Fix a Squeaky Box Spring Mattress in an Hour or Less


Have a couple year old squeaky spring box mattress that keeps getting worse? Thinking about buying a new one? Don’t! Before you go out and shell $$$$ for a new box spring, I can show you how to fix it in less than an hour for almost no money!

My mattress + box spring mattress are probably 7+ years old and had noticed lately that the box spring mattress has gotten noisier and noisier. So I did some googling and YouTubing and found a couple ways to fix the noise. (Put socks/glue on the hollow parts, plywood in between the box spring and mattress, and remove the cardboard)

I chose to remove the cardboard and here’s how I did it.

  1. Remove the regular queen sized (or whatever size) mattress and put it to the side.
  2. Put your box spring mattress (my box spring mattress is split into two) and put it on it’s side. You should see a light fabric stapled to the wood.
  3. Either remove the fabric by removing the staples first or just pull the fabric off. Pulling the fabric is faster and easier.
  4. Make sure the noise is coming from the cardboard. Find a squeaky spot, and fill in the hollows with socks or any cloth. If the noise stops, it’s the cardboard’s fault.
  5. Remove the cardboard. Carefully (without tearing the top fabric) make a hole and remove the cardboard by yanking it off. This will take a while but is generally faster than cutting it out.
  6. Go to your local store and buy a mesh like fabric that will fit your box spring. Amazon sells a pre-cut version here. Or if you’re like me and don’t my the underside being exposed then leave as is and go to step 8.
  7. Staple or tape the fabric. One of my box spring mattresses was actually taped.
  8. Place the box spring mattress and the regular mattress back as normal.

Ta da! That’s all you have to do. Sorry I didn’t get any pictures and thought about the pictures after I was done. I was highly considering buying a new box spring and mattress but didn’t want to spend tons of money. If you’re considering buying a new one, try this method first.

Leaving the bed without cardboard will probably wear the regular mattress down a lot faster if the hollows in the box spring are big. Another alternative is putting a couple of 3 by 4’s (or a size that fits your box spring) in between the hollows for more support. See, fixing your box spring is that easy! Let me know if you’ve tried this before!


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