giving it a tight and secure fit. These bands are made of durable elastic, usually 1.5 inches wide. If your fitted sheet doesn’t come with elastic bands, primarily about 1.5 inches wide, 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 adjustable 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 fitted sheets.

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 fitted 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 fitted sheets with at least a 300 thread count, however sheets come with higher thread counts. 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 sheets can be rather expensive, but they are often worth the extra money. The bamboo fibers are hypoallergenic and extremely strong, so these sheets should last you a long time. Plus, the fabric is typically gentle on the skin, excellent for sensitive sleepers.

They are also moisture-wicking, which makes them one of the best sheet sets for hot sleepers.


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 sheets

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 sheets are made of nylon or polyester fibers. This is an entirely synthetic material, making it quite affordable and one of the best fabrics for bed sheets. 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 when looking to buy sheets. With 18-inch corner pockets, the fitted sheets 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 sheets have high quality 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 this issue 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.


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, 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 oversized flat sheets for this size bed. Raise one side of the split bed as high as it can go, then stretch the fitted sheets 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.

Are special sheets required for adjustable beds?

Sheets with particular qualities are required to keep them on the mattress as it moves with the adjustable foundation. Fitted sheets with deep pockets, huge flat sheets attached with sheet straps, or suspenders beneath the mattress keep your sheets in place.

Can a headboard be used with an adjustable bed?

Yes, an adjustable bed may be used with a headboard and bed frame. Adjustable beds come in conventional sizes, allowing you to utilize them with a corresponding headboard or bed frame. If your bed frame includes slats, be sure to remove them so the adjustable bed can fit within it.


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.

Harrison Wall is Sleep Junkie’s business strategist and sleep analyst. He also authors posts on bedding and mattress accessories. Harrison regularly coordinates with new mattress companies and tests their products to determine what really helps you get better rest and have brighter mornings.