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How to Stop a Creaking Bed

Updated February 21, 2017

Bedsprings usually take the blame for a creaking bed when, in fact, the bed frame is most often the culprit. Loose joints and fittings in the frame cause a squeaky, creaking sound when you toss and turn but can be easily stopped. Squeaky coils inside a mattress may not be easily fixed without damaging the mattress.

Take the mattress off the bed and shake the frame back and forth a bit to determine the source of the creaking. Tighten up loose screws with a screwdriver; insert washes between loose bolts and nuts to help minimise the noise.

Lubricate areas of the bed frame that may be responsible for the creaking. Use an oil-based lubricant on the joint areas of a metal frame. Brush wood oil onto squeaky wooden slats of a wood frame.

Sprinkle talcum-based baby powder onto the joints of the bed after lubricating the areas to muffle the sounds.

Encase squeaky wood slats with lightweight cotton batting. The material acts a soundproof insulation that should reduce the creaking after replacing the mattress on the bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Washers
  • Brush
  • Lubricating fluid
  • Talcum-based baby powder
  • Lightweight cotton batting
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