How to Keep a Wood Slat Bed From Squeaking

Save

Bed frames made from strips of wood are attractive, but sometimes they squeak as you shift on the mattress. Applying the right lubricant and replacing cracked or weak pieces of wood will prevent the slats from squeaking underneath the pressure of your mattress.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver or hammer (optional)
  • Paraffin wax
  • Replacement wood slats
  • Remove all bedding and the mattress from your wood-slat bed frame.

  • Remove the wood slats from the bed frame. Lift them out by hand, as they normally aren't attached to the frame. If they are attached, unscrew any screws or pry the nails out with a hammer claw.

  • Wipe a block of paraffin wax along the frame edges where the wood slats sit. This will lubricate the surface and prevent most squeaking.

  • Inspect the wood slats for signs of cracking or excessive bending -- both conditions indicate weakness, and are possible causes of squeaking. Replace any slats that show evidence of cracking or bending.

  • Replace the slats on the bed frame. Reinstall the mattress and make the bed.

References

  • New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything in and Around Your Home; Readers Digest; 1996
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Fix a Broken Bed Frame

    Learn how to repair the most common issues with wooden bed frames, including optons for reinforcing the frame.

  • How to Fix Squeaky Bunk Beds

    Bunk beds help you conserve valuable space in the bedrooms of your home, but these double-decker beds often suffer from squeaks and...

  • How to Make a Slat Platform Bed Stop Squeaking

    A slat platform bed features a frame supported by multiple wooden slats. Over time and continuous use, certain parts of the wooden...

  • How to Repair a Squeaky Bed

    Squeak! Squeak! Squeak! How can you expect to wake up rested and refreshed if your bed keeps making funny noises all night...

  • How to Fix Bed Rails

    Bed rails are the boards or metal supports that run from a bed's headboard to foot board, along the bed's side, and...

  • How to Stop a Squeaking Box Spring

    Locate and fix squeaks that seem be coming from your bed's box spring or foundation, using one solution or another.

  • How to Fix a Squeaky Pine Sleigh Bed

    Pine sleigh beds have a graceful, curvilinear structure and an elegant natural finish, but over time the frame of a pine sleigh...

  • How to Fix a Squeaky Wooden Bed Frame

    Weather causes wood to swell, resulting in squeaks that were not there before a change in the weather. Dealing with a noisy...

  • DIY How to Fix Bed Slats

    Sometimes wooden slats supporting the box spring for your bed do break. Most often, the break occurs when children are jumping on...

  • How to Make Your Bed Stop Squeaking

    To stop your bed from squeaking you need to tighten loose joints and fasteners and lubricate metal parts.

  • How to Make Wooden Bed Slats

    Although new bed headboards and foot boards connect easily to a metal bed frame with a crosspiece to support the mattress, older...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!