If your bed or box spring just doesn’t stop squeaking, they might be pretty old. However, just because they are old, it doesn’t mean that you need to rush out and purchase new stuff. It also doesn’t mean that you can just wait for the squeaking to go away. In this article we discuss tips for fixing squeaky box springs as well as beds. For a more in-depth guide, take a  look at the linked article. 

It might be a Joint Problem

Joints that aren’t bolted in properly might have metal-metal rubbing which can lead to a squeaky sound. Check all the bolds on your bed frame and see if any of them are loose. Use a wrench to fix these. If tightening the bolt doesn’t help, try to utilize a washer in between the bolt and the frame to reduce some of the friction.

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Figure 1. Fix any loose bolts

Silencing a squeaky spring or frame problem

This trick utilizes those old socks that you’ve been stashing away forever. To start, lift the mattress off the frame and line each brace with old socks (a sheet or an old T-Shirt can also work). This extra bit of cushioning fills the gap between your mattress and the metal or wood frame and reduces friction between them.

You might also have to fix the box spring beams. Take a look at these pinterest articles.

Add Wax to Fix the Squeak

If you know exactly where the squeak is coming from, you can relieve it with a little bit of wax. A simple method is to move the bed with gentle nudges and gradually find the location of the squeak. You can also have someone walk over the bed gradually while you listen. Once you’ve found the joint that’s causing the noise, get some wax and run it everywhere in that joint + the surrounding frame area because it might be friction between the joint and the frame. You might need a few layers of wax for it to really work.

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Figure 2. Walk on the box spring to find the squeak

Add Oil to reduce the squeaking

Similar to waxing, if you know the local area where the squeaking is coming from, you can utilize WD-40 and grease up the joint + neighboring frame. If you don’t have WD-40, vegetable oil can also work but it’s a bit more runny. Once you know that the squeak is fixed with the oil, you can try some more permanent solutions like wax or cushioning.

Plug the Gaps

If you have a wooden frame then it’s likely that you don’t have a squeaky bolt or joint problem. So, oil won’t really do the trick. However, the cushioning technique with old socks and T-shirts might work. Find the area of your bed frame where squeaking might be coming from and try to use some clothing to fill the gap. If this works, then you can try other things like rubber stoppers and also try to put some covers around pegs.

You may also need to clean your box spring. Take a look at this article.

Fix the legs of the bed

It’s possible that your squeaking is coming from a lopsided set of legs. You could also be hearing the squeaking due to some loose planks of wood. Try slipping a tower or folded up cloth under the legs of the bed to see if that helps it touch the floor more evenly. You can also try to move your bed so that the flooring is more even with the bed’s leg heights.

Use a Book to support your mattress

Here’s another trick. If you’ve discovered that a part of the frame is causing the squeak, place a hard article such as a book underneath the mattress at that spot. You might need to test a few spots to really fix it. Don’t worry, the book won’t make your mattress any less comfortable because there is so much padding in between you and the books.

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Figure 3. Flip your box spring and see if you can fix any springs directly

Directly Fix the Springs

If you are really finding it difficult to fix the squeak, flip the box spring over so that there is minimal space between the box spring and the frame. For areas of the box spring that are exposed, put in some WD-40 into each spring (any place you find metal) to grease up all the possible squeaks. Reseal the exposed springs by stapling the upholstery shut. Then flip the box spring back to it’s normal side.

Typically box springs last for 10 years or so (depending on the quality of box spring that you purchase). Take a look at this great video on how cast about fixing box springs.

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