Just when I thought I’d settled on the ideal mattress for my sleeping habits, I was awakened to the fact that my box spring was a great deal louder than I’d ever realized. Without the older, inferior mattress as a distraction, it became increasingly obvious that I would have to replace the box spring as well. That led me to the question: What is the quietest box spring on the current market?
- What is the Quietest Box Spring?
- What are some pros and cons of wooden box springs?
- Are there any drawbacks to high profile models that I should be aware of?
- Are there any ways to fix a squeaky box spring that don’t involve buying a new one?
- Are there any models on the current market that fit the criteria I’m looking for?
- The Bottom Line
What is the Quietest Box Spring?
The short answer: Box springs with a wooden foundation tend to be quieter than their metal counterparts. It also helps if the box spring is deeper, or “high profile”—that is, around nine inches deep. This may be because the additional cushioning makes for less friction between the box spring and the bed frame.
Later on, I’ll get into the specifics regarding the models that get high marks from testers, as far as quietness is concerned. In general, however, those who are looking for a quiet box spring would do best to seek out a wooden model with a high profile.
What are some pros and cons of wooden box springs?
In addition to being quiet, wooden box springs are usually priced lower than the ones constructed out of metal. The downside to this, however, is that wood is more prone to deterioration, and therefore may be less durable in the long run. That’s not to say that they don’t provide a sturdy foundation—only that the box spring may not last as long.
Depending on the type of wood that’s used, this type of box spring can also be quite lightweight, which makes it more maneuverable. Some assembly may also be required, but this is less common with high profile models, which is another reason you might want to consider this type.
Are there any drawbacks to high profile models that I should be aware of?
Once the only option on the market, high profile box springs—also known in industry parlance as standard-size—measure about 9 inches high. If you prefer to sleep high off the ground, as I do, then you should be happy with one of these selections. Another feature that sets them apart from their low-profile counterparts? They’ll fit standard size dust ruffles, making them a solid choice if you have fancy bedding that you want to show off.
Most drawbacks are a matter of personal preference. High profile models take up more space in the bedroom, and can be more difficult to get in and out of. If you have a fancy headboard that you’d like to show off, this size is probably not the best fit. Additionally, it can be more difficult to get the sheets and blankets to tuck in properly, especially if the bed is situated close to a wall. If any of these factors are deal-breakers, you might want to consider investing in a low profile box spring instead. As long as it’s made of wood, it should still be fairly quiet—you just may notice a bit of friction noise at the point where the box spring meets the bed frame.
Are there any ways to fix a squeaky box spring that don’t involve buying a new one?
If you’re dealing with a noisy box spring, there are a few simple hacks for attempting to quiet it down. I tried a few myself before retiring in defeat—without going into specifics, the problem was not one that could be solved so easily—and one of them might provide you with the results you’re looking for, without having to invest in an entirely new unit.
Check the bed frame.
As mentioned above, the bothersome noise is usually not caused by the box spring itself, but rather from the contact between the box spring and the bed frame. Wiggle around on the surface of the mattress, listening carefully for the source of the sound. Often, it’s located around the corners, where the box spring’s edges meet the wood or metal of the bed frame. If this is the case, use an old cloth or towel—or even a T-shirt—as a buffer between the points of friction.
Lubricate the springs.
If the box spring itself is still squeaking, the coils themselves might be the culprits. This hack requires a little more time and elbow grease.
First, remove the mattress and flip over the box spring. Use a sharp blade to cut a hole in the fabric that covers the bottom. Apply a lubricant, such as WD-40, to the metal coils that make up the box spring. In fact, you might want to apply the lubricant to any area that contains metal, just in case. When you’re finished, reseal the hole using a heavy-duty stapler.
Add a customized plywood buffer.
In some cases, the noise issue can be eliminated by installing a barrier between the mattress and the box spring. While you probably don’t have a proper-sized sheet of plywood just lying around—I certainly didn’t—many of the big-box hardware stores will be happy to cut a piece to the dimensions you require, as long as you provide them with the measurements.
Once you have your materials lined up, remove the mattress and place your customized plywood atop the box spring. Replace the mattress and make the bed as usual.
If none of these hacks do the trick, then it may indeed be time to consider purchasing a new box spring. See our list below to learn more about the models that we found to fit our criteria.
Are there any models on the current market that fit the criteria I’m looking for?
I get it: You want a box spring that won’t wake you up every time you roll over in your sleep (or your partner does). As such, I’ve compiled this list of current models that should allow you to get a restful night’s sleep in, without resorting to any of the tricks listed above.
This high profile unit has a frame constructed of hardwood, which gives it high marks in the durability department (at least as far as wooden box springs are concerned). It offers a great deal of support, whether your mattress is constructed of memory foam, latex, or a combination. While there is some time-consuming assembly required, you won’t have to worry about squeakiness once it’s put together. If that’s your main concern (it certainly ranked highest on my list), then this model could be the answer.
At just 5 inches, this is a low profile model, but the dense hardwood construct helps keep squeaks from developing. It’s also surprisingly lightweight and easy to maneuver—two things I look for in particular when shopping for furniture. The split foundation helps with portability as well, and there’s no assembly required, which could come in handy if you’re taking on the project solo.
This basic offering from Zinus is a high profile box spring, measuring 8 inches in height. Constructed of pine, it’s both quiet and easy to transport. I especially appreciated the fact that it includes all the tools and hardware needed for assembly, as I’m not particularly inclined toward home improvement projects (the hack with the WD-40 nearly did me in). As a bonus, it’s also fairly simple to take apart after it’s assembled, which could be a real plus if you tend to move house a lot.
The Bottom Line
While it’s difficult to answer the question what is the quietest box spring? with perfect accuracy, finding a unit that makes less noise than the competition is fairly simple.
Narrowing your search to include only wooden models is a step in the right direction. Wood is naturally more quiet than metal, especially if your bed frame has a lot of metal components as well—the friction is usually what causes the noise.
If you want to refine your search still further, you could limit your options to high profile or “standard” units, but this isn’t one hundred percent necessary—there are some low profile models that could suit your needs just as well. These might even be a better option if you prefer sleeping lower to the ground, or have a decorative headboard that could be obscured if you use a high profile box spring.
Before beginning your search, you might try a do-it-yourself hack to see if you can eliminate the squeakiness without making a major new purchase. If none of the tricks work, then you might consider one of the highly rated models listed here—all of which satisfied my criteria for a quiet and restful night’s sleep.
Best of luck, and sweet dreams!