How to Stop a Wooden Bed from Squeaking?

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If you have slept on a squeaky bed, you do understand how the noise can interfere with the vital process of sleeping. A bad night slumber is unhealthy and a hindrance to a quality life. The good thing, you can sort the problem cheaply without buying a new bed. Here are some possible sources of noise and their fixes.

The first step in fixing a noisy be is to pinpoint the source of the noise. Several parts could fall culprits including the screws, bolts, your mattress, the box spring, and the wood of your bed. You will use an elimination process to narrow down to the area that requires fixing. This implies you will have to separate the various constituents of your bed and check them individually. During the inspection procedure, listen keenly for any noise and from where it is emanating.

1. Start with the mattress

Mattresses hardly produce squeaky noises except for the spring and hybrid types that have aging coils. Take your mattress off your bed, lay it down on the floor and roll around it. Do this over the whole surface of your mattress. Your kids can do a pretty job here; let them jump all over your mattress. If your mattress is the culprit, you can replace provided it is still under warranty. If the warranty is out of date, you will need to replace the mattress. If the mattress is okay, proceed to check the box spring.

Possible Fixes

  • Rotate the mattress

Sounds simple, but yes this may be all that you need to deal with a squeaky mattress. Often, the parts that take the most pressure from your body tend to weaken and become squeaky when you turn during your sleep. Rotate your mattress such that the head side turns to the feet side of your bed. Flipping and rotating your mattress will change the pressure points.

  • Support the squeaking parts

Another quick fix entails placing a hard object such as a book directly under the exact spot producing the noise.

  • Replace the mattress

If the problem is beyond repair, consider purchasing a new mattress. Foam and latex variants hardly become squeaky with age. If it is still under warranty, lucky you, you will get a new one at no cost.

2. Check the box spring

The bed spring is often the source of the noise. If your bed has one, you should remove it and check it the same way you did with the mattress. The springs in the box spring tend to produce noises as they age. If you are unable to get it out of your bed, rock the box gently taking care not to disturb the frame of your bed.

Possible Fixes

  • Rotate the box spring

Moving the load point to the feet can ease the squeaky noise.  Ensure you shift the pressure point every time you sleep to shun the problem.

  • Replace the spring box

If it is beyond solution, consider changing the spring box. New boxes are quiet. As you assemble the new parts, consider applying bee wax between assembly parts. Beeswax will help prevent the friction that produces the squeaky noise.

  • Lubricate the box spring

First, access the bottom layer of the box and spray the box with a suitable lubricant such as WD-40. Take advantage of the WD-40 flexible straw and spray the contacts between any two wood parts.

3. Check your floor and legs of your bed

This is one potential culprit that may escape your attention. Yes, uneven floorboards may cause your bed to squeak. If the legs of your bed are unbalanced, they may cause the noise. A simple solution is to even out by sliding a cloth to fit between the floor and the legs of the bed. You can also opt to change the position of your bed to a place with even floorboards or the legs.

If the floor or the legs of your bed are uneven, you will need to take care of the space between the legs and the floor. A folded piece of paper or cloth is a quick fix, or you can buy or improvise non-slip pads.

4. Check the frame of your bed

To inspect the frame of your bed, hold it by the post and push it around and repeat this for every position. Push the bed around by the sideboard keenly listening for any noises. Do the same using the slats that support the mattress.

Possible Fixes

  • Replace the bed frame

If all repairs fail, then you should consider disposing of the frame. Buy a new one, and you are good to go.

  • Tighten squeaking joints

The wood panels of the bed tend to produce noise when they rub against each other. The solution is as artless as tightening the bolts or screws of the bed frame to hold the loose parts. For a nailed bed, consider reinforcing with fasteners. Screw corner braces along the inside of the frame to strengthen the frame.Tighten the bolts or screws until they no longer turn.

  • Add washers

Do this for lose bolts that trouble when tightening. If you cannot tighten a bolt to touch the frame, add a washer to fill the extra gap between the bolt and the frame.

  • Oil the screws

Consider lubricating the screws or bolds that resist tightening. Use WD-40 or beeswax as you prefer. The lubricant protects against rust and facilitates moving parts of your bed frame to slide along each other noise free.

  • Replace aged bolts and screws

You want to replace rusty screws and bolts that do not shift. Proceed with caution when screwing or bolting them out and substitute with new ones.

  • Substitute metal washers with nylon or rubber washers

Metal bolts come with associated metal washers. Metal washers will squeak when they rub against wood or metal itself. Thanks to their flexibility. Rubber and nylon washers are quite.

  • Staff gaps between joints

If there are no bolts and screws to tighten or joints to lubricate, you can try filling up spaces in your bed frame. You should also pad the spaces where parts of your wood parts meet. You can use pieces of cork or rubber to fill the gaps between the wood. The cushioning inhibits the wood from rubbing on each other and tighten the lose parts that create noise.

  • Line the slats using old clothing

Use old socks and clothing that you no longer wear. The lining will avoid the box spring and the mattress from rubbing the bed frame and making noises.

You can also check thesleepadviser to known more about bed frames and other sleeping accessories.

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