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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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Get in the habit of regularly flipping the mattress and rotating the box spring for even wear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Ask a friend to help to avoid injury and to make the process easier.
  • 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.
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

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

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