How to Fix a Creaking Wood Bed

Updated November 21, 2016

A bed is a place of relaxation. You want to have a comfortable night of sleep with little to no irritations after a long day of work. A creaking or squeaking wooden bed frame can rob you of precious sleep. The problem can be easily fixed with the following techniques.

Have a friend lay and roll around on the bed while you get below them and determine the origin of the creak. It's possible that it may not be the bed creaking, but rather, the floor below you. If it is definitely the bed, then you can easily find where the creaking is located. Bear in mind that creaking is the result of two parts rubbing against one another--so listen at the joints.

Tighten the joints. Once you've found out where the creak is coming from, check to see how tight the joints are. If they are loose, this can result in creaking. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws. You can also pound in nails to connect the two pieces of wood more securely, if you'd like. If this doesn't help, add more washers to the screw to help fill in any gaps. This step may require disassembling the bed, so be careful and be prepared to do so.

Spray WD40 into the troublesome joint or point of contact. Spray it generously then soak up the excess liquid with a rag or paper towel. This is only a temporary fix and may cause the wood to swell over time, so use it sparingly.

Sprinkle talcum powder into the joint where the creak is coming from. Like WD40, talcum powder acts as a lubricant and will allow the two rubbing pieces to roll past one another without the creak. Talcum can be messy,you may want to place newspaper down under the bed before sprinkling. This, again, is only a temporary fix.

Spray graphite powder into the joint to alleviate the creak. Graphite powder works on the exact same principal as talcum powder, but due to it's container and delivery system, allows you to spray it in a much more controlled direction, with much less mess. Any powder solution is temporary, as the grains will work themselves out of the joint eventually. Be prepared to add more over time.

Use bee's wax, or Johnson's Paste Wax in the joints. This will last longer than any of the previous methods, but is a bit messier. Simply use a toothpick, pencil or chopstick to apply wax all around the visible areas of the offending joint. Wipe up excess when done.

Test the joint after applying any of these methods. Just because you covered a part of the joint with WD40, for instance, doesn't mean that you got it all--roll around on the bed, bounce on it a little. Re-apply the anti-creaking agent if need be. And then test again.


There is a possibility that if none of these methods work, that you simply have an old or bad bed frame that will continue to creak no matter what you do. There is always the option of taking it back to the store and replacing it with a higher quality product.

Things You'll Need

  • WD40
  • Talcum powder
  • Graphite powder
  • Bee's wax or other soft wax such as Johnson's Paste Wax
  • Washers
  • Nails and a hammer
  • A friend
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