How to Fix Squeaking Bed Frame

Squeaky beds can ruin your complete rest. You must know how to fix squeaking bed frame by eliminating the annoying squeaks from the wooden or metal bed frame. Having a bed frame that squeaks can be a hassle and very annoying. It can make your bedtime uncomfortable and will cost you valuable sleep. However, do not throw away the bed just because it makes noise. Instead, you must find ways to stop this squeaking sound. Here are some simple steps that will help you fix the squeaking bed.

Things Required:

  • Spanners for stripping the bed down
  • Plumber’s sealant tape
  • Light machine oil
  • Cotton buds
  • Wax candle


  • First, you will have to strip the bed down, remove all the bedding so that you are only left with the frame and support from the mattress. There are various kinds of mattress supports, but most of them are in metal frame. Once the metal bed frame is open, you will be able to identify the location of the squeaky noise. If you notice that the sound is coming from various locations, you will have to check all the areas. The screws that are holding the bed frame together may have come out loose and causing the squeaky noise.
  • Now, you will have to take the bed frame apart. Instead of trying to locate the annoying squeak, it would be much better if you try to cure every possible squeak you can. By doing this you will be able to prevent all the squeaks that may appear in the future. Sometimes even the caster wheels can create noise because of all the massive loading kept on them. However, the best option will be to drip a little light machine oil in the caster wheels bearings.
  • Sometimes even the screws won’t fit tightly so use a plumber’s sealing tape and apply it on all of them. Remember that this tape is not thick and will give a good lubrication to the screw hole. Make sure that you check the washers. It is possible that the screws have stretched and cannot hold the parts together anymore as tightly as they used to. Before you start replacing the screw make sure that you add a washer, which is 1/16 inch thick.
  • Start re-assembling the bed together. Check the areas where the metal parts are rubbing together. You notice them easily because they will show up shiny, remember that you must rub a little wax candle on them. This will give a good lubricating surface and avoid all the future squeaks. Ensure that all the screws are tight to their maximum extent. Take the plumber’s sealant tape and tape the screws, so that they are less likely to come out in future.
  • Once you have re-assembled the bed, you will notice that there are no more squeaks, and your bed is firmer with absolutely no movement in the frame. The last place where you can find a squeak is when there is no mattress support. Does not matter what kind of mattress support you have, it will have coiled springs and a woven metal mesh. These springs and metal mesh can create smaller squeaks, which can be very noticeable. A little drop of the light machine oil in all the mounting points on the springs, and you will not hear any sound. To avoid any drips or spills you can apply the oil with the help of a cotton bud.

Tips and Warnings:

  • Sometimes the bed frames will need replacement. The squeaks will be your first signal that you need to adjust the tuning. If you notice that, the bolt continues to back out or loosen then you will have to replace the bolt or the holes from which the bolts pass. If you manage to keep the bolts tight then it will increase the life of the metal frame because the bolts won’t be able to ream out of the holes easily.
  • In worst-case scenarios, you will need frame replacement, but usually a little tightening and oiling will help solve your problem. However, always remember that you must opt for the affordable approach first, and if it still doesn’t works then you must think of change.
  • If the frame is not balanced properly, then the bed will squeak whenever you move on it. Check if there are any balance problems, like uneven floor or a damaged leg. Also, remember that some of the frames will have plastic wheels at the corners and a plastic standout in the center of the frame. Over time, this arrangement may get distorted and spoil the shape of the bed frame. If this happens, then you will have to remove the center standout and add a different support.
  • Always be careful when you are tightening the bolts and use a proper wrench. If you want, you can use spray lubricants as well, but remember that you must apply enough to cease the squeak and not so much that it starts dripping. Use very little because it takes less than half an ounce for stopping the simple squeak.

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