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Sheet Straps for a tight, immobile bottom sheet

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The Problem:
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night frustrated at your partner for ripping up the bottom sheet and making you sleep on the bare mattress? Well, chances are it's not his/her fault. Some sheets just don't fit as well as others. That was the case for me when I put on our "winter sheets" that were a little looser than our previous ones. Irritating, huh!?

The Solution:
The concept is simple; make the bottom of the sheets immobile. There are actual products that claim to do this, but for $15 I didn't feel it was worth it (yes, I'm that cheap!). Even still, no single product provided six points of contact. It was always just the corners. I find the sides to rise up just as much, if not more, than any of the corners. So I put a little bit of brainpower to it and, voila! Sheet Straps made from items laying around the house...well, almost.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies needed

All you really need is six hangars that have pressure-clasps. They aren't just spring-loaded clamps, but use a lever-based action to hold the two sides of the hangar together. It's important that these are the hangars used because any spring clamp is likely to pop open under the weight of the mattress. I found the wooden ones seen in these pics at Wal-Mart for less than $10. That was the only thing I bought, but any hangar with the same function will suffice. These just have a bigger surface area to grab onto.

Other items to have are some rope, twine, 20lbs. test fishing line, or whatever. A blade to cut it with and a lighter or matches to dress up the frayed ends, if you're using rope.

Step 2: Attach the hangars

Now you need to attach all 6 hangars to the four corners and the two longest sides. When attaching the corners just make sure that the handle of the hangar is pointing towards the center of the mattress. Same with the sides, but also center them up and make sure they are directly across from each other. Pretty easy.
goodnews2x9 months ago
and how do you keep the hold downs from moving under the mattress when sheets go into the wash??or do start all over with the tying down...
Garadin1 year ago
Bungee cords! The solid rubber ones are much sturdier than the nylon/latex bungee cords.
RugTamer1 year ago
Twist pins from Walmart. Or look for the ecomnomical 100-count pack at Amazon.
Just double the fabric where you insert them.
rbriganti2 years ago
There are bed sheets that actually stay on the mattress very tight on their own. www.drawstringsheet.com They use a drawstring and can be tightened from one point on the side of the mattress. No need for straps or suspenders or clips or anything. You just put thew bed sheet on and tighten it and you are done. They hold so well that you can pick up the mattress by the sheet.They also self adjust to any mattress thickness. It is also easy to know which is the side so that you know how they go on right away without putting the bed sheet on sideways by mistake.
codeboy4 years ago
 yeah, after trying a few of these products you mention for tight sheets, the only one that worked very well was sheet suspenders (www.sheetsuspenders.com).  Modeling after their product would work best if your looking for something more discrete.  They use actual suspender clips that hold very well... and hide better then giant wooden hangers.

Food for thought... Ill have to cut up some old suspenders and see... but dont use the giant garter type clips... they are terrible.
prissysmom5 years ago
I was having the same dilemma b/c the retail ones do not work that well and they look as if they came off my grannie's girdle ha ha. So I got a couple of gem (sp?) clips (from the office--the black ones). I clipped the offending areas to the edge of my mattress. I'll see how I do tonight. It's me, the dog and the cat in the bed, so it should work. I'll report on my progress tomorrow.
ironsmiter5 years ago
Absolutely brilliant! While I await a trip to the store...I am thinking 2 on the long sides, near the ends, and one in the middle of each short end, might work better? My mind isn't getting how the straight hangers are clamping the rounded sheet corners. Also, I highly recommend the Tautline Hitch for fastening the ropes. Once you get used to the adjustable, yet locking, knot... you'll wonder how you ever got stuff tied together without it :-)
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and on a completely different note, anyone know how to "comment" and put text after the images? or am i stuck always having all the images at the endof my comment?
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PKM ironsmiter5 years ago
I don't think you can- the images are separate from the text, like an Instructable step, so it's always going to be

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you have no idea how badly i needed this, great idea. I'm doing it tonight. period.
Great idea! For a quicker, not a taut or pretty solution, you could clamp higher up and just hook the hangers onto the bed frame.
brassmnkys (author) 5 years ago
My mind isn't getting how the straight hangers are clamping the rounded sheet corners.

-In step 3, you can see in the 3rd and 4th photo of all hangars attached and tied up. It works pretty well, even though it doesn't match up perfectly. Nothing will...even the small suspender straps.
hedgiehog5 years ago
hallelujah, just what i need!