5 Best Ways to Stop a Headboard Banging

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Last updated: November 15, 2022 at 15:03 pm

There aren’t many things more annoying in the bedroom than a banging headboard. Especially when your trying to get some sleep, or if a partner is a restless sleeper.

But luckily, there are a few things that can be done to stop headboards from banging. That way, whether you wriggle a lot in your sleep, or have guests over, the bed will remain nice and quiet.

5 Ways to Stop a Headboard Banging

1. Attach Some Feet to Your Beds Headboard

Most hardware stores will sell packs of little foam-bottomed feet. They’re ideal for wonky furniture, or furniture without its own feet. Usually, they are used to protect wooden floors from scratches, but luckily for us, they’re multipurpose!

Since one of the most common causes of a banging headboard is the trim around the bottom of the wall, this hack is really simple.

All you’ll need to install this quick fix is:

  1. 2 threaded feet
  2. Electric drill

Once you’ve got those items, you can get on with solving your annoying bed problem. First of all, you need to mark on the back of your bed’s headboard with masking tape, a pencil or pen where you would like to place the feet. Ideally, you want the feet to be installed at the top of your bed’s headboard, in each corner. You should aim to have them low enough down that you do not see them when elsewhere in the room.

Now that you’ve chosen where to put them, you will need to drill two holes into the headboard in order to thread the feet in. Pick the drill-bit which matches the thread of the feet that you have purchased and carefully drill two holes into your headboard.

Then you simply need to thread the feet in, making sure that they are threaded in enough to stay in but are out far enough to bridge the gap between the headboard and the wall.

Also read: 12 Different Ways to Stop a Bed From Squeaking

2. Tighten Any Screws and Bolts

If your headboard does fit flush against your wall but it is still banging, it may be that some of the screws holding it still are a little loose. This is an easy fix. Luckily, all you’ll need is a hex key or screwdriver to give the screws a tighten.


If you are experiencing issues with your headboard due to loose screws, you may need to retighten them every few months. We tend to move around on our beds quite a lot. In the process, you will likely find that your screws will wiggle their way out of their threads.

It’s always worth keeping an eye on and should be the first thing you check if you get any headboard banging or even any squeaking from your bed frame.

3. Add Some Leg Protectors

Sometimes, headboard banging can be caused by your whole bed frame moving with you as you roll around and sleep.

This moves the bed away and toward the wall, creating that irritating noise. Short of nailing your bed to the ground, there is not a huge amount that you can do about this, but you can purchase leg protectors.

Leg protectors are, like felt-based feet, designed to protect wooden floors. But, as a side effect, they also prevent movement by creating more grip. They are usually made of silicone or rubber, and this tends to grip very well on most floors.

4. Move the Bed Elsewhere

The issue could be that your headboard isn’t fitting flush against the wall. A suggestion is to move it somewhere in your room that perhaps has a smaller skirting board or is better shaped for your bed.

Without moving it, and assuming the skirting is adding to the problem, a section of the skirting could be cut out to fit the bed frame more snuggly.

Related: How to Soundproof a Bedroom for Better Sleep

5. Use a Foam Tube to Cushion the Impact

Another way to protect both your bed and the wall from a banging headboard is to use a foam tube. There are a couple of ways to do this, depending on how big of a foam tube you are, and how far from the wall your bed sits.

The first way to stop a banging headboard with a foam tube is to cut it into small wheel-shaped slices. You can cut a number of these off a foam tube using a saw, or even a sharp knife, and use them in the same way that you would use the felt feet. The only thing is, the rings of foam need to be exactly the same size. Otherwise, you will not be solving anything.

Once you’ve cut out the rings, apply an adhesive like hot glue to the back of them and attach them to your headboard in the top corners (and in the center if you’d like). This should work to prevent the banging.

An alternative way to use foam tubes is to cut the foam tube in half lengthways and stick the half tube along the top of the back of your headboard. This will work in the same way as the other tube method but will provide a much bigger buffer than a few feet.

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About the Author: AJ

AJ is a self-confessed soundproofing nut. He has written full-time on Quiet Living for the past 4 years, and has a wealth of knowledge about living a quieter life, soundproofing and fixing loud noises.

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