Between our stressful lives, the blue light coming from all our screens, caffeine, and noisy neighbors, the last thing that should that should be keeping you up at night is a bed that squeaks every time you move on it. Maybe at first it wasn’t that noticeable, but over time, it’s gotten to the point where you can’t even reach over to the light on your nightstand without hearing the dreaded sound. Trust us, we’ve been there. That’s why we’re here to walk through through the steps to finally get the good night’s sleep you deserve.
First, we’ll help you identify where all this noise is coming from. That’s the first and most important step. After that, we’ll walk you through the multiple options you have for getting rid of the squeak, depending on where the noise is coming from. You’re a grown adult, who shouldn’t have to take their rendezvous to the floor as to not wake up the rest of the house, and your bed shouldn’t creak like a retired athlete every time you settle in for the night.
How To Figure Out Why Your Bed Is Making Noise:
First, you need to figure out where the squeak is coming from. It could be your mattress, the box spring, or maybe your frame. To do this, you’re going to have to separate all the different bed items to inspect them separately. Hopefully you have enough space in your bedroom to place the mattress and box spring on the floor next to each other. If not, do one at a time or move your mattress to a different room for inspection.
Let’s start from top to bottom, beginning with the mattress. Mattresses rarely have squeaks in them, and it’s usually only hybrid mattresses, which have coils, that do squeak. We’ve never heard an all-foam make any noise, actually. Anyway, take your mattress and throw in on the floor and roll around on it or have your kids jump all over it. If it is the mattress that’s squeaking, check to see if it’s still under warranty.
Some bed companies, like Nest Bedding or DreamCloud, have lifetime warranties. If your mattress isn’t under warranty anymore, then sorry, bud, but that simply means it’s time to get a new one. Try taking our mattress finder quiz to see what is a good option for you. If getting a new one is out of the question, flip over your mattress and cut a small hole in the fabric by a coil/innerspring. Spray each one down individually to make sure you cover the one where the squeaking is coming from.
If it’s not the mattress, then check the box spring. The box spring is the most common source of bed squeaking. Same as you did the mattress, put the box spring on the floor and roll around on it. If you hear noise, it’s most likely an old spring or the wood rubbing up against something. We recommend you just get a new box spring. There are some good and affordable options on Amazon.
Even if there was a squeak from your box spring, you should probably check the frame, as well. Start by gently putting pressure on different parts of the bed frame and lightly shaking. That includes all four sides, the bottom bases, and the headboard. If you have a four poster bed, be sure to check the overhead, too. If noise is coming from the bed frame, you have a couple of options:
Tighten it up. Check around your bed frame to see what kind of metalware is holding it together. Sometimes that’s all it takes. You’ll want to use a screwdriver if your bed frame uses screws, and a wrench if it uses bolts. You could also try adding washers to steady things up.
Lubricate. Take some WD40 or beeswax to parts that you think are too tight and rubbing up against each other too much. You may need to apply a couple coats. You can pick it up at almost any hardware or home improvement store. If you don’t have access to either of these things, try using regular old candle wax.
Add padding. Take some of those old socks or T-shirts and layer them on top of the slats of your bed frame. This creates a barrier between the mattress and the wood or metal bed frame, so they don’t have too much friction between them, which may be the cause of the awful squeaking noise. You can also use cork to fill the empty spaces in a wooden bed frame where the mattress or box spring could move and rub against it.
Check the feet. The noise could be from the footing of your bed rubbing against the floor, especially if you have hardwood. This can even lead to scratching your floors, and nobody wants that. It could also be that the legs of your bed frame are uneven, causing the bed to rock.
Try getting some furniture pads on Amazon to stop the friction between them or level it out. You could even take those extra old socks that we talked about above and use them (temporarily).
Purchase a new bed frame. If you’ve tried these methods and you still can’t seem to get the annoying squeaking to stop for more than a few days, it might be time to look into a new bed frame. For those of you sticking to a budget, you can pick out a quality one online like at Amazon without breaking the bank.
Reinforce your foundation. If you have an RV mattress or a situation where your bed might not have a strong foundation, you’ll want to add more to the supports. Cinder blocks work, but so does plywood.
If all else fails and you don’t have the means to purchase a new bed frame, you could always return to your college days and just sleep with your mattress on the floor! You can even look around online for creative ways to decorate the space to make it look more homey and inviting.