How to Stablize a Wobbly Bed Frame

Written by alan temple
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How to Stablize a Wobbly Bed Frame
A loose bed frame can ruin your nights rest. (blue bed image by Leonid Nyshko from

Your bed should be a place for unmitigated rest and relaxation, but that can be difficult if you find yourself swaying from side to side. Wobbly bed frames can be a nuisance, and whether they are caused by short legs, loose bolts or widening joints it is important to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Cloth
  • Glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove everything from on top of your bed frame. To properly identify and rectify the problem you have to get rid of the mattress, pillows and sheets. This will allow you a good view of the bare bed frame to see the problem and fix it.

  2. 2

    Tighten the screws or bolts that hold the bed together. Often the problem of a wobbly bed is caused by the attachments not being properly secured. By simply tightening the screws or bolts you could immediately solidify the structure and get rid of the wobbling of the bed with minimum fuss.

  3. 3

    Reconnect the joints. Often a bed frame can begin to sway or wobble when the joints begin to separate. Check the joints on your bed, and if you see any spaces fix the problem. If your joints were previously glued in place, reapply glue to the joint and gently push the joint back in place. Allow the glue to dry, wiping away any excess with a cloth. If the joint was not glued, firmly hammer the joint back into place.

  4. 4

    Measure the bed's legs. When a table begins to wobble the first thing you consider is that the legs may be the wrong size or broken. The exact same problem could be evident with your bed. Carefully measure the legs of your bed to make sure they are all the correct size. If there is a discrepancy then you can put something under the short leg as a stop gap until you are able to replace the faulty leg.

  5. 5

    Buy a bed repair kit. If all fails it is possible your bed frame may simply be old and worn out, in which case it is possible to buy a bed repair kit. This kit effectively simulates a bedframe within your original rectangular shell of a bed.

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