What Makes A Squeaky Bed And How Can You Fix It?Posted: December 12, 2012
Squeaky beds can be incredibly annoying, so much so that some people would probably prefer to buy a new bed frame rather than fixing the problem. However, you can easily repair a squeaky bed frame to ensure you’re finally able to get some peace and quiet!
Why do beds squeak?
A squeaky bed can arise for a number of reasons. Some of the most common issues can include:
– The age of your bed – as your bed ages it will naturally weaken and could begin to squeak as a result.
– The materials used in the bed’s construction – metal beds can be notorious for squeaking, as the intersecting pieces of the frame can scrape against one another. Wooden bed frames can still squeak though.
– The floor – it isn’t always your bed that’s the culprit of those annoying squeaks. If you have wooden floor boards it may be them that are squeaking and not your bed.
– Your mattress – it may actually be the springs in your mattress that are squeaking.
– Loose joints – if the hooks keeping your bed frame together come loose they can begin to squeak.
How to locate the squeak
Finding out where the squeak in your bed is coming from will be the first step to fixing the problem.
To do this you should:
– Sit on the edge of your bed and see whether it squeaks. Do this all along the edges of the mattress on both sides of the bed.
– Move the headboard back and forth to see if it squeaks.
– Check the legs of your bed frame to make sure they aren’t loose or crooked.
You may find that your bed squeaks from numerous locations, in which case you should consider combining some of the following solutions:
– Tighten the screws, nuts and bolts on your bed.
– Apply a lubricant to the nuts, bolts and joints in your bed – WD-40 should be ideal.
– Remove all of the nuts and bolts. Then wrap the bolts in sealant tape and put them back into the bed frame. This time, use plastic washers on both sides of the bolt and use a metal nut to hold the bolt in place. This is one of the best ways to stop a squeaky metal bed as it removes metal-on-metal contact.
– Make sure that all of the joints are flush.
– Tighten all of the hooks, screws, nuts and bolts used.
– Apply a lubricant to the nuts, bolts and joints – you can use either a specialist wood lubricant or a general lubricant.
– Consider replacing any nails with screws.
If you have wooden floorboards, one of the best ways to stop them from squeaking is to place a thick rug beneath your bed. This can provide a barrier between the floor and your bed.
– Rotate your mattress – this can change the weight distribution, which can relieve the pressure on the springs at fault.
– Move around the mattress to find the area in which the squeaking is more prevalent. Then, place a flat object beneath this area to relieve pressure.
And if all else fails…
If you have tried all of the above solutions but haven’t had any joy, it might be time to replace your bed.
A squeaky bed can wake you numerous times in the night if you’re a light sleeper, and it can be a great source of annoyance. There are many ways to fix a squeaky bed though, so you can begin getting a good night’s sleep in no time.
This post was provided by Anglia Home Furnishings, a regional company specialising in furniture and carpeting.