How to Stop a Box Spring from Squeaking

If a squeaky box spring is keeping you or your significant other up all night, this guide will get everyone back to counting sheep in no time.


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You Will Need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Hex wrenches
  • Small board
  • Hardcover book
  • Spray lubricant
  • Construction stapler


  1. Step 1

    Tighten all bolts

    Check the bed frame and tighten all the bolts, screws, and other connectors using a flat- or Phillips-head screwdriver, and a hex wrench if needed.

  2. Step 2

    Pad the squeaky area

    Pad the squeaky area with either a small board or hardcover book to change the pressure point of a squeaky spring and eliminate the noise.

  3. Step 3

    Rotate mattress and box spring

    Rotate either the mattress or box spring or both to change how the weight is distributed and, again, eliminate a pressure point that causes the squeak.

  4. Get in the habit of regularly flipping the mattress and rotating the box spring for even wear.

  5. Step 4

    Lubricate connectors

    Use a spray lubricant to grease the bolts and joints -- a squeak is usually caused by 2 pieces of wood rubbing against each other.

  6. Step 5

    Spray springs

    Remove the box spring, gently peel back the felt cover on the bottom, and lubricate each of the springs. Use a construction stapler to re-attach the felt backing.

  7. Ask a friend to help to avoid injury and to make the process easier.

  8. Step 6

    Replace the box spring

    Replace the box spring altogether if the squeaking persists. A new mattress and box spring will last about eight years under normal wear and tear, and should be replaced to avoid back and hip pain later.

  9. Humans sleep about three hours less each day than other primates such as baboons and chimps, who sleep about 10 hours each day on average.