What’s That Noise? Dealing With a Creaky Wooden Bed (Trade Secret)

Creaky Wooden Bed.
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How to fix a squeaky wooden bed frame

Have you ever wondered what causes the annoying creaks in a wooden bed that sometimes wakes us at night? Identifying this in a wooden bed frame is trickier than in metal frames because fewer joints and screws are checked. You could spend a while scratching your head while you work out what’s behind the noise, but screws and joints are always a good place to start.

If you live somewhere hot, the weather could impact the frame because heat causes wood to expand. If you’ve experienced a change in the weather and suddenly your bed has started creaking, there’s a good chance the weather is to blame (unfortunately!).

How do you stop it?

The first thing to do is find where the creak is coming from, which you can do easily by gently rocking the bed and listening out for it. Tightening up any screws or bolts is the quick, easy solution, but it’s not the only one, and it might not even be the right solution. Then, it’s time to call on slightly more unorthodox but equally effective solutions. 

Here are a Few Tips for your Creaky Wooden Bed:

Waxing over it

Candles might be an excellent way to freshen up the room, but they also make handy creak busters. Once you’ve found where the offending squeak is coming from, rub a little wax over it. The first rub might not solve the problem, so be ready to give it another few if the creak doesn’t disappear without a fight.

Line the slats with old socks.

You know those odd socks you have because the washing machine keeps swallowing one sock up but not the whole pair? Now is the time to get some use out of those odd socks again. Lift your mattress and line the bed frame’s slats with your odd, old socks (or old T-shirts or sheets). The material removes friction points and acts as a buffer between the mattress and the frame.

Bring out the cork.

Like the socks approach, this is just a question of identifying the creaky area and placing bits of cork between the offending spot(s) on the bed frame and the mattress. This cushioning will reduce noise and tighten up loose spots.

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Dealing with squeaky castors

If the castors on your bed are causing the night-time ruckus, the fix couldn’t be more straightforward. All it takes is the time and energy to visit a hardware store and pick up some castor cups. Then you go home, lift your bed and slip them under the wheels. Watch that racket diminish.

Tackling squeaky box springs

Some people beat a noisy box spring by placing pillows between the bed frame and the wall to stop the bed rocking. If that doesn’t work, find the spot where the bed frame is shifting against the box spring. This is your starting point. 

Pad old sheets, T-shirts, etc., between the box spring and the frame. Then, buy a plywood sheet, cut it to fit the frame, and lay it between the box spring and mattress. The plywood will buffer any movements you make at night and lend you some support while you sleep.

Is it even the bed?

That bed might seem like it’s creaking away when something else is to blame. Check that the legs on the bed are even and that the floorboards are, too. If they’re not, fold a sheet or a towel and put it under the uneven leg to even things out again. You could also move your bed to a part of the room where the floorboards are even.

You don’t have to put up with all that annoying creaking and squeaking. There are many ways to combat it, but try turning over the mattress if your wooden bed still gives you noisy grief. This changes how the weight balances on the frame, which could be all it takes.


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