While there are many reasons you may be experiencing poor or little sleep, it definitely doesn’t help to have a bed that squeaks every time you move. With some beds, you don’t need to be a fitful sleeper for the bed to make noise: even the slightest movement produces another squeak. What causes noisy beds, and what can you do to fix the squeaks?
What Causes a Squeaky Bed
Mattress or Box Spring Needs Replacement
Springs within the mattress or box spring might be rubbing against other parts and causing the squeaking. Springs are internal, and you should not attempt to repair them. Purchase a new mattress or box spring.
Bed Parts Need Tightening
Metal or wood bed frames tend to loosen over time—or never were properly tightened in the first place. Tightening the parts can help eliminate a majority of bed squeaks.
Bed Parts Need Lubrication
Bed frame components may rub against each other, even after they have been tightened. After lubrication, the components will still move against each other, but the friction will be reduced enough that the squeaks will entirely go away or will be quieter.
Wood Bed Parts Need Felt Tape
Some wood beds consist of two stringer rails that run between the headboard and the footboard. At each end of the stringers are metal hooks that fit into slotted mortises in the headboard and footboard.
When stress is placed on the bed, the stringers rub against the headboard and footboard, causing squeaking. Adding self-adhesive felt tape in the space between the stringers and head or foot boards eliminates these squeaks.
Box Spring Needs Padding
The box spring shifting against the inside of the bed frame may be causing squeaking. Adding a cushion between the components may help reduce noise.
Source: The Spruce