This post was most recently updated on June 6th, 2021
Are you one of the millions of Americans that struggle to keep the fitted sheet securely in place? Did you know that 67% of people in the U.S. struggle with this issue daily?
Ok, so we totally made up that statistic. But it sounds like it could be true right?
In any case, the struggle is real when it comes to taming your fitted sheet. Between your social life, and the tossing and turning throughout the night, most fitted sheets are clinging to the edge of the mattress by morning.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are two of our favorite accessories that you can use to keep your fitted sheet snugly in place, night after night!
SheetLock Bed Sheet Fastener Set
The SheetLock Bed Sheet Fastener Set is our favorite fitted sheet accessory. It’s the easiest to use and provides the best results.
The benefit of the SheetLock fitted sheet fastener set is that you set it up one time, and then you can use it even when you change your sheets – without any lifting. It provides permanent results, with just the initial installation.
Here’s how it works:
You get two straps per package. Place each strap around the opposite sides of the bed – one at the head, one at the foot of the bed. They are elastic bands and will fit securely around the mattress.
Put your fitted sheet on your mattress like you normally would. Make sure all of the corners are securely in place.
Snap the SheetLock buttons in place, and you’re done. The buttons snap in place, and keep your fitted sheet tightly in place, no matter how much you toss and turn.
Pros and cons:
- Permanent results
- Easy to install
- 1-time installation
- Works on all types of mattresses, even adjustable beds
- Requires the mattress to be lifted more than regular fitted sheet bands
- The fitted sheet tends to wear around the buttons after a few years of use
- The buttons show from the outside
While you will have to lift each end of the mattress is a bit more than if you were just using traditional fitted sheet bands, this system is permanent, and does not require a fresh re-installation every time you change your sheets. Just snap the buttons in place, and you’re done.
If you do go with this set, we have two tips for you to get the most out of it:
1.) Position the buttons towards the bottom edge of the mattress. They hold much better that way then when placed towards the top half of the mattress.
2.) Every so often, pull the bands an inch forward, or back. This will prevent the buttons from wearing your sheets in the same place.
With that said, let’s look at the other fitted sheet accessory that we like:
BedBand Bed Sheet Holder
The BedBand Bed Sheet Holder set is our second favorite fitted sheet holding accessory.
While it isn’t permanent like the SheetLock system, and does need to be re-installed every time you change your sheets, it is a breeze to set up and works much better than traditional fitted sheet fasteners. The part that grabs onto your sheet locks into place, and does not let go!
Here’s how this system works:
Place your fitted sheet on your bed like you normally would. Fold the corner of the sheet back, and place each clip on opposite ends of the corner.
Press down on the clips to lock them in place.
Place the sheet back over the mattress. Keep the clips out for now; don’t tuck them in just yet.
There is a tensioner in the middle of each clip set. Press the button, and pull the tensioner until the sheet is snug. Then tuck the clip set under the corner.
Repeat steps 1-3 for the other corners of the bed.
That’s it. Installing the BedBand set will take a few minutes, but it will hold your fitted sheet in place more effectively than regular clips.
Pros and cons
- The clips lock into place, and won’t let go
- Quick and easy installation
- Tensioners will hold the sheet tightly in place – even ill-fitting sheets
- The bands don’t show from the outside
- Needs to be installed every time you change the sheets
- Installation requires a bit more work
This set is quick and easy to install each time and flat-out works. It keeps your fitted sheet securely in place. If you prefer for the accessory to be out of sight, this set is for you.
SheetLock vs The BedBand system
Now that we’ve broken down how each set works, and the respective pros and cons, let’s take a brief look at which system is better by comparing the two.
They both work. Both sets have been proven to hold your sheet in place, regardless of how much abuse they take.
Both sets are fairly inexpensive
Ease of use:
While both systems require slightly more work than traditional alligator clip fasteners, neither is a pain to install. The SheetLock system does have the advantage of having most of its work done during the initial installation.
The BedBand system wins this one – but only by default. The SheetLock system isn’t necessarily ugly. It’s just that you have 4 buttons sticking out on each side of the mattress. For some people, this may be an issue.
Both systems are extremely effective, and inexpensive. We would ultimately recommend the SheetLock system because of its ease of use – install one time, and then just snap the buttons in place later. But if the appearance of buttons bothers you, you will most likely be just as satisfied with the BedBand system.
Some final thoughts
The two products above should remedy most of your fitted sheet concerns. You will no longer have a sloppy bed in the morning.
Even so, here are some tips to keep your bed looking clean and tidy, regardless of whether or not you use an accessory:
Use a fitted sheet with the proper depth for your mattress
An extra deep fitted sheet might sound like a good thing, but it will be too big for your mattress if your mattress isn’t really extra deep.
Conversely, if your mattress is extra-deep, or if you use a mattress topper or pad, then measure the depth of your mattress, and purchase a sheet accordingly.
Use a fitted sheet with elastic all around
Fitted sheets with elastic only around the corners are notorious for riding up. They do a very poor job of keeping tension all around your mattress.
Replace your sheet when the elastic comes apart
Like rubber bands, the elastic around the sheet breaks down over time, and will not hold as well after a few years.