Rumpled, slipping king-size sheets are certain to ruin your sleep. However, it is possible to banish this annoyance forever by paying attention to fit, fabric and fasteners.

Fit and Mattress Size

Not all king beds are equal in size. The most common variation is that the California king, which is longer and narrower than the conventional king. If you don’t understand the size of the king mattress, measure its length, width and depth, and compare these measurements with the label information when you move sheet shopping.


Slippery fabrics like satin, silk and a few microfiber blends are naturally difficult to keep in place on the bed. Cotton, cotton blends and flannels that don’t own a shiny finish will likely hold more securely.


Sheet fasteners, also known as sheet straps or sheet suspenders, solve the slipping sheet issue permanently. These ingenious devices consist of a flexible elastic strap that goes under the bed and fastens to the sheet edge with a clip at each end. Sheet fasteners that come in packs of four are designed to fasten diagonally across every corner and match on any size bed. Fasteners that come in bundles of 2 are fit and longer upon the mattress on diagonal corners. Should you use the longer straps, then check the item information to be certain it will match your king mattress.

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