If your partner snores, there are plenty of things you can do, not the least of which is wearing a pair of high-quality earplugs. Still, some noises are sneaky enough to make it past even the most vigilant light sleepers. For example, if your bed is persistently squeaky, I’m afraid the only thing you could do is get one of the quietest bed frames on the market and hope for the best.
Alright, so maybe that’s not entirely true. But I’m assuming that you’ve already exhausted all other alternatives. Nevertheless, I’ll make it a point to share some of my best tips for preventing and fixing squeaky bed frames. But before we get to that, let’s take a look at the quietest bed frames on the market and what makes them your best options.
Reviews of the Quietest Bed Frames
In the interest of creating some kind of cohesion, I’ve decided to list the quietest bed frames I’ve found by grouping them by material and then style. So we’ll start with the simplest metal frames, then look at some more intricate options, before moving on to wooden or upholstered frames. And since many of these companies have made several excellent bed frames, I’ll include some runner-ups following each product review.
1. Zinus Shawn 14-Inch Smartbase Platform Bed Frame
Even though Zinus is widely known for making the most basic bed frames, it’s one of the most popular bed frame manufacturers I’ve come across. The Shawn SmartBase mattress foundation is the perfect representation of the company lineup.
According to Zinus, these kinds of products should completely replace your box spring. The frame comes in all standard bed dimensions, from a narrow twin to a California king. On top of that, the bed frame can also come with a bed skirt, which can hide the items you have stashed under the bed. After all, you’ll have 13 inches of clearance under the frame for storage.
The Shawn model has the weight capacity to support people of “average weight,” though the manufacturer hasn’t stated its exact capacity. Suffice it to say, it can easily take people of up to 260 pounds without making a peep.
The assembly process should take you no more than a few minutes, and you won’t even have to break out your toolbox. You just attack a couple of bolts and ten wing nuts, et voila — you have yourself a new bed frame. However, if you want to attach a headboard to it, you’ll need to order the SmartBase brackets as well.
- Black metal frame
- Easy assembly
- Supports people of average weight
- Multiple frame sizes available
More from Zinus
If 13 inches of clearance under the bed frame isn’t enough for the items you need to store, you can opt for the taller, 16-inch Zinus Gene frame. That would also be a great option if you’re used to sleeping on box spring and mattress duos.
The company also makes taller and even significantly shorter bed frames than that one. For example, the Joseph model, a metal frame with wooden slats, comes in heights ranging from 6 to 18 inches.
On the other hand, if you’re not into that kind of minimalism, you should get the upholstered Shalini frame. It comes in a range of sizes and two colors — light and dark gray. All of these products will remain commendably quiet after years of use — provided that you assemble them correctly.
2. DIKAPA Metal Platform Bed Frame With Headboard and Footboard
Unlike the previous company, which mostly makes basic platform frames, DIKAPA is primarily known for the interesting metal designs on their headboards and footboards. The simplest model has an envelope-like appearance, accentuated by round discs with floral embossing in the middle. Additionally, all four of the bedposts have ball-shaped toppers.
The quality of this frame’s construction is superb, so it should be quiet no matter how much you toss and turn at night. In fact, the manufacturer has even provided a built-in noise reduction feature. To prevent the metal slats from rubbing against the center and side bearings that hold them up, they have inserted thin strips of foam between those parts.
This particular design comes in three sizes: twin, full, and queen. The smaller sizes have a weight capacity of 300 and 330 pounds, respectively, while the queen can take up to 660 pounds. They all have 12.6 inches of space under the frame, so the total height of the bed will be about 13 inches without a mattress.
- Black metal frame with a headboard and a footboard
- Includes assembly tools
- Weight capacity from 300–660 pounds
- Available in twin, full, and queen sizes
More from Dikapa
In my experience, most DIKAPA bed frames have similar constructions. They’re all black metal, with the classic ball-shaped bedpost toppers. Moreover, they come in the same sizes and have similar weight capacities. Most importantly, all DIKAPA frames have the noise reduction features I’ve explained above.
So what’s different? Well, there are at least two examples with more intricate headboards and footboards than the ones I’ve described above:
- The first one has a rectangular design centered around a floral shape with four petals
- The second one is more wavy than rectangular, accentuated by the same floral discs we saw in the first frame
All of these bed frames should be sturdy enough, especially if you assemble them properly. However, they also come with handy 5-year warranties.
3. Simlife Steel Platform Bed Frame With Headboard and Footboard
On the other hand, if you’d prefer to have a cleaner and more feminine frame, SimLife makes fantastic white ones. The three I’ve found also come in black, but I’ll link to white versions for the sake of variety. So let’s start with my favorite, which has a swirling, elegant design on the headboard and the footboard.
Like the previous products I’ve presented, this bed frame comes in three sizes: twin, full, and queen. They all have about 12.5 inches of free space under the bed. The smallest size has a weight capacity of 280 pounds, while the queen-size frame can support up to 352 pounds.
These frames are made of pure steel, making them decently durable. The company also emphasizes its six-leg design, which, I have to say, is fairly standard. All of the products I’ve linked to have six legs at least, to prevent sagging — but the queens tend to have nine or ten legs.
The metal slats that hold up the mattress all have corresponding nooks on either side of the bed, ensuring that they won’t budge. Overall, it should take you an hour at most to assemble the frame using the tools that come in the package. However, I must say, some of the nuts and bolts will be visible — though you can always conceal them with ribbons or fake flowers.
- White (or black) metal frame with a headboard and a footboard
- Includes assembly tools
- Weight capacity from 280–352 pounds
- Available in twin, full, and queen sizes
More from SimLife
Once again, the other products from this company are similar across the board. They have the same basic structure, weight capacity, and they come in the same sizes.
The only notable difference I’ve found is in the design of the headboards and the footboards. For example, this one has a wavy but not necessarily feminine pattern, while this one has a more basic, crisscross design.
4. TRIBECCA Home Vintage Wrought IRON Queen-Size Bed Frame
TRIBECCA home has made some excellent bed frames for people who have a particular aesthetic in mind for their bedroom. The first product that attracted me to the company was this vintage-looking wrought iron queen-size bed frame. It has a deceptively simple design, with a slightly curved headboard and footboard decorated with rows of vertical rails.
However, if you look more closely, you’ll see the intricate details of the matte, dark bronze frame. Still, the one you get may be slightly different from the one on the official photographs. You might want to check what the bed frame looks like on candid pictures, just to make sure that it’s everything you imagined it would be.
The frame is 88 inches long, and 64.5 inches wide, with a 51.5 inches tall headboard. Unlike all of the other frames I’ve mentioned, this one only comes in one size. Despite the overall height, the mattress platform is rather low, giving you only 7 inches of clearance under the bed. So you might even want to use a bedspring with this frame if only a 4-inch one.
- Wrought iron frame with a headboard and a footboard
- Matte, dark bronze finish
- Weight capacity from 280–352 pounds
- Available in full and queen sizes
More from Tribecca Home
If you’re not as into the French country cottage look as I am, you may want to see a more intricate design. Fortunately, TRIBECCA home has a line of bed frames that would perfectly suit a more elegant room. LeAnn Graceful Scroll bed frames come in queen and king dimensions, though the latter includes tall canopy bedposts.
But if that’s a tad too feminine for you, you can go for the Lacey iron bed frame, which is more similar to the one I’ve described above. However, it still has a unique look thanks to the rounded headboard and footboard.
5. Giantex Deluxe Solid Wood Platform Bed With Headboard and Footboard
Of course, wooden frames can be just as sturdy as metal ones as long as you assemble them correctly. At least you wouldn’t have to worry about the sound of metal rubbing against metal. So to begin with, let’s take a look at a relatively simple model.
The Giantex Deluxe solid wood platform bed is made of solid pine. It comes in twin, full, and queen sizes, with the latter having two additional support points in the middle. Other than that, all the sizes stand on six main legs, evenly distributing the weight of the people on the bed. Speaking of which, the smaller sizes are able to support 200 pounds, while the queen can hold 250.
The mattress platform is 14 inches away from the floor, so there will be plenty of storage space under the bed. The headboard is 33.5 inches tall, and it has a simple yet elegant, vertical bar design. The same pattern is reflected in the footboard, which is only 23 inches tall. As with most of the other frames I’ve mentioned, you wouldn’t need a box spring with this one.
- Coffee-colored solid pine frame with a headboard and a footboard
- Comes with all assembly accessories
- Weight capacity from 200–250 pounds
- Three sizes available: twin, full, and queen
More from Giantex
If you would prefer a frame without a footboard, I have two recommendations for you. The first is a pine bed frame from Giantex that’s somewhat similar to the one we’ve just seen. Instead of having vertical bars on the headboard, though, this frame has four horizontal ones.
It’s closer to the ground, at 10.5 inches tall, so you can even use it with a box spring, though it’s not necessary. Furthermore, it seems to have a greater weight capacity of 330 pounds. And since the slats are all tightly strapped together, and the bed has eight legs, you won’t hear a peep all night long.
On the other hand, there’s the 14-inch solid wood platform frame, which doesn’t have a headboard or a footboard. Despite that height, though, you’d only have about 10.5 inches of clearance underneath the bed. The frame comes in two shades of brown and four sizes, ranging from twin-size to king dimensions. The queen-size one has as many as six legs and four middle supports, so you can be sure that your bed won’t budge or squeak.
6. Mecor Upholstered Linen Full Platform Metal Bed Frame With Wooden Slates
Lastly, let’s take a moment to look at some of the best upholstered frames I’ve found. As it happens, one company seems to rise above all others in this category — Mecor.
Despite its soft appearance, this gray linen bed frame has a sturdy steel construction underneath the padding and the fabric. The bed has nine legs, with three of them supporting the center bearing. It comes in both full and queen-size versions, both of which have a weight capacity of 441 pounds.
As you can see, the bed is relatively close to the ground, so you may not be able to use the space under the bed for storage. Still, it’s not so short that you’ll need a box spring, so at least you won’t hear the metallic screeching coming from that.
- Gray linen upholstered steel bed frame with wood slats
- Comes with all assembly accessories
- Weight capacity from 441 pounds
- Comes in full and queen sizes
More from Mecor
As I have mentioned, Mecor is fairly well-known for the excellent upholstered beds in its lineup. If you’re not partial to the classic, gray linen one I’ve just mentioned, you may prefer the beige or brown linen frame with gold trims on the headboard and the footboard. That model has a headboard of adjustable height, so it’ll be visible even if you choose to get a box spring.
Alternatively, you might prefer one of the faux leather options:
- Classic black leather with no additional embellishments
- Elegant white leather with a button tufted headboard and footboard
These models all come in the same sizes and weight capacities, so they should all be as durable and quiet as you need them to be.
Features to Look out for When Shopping for the Quietest Bed Frames
Throughout my reviews, I’ve tried to emphasize what makes these products the quietest bed frames on the market. However, if you want your bedroom to have a certain kind of look that wasn’t represented on my list, here are some of the things you should pay attention to while shopping. Even if you decide to get a custom frame, you should make sure your contractor is aware of your preference.
First, you’ll want to make sure that the materials used to make the bed frames you’re looking at are dependable. If you want a metal bed frame, stick to steel or iron ones. They should be sturdy enough to stand firm even if you really thrash around in your sleep.
However, you should also understand that as you use the bed, all those nuts and bolts may loosen, causing them to emit the unpleasant sounds we’re trying to avoid. But in most cases, eliminating that squeak is as simple as tightening those screws and maybe lubricating some of the parts.
On the other hand, if you want a more organic look, you should go for a traditional wooden frame. Those beds are generally made of pine, but if you’re having it custom-made, I’m sure any softwood will do.
Of course, even the best materials would be useless if the build quality was shoddy. But how do you determine if that’s the case when you’re shopping online? Well, I usually rely on other users’ experiences with the frames.
With metal frames, you’ll want to pay attention to the way the individual pieces are welded. Furthermore, you should find non-promotional photos of the products to see whether they match up with the company images. But the job of ensuring the build quality will mostly fall on you, anyway. After all, as you’ll be the one who has to assemble the pieces in the end.
That’s not to say that the manufacturer can’t help put in features to make your bed as quiet as possible. For example, you’ve seen how DIKAPA frames avoid the issue of the slats rubbing against the center and side bearings. In their case, this common problem was resolved by padding the bar with foam — other brands have different solutions.
As you know, mattresses and bed frames come in certain universal sizes. The smallest, twin beds tend to be only 39 inches wide and 75 or 80 inches long. That’s the difference between a regular twin and an XL. Full-size frames also come in those two lengths, though they’re generally 54 inches wide.
Queen and king-size beds are made to fit two people. Queen beds start at 60 inches wide (though Olympic queen beds are even wider) and 80 inches tall. King-size beds take it even further, at 76 inches wide and 80 inches tall. And, of course, California king beds are somewhat narrower but longer at 72 inches wide and 84 inches long.
My goal was to present you with products that have the most sizing options. However, not all of the products on my list have all of the standard sizes available.
In any case, the bed’s width and length aren’t the only things that matter. You should also keep the height of the frame in mind. After all, if you’re not planning on using a box spring, you’ll want your bed frame to be tall enough to eliminate the need for one.
Naturally, all bed frames have a weight capacity, which limits the strain you can safely put on them. Smaller ones only have a capacity of about 200 (evenly distributed) pounds. Clearly, that low of a number can be a cause for concern to some people. Fortunately, some frames can support upwards of 3,000 pounds, which also says good things about their construction quality.
Lastly, you should think about what you want your bed frame to look like. Do you want a simple metal platform frame or a more intricate model with a headboard and a footboard? Or perhaps a wooden frame would suit the rest of your decor best.
Then, you have frames with fabric upholstery. If that’s something you want, you should think about the materials and colors you would prefer. These are all superficial, stylistic choices, but they’ll make all the difference when you see the bed in your room.
How to Silence a Squeaky Bed Frame
At the risk of repeating myself, I should mention that I’ve already written an article about silencing metal and wooden beds. But now, I find that most of the tips I’ve previously shared are only useful for silencing older, used beds. If you’d like to make the most of your old bed before you get a new one, make sure to read that guide first. Still, some of that advice could be applied as preventative measures while you’re assembling your new bed frame.
When you take all parts of your bed frame out of the box, lubricate the hardware with WD-40 or beeswax. Not only will that allow you to more easily drive in the screws, but it may even prevent premature oxidization. A bar of beeswax or even just soap can also lessen the friction between the slats and the bearings — whether the frame is made of wood or metal.
If you want to limit the surface area where the different parts touch, you could use rubber washers or strips of rubber or cork between them. Basically, take a page from the DIKAPA playbook, even if you didn’t get one of their frames.
Lastly, make sure that the legs of the bed are even, which should prevent the frame from wobbling. If you put anti-vibration pads under each of the feet, the bed should be sturdy and slip-proof.
Check If the Floor Is Squeaking
What if, despite your best efforts, you hop onto your bed one night and hear the distinctive creak you’ve been dreading? Well, if you’ve done everything you can to make sure your bed won’t become noisy, perhaps your floor is to blame.
If possible, remove your bed from the room or at least move it to the side. Then, stand in its place with your feet wide and transfer your weight from one leg to the other. If you don’t hear anything immediately, cover the entirety of the floor where your bed used to be.
You can even perform this little test between taking your old bed out of the room and moving the new one in for assembly. If you need to fix your floor, you might as well do so before putting the new bed in.
And if you determine that the floor is the culprit all along, there are certain things you can do to fix it. Usually, all it takes is a well-placed nail through the floor and into the subfloor. If that doesn’t do it, you might have to install an underlayment or use a cheaper floor soundproofing method and hope for the best.
Nothing Beats Being Able to Hop Onto Your Bed at the End of a Long Day!
After assembling your new bed frame, you’ll sleep better than ever before. But once you have eliminated the squeaking noises your old bed used to make, you may start noticing all the other sounds. If that should happen, you’ll find all the guidance you need in my archive. Finally, you can start making your home into a quiet getaway — and all that because you replaced an old bed frame!