Most of us can only obtain a good night’s sleep in an absolutely silent room. However, there are occasions when we can’t go asleep because of the sounds around us. The worst case scenario is a squeaky bed, as it prevents restful sleep and makes the situation worse if we toss and turn in an attempt to silence the noises. What, though, is the source of the squeak and how may it be silenced?
How to Fix a Squeaky Bed
Finding the source of the noise is the first step in finding a DIY solution to a squeaky bed. The squeaking of a bed can be silenced by following these simple steps.
1. Identify the Source
The first step is to locate the source of the sounds. There are three primary components of a bed that could be making noise: the mattress, the box spring, and the bed frame or foundation.
If your mattress is entirely made of foam, the squeak must be originating from the base. Metal springs in innerspring and hybrid mattresses tend to make more noise. The mattress can be removed from an innerspring or hybrid bed and placed on the floor. You can test for noises by lying on it and moving around. The metal springs inside your mattress are likely the cause of the squeaking.
If the noise is coming from the mattress itself, you will probably need to get a new one. You may try contacting the manufacturer about a warranty, but it’s not likely that most warranties would cover this problem.
If you have a noisy box spring, the problem is probably with the metal coils inside. Getting a new box spring is the best option here. Many modern mattresses do not need a box spring and are actually damaged by them, so this is something to think about.
If your bed frame or foundation is the source of the noise, there are several do-it-yourself solutions you can attempt.
2. Tighten Joints
The majority of bed frames and foundations use metal bolts or screws connecting the various parts. Since these are often the cause of squeaking, focusing on them is a useful first step in eliminating the problem.
First, using a wrench or screwdriver, tighten all the screws and bolts that hold your bed’s frame together. Metal-on-metal connections are noisy, so you may want to use plastic washers to get a better fit.
Look for noises once more. Continue on to the next step if the issue is still present.
3. Lubricate Joints
Applying lubricant to metal bed frames, particularly frames containing metal bolts or screws, can improve their functionality. Applying a product like WD-40 to a joint is a quick and simple way to dampen vibrations and squeaks.
If the noise persists after you’ve tightened and lubricated the bed’s joints, it’s likely not coming from the bed itself.
4. Cushion the Frame
It’s not uncommon for a bed’s mattress and foundation to make a squeaking noise as they rub against one another. If this is the case, you may want to try placing some padding between your bed’s frame and mattress (or box spring).
Gather some thin fabric materials such as old socks, T-shirts, felt, or kitchen towels for this project. The mattress is then returned to the bed and the fabric is lined foundation or bed frame. This should lessen the noise and wear and tear.
If you follow these instructions, you should be able to locate the noise’s origin and eliminate it. Here are some additional troubleshooting steps to take if the noise persists:
- Put felt pads under the bed’s legs to muffle the frame’s impact with the floor.
- Make sure your bed is level with the floor to lessen the swaying. If necessary, you can level things out by placing extra padding under some legs.
- Put caster cups under the bed’s wheels to dampen noise and prevent it from moving around. In the alternative, you could always just take the wheels off and set the furniture on some pads.
- Locate the potential noise-causing wood-on-wood contact regions. Beeswax (or candle wax) can be applied gently to the region to be protected from further friction.
What Causes a Bed to Squeak?
The mattress, the box spring, the frame, or a combination of these can all be the source of that squeaking or other sounds. To pinpoint the problem’s origin, it’s best to put each part through its own battery of tests.
Older innerspring and hybrid mattresses tend to squeak more. The metal coils in these versions are the source of the clattering sounds they make when they begin to rub against each other after some use. Mattresses made entirely of latex or foam, on the other hand, will not squeak because there are no metal parts in them.
Like innerspring mattresses, box springs have hundreds of metal coils that can rub together, causing a squeaking sound over time. Squeaky beds require replacement of both the mattress and the box spring.
It is common knowledge that friction between bed frame and foundation parts is the root cause of annoying noise. It is possible for the box spring’s wooden sides to scrape against the sub-frame. It’s also possible that the frame components aren’t properly assembled, leading to excessive noise and wear at the joints.
Squeaking can also be caused by friction between the bed frame and the floor or walls, however this is a less likely explanation. A lack of padding between the mattress and the floor or an uneven base (such a shaky leg) are common causes of this problem.
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