How to Stop a Wooden Bed From Squeaking

Updated November 21, 2016

Stop a wooden bed frame from squeaking by using a bar of soap. Over years of use, screw connections that hold the bed together stress the wood holes--enlarging them. When the bed moves back and forth or from side to side, the threads of the metal screws rub against the wood, causing squeaks. If sleep is one of your priorities, taking time to fix those squeaks shouldn't require much motivation.

Take the bedspread and pillows off the mattress. Lift the mattress and box spring up off the frame. Get someone to help lift, if the bed is a queen-or king-size.

Unscrew one screw at a time with the screwdriver and rub the threads of the screw on a bar of soap until the threads are completely encased in soap.

Thread the screw back into the hole with the screwdriver until it's tight. If the screw never gets tight and just keeps spinning, then the wood is stripped. If this is the case, remove the screw and wrap it with sealant tape and thread it back into the hole until it's tight.

Things You'll Need

  • Hex or flathead screwdriver
  • Bar of soap
  • Sealant tape (optional)
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