Your mattress is important because it helps you get a good night's sleep. There's nothing worse than an uncomfortable bed, but what about a squeaky bed that squeaks every time you move? Should you be concerned about this issue?
Your mattress squeaks when you move, probably due to wear and tear. Any part of the bed such as the bed frame or headboard can also cause the noise you are hearing. Just like your mattress, the different parts that make up your bed wear out over time.
Keep reading as I explain how to identify the source of the noise, what is causing it, and how you can fix the problem. I'll also talk about how to avoid the annoying noise your mattress makes. Let's begin.
To find the right solution to the problem, you must first find out where the noise is coming from. It may be that the noise is not necessarily coming from your mattress. A worn out bedding part could also be to blame.
Check the mattress, box spring, frame or headboard. Any of these can cause squeaks or other unpleasant noises for a variety of reasons.
The best way to identify the source of the problem is to test each part. You can do this by isolating each piece and testing it as best you can.
To check if the mattress is the problem, follow the instructions below:
- Remove the box spring and frame.
- Apply pressure to the mattress with your hands to see if it makes any noise. If you want, you can also sit on the mattress or jump on it.
A mattress has a type of spring or coil inside it. Most likely you have an old mattress, which often has metal springs. These springs wear out after prolonged use, causing the annoying noise you hear every time you move in bed.
Newer mattresses commonly found today also have coil springs. They're made differently, so they don't always wear out as easily as older mattresses. However, they can still make noise after years of use.
Assume your mattress isn't the problem, as it doesn't make any noise when you move on it. Then test the case spring to determine if it is the cause of the problem. Like other bed parts, box springs deteriorate over time. Follow the steps below:
- Remove the box spring from the frame.
- Shake the box spring to see if it makes any noise.
Assume you don't hear any noise from the box spring. Then move on to the next solution.
The bed frame can also cause a lot of noise. To determine if this is the source of the problem, follow the steps below:
- Hold the bed frame and shake it.
- Push the bed frame randomly to see if you hear anything.
- Check for loose screws or broken parts. They could be causing the noise.
The last thing to check is the header, which can be considered part of the framework. However, some headers do not come with the separately requested structure. A headboard can come loose or break, so you should shake yours to see if you hear anything.
What to do if your mattress is noisy
Remember that inside the mattress there are metal coils or springs that prevent the mattress from losing shape and can support the weight of the human body. However, over time, these coils can break or wear out to the point where the metal starts to rub against each other, causing a grinding noise.
Coils inside a mattress can also become tangled. When this happens, they make a popping sound. That's the noise you hear every time you move on the mattress. Is there anything I can do about the wear and tear?
Unfortunately, wear and tear is normal for any product. On the bright side, you can do a few things to fix the problem.
Suppose you are not ready to buy a new mattress. Do not worry. Instead of buying a new mattress, you can flip or rotate it. This can help the sleep pressure on the mattress move to a different area that hasn't passed yet. You probably won't hear any noise for some time.
Another way to solve the problem is to buy a new mattress. Any mattress, regardless of its quality, deteriorates over time, making you need a new one.
Consider flipping or rotating the mattress first, but if the annoying sound persists, it may be time to get a new mattress.
How to stop your mattress from making noise
Now that I've discussed some ways a mattress can make noise and how it can be fixed. Let's explore ways to avoid the problem in the future.
Earlier I mentioned that you might consider rotating or flipping the mattress to stop the annoying sound. However, this is a temporary solution. Next time you buy a new mattress, be sure to do the same, but not when the mattress starts to rattle. Flip or rotate your mattress every 6 months.
By doing this, you will evenly distribute the wear and tear on your mattress, preventing it from wearing out in just one area and causing discomfort and unpleasant noise.
A high-quality mattress can last 7-10 years, or even longer. Consider investing in a better mattress next time. Although high-quality mattresses are expensive, they are worth the investment because a good night's sleep is important to your overall well-being.
Investing in a high quality mattress also means you are less likely to spend money on a new mattress for years to come.
It's better to buy a good mattress that can last up to 15 years than to buy 2 or 3 bad mattresses in the same period of time.
What to do if the case spring is causing the noise
After testing your entire bed, if you find that the box spring is causing the noise, there are a few reasons why this could be happening.
Decks are generally not made to the best quality; they are just pieces of wood held together by a cloth. Older box springs often contain springs.
A noise coming from the platform could be due to the wear of the springs themselves. Wear and tear occurs when the metal springs rub against each other over time. This is the cause of the horrible squeak you hear when you move in bed.
However, if your box spring is a more current version, the noise may come from friction between thewooden ribbons, or one of those wooden slats could break.
How to fix a noisy bed frame
If there is a broken piece of wood, you can use an industrial stapler or masking tape to hold the piece of wood in place. This solution is temporary and will not last long. Eventually you will have the same problem in the future.
You can also use wood glue which is a great way to keep it strong longer. Now, if you have to start gluing your box spring wood panels all the time, it might be time to get a new one.
Another way to solve this problem is to place padding or blankets where the box spring is worn out to prevent further breakage. Padding can add a little extra support and muffle annoying noise.
What to do if the frame/head is causing the noise
Suppose you hear a metallic squeak. It can come from the bed frame or the headboard. If that's the case, there could be a few reasons why the bed frame is making this noise.
Your bed frame is probably old and worn out.Beds are used nightly so they take a lot of wear and tear over time. Most bed frames are a fewmetal type🇧🇷 After a while, that metal will age and creak, especially when you consider that the bed frame is holding everything else on top of it.
This could be due to a lack of lubrication, as when the hinges on a house door begin to creak. A bed frame consists of many bolts and nuts to hold everything in place, so it's common for them to come loose and make noise.
A wooden bed frame can also make noise, but for a different reason. According to Casper, wood can warp due to excess moisture over time. This leads to unevenness, which causes the frame to rattle as you sit, toss and turn in bed.
How to fix a noisy headboard/frame
Suppose the bed frame is noisy due to lack of lubrication. You'll want to spray on something like WD-40, which should help eliminate the noise.
With a metal bed frame, you must check and make sure all screws are tight to rule this out as an issue. If the noise disappears after doing this, then the problem is that they were loose and you should be good to go.
If the wooden slats are warped, there is a way to minimize the noise. You can always add some sort of padding around the uneven slat or even add more slats to help support the bed frame. Another thing you can do that takes a little more work isReplace your slats with plywood.
the bottom line
Your mattress can make noise when you move for a variety of reasons. This is usually because your mattress, box spring, or frame is old and has worn out over time.
Some other reasons could be springs or coils in the mattress that have become tangled or worn out, warped or broken wood in the box spring, or loose screws in the bed frame.
Most of these problems can be fixed with wood glue, extra padding for support, flipping the mattress, and tightening loose screws. If that doesn't work, it's time for a new purchase.