5 Ways to Repair Squeaky Bed Springs

Squeaking bed springs can be a nightmare for people who are light sleepers. Just when you think you are about to drift off to sleep you turn over and are brought fully awake by a loud squeak from the bed. But, for those who suffer from insomnia and are willing to try almost anything to get to sleep, there are a number of tips that should reduce your bed squeaks to a minimum.

Things You'll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Spray bottle
  • Soap bar
  • Candle wax

Step 1 - Isolate Your Bed Squeak Source

Examine your mattress, your bed's box springs, and its frame. Look specifically for loose connections where metal rubs on metal. While you are busy finding things that can create squeaks, have a helper move the bed enough to create squeaks. Then, try to identify where the squeaks are coming from. Try testing for squeaks with the mattress removed from the bed. If you still hear squeaking, remove the bed springs, then test again to determine if you still hear the squeaks. This can often help isolate the squeaking to the bed frame, the springs, or the mattress.

Step 2 - Test Your Bed Springs

Remove your bed springs from the frame, and lay the springs flat on the floor. Now, try jiggling the springs to create any squeaking that might be coming from the springs. Try bouncing on the springs. Lie on them and recreate the movements you might make while in bed.

Step 3 - Lubricate Rubbing Frame Connectors

Locate squeaks by moving your bed frame and its connections,. Tighten all screws and bolts in these connectors. Test the frame for squeaking, after you've tightened connectors. If you still hear squeaks, try to identify which connectors are squeaking. Then, loosen the nuts, screws, or bolts for that connection, and apply a few drops of lubricating oil, vegetable oil, or rub a bar of soap or a candle to the connector surfaces. Tighten the connector again and test to see if the squeaking still persists.

Step 4 - Tighten Headboard and Footboard Connections

With your mattress and springs removed from the frame, use a wrench and screwdriver to tighten bolts and screws in your headboard and footboard. They they're tightened, jiggle the bed frame, headboard, and footboard. If the squeak is still present, loosen the bolts and screws, and apply a oil and wax to them as suggested in the paragraph above. Then, tighten them again, and check for squeaks.

Step 5 - Test Your Floor for Squeaks

When you've tested everything, your bed frame, headboards, and footboards, and if you still hear squeaking from your bed, it's now time to check the last possible source of the squeak. The floor beneath the bed. Move your bed to a different location in the room, then walk slowly over the area where your bed had been resting. If you hear squeaks, it will tell you that you have loose floor boards. Your two options then will be to tighten the floorboards with nails or screws, or rearrange your room with the bed in a different location.