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How to Get a Hemnes Bed From IKEA to Stop Squeaking

Updated on November 16, 2016

Stop the Squeak and Tighten Up

If you have noticed a squeak coming from your Hemnes, Ikea bed, you are not alone. In fact this is a common problem with all Ikea beds. They first time you assemble them they seem snug and tight, but after a year or two of sleeping and other bedroom activities, the joints start to loosen, and so begins the dreaded squeak. Every time you turn over or reposition yourself, you hear it. It keeps you up. It alienates your sleeping partners. Eventually you are too embarrassed to bring anyone to your bed, so you die alone.

Do not despair! You saving grace could be as simple as tightening a few bolts. You see, most beds loosen up over time, and tightening the four corner bolts on a Hemnes bed can bring them back into line. You have probably tried this already, but if not, it is the place to start.

Target the bolts closest to where your squeak is, but it also make sense to tighten the whole bed. Sometimes you might hear a squeak in one place, but the looseness is elsewhere in the bed frame.

Try Lube

Squeaks come from two sources, movement and friction. Step one tries to reduce the first. By tightening, you reduce the amount the bed can move. By lubricating, you reduce the amount of friction the that can cause the squeak. Apply WD-40 or other lubricants anywhere you have to pieces coming together, including places where wood is rubbing on wood. I recommend the WD-40 No Mess Pen, since you are working in a tight place and don't need much.

Use this pen to get into all the corners and joints. In fact, combining this step with the first allows you better access to all of the places you need to get.

Try Glue

This is not a solution if you plan on moving. It means that the bed will be stuck together and much more difficult to disassemble when you need to. This is a solution for those who do not plan on moving and do not care if the bed frame makes it out alive.

Start by loosening the bolts. There is no need to take the bed completely apart as long as you can work some wood glue between the abutting pieces. Do not glue the nuts and bolts themselves. It know it is tempting, but this will prevent you from ever easily taking the bed apart again.

Once you have worked wood glue into all the crevices and joints, give it a few hours to dry and see if the squeak remains.

Still Squeaking?

Consider a new frame or a new foam mattress to absorb or prevent the noise.

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Let's review. Your steps are simple, but they increase with difficulty and cost.

1. Tighten. Give every nut and bolt a good twist to see if you can reduce the sound.

2. Lube. WD-40 everything but the mattress.

3. Glue. But don't get stuck.

4. New mattress. It's pricey, but worth it if you were going to any way.

5. New bed. Face it. It's not working out. Buy a cheap metal frame and move on.


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