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.

You will need

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

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.

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.

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.