Why is my bed frame wobbly?

by Dylan Bowen April 22, 2022 3 min read

Why is my bed frame wobbly?

Loose screws and bolts are generally the reason why your bed frame would become wobbly but there is no need to panic as the fix is really simple, all you have to do is reinforce the bed frame. 

Reinforcing your bedframe:

Dependant on the problem you are facing and the type of bed frame you have, the approach will vary, you can:

Tighten up the bed frame screws-Its important to examine the bed thoroughly and check over the bed slats if your bed frame comes with any to make sure that there are no screws that are loose. This is because loose screws and bolts are typically the main cause of a wobbly bed frame. However, the important thing is that there is an easy solution, all you have to do is use a screwdriver or wrench to tighten the screws and bolts.

Relink joints-If the bed frame that you have is wooden, then you should relink any joints that could have potentially moved. if the bed frame joints are separated then this can also make the bed frame wobbly and unstable. To fix this issue you will need to put some fabric on either side of the joints to minimize any potential damage, you will also need help from someone else to assist you in holding the bedframe. To relink the joints, I would suggest utilizing a mallet. 

Put in bed slats-If your bed frame is more on the basic end and it only has supportive central beam, then you should consider putting in slats as this will make the bed frame more durable and supportive. This will also help with sagging or sinking and will make your bedframe sturdier so it can handle additional weight.

Change the supportive central beam-If you feel as if the central beam is the issue and is causing your bedframe to become wobbly, then you can remove it entirely and change it with something that will provide a sufficient amount of support.

How to fix your bed frame if it is broken:

If you didn’t act fast enough to reinforce your bed and are now faced with a broken bed because then these are some steps you can use to try and mend the damage and hopefully salvage your bed frame. 

  1. First you must withdraw the mattress from the bed frame, you shouldn’t touch the slats at this point as you are going to force the split open that is on the inside of the bed frame with assistance of a screw driver. After you have completed this task, you can start to get rid of the extra splinters and wood chips.
  2. Next you should glue down the split, and then smooth it around and over the crack utilizing a putty knife.
  3. Then you need to use a bed clamp to push both ends of the split back together you should do this until the glue is seeping from the crack. And keep the clamp secured to the bedframe over night until the glue is dry.
  4. When the glue has dried, you will need to start strengthening the joints and making sure they are solid. You will need to measure the split and then add 6 extra inches of length to it.    
  5. Measure the width of the bed frame.
  6. You should then cut a strip ½ of plywood to match the previous measurement.
  7. Next you will need to drill holes in to the plywood making sure the holes are in a straight line and aren’t staggered. 
  8. Finally you will need to apply glue to the plywood, and rest is on the inner part over the split. Then drill screws in the pilot holes, and leave the frame to dry before you put your mattress back on it.  

A new bed frame:

If you have done everything you think you can possibly and have followed all the steps in this article and nothing has worked then I think it’s time bite the bullet and to purchase a new bed frame.

Dylan Bowen
Dylan Bowen


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