If you’re trying to rest in a squeaky bed, you needn’t be asleep to experience a nightmare! You’ll just be drifting off when, out of nowhere, comes a squeak! Every time your spouse rolls over, or the dog moves on the end of the bed, you’re forced out of your peaceful slumber. Squeaky bedsprings tend to be very frustrating, yet common. Fortunately, irritating squeaks tend to be an easy fix.
Beds that squeak suffer from metal meeting metal or wood, unstable spring compression, or lack of lubrication. A lopsided mattress, ill-fitting headboard or footboard, or loose connections usually cause unstable spring compression. If you sit on the bed and listen for the squeaks, you can usually find the location of the squeak, and remedy it. If you fail to isolate the squeaks, there are several things you can try.
First, unscrew the headboard and footboard and then carefully reassemble the bed. When putting the mattress back on, be sure that it is centered. Often, a lopsided mattress puts too much pressure on one side of the bed, resulting in squeaking springs. The springs are meant to withstand evenly distributed weight, and when this balance is off, a squeak is almost sure to follow.
After eliminating a centering or weight distribution issue, the next trick to try is tightening any remaining bolts, screws, hinges, etc. A loose screw in the frame of the bed can cause sagging in the springs, resulting in unstable spring compression. If your squeak is the result of a loose-fitting, your problem will be solved in less than five minutes! Routine tightening of bolts, screws, hinges, etc is a good idea to avoid future squeaking.
If you’ve still got a squeak after centering and tightening, you’ll need to spray some cooking oil on the squeaking spring or springs. In most cases, this will stop the squeak immediately. Over time, the lubrication from the spray will wear off, and reapplication may be necessary. Also, lubricating the springs with a bar of soap, candles, or paraffin wax may work. You can experiment with any or all of these products and determine what works best for your particular squeak.
Aside from things you can do to the bed, there are also environmental issues you may need to take into consideration. Is the floor underneath the bed sagging and causing unstable spring compression? Is one of the legs of the bed on unstable ground? Some feng shui experts insist that hanging a crystal ball over the bed will rid the environment of persistent flaws and frustrating imperfections; it may be worth a try!
Although it is rare, if you have tried everything, it is a possibility that the design of the bed is inherently flawed and nothing can be done to stop the squeaking. That’s when it’s time to write the manufacturer a letter of dissatisfaction and buy a new bed! Hopefully one of these methods will work for your bed and you will hear less squeaking, feel less frustration, and get more rest at night!Although it is rare