You’re lying in bed, eyes closed, starting to drift off into dreamland, about to have good night’s rest when you shift your weight ever so slightly to get into a comfier position…and you hear it –
Whether it’s when you’re going to sleep or getting a little frisky with your partner, we’ve all heard our beds make annoying noises at some point in our lives. Few things can be more irritating at night than the sound of your bed squeaking with every move you make. And unless you can lay as stiff as a board in bed every night you have to address the source of that pesky sound at some point.
The culprit? More often than not, it’s none other than your bed base.
You may have picked outa great mattress for you, but your bedtime experience may fall just short of perfect if all that squeaking gets in the way. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you out! Let’s take a look at what makes a great silent bed base.
Spring for Something Solid
Box springs have been around for decades and are popular choices for many people around the world. The problem with box springs is that their wear and tear over time often leads to that squeaky metal spring sound that we’ve all come to hate. One loose spring and you’ll have a hard time finding the source of the problem and may need to get a whole new base altogether. So if you’re looking for a peaceful night, box springs are probably not the way to go, especially in the long run.
For a silent base, it’s best to go with something sturdy, usually quality metal or hardwood. Bases made from these quality materials can hold up to considerable movement over a long time without damaging joints, putting too much strain on the slats, or causing the bed to scrape on the floor. The perfect solid base elevates your mattress to the right height for you while keeping quiet day and night – no springs attached.
The Cool Thing About Slats
Now that you know to look for that sturdy material, it’s time to look at the other important details that can ensure that you have a silent bed base – and have a great bed base in general. You may ask, why not put your mattress on the floor and avoid the hassle of having to hunt for a base altogether? Well, there are actually important comfort benefits to having a bed base that we often overlook.
Mattress air circulation is a crucial part of sleep comfort which is why it’s recommended for your bed’s foundation to be built to allow for mattress breathability. This is why you should look for bases with slats to hold up the mattress as opposed to one solid plank of wood that blocks airflow underneath your bed.
But what do slats have to do with a silent bed base? It is important to take note of not just the material used for the slats so they don’t start squeaking after wear, but also of the distance between slats. This is an important detail in getting a quiet night’s sleep. The further apart the slats are, the more strain there is on each plank, which can cause the base to make more noise than it should. So for a silent bed, look for a base that has slats no more than 63.5 mm apart. This will make sure that the slats are far enough apart that air can circulate properly, but close enough that the mattress is held up well without too much pressure on the slats.
It’s All About Great Connections
A well-constructed bed base also needs to have well-connected joints. Bed joints can be a major source of squeaking since these areas are where the nuts and bolts may tend to loosen over time. So make sure that all the parts of your bed base are built to fit together well by a good quality manufacturer with thick joints to withstand wear and tear. And don’t forget to make sure that everything is screwed in tight so you are free from nighttime noise worries.
Now that you know all the basics: go out, find the silent bed base for you, and roll around in your sheets all night long, squeak-free!