How to Fix a Wobbly Bed Frame

Updated February 21, 2017

Wobbly bed frames are a nuisance to any person who wants nothing more than to get a few hours of rest. You spend hours tossing and turning or staying stiff in bed just to get to a position that won’t cause your bed to move or tilt. Repairing your wobbly bed frame will allow you to get more sleep without worrying about your position or your bed’s condition.

Remove all of the things on top of your wobbly bed frame. In order for you to rectify your frame’s problem, you need to get rid of all sheets, pillows and mattress on top of your bed. This will provide you with a better view of your bed frame and determine the cause of its instability.

Use your screwdriver and wrench to tighten the bolts and screws that hold your bed together. Most of the time, a wobbly bed frame is caused by loose screws or bolts. If the attachments are not screwed correctly, this may cause your bed frame to move more freely. Tightening the bolts can help you solidify your bed frame’s structure and minimise the fuss.

Reconnect your bed frame’s joints. When your bed frame’s joints begin to separate, this causes its legs and body to wobble. Check your bed’s joints and see if there are unnecessary spaces that need to be fixed. Reapply glue to the joints that have distinguishable gaps and gently push them back into place. Wait for 2 to 3 hours to allow the glue to fully dry. Hammer the joints back in place if they were not glued originally.

Measure your bed’s legs and see to it that all legs are of equal size. Place a folded piece of cardboard below any short leg to fill the gap and prevent the bed from wobbling.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard
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