How to Fix a Broken Boxspring

You must fix a broken box spring right away to ensure a good night's sleep. Your bed may become uneven or uncomfortable due to manipulated springs, or the bed itself may squeak whenever pressure is applied. Maintaining a reliable box spring not only saves you the time and money of making a fresh purchase, but it also eliminates a significant disruption to rest and relaxation.

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Fit a box spring and mattress into a sturdy frame.

Step 1

Reduce or eliminate squeaky noises. Remove the mattress, covers and padding. Apply pressure to the box spring. Listen for "squeaking" sounds. Remove all necessary bolts and screws with a wrench, socket set or screwdriver. Spray screws, bolts and framing pieces with metal lubricant, such as WD-40. Reinsert and tighten all previously removed bolts and screws.

Step 2

Fix faulty springs. Pull the box spring into a garage, basement, car port or other well ventilated area with a concrete surface. Mix warm water and mild detergent in a bucket. Put on a dust mask and wash the box spring free of grease, oils, dirt and other residue. Slide on safety gloves and glasses. Ignite a butane torch. Hold the torch flame 1 to 3 inches from faulty springs—so the flame tip is touching. Move the flame back and forth to heat the spring. Turn off the torch once the spring is red hot. Manipulate the spring back into shape using a pair of pliers.

Step 3

Pad an uneven box spring. Layer the box spring with a plywood board—fitted to the dimensions of the box spring—or polyester padding to even out the surface area. Apply at least two layers of polyester padding if you lay down a plywood board. Secure polyester padding with plastic ties or industrial staples.


Jeffery Keilholtz

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.