I recently bought a second hand wooden bed frame. All is good except it squeaks quite a lot when I move around on it (ahem). Any advice on fixing the annoying squeak?
EDIT :: photo of the joint
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I fixed my metal bedframe by putting leather patches between parts that are rubbing. Wooden frame is a bit more tricky - not so easy to identify where the parts are rubbing, but this is the first initial step. I'd say check all the joints and see if you can tighten the bolts or add glue to moving parts.
Basically, the noise comes from parts rubbing on each other. If you can eliminate rubbing, or put something between the rubbing parts - that would reduce the noise.
Most times with anything wood, it is not the wood rubbing together that is squeaking, it is your nails, screws, bolts, or whatever holding it together that are loose rubbing on the wood that squeak. I would go around your bed frame and tighten everything. If you find one that wont tighten you can use some wood glue in the hole to help with the squeaks(If you dont plan on taking it apart in the future :))
Does the bed have slats?
I was ready to throw away a daybed for being incredibly noisy, but before I did, I replaced the fancy springy laminated-wood slats it used to have with cheap plain wooden slats. The squeaks stopped immediately. Turns out, the fancy slats were just a tad bit too big, and the ends were rubbing against the frame at the slightest provocation, producing the noise.
I'm still using the fancy slats in a different bed, where they work perfectly. The point is, neither the bed nor the slats were at fault; the problem was with the combination.
Beeswax or paraffin. Your local hardware store probably will have both as they're used for lubricating drawer slides on older joinery.
Knock the joint apart apply to where the wood rubs. Lift the slats out and apply it there as well.
Beeswax is slightly sticky and will adhere to metal, so it will probably work on the hooks on the metal joint as well.
Tighten anything that's loose on the headboard and side rails afterwards and it should all go away.
Whenever I lift wooden floorboards, I sprinkle simple talcum (baby) powder where the boards sit. Ditto, although rather more difficult to get at the squeaky areas, wooden stairs. Obviously it depends on whether you can access the point where wood meets wood - but that is the area to be "lubricated". Unfortunately, soft woods tend to wear and then you need to start again.