For years, I’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to have a bed frame. Especially now that I got offbeat wed and am a married lady, it feels like I should have a real bed! My major problem with frames, though, is that they are way too noisy during adult activities (wink wink).
There’s nothing wrong with being loud, but when you want to be quiet, you can never quite pass that message along to the bed frame. Metal and wood both conspire to let everyone know what you’re up to. Headboards require a hand to hold them, or they’ll slam against the wall in protest. No matter how well you bite into the pillow, a stray thunk from a headboard or the incessant creaking of a frame will give up all your secrets in an instant.
What’s the best bed for getting busy? I want one that won’t betray the frantic motions on the mattress above? How can I make my bed more quiet during a good romp?! -Elemeno P.
Oh hell yes. We’ve got you, Elemeno.
We’ve done some (ahem) very thorough investigative testing on this issue.
First, let’s talk about your mattress
If you’ve got a boxspring — ditch that thing! All those springs and that wooden frame with all that bouncing just adds to your squeaking.
Once you’ve ditched your boxspring, Get a foam-based mattress. Right off the bat, this dramatically reduces queaking noise from bouncing on springs.
Personally, I got a Leesa mattress in 2015 and have been, uh, thorougly testing it ever since. My testing has been quite extensive these past few years…. The years immediately after my divorce saw some especially thorough investigative testing, and I am here to say that I love my Leesa. She’s firm, silent, and dependable.
But I also considered one of these, because of how they’re catered to side-sleepers like me.
Next, aim for a platform bed!
Ok, so in that photo above, do you see what my mattress is sitting on? It’s a solid-base platform bed. That’s the bedframe I can speak vouch the most directly for… the more solid wood surface area you have touching the floor, the more solid, sturdy, and unsqueaky your situation will be.
Silent solid-base platform beds
The joy of a solid base platform bed is two-fold… not only are they quiet and not squeaky, but many of them offer storage options!
First, let’s talk about the Floyd Platform. They have some SUHWEET beds that Offbeat Home readers are loving and reporting back about SUPER SILENCE.
The reviews on this bed make it clear that it’s QUIET:
Still happy one year in! We have had a Floyd bed for almost a year and still love it. It’s not only stylish and easy to assemble, but quiet, if you know what I mean.
I love the Floyd Bed, but it’s kinda pricey. Thankfully, there are more affordable options in the under $500 range.
Uh-HUH, Cynthia. We can read between the lines of your review. “When we’ve been on the bed,” in-DEED!
If you’re going for a more mid-century vibe, there’s this one:
…But I keep hearing from soooo many readers who love their Nectar quiet bed frame bases!
The Nectar Foundation lives up to its name… and is SWEETLY SILENT LIKE A NECTAR, with reviewers noting:
- This foundation is solid. Very easy to assemble. Quiet and sturdy.
- This was easy to assemble, and seems pretty quiet at night when my spouse is tossing and turning [WINK WINK WINK YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS].
- This foundation is solid, sturdy, and as a bonus.. the wood smells fantastic. The scent has traveled all over my house. And the foundation itself is very durable- doesn’t squeak or creak or groan like a metal frame does. It feels great under the mattress.
- I was impressed with simplicity and ease of putting the foundation together right out of the box. So far it has been a perfect match for my perfect Nectar mattress. It is very sturdy and quiet which was the most important attributes I wanted in a foundation. It also allows for some storage under the bed which is a plus.
- As a structural engineer, I’m very picky about bed bases. So many are prone to creaking, cracking, or putting unnecessary pressures on mattresses. This one is remarkably solid for what it is, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a minimalist yet sleek foundation for a mattress.
- Amazing most comfortable and quiet bed I’ve ever owned.
As an added bonus, the foundation can hold up to 700 pounds, making it a great choice for couples with more cushion for the pushin’, know’m’sayin’?
Hot tip: Got an old mattress that’s cramping your style?
Upgrading to a sturdy and quiet bed frame is a must for “active” (cough, cough) couples, but if you’re ready for the true glow-up, you’re gonna need a quality mattress to go with it. You can save some cash (30% off to be exact!) with The Nectar Bundle.
It comes with a Nectar mattress, the Foundation, PLUS the Serenity Bundle of bedding with antibacterial technology That Fights Bacteria. Imagine what you could do with all that, right?! Quiet foundation + quiet mattress + high tech bedding… now THAT sounds like a perfect night to me.
Another option to get those creative juices flowing… Nectar’s Adjustable Base is ahhhh-mazing in every way. If you’re looking for a really silent bed, but want to be a little bit higher off the ground in all the ways, this bed gets as busy as you do! It’s a great way to send things into “zero gravity,” if you know what I mean.
Adjust your sturdy quiet bed – send your life into zero gravity?
If you’re looking for a really silent bed, but want to be a little bit higher off the ground in all the ways, I gotchoo. Here is a bed that gets as busy as you do!
Oh this mattress and adjustable bed bundle is both silent AND adjustable
This Nectar adjustable base combo is adjustable, AND it’s got multiple massage modes? This means that even when your partner isn’t up to getting busy, you can still have some fun, complete with 2 wireless remotes, and two USB ports?! WTF!
This elevated bed promises no squeaks, and has that heavy-duty construction — like all Nectar beds, this one can handle up to 700 pounds.
When it comes to bed frames that never creak, the reviews on on the Nectar adjustable frame/mattress bundle don’t lie:
Got this with my boyfriend for our first shared home. We love how comfy and quiet it is, and want to keep it as many years as possible!
Quiet relaxation! My old mattress and box springs would creak and crack. My Nectar mattress is quiet and comfortable. I got the foundation as well so it’s the perfect pair
This bed is amazing! No box spring means no creaking and squeaking. Has helped my lower back aches. We’ve had it for 30 days and it’s great.
AMAZING COMFORT EVERY NIGHT. So soft and plush I feel like I melt into bed every night. I used to wake with horrible neck pains with my old mattress and that has ceased to exist since switching. No more annoying tossing and turning creaks either. My partner rarely wakes me anymore. Overall amazing bed! Best decision ever to switch
Seriously, I want this thing. It’s not just a no-squeak bedframe, it’s like a whole experience. Plus, with a 50-night sleep trial and 3 year warranty, there’s not much to lose. I wish I’d thought to put it on my wedding registry, like the folks at Offbeat Wed told me to. Oops, missed opportunity.
The final tip? If you don’t have a carpeted bedroom, you may want to put a rug underneath your platform bed. The thicker the pile the better! A foam mattress on a sturdy bed frame like this on top of a thick pile rug? THAT IS THE SWEET SPOT!
Want to know how to make your current bed less squeaky?