How to Fix Squeaky Rocking Chair Springs

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Things You'll Need

  • Lubricating oil or kitchen cooking oil spray

  • Candle or a bar of soap or furniture polish

  • Matches

  • Mineral oil or petroleum jelly

  • Hair dryer


If at-home remedies do not help the squeaking, take the chair to a local furniture repair store since they will know more about isolating faulty parts that are causing the squeaking.

Another option is to completely replace the springs. Contact the manufacturer about ordering replacement parts or to see if they have a local dealer who can replace the springs.


Before applying any oil to the chair to reduce squeaking, contact your chair's manufacturer

Squeaking occurs when a chair's springs start to break down.
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Whether it is used for rocking a colicky baby to sleep or to relax after a long day, a rocking chair is a must for every home. It's hard to relax, especially when the springs are squeaking. After years of use, a rocking chair's springs could start to squeak. If you can't take the squeaking anymore, you can try to lubricate the springs and protect the rocker's wood to take the noise away.

Step 1

Find the part of the spring that is making the noise. Sit on the chair and pay attention to where the noise originates. It will be easier to have someone else sit in the chair and rock while you stoop to listen for the squeaking area.

Step 2

Turn the chair upside down on the floor so that you can easily access the bottom spring area.

Step 3

Apply a lubricating spray to the exact area on the spring where you notice the squeak. In a pinch, you can also use kitchen cooking spray oil. Rub the oil over all the bolts and moving parts.

Step 4

Rub the squeaky joints and springs with petroleum jelly or mineral oil if the lubricating oil does not take the squeak away.

Step 5

Heat the areas you have rubbed with mineral oil or petroleum jelly with a hair dryer to warm the substance so it runs down into the springs to reduce squeaking.

Step 6

Melt candle wax and rub it into the wooden area around the springs with your fingers. Sit on the chair and immediately start rocking to help the wax sink into the wood. If you are uncomfortable using hot wax, you could also use furniture polish or a bar of soap to lubricate the wood.

Step 7

Lubricate your springs every month or so to prevent squeaking.


Katie Tonarely

Katie Tonarely started writing professionally in 2008. Her work appears in the Springfield "News-Leader" and she provides consumer-related content for various websites. Tonarely received a Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in journalism from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.