How to Make a Metal Bed Frame Stop Squeaking

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Replacement screws

  • Plastic washers

  • Petroleum-based lubricant

  • Electrical tape

Old metal bed frames are prone to squeaking.

A squeaky metal bed frame isn't just irritating, the noise can disrupt your sleep pattern and prevent you from feeling rested in the morning. Even if you don't remember waking up in the middle of the night, you may be sleeping lighter on a squeaky bed than you would on a well-maintained one. You can use a few inexpensive household items to block, cushion or lubricate the frame and springs and keep your bed from making a racket.


Step 1

Remove the mattress and box spring and locate the source of the squeaking. Sit on each edge of the bed and bounce until you hear the squeaking. Check the box spring and any areas where pieces of the frame connect.

Step 2

Remove the screws and bolts holding the rails and frame together. Place a plastic washer on each screw, replace the screws and place another washer between the frame and the bolt. Tighten the bolts.

Step 3

Spray a petroleum-based lubricant on squeaky springs or interlocking connectors at the corners of the bed.


Step 4

Wrap electrical tape around the legs of the frame where the rails are attached. Poke a hole through the tape, insert the screws and attach the rails. The tape will act as a cushion for the metal pieces.



Alec Preble

Alec Preble began writing professionally in 2007. He began blogging in 2006, writing media reviews for the "Post-Standard" from 2007-2008. Preble received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Empire State College in 2005.