Tweaks to Add Comfort & Livability
Addressing subtle things that get in the way: a squeak in the night, a bad layout, blank walls.
HOUR Tighten a Squeaky Bed Frame
Squelch the squeak and avoid sleepless nights. First be sure the noise isn’t coming from mattress or box spring: remove them from the frame. Next, examine the bed frame and rock any posts. If you find a loose bolt, add a washer and tighten with a wrench. Wood on wood also makes noise: try to pinpoint the spot and rub two or more coats of paraffin or wax on the area. For slats that rub, create a buffer by lining each joint where the bed frame and the slat meet with old socks or T-shirt rags. (Wax also works.) For all-metal bed frames, lubricate rubbing joints with WD-40. Reassemble the bed and test it. If it still squeaks, look again: is it the box spring against the frame? Use the old-sock trick. Check for uneven legs, leveling with a shim, felt or a cork coaster, or bit of towel.