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4 Solutions for the Gap Between your Mattress and Headboard

4 Solutions for the Gap Between your Mattress and Headboard

The pesky gap between your mattress and headboard can cause a lot of disturbance and discomfort after you lose your pillows for the umpteenth time. If you’ve ever had to get up in the middle of the night just to reclaim pillows that were stuck in the gap, you know just how annoying these disruptions to a good night’s sleep are.

On top of that, these gaps can be a health hazard to your children, as they might get their necks or legs stuck inside these gaps with dire consequences. Whether these gaps are due to a small mattress on a large bedframe or adjustment issues, we will help you plug the gap and have a good night’s sleep in this article.

The gap between Mattress and Headboard

The gap between a mattress and a headboard is not always a design flaw, as a small gap makes it easier for you to change their sheets.

While this gap is an intentional part of bed design, it can be really annoying if you sleep close to the headboard and lose your pillows to the gap. If you are using a bedframe with this gap built in, then you are generally stuck with it, but you can use tools like bed frame gap fillers to prevent your pillows falling victim to this design quirk.

Ways to Fix your Bed Frame Gap

If your bedframe has a gap between the mattress and headboard built in, then your options are limited, though you can use gap fillers or gap eliminators. There are many pre-made gap fillers on the market, but you can always improvise a filler of your own, which we discuss below:

1.       Wedge or Mattress Extender

Using a wedge pillow is the best solution for those pesky gaps between your mattress and headboard, especially if you sleep too close to the headboard, as it completely blocks the gap. Just like the name implies, a wedge is a long, angular piece of foam that is designed to perfectly plug this gap. Pillow wedges come in a variety of different sizes and shapes to suit twin-size headboards or super king size headboards alike, so don’t despair.

Mattress extenders are similar in function to wedges, as they fill the gap with cushioning foam that supports you like a mattress. You can either place these foam extenders between your mattress and headboard or your mattress and footboard.

2.       Fill the Gap with Pad

Another great way of hiding small gaps is to use upholstered headboard padding, as it will make your headboard look sleek and modern whilst hiding that annoying crack. These pads are normally built into the headboards and provide support to the pillows, so this solution best suited to small gaps. However, padding should not be used on your children’s beds, as it does not fill the gap and your children can still get their hands or feet stuck inside the space.

3.       Use Wooden Boards

If you know your way around a saw and sander, then you could always go the DIY route and use wooden boards to fill the gap: Measure the size of your headboard and the height of your mattress, taking special notice of the gap between. Cut out boards of the same size, making sure they fill the width with the gap perfectly, then push the mattress fully to the headboard and place these boards inside the gap.

4.       Adjustable base

If you’re willing to make a serious investment in your bed, then we recommend you get an adjustable base for your bed, as it solves the gap problem and adds functionality. These adjustable basses are power-operated base that can be adjusted in a wide variety of ways, allowing you to elevate your head, feet and side however you wish.

5. Get Rid of the Headboard

If all these solutions sound like a lot of fuss, you could always get rid of your headboard altogether: After all, headboards aren’t mandatory and you could always push your bed to the wall. Alternatively, try hanging a tapestry behind your bed for aesthetics, or use a wooden board or folding screen as an alternative to your headboard.

Ways to Fix Your Mattress and Headboard Gap

You may be using a mattress that is a different size to your bed frame without realizing it: Queen-size mattresses won’t fit well with super king size headboards or bed frames, causing your mattress to slide and move because of the extra space on the base of your bed. You can’t solve this problem just by using a filler between the headboard and mattress, so you may need to buy a new mattress or frame is this is the case.:

Change your Mattress

If your mattress is too big or too small for your bedframe, then replacing it might be the best way to get rid of that pesky headboard gap. Make sure you know the exact size of your bed frame and buy a mattress of matching size to avoid any kind of gaps.

Change Your Bed Frame

If your bedframe is looking a little tired but your mattress is still going strong, you should consider replacing your bedframe with a newer (or at least better sized) model: Choose a bed frame that will fit your mattress perfectly, and make sure you pick one that supports the mattress from all sides to prevent the mattress from sliding around.

Replace your Headboard

If your headboard is separate to your bedframe, than it may not be a perfect fit, creating weird gaps between the headboard, bedframe and mattress. Headboards should be the same size as your bedframe and mattress, so consider replacing your headboard if it’s not a good fit for the rest of your bed.

Space between your Mattress and Headboard

If your mattress isn’t properly supported or secured by the bedframe, it may move during the night, resulting in pesky gaps that your pillows may get stuck in. Fortunately, using rubber or yoga mats between the mattress and frame will help to prevent unwanted movement, as will non-slip mattress pads, which can easily be bought online.

Ways to Fix Your Bed Frame

If your mattress and bed frame are the same size, then there’s a high chance that your bed frame needs a quick fix. Fortunately, there are some simple adjustments you can do to eliminate the gap between your mattress and headboard, including:

Push Your Mattress Closer to the Headboard

If the gap between the mattress and headboard is larger than it should be, try pushing your mattress closer to the headboard. This will make the gap smaller, preventing pillows and other things from getting in it, so remember to push your mattress back every time if it slides off.

Remove Any Obstructions

If your mattress is not touching the headboard even after you try to push and slide it, there may be something in the way. If you suspect an obstruction, remove the mattress, clear the area between mattress and headboard, then replace the mattress and push it into place to get rid of the gap.

Adjust Your Boxspring

If you’re using a box spring to support your mattress, then this is one more thing that could be causing the gap between mattress and headboard if it is off-center. If you suspect your box-spring, remove the mattress then push your box-spring to the end of the bed and replace your mattress on top.

Adjust the Bed Frame

If you’ve tried everything else, then maybe the problem lies with your bed frame: Make sure that your bed frame is properly aligned with your headboard by removing your box spring (if using) and mattress then positioning it flush with the headboard.

Bottom Line

The gaps between the mattresses and headboards can be due to many reasons, so you may need to exhaust all the possibilities to find the root cause, though the fix is usually simple. However, prevention is the best cure so you should try to get a mattress that snugly fits your bedframe or use fillers to plug any unavoidable gaps.

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