What You Can Do to Eliminate Noisy Bed Sounds That Might Be Keeping You Awake at Night

20 October 2016
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Whenever it's time for bed, the last thing most people want to deal with are squeaks and groans in the bed frame or box springs. It makes for a hard night's sleep whenever any slight movement sets off a chorus of noise, and these sounds can be disruptive to other sleepers in the household, too. Fortunately, many of the squeaks and other noises that occur can be corrected easily by homeowners. There may be multiple fixes necessary, but once you go through all the possibilities, chances are good that you will have a silent, restful night while using your furniture once again. Here are some of the leading noisemakers and what you can do to silence them.

Loose bed-frame joints

One possible cause of a noisy bed is loose bed-frame sections, such as where the rails attach to the headboard and footboard. These areas are joined via bolts, hooks, screws, and other fasteners. Depending on what type of fasteners are used to hold your bed frame together, you should attempt to tighten the connections with a wrench or screwdriver. If tightening the fasteners doesn't seem to help, insert a washer or two to help provide additional "grip" on the bed frame. For beds that don't use fasteners that can be tightened, such as those that use hooks, you may need to consider gluing the attachment points together with wood glue. However, keep in mind that if you do so, this may make moving your bed more difficult in the future. Other possible solutions include using cable ties to firmly fasten components in inconspicuous locations to avoid potential embarrassment.

Box-spring coils rubbing

Box springs contain numerous metal coils that rub against one another whenever pressure is applied to the box springs via the mattress. If these coils develop slight surface pitting or signs of light corrosion, then they will become noisy when they make contact.

However, you can lubricate these coils with lithium grease, light machine oil, or a similar lubricant to help make them silent again. To do so, cut away the cloth covering the bottom of the bed springs, should one exist, and apply the lubricant with a cloth; the more thorough you are, the less likely you will hear continued noise from the box springs. Once you have finished lubricating the coils, you can either leave the cloth off the box springs or replace it with a new piece stapled to the frame.

Slats moving

Another common cause of noisy beds is the movement of slats. Slats provide a foundation for your box springs and mattress, and depending on the bed, are made from strips of lumber or metal. Wooden slats are often allowed to float on top of the bed frame freely and aren't fastened to anything else. As they move, noise can become a problem if they rub against each other or the bed frame.

To eliminate the problem caused by noisy slats, you can consider attaching the slats permanently to the bed frame. This isn't difficult, especially if you have a bed with a wooden frame; drill pilot holes in the slats above the section of bed frame where they will be attached and drive a wood screw through the slats into the bed frame.

Another way you can reduce the problem of noisy slats is by waxing the ends of the slats where they rub against the bed frame. To wax the slats, melt a candle slightly and then rub its soft wax over the wood. By repeatedly rubbing wax over the ends of the slats, you will be able to build up a protective, slippery layer that will not be easily defeated.