How to Repair Squeaky Springs in My Upholstered Chair

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Things You'll Need

  • Needle nose pliers (optional)

  • Silicone lubricant (WD-40)

  • Paper towel

  • Plumber's tape (Teflon tape)

  • Hammer


Spraying lubricant directly onto the springs results in over spray that will soak into fabric and cause an oily stain.

Compression and extension eventually change the shape and tension of a spring.

Squeaky springs cause an upholstered chair to give off a noisy racket each time someone takes a seat on it. Old steel springs get bent out of shape from years of use and may even rust in high-moisture environments. Accessing the springs allows you to address the squeaking problem directly and provide the long-term fix that is best for the upholstered chair. This irritating problem takes only a few minutes to repair and renders the chair effectively silent.


Step 1

Turn the upholstered chair upside down so that the squeaky springs are accessible from the under side. It may be necessary to remove a piece of fabric from the bottom of the chair to see the springs. Needle nose pliers are helpful to remove the staples or tacks that often hold this fabric in place,

Step 2

Listen closely to the springs as you press up on the seat of the chair and cause them to compress. Try to pinpoint where the squeaky sounds are coming from. Look for springs that are rubbing against each other.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of silicone lubricant to a paper towel and rub the towel on any of the springs that are making noise. Compress the springs by pressing on the seat after each application to see if the sounds have been eliminated.


Step 4

Wind a double layer of plumber's tape around any springs that are rubbing against metal and continuing to squeak. Test the chair again by pressing up on the seat to compress the springs as you listen for squeaks.

Step 5

Reposition the fabric to cover the springs in the base of the upholstered chair. Secure the fabric by tapping the tacks or staples back into the frame of the chair.

Step 6

Flip the chair back over and sit down in the chair as you listen closely for any residual squeaking sounds. Repeat the effort to find and eliminate the squeaks until the chair is quiet.



Jeffrey Brian Airman

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.