If you're kept awake at night by the squeaking and creaking sounds of your bed, then it's time to take action and fix it! Unfortunately, there are many areas of a bed that can lead to a creaking sound, from the frame to the mattress itself, so be prepared to conduct a little detective work. Use the following tips for fixing a creaky bed and you'll be resting peacefully in no time.
The first thing you need to check is whether your bed is on a flat and sturdy surface. A bed frame that isn't level will often lead to to a creaking sound as different areas of the bed compensate for the uneven plane. Look at all four legs of the bed to make sure they're firmly on the ground. If you spot an area that's not level and well supported, place a piece of rubber matting under the leg until the bed is sturdy.
If the creaking continues, check all the nuts and bolts on the bed to make sure that they're as tight as possible. If none of the nuts and bolts are loose, you may want to consider installing plastic washers to cut down on any squeaking that may result from the metal on metal contact. Another option is to remove the nuts and bolts and then wrap them in sealant tape. The tape creates a buffer that prevents the metal from rubbing against other metal. Use sealant tape in conjunction with plastic washers for the best result.
After tightening bolts and installing washers, your bed should be relatively stable. If it's still prone to movement, than reinforce the frame by installing L brackets. These brackets will help to further stabilize the frame and reduce excessive movement that may be causing the creaking sound.
Go over all the metal parts of your bed with a lubricant, such as WD40. Spraying the product directly onto the metal may cause a mess and damage to surrounding surfaces, so it's best to wipe the lubricant on with a rag. Spray a generous amount of the product on a clean rag and wipe it on the nuts, bolts, brackets and any other metal hardware on the bed. Wait several hours for it to dry before placing your mattresses back on the frame.
Sometimes squeaks occur where the wooden rails of a bed join the wooden headboard and footboard. Fixing this type of creak can be a little tricky, since you want to be careful not to damage the wood itself. Parafin and beeswax are two options that can work wonders. Disassemble your bed all the way down to the frame and then carefully remove the bed rails from the headboard and footboard. Use wax to rub down the ends of the rails, making sure to give all the surfaces a good coating. Don't forget to apply wax to the end of rails where they but up against the headboard or footboard. If your bed has wooden slats, you may also want to apply a coat to keep them from creaking.