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Do You Need Special Sheets for Adjustable Beds?

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Oak Tree Team

12th September, 2023

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Adjustable beds, also known as electric beds, offer a unique and supportive sleeping surface for those who have mobility limitations and simply want a better night's sleep. An adjustable bed allows you to freely position your bed to your needs - this is done through the bed's very own built-in motor that helps you to recline certain areas of the bed as needed. The reclining and movement of the adjustable bed however, may also cause your sheet to shift around the bed, which can cause discomfort and sleep disruptions. Regular sheets naturally stay flat and tucked under the mattress, however - when you elevate your head or feet, the sheets can often bulk up in the middle and the edges slip off the corners. In this article, we will explore the question ‘do you need special sheets for adjustable beds?’ and what may be the best sheets to purchase for an adjustable bed.

What sheets are best for adjustable beds?

Adjustable beds can help you to create the perfect sleep sanctuary and help you to get the deep sleep you deserve. Adjustable beds are designed to move and adjust their position to provide comfort and support while sleeping or resting. Therefore, you may find yourself needing to buy sheets that have special features to keep them on the mattress as it moves with the adjustable base. So what sheets are best for adjustable beds? 

Fitted sheets with deep pockets

Fitted sheets with deep pockets stay in place on the mattress even if the bed moves. As adjustable beds often have thicker mattresses or may require extra fabric to accommodate movement, the elastic edges on the outskirts of deep-pocketed fitted sheets will help keep it in place. Therefore, you’re not constantly worried about straightening the sheet again every time you adjust your bed.

Fitted sheet with deep pocket

Sheet fasteners or straps

Sheet fasteners are stretchable bands with clips that keep the four corners of your sheet from lifting or popping off during the night. To use a sheet fastener accordingly, it's best to clip the straps across the adjustable bed mattress in a criss-cross pattern. Once they’re in place, it’s best to make sure they’re fitted in tightly to keep your sheets properly secured.

Sheet fastener

High quality elastic bands

When looking for the best sheets for your adjustable bed, it’s also important to consider sheets that have elastic bands in all four corners. The elastic bands will help keep your sheet securely fitted into place.

High quality elastic bands

Why are your sheets falling off your adjustable bed?

If you’re wondering ‘why are your sheets falling off your adjustable bed’, it may be because you’re without the sheets with deep pockets, high quality elastic bands or sheet straps mentioned previously. When your adjustable bed moves, the motion can cause your bed sheet to move out of place too. To address this issue, it’s important you have the right sheet size or have the right type of sheet for your bed. 

When should I replace my bed sheets?

Replacing your sheets every 2 to 3 years is recommended if you start to notice your sheets are fading and starting to thin. Naturally, sheets that are high quality last longer, so it’s best to avoid ones which are low quality.

How do I know my sheets are the right size?

To check if your sheets are the right size, follow these simple steps:

1. Measure your mattress to determine its size and depth.

2. Check the mattress size against standard sizes (e.g., Twin, Full, Queen, King).

3. Ensure the sheets' pocket depth matches your mattress thickness.

4. Test the fit of the fitted sheet on the mattress.

5. Check to see that the flat sheet covers the mattress adequately.

6. Check to see that your pillowcases fit your pillows properly.

Overall, to answer the question ‘do you need special sheets for adjustable beds?’, it’s clear that you’ll benefit more from investing in the right sheets for your adjustable bed. As previously mentioned, adjustable beds can provide you with the comfort you need - especially if you need help with your blood circulation, joint or back pain.

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