Squeaky Mattress – Why & How to Fix

Few things are more infuriating than a constantly squeaking mattress. Whether you’re attempting to get a good night’s sleep or just can’t stand the incessant annoying creaks every time you move, it’s an issue you’ll want to fix as soon as possible.

In order to determine how to get rid of the noise, you have to know what’s causing it. This can depend on a number of different things, so you’ll have to check each aspect of your mattress and bed setup to rule out these causes. Luckily, there are fixes for each kind, but you’ll first have to locate and isolate the source of the noise. Let’s break down the difference causes and solutions for the squeaking.

What is Causing the Noise?

Bed Frame

Most noises aren’t caused by mattresses or box springs, mostly because a majority of modern mattresses don’t use metal.

A bed frame is the most logical place that a noise could be originating from. Lift and remove the mattress and box spring – or other foundation that you are using – from the bed frame and take a closer look. Grab the headboard and give it a little shake. If you hear those noises that you’ve been annoyed by, then the bed frame is the culprit.

Box Spring and Foundation

To test a box spring or similar foundation, simply remove it from your bed frame, lift your mattress off of it, and gently lower yourself to lie down on it. If you hear those offended squeaks, it must be the box spring! This is often caused by broken or loose slats, but depending on the type of foundation you use, can be a result of faulty springs, torsion bars, or grid decks. Most of these issues will be covered by a warranty.

Mattress

Mattresses don’t often cause squeaks, but if they do, the best way to find out is to remove the mattress, place it on the floor, and lie down and move around on it. If there are specific squeaky sounds, then your mattress may have broken or defective springs. If your mattress is still covered by warranty, then you are likely eligible for a replacement or a fix.

How Do You Fix It?

There are a few different solutions you can try, depending on what the source of the noise is.

  • Tighten Screws

Look for nuts, bolts, or screws that are loose and tighten them with the right tool until they no longer squeak. The main problem areas are usually joints and connections.

  • Tighten Gaps

Wooden bed frames usually don’t have bolts to tighten, and if the frame is loosening in places where you can’t tighten or properly fix, use small corks – or pieces of cork – to wedge between the mattress and squeaky areas of the bed frame. You can also use this around pegs or between particularly gapped slats.

  • Lubricant

Joints in your bed may squeak because they need an oiling, just like any type of furniture. Use WD-40 to carefully lubricate the source of the noise. If you need an alternative to WD-40, you can use vegetable oil temporarily. Do note that this only works on metal!

This same fix works for box springs that are past their warranty, too. Flip open the box spring and expose the springs within. If there’s no easy way to expose them, cut a small hole in the fabric above them. Spray each spring individually, or the specific areas that you hear squeaks coming from, and staple the backing fabric back into place after.

  • Wax

This is another fix for squeaky joints, but it can work on wood, too. Find the source of the disturbance and use a wax candle to rub all over the connection points. You may need to do this for a while and get quite a few wax coats on before the solution works.

  • Rotate Your Mattress

If your mattress is the kind that can be rotated, do so! The noise could be your mattress telling you that you need to give it a flip.

  • Check Positioning

Make sure that your mattress is centered on the box spring and bed frame. Keeling too much to one side could be putting too much weight on some areas of your foundation and frame, causing noisiness.

  • Household Objects

Having a lot of difficulty getting rid of that particular squeak? There are solutions available all around you! Place a book between the mattress and the part of the frame or box spring that is squeaking. Stuff a sock between noisy, gapped slats or gaps in the bed frame. While they’re far from permanent solutions, they work well in a pinch and can greatly reduce noise.

  • Think Outside the Box

Sometimes, the mattress or bed itself may not be the problem. Is your bedroom floor uneven or sloping? Use towels, books, or other similar objects to level out the mattress, or, if space allows, move your bed to an area with even flooring.

Say Goodbye To Noise!

Hopefully, these solutions have helped you put those irritating noises to bed. Here’s to many undisturbed nights ahead!

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