Posted by Bridget Reed

5 Tips on How To Fix a Squeaky Bed

5 min read

A squeaky bed can be a nightly nightmare that disrupts your sleep, mood, and overall well-being. With our innovative bedding solutions, we've always been committed to delivering you a peaceful slumber. 

But what happens when it's not the bedding but the bed frame itself culminating in those hair-pulling squeaks? 

This guide will serve as your comprehensive manual to banish the squeaks once and for all. From DIY hacks to the fundamental science behind those vexing noises, you'll find a solution tailored just for you. 

Getting quality sleep has numerous health benefits: enhanced cognitive function, improved immune system, and better mental health, to name a few. Let's delve into what makes beds squeaky and explore an array of remedies that will restore tranquility to your nights. 

Why Do Beds Squeak?

You settle into bed, and just as you drift into sleep, a cacophony of squeaks interrupts your peaceful descent into dreamland. But why? 

The key culprits are often worn-out joints, loose bolts, and metal-on-metal or wood-on-wood friction. It's like your bed frame has become a not-so-great orchestra's percussion section. The jostling of these unstable components creates vibrations, producing the maddening squeaks you hear.

The intricacies of friction and vibration may seem like a complex physics lesson, but in simple terms, it all comes down to a lack of stability and smooth movement in the bed structure. Beds are subjected to a lot of physical stress from your nightly tosses and turns.

The ongoing wear and tear weaken the frame, causing micro-movements that result in noise. Loose or eroded joints can act like an old door hinge, creaking with every movement. Now that you understand the science, let’s stop the noise.

1. Tighten Up Loose Bolts and Screws

Addressing loose bolts and screws is the first step toward conquering the squeaky bed saga. Like a detective, you'll want to scrutinize every inch of your bed frame to locate the suspects — those rebellious, loose hardware elements that seem innocent but are causing auditory chaos. 

Our tip? Make it a monthly routine to inspect all the nuts, bolts, and screws; this small act could preempt a great deal of inconvenience down the road.

Get your wrench or a comprehensive screwdriver set because now we're getting down to the nitty-gritty. You'll want to approach this task methodically, examining each bolt individually. For those hard-to-reach screws, consider using an extendable magnetic pick-up tool, which is excellent for maneuvering in tight spaces. 

Tightening hardware not only brings immediate relief but also prolongs the durability of your bed frame, making this a win-win scenario. It's a low-hanging fruit that can yield significant improvements in your sleep quality.

2. Lubricate the Joints

Lubrication: it's the secret sauce that turns a bed's squeaks into silence. After you've tightened up all those loose bolts and screws, it's time to bring out the lubricants. Different materials require unique types of lubrication. 

For metal beds, silicone-based lubricants are highly recommended. They offer a smooth glide and are less likely to attract dust and grime. Apply the lubricant generously, but not so much that it drips or creates a mess.

On the flip side, if you're dealing with a wooden frame, you'll want to opt for a wax or petroleum jelly-based product. These lubricants fill the gaps in wood joints, providing a buffer that negates noise. As a best practice, remove any excess lubricant with a cloth to prevent staining your bedding.

3. Padding Between the Mattress and Box Spring

Last but not least, let's not forget the dynamic duo responsible for your comfort — the mattress and box spring. Sometimes, the noise might not be coming from the bed frame but from friction between these two essential components. Adding padding can often alleviate this issue. 

This method proves useful in eliminating noise and enhancing your sleeping experience. A cushy barrier can contribute to a softer, more comfortable sleeping surface — yet another reason why tackling bed squeaks is beneficial for your overall well-being.

4. Use Wooden Blocks for Extra Support

The integrity of your bed frame isn't merely aesthetic. It plays a pivotal role in noise elimination. 

Occasionally, you'll find that even after tightening every possible screw and lubricating all the joints, the frame still lacks stability. This is where wooden blocks come to the rescue, acting as silent heroes that bolster weak joints.

Wooden blocks offer the dual benefits of added strength and noise absorption. You'll want to select blocks that fit snugly, but don't force the issue — you shouldn't have to hammer them into place. 

Depending on the design and architecture of your bed frame, the ideal spots for these blocks may vary. However, focus on the areas where multiple components meet, as these tend to be the primary sources of instability.

Why wood? Well, wood has excellent noise-absorbing properties. 

It can dampen vibrations and distribute stress more evenly across the bed frame, thus making it a quieter structure. With the right wooden blocks, not only will your bed become more stable, but it will also graduate from being a creaky annoyance to a sturdy and reliable sleep haven.

5. Consider the Floor

Think your bed's the only culprit? Your floor might have something to say about that. A surface that's not entirely level or is made of materials that amplify sound could exacerbate the issue. 

Start by placing anti-vibration rubber pads or furniture coasters under the legs of your bed frame. These pads protect the floor and absorb vibrations and sound waves, creating a quieter sleep environment.

If you still notice that the bed squeaks, it may be worth doing some floor reconnaissance. Use a level to check if the floor is even; an uneven floor can place undue stress on the bed frame, causing it to squeak. 

Should you find that relocating the bed to a more level surface solves the issue, you've nailed two birds with one stone — a more even floor and a noise-free bed!

The Ultimate Tip for Uninterrupted Sleep? Better Sheets

We believe that achieving the ultimate peaceful sleep environment is a multi-faceted endeavor. While a squeak-free bed is a vital component, the role of high-quality bedding cannot be overstated. 

Our groundbreaking Clean & Cool™ fabric technology fits the bill — and your bed — perfectly and is inspired by NASA's innovations. Proper temperature regulation has been shown to significantly improve sleep satisfaction. 

Thanks to silver-infused and NASA-inspired fabrics, Miracle Made® Bedding is designed to help keep you at the perfect temperature all night long to help you have the best night’s sleep possible. 

The unique Temperature Zones in our fabric are strategically designed regions that adapt to your body's varying thermal needs. These zones work in concert to maintain a balanced sleep climate, allowing you to enjoy a truly luxurious slumber. What's more, our Clean & Cool™ fabric also has antimicrobial properties, ensuring that you wake up fresh every morning, free from the usual sweat and odors.

Combine this advanced fabric with your newly quieted bed, and you'll find that the two elements synergize to create an unrivaled sanctuary for restful sleep. In other words, our products work hand in hand with your DIY efforts, perfecting your bedroom as the haven it ought to be.

Exit Squeak, Enter Sleep

The ultimate sleep experience is not just a one-off project, and it’s actually a pretty big deal when it comes to your well-being, given what a huge impact sleep has on your overall health. Alleviating a squeaky bed and upgrading your linens is an ongoing commitment to quality and comfort. 

Keep up with regular maintenance checks on your bed's hardware and refresh your bedding as needed. Together, let's make every night a luxurious escape, one that rejuvenates both body and soul.

Combining a squeak-free bed and our exceptional bedding promises endless nights of tranquil, restorative sleep.


Antibacterial Silver | National Library of Medicine

Good Sleep for Good Health | News in Health

Get Enough Sleep | US Department of Health and Human Services

How to Fix a Squeaky Bed | Sleep Foundation

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