Why do beds squeak?

  • 2021-11-29 08:45:44

Do metal beds squeak?


Properly made and assembled metal beds should not squeak. If you buy a bed frame from a reputed retailer or manufacturer squeaking is not something you should worry about. If the bed does squeak right out of the box or starts to squeak within a year of buying the bed, then you should definitely consider getting in touch with the retailer you bought your bed from to see if they can help you fix your bed.

Why do beds squeak?


All beds, whether they’re made of wood or metal, have joints. If these joints start rubbing against one another because they’ve come loose over time, the friction between the two surfaces as they rub together will cause that characteristic squeak. This is why you’ll usually get the same squeak every time you move in a certain way. That is a good way to track down exactly where the squeak is coming from – the first part of any solution.

Other reasons could be broken bed slats, old or broken mattress springs, or even the bed being uneven (a real problem in older properties where the floor may not be as ‘flat’ as you’d think!). You could also discover that the cause of a squeak is the bed or headboard rubbing against the wall, or a headboard that hasn’t been fitted properly and is loose.


Beds which are built to a lesser standard are usually less rigid. Which means there is more chances of movement in the frame which translated to noise.


Beds which have support legs at the centre of their side rails or even in the middle of the bed tend to start squeaking over time. The reason they need these legs is because their rails are not designed to be strong enough as it’s more expensive to make and ship. But in our experience these legs do tend to wear out after some time which leads to a frame which is stressed to beyond which it is designed. This leads to a frame which can move around and it starts becoming noisy.

How to stop a bed from squeaking or making noise?


Step 1: If you find the cause of your misery is a loose headboard or one that’s rubbing against a wall, then all you need to do is pull the bed a couple of inches away from the wall, and make sure the screws holding the headboard onto the frame are done up tight. You’ll usually find that the screws have a metal washer that sits between the head of the screw and the body of the bed. You can replace these with rubber washers if you prefer, but making sure the screw (which is usually a crosshead screw) is done up tight should stop the noise.


Step 2: On old metal beds, you can go around with that screwdriver and make sure everything is tightened up properly. In fact, this is a good thing to do on a regular basis to prevent any damage to the frame. If your bed has casters on the feet (more common with older models) then they may need a little drop of three-in-one oil to banish any squeaks.


Step 3: If the bed is on an uneven floor then you may need to do a bit of levelling up. Break out

the spirit level and some pieces of plywood and, just like you would with a rickety table, pop a piece under any corner that’s a bit wobbly.

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