A squeaky box spring can be your worst nightmare when you want to get a peaceful quiet sleep.
If you’re a sexually active couple, you’d rather spend couple of extra bucks and purchase a quiet bed frame that will allow you to explore quietly in the dead of the night.
But before that, let’s have a look at reasons for squeaky box spring.
Reasons for Squeaky Box Spring
Your box spring is not always the problem when you experience squeaks.
The noise could be coming from the mattress or the support connecting the bed frame and box spring.
Mattresses sag after years of continuous use.
If your mattress has metal coils inside it, the springs will eventually wear out and start rubbing on each other.
If you have had your innerspring mattress for a decade or more, you should consider buying a new one.
However, there are a few tricks you can use to stop the squeak until you have saved up enough to invest in a new mattress.
The Box Spring
Wooden panels and coils inside the box springs are also prone to squeaks after years of regular use.
Since springs deteriorate with time, they start rubbing on each other, and you can hear the noise when you get on the bed.
The wood casing where you place the mattress may also deteriorate over time.
When the wood rubs against wood slats or metal parts of the box spring, it produces a squeaky sound.
In such a situation, you may need to add some lubrication to the metallic parts.
In the case of wood slats, some extra padding may be all it takes to fix the noise.
The Bed Frame
The squeak may be coming from the bed frame anytime it comes into contact with the floor or the walls.
Bed frame bolts may also loosen with time resulting in an unsteady and squeaky bed.
In some instances, a shift in temperatures may affect the metal bolts holding the bed frame together.
As the wood in contact with these bolts swell and shrink with the change in temperatures, it creates a squeaky sound.
It is also possible that the bed legs could be rubbing against the floor. If your bedframe comes with wheels, they could also grind on the floor and cause squeaking.
Lastly, the bedframe may be scraping against the wall. This often happens if you push your bed too close to the wall.
Ways on How to fix a Squeaky Box Spring
1. Fix the sagging coils inside the box spring or the mattress
If sagging springs are the problem, you can fix them by adding some form of reinforcement. Plywood works great in such situations.
Place the plywood on the bed frame so it will support your mattress from below.
This prevents the mattress from sagging and squeaking as you are getting in and out of bed.
With the added reinforcement, the springs inside the box spring will be less likely to touch each other when you get into bed, resulting in reduced noises.
If the springs in the mattress are causing the squeaks, try rotating it and see what happens. The mattress may be worn out on one side and just alright on the other.
You should also consider lubricating the springs inside the box spring.
When well lubricated, the springs will not produce as much noise even when they touch each other.
Cut a small hole in the fabric covering the box spring and pour some good lubricant such as WD-40 inside.
You can use cooking oil if you cannot access a better lubricant, but only if you do not mind the smell.
Once done, test to see if the squeak had been resolved. Then use a needle and thread to sew back the small hole you created.
2. Fix the area between the box spring and bed frame
If the box spring rubs against the bed frame, adding some form of padding will resolve the noise.
You need to address the areas where these two are rubbing against each other.
Use old socks or towels to pad these areas.
You can also use a hardcover book to change the weight distribution and alter the pressure points causing the squeak.
In case of gaps between the bed frame and box spring, use cork to fill them.
This is where those corks you have been collecting with your wine bottles come in handy.
You can easily cut cork to fit in the gaps or use more than one at a certain point. There are also store-bought cork sheets that will do the same job.
3. Fix the bed frame
Lubricate any parts of the frame that could be rubbing against each other.
Candle wax works great for a wooden bed frame, and so do paraffin blocks.
Heat the paraffin block a little and then rub it on the surface where the squeak is coming from. You can also rub an unlit candle on the squeaky surface.
In case of loose bolts, tighten them or replace them if they no longer fit snugly. Add washers for a sturdier connection.
You can go a step further and lubricate the frame connectors using cooking oil or WD-40. Lubricate each joint while paying attention to the squeaky parts.
In case the legs are uneven, level them using leg covers or furniture pads.
Your bed will not make noise if you manage the stop the wobble.
Rubber covers work to even the legs and create a cushion, so your bed doesn’t scratch against the floor.
They are perfect if you are unsure if the bed frame legs are uneven or the floor is the problem.
If your bed frame comes with legs, you may want to check whether they are causing the squeak as they move across the floor surface.
Use locking casters to prevent the bed from moving.
Some wheels also come with a locking feature, so there is no need to get additional casters. Just engage the lock function on all wheels or disable them if you don’t see their need.
4. Replace the Box Spring
If you have had the same box spring for more than a decade, it may be time to let it go.
A visual inspection will make it easy for you to determine if a new box spring is necessary.
If the box spring is sagging or there are some broken slats and worn-out parts, you need to start saving for a new one.
There are also other box spring alternatives that you can explore.
On Squeaky Box Spring
Before you can fix a squeaky box spring, you first need to understand the underlying cause of the problem.
Once you’ve understood the source of the noise problem, you’ll be now be ale to fix by applying the DIY methods I’ve detailed above.
If all else fails, I would recommend you to purchase a quiet bed frame or box spring. Some bed frames don’t even require a box spring.