How To Keep Foam Cushions from Slipping on a Bed

The foam pad you've placed on your bed was supposed to add support and comfort. But now you've noticed it bunching at your feet and slipping sideways off the bed. If this is a problem you are facing, there are some things you can do to keep foam cushions from slipping off the bed. Follow these steps to find what works for you.

  1. Cut the foam to exact size. Before getting started make certain that the foam cushion fits the bed exactly. Without a good fit, the mattress will be likely to slide over an edge or you might tip over the edge when sleeping and roll off the bed. 
  2. Keep it clean. As dirt and body oils build up on the foam cushion it will become slippery. Just because you keep sheets on the bed doesn't mean that your body dirt doesn't seep through to the foam or mattress below. Keep everything clean by wiping down the foam cushion on both sides every time you wash your sheets. If you tend to get behind on your housekeeping, remember that your bed linens should be changed and washed every two weeks to one month. Some foam cushions can be laundered in the washing machine. Check the label to determine if this is the case with the cushion you have.
  3. Brush the foam back. Foam is often slick which is what allows it to slip and slide along your bed while you are tossing and turning. Change this surface by lightly brushing the back of the foam. This will create a slightly rough surface that is more likely to be slowed from movement by friction.
  4. Apply a slip resistant backing. If the foam still slips you might need to try another option. Purchase a slip resistant coating that can be applied to the foam. The backing is similar to contact paper in that it can be rolled open with a sticky side that adheres to the foam. The other side of the backing is rough or has little bumps that prevent it from slipping.
  5. Use Velcro. You might also try cutting strips of Velcro. Attach one side to the mattress and the other side to the back of the foam cushion. When you press the two pieces of Velcro together they will form a bond that keeps the cushion in place.
  6. Try a wedge or strap. If you don't want to deface the mattress with a slick foam back or the use of Velcro you might try to secure the cushion another way. Purchase straps similar to suspenders that attach to the corners of the cushion and wrap around the mattress below. Or consider small foam triangular wedges that can be placed between the mattress and cushion to hold the cushion in place.

It is easy to keep the foam cushion from slipping around on your bed. All you need is to follow these steps and you can sleep secure.


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