How to Purchase Vinyl Sheeting from a Fabric Store to Manage Bedwetting

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7-10-2016, 17:35
This article offers tips on how to select vinyl sheeting from a fabric store to manage bedwetting. Fabric stores carry vinyl sheeting on rolls in various thicknesses (known as gauges) and this vinyl is a very good choice to cover the mattress to protect it from bedwetting. Vinyl sheeting is also called plastic sheeting as vinyl is a type of plastic. Many people who have bedwetters in their family are looking for effective ways to protect the bed, and having the bed covered with plastic (along with having the bedwetter wear suitable protection) is the best way to ensure the bed stays dry.


  1. Find out what fabric stores there are in your area. One of the most popular fabric stores is Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. A Google or Yellow Pages search will turn up this information. If your area does not have a local fabric store, you can order the vinyl online.
  2. Call the store and ask them if they have rolls of vinyl in stock. Find out what gauges (gauge being the thickness of the vinyl) they have in stock and how much it is by the yard. The thicker the vinyl the more expensive; on the other hand thicker vinyl lasts longer.
  3. Know the size of the bed before you purchase the vinyl. Beds come in various ranges from twin all the way up to king.
  4. Make your purchase. Once you know all this information, you are ready to go to the store or call the store if you're ordering online and make the purchase.


  • The thicker the vinyl the more durable. Thinner vinyl covers tend to wear out after a while – it tears. This wear and tear can be caused by the person moving around in the bed every night, among other reasons.
  • Thicker plastic covers tend to make a “crinkling” or rustling sound when the person moves around. Some people may not be bothered by this, particularly deep sleepers. The first night the plastic sheet is used, take off the fitted mattress cover and lay the plastic directly on top of the mattress pad. Then put the fitted cover over the plastic. If the bedwetter complains about the rustling sound ask them to try sleeping with just the fitted cover over the plastic for a few weeks. If at that point the bedwetter is still disturbed by the rustling sound you can purchase a fitted mattress pad to put over the plastic as well. These can be bought at Walmart, Target, and other places.
  • One of the best choices for a bedwetting cover is 12 gauge because of its durability.
  • The frosted clear vinyl is a very good choice because it is easier to fold up. The regular clear vinyl tends to stick together making it harder to fold. Still, you can use the regular clear vinyl if that doesn't bother you.
  • One way to lay the the plastic on the bed is in the following manner – lay the plastic sheeting so it goes from the bottom edge of the pillows to an inch or two from the bottom edge of the bed. If you purchased a fitted mattress pad, this goes on next. Then cover it with the fitted mattress cover.
  • You may have issues with the fitted sheets coming off the plastic – the plastic can be slippery. If that's the case you can buy mattress straps from stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond to put under the bed. That should keep the fitted sheet from sliding off of the plastic.
  • Even though the bed is wrapped in plastic it's still a good idea for the bedwetter to wear some form of protection to bed. Pin-on style cloth diapers covered with a pair of plastic pants (also known as “rubber pants”) and disposable briefs (i.e. disposable tape tab style diapers) are very good choices for managing heavier forms of incontinence such as bedwetting. The wikiHow articles Choose Bedwetting Diapers for an Older Child or Teenager and Choose Pin on Cloth Diapers for Older Children and Teenagers With Bedwetting Problems discuss these options in greater detail. If the older child or teenager is reluctant to wear diapers to bed you can read the wikiHow article Encourage Older Children and Teenagers to Wear Diapers for Bedwetting for tips and strategies on how to motivate them to wear nighttime diapers. This article discusses the merits of wearing diapers to bed to manage the bedwetting as well as suggestions on how to make the child or teen feel less embarrassed about wearing a nighttime diaper. The use of diapers plus plastic sheeting offers the most effective way to manage the bedwetting.
  • If the bedwetter is a child or teenager and they frequently have friends over, it's a good idea to take the plastic off the bed before their friends come over. If the friend sits on the bed and notices the crinkling sound the plastic makes, it can be embarrassing for the child or teen who wets the bed.
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