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How to Stop a Bedroom Door From Rattling

Updated February 21, 2017

A rattling bedroom door can cause problems with sleeping and can indicate that something is structurally wrong with the door. The nuisance of a rattling or squeaking door can point to other issues that need to be addressed. Once you have become aware of a door rattling, there are several steps that can be taken to help solve the problem. Fixing a rattling door can be completed quickly and easily.

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  1. Examine the door for loose screws. When screws loosen in the door's hinges, the door can rattle and shake when it is opened. Check each hinge for loose screws.

  2. Tighten any loose screws with a screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to ensure that all screws are flush with the hinge and that the hinges are tight against the door and the wall.

  3. Use a hinge oil or a lubricant like WD-40. Apply the oil to the hinges and the doorknob to solve any squeaking or rattling that may occur as a result of stuck or dried hinges.

  4. Unscrew the strike plate from the door. This is the part of the door where the edge meets the door frame.

  5. Bend the small tab inside the strike plate toward the opening and reattach the strike plate to the door.

  6. Remove the door stop from the doorjamb; a rattling sound can be caused by a space between the door and the door stop. Use pliers to remove the old nails from the door jamb.

  7. Place the door stop back in its old position on the doorjamb and hammer it in with several nails. Test the door by closing it. Make sure the door is flush with the door stop.

  8. Hammer in several more nails once the door stop is flush with the door when closed. Ensure that all nail heads are flush with the wood.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hinge oil
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Nails

About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.

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