How can I keep my sheets on my bed tight?

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I've tried all the commercial options and none work. Any DIYers out there come up with anything? I had tied fabric on the sides of the sheet and tied them together under my mattress but they rip off. Also tried clamps with string that worked great but too hard changing the sheets. Any idea welcome!
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  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 26, 2016
    I would say, "join the Marines' and they will teach you how to make square corners and bounce a quarter on it"... hehe. First it sounds liek your sheets are too small for the bed, make an upgrade to the next size for ample tucking purposes. But if you are using fitted bottom sheets (try using two), your top one should be tucked in deep and tight at bottom and at least half way up the sides, your top cover should be heavy enough to hold the top sheet down or be of the quality of fabric to cling to it and hold it down in place. You may consider doubling both sets of sheets and it may give you a more stable fit.

  • Robin Lueddeke Robin Lueddeke on Sep 26, 2016
    You can 'clamp' them underneath from one side to the other extending the clamp thing by attaching a few together. Yes, a pita changing the sheets, but it's one or the other. Also, buy oversized sheets that fit down to the box spring but only use it for the mattress! Hope this helps!

  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Sep 26, 2016
    Plastic sheet grippers. They slide on to the mattress trim piece to hold down the sheets. Used them for years for too large and too small sheets. Available on Ebay, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon and I'm sure other places.

    • Rita Border Rita Border on Feb 13, 2018
      This is what I use and they work GREAT. Just got a new mattress and it doesn’t have the ridge/binding that the gripper slides on to 😢. That is why I’m here looking for answer. I really hate rumpled sheets.

  • Francesca Francesca on Sep 26, 2016
    The plastic/ elasticated sheet grippers. Available as Linda said. I would caution you about buying sheets that are not made for your size of bed because if they're too big they'll ruffle up underneath you. It does sound like your sheets are too small though. Did the they maybe shrink in the wash?

  • Louise James Louise James on Sep 27, 2016
    A very firm mattress helps, too

  • MaryJane MaryJane on Sep 27, 2016
    My hubby always messed up the sheets on a bed. My solution. I purchased an ace bandage. Elastic banding. I sewed on a piece to each corner. An angled piece about 14" long and attached 1 end to the head side and the other end to the side of the sheet. Making a large angular band that laid between the mattress and box spring. So, each corner had a 3' wide band that went under the mattress at each corner. Hard to explain but it worked perfectly. Sorta like the garter elastic sheet holders but wide 3" x 14" and forever sewn so they could not unsnap or be to hard to secure nicely because sheets are not nylon and don't stretch like nylon which keep unsnaping. PS if your tossing and turning a lot you might want to test for sleep apnea.

  • MaryAnn McCollum McNees MaryAnn McCollum McNees on Sep 27, 2016
    I sewed 1" wide elastic across the corners, and the bed sheets stay nice and tight.

  • Carolyn Noyer Carolyn Noyer on Sep 27, 2016
    That's what I thought of too, sewing elastic straps on all 4 corners of the sheet. Of course like elastic does, it will wear out especially if put in a dryer

  • Jennifer Hagerty Jennifer Hagerty on Jan 16, 2019

    What I did for one of my top sheets was that I sewed each corner where my feet would be at. This helped keep the top sheet in place and to make it simple to make my bed in the mornings. I generally toss and turn in my sleep, and often would find my top sheet would come out of its hospital corner fold, it’s became a hassle and I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to fix the hospital corners. As for those fitted sheets, I used to sew on the elastic band to each corner to keep the sheets from sliding off the mattress. I love duvet covers as I can wash it on weekly basis and not worry about hospital corners, hence skipping the top sheet.