Little bit of context

I've always lived in a house. The same goes for my girlfriend. Now we moved together, but we are living in an apartment. We are not used to some of the noises/closeness that people living in that kind of buildings face.

The "problem" is that sometimes during sex, the bed moves a lot. We live in a 7th floor, and while we found hot that the bed moves, we are worried that noises caused by the bed being dragged during the act could bother people living in the 6th floor, specially those whose apartment is exactly below ours. We are not used to living in an apartment so we are not sure about this.

The bed's type is sommier, and has 5 legs (I believe that's the correct term), one in each corner and one in the center

Something like this enter image description here

What can I add/use to prevent movement, or better, if there's any movement, to prevent noises/vibration caused by dragging?

I am not completely sure if this is the right place to ask. Thanks

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    Have you used tools to more than hand-tighten ALL the loose parts of the bed until there is no 'give' at all when you try your best to shake the bed? No? I didn't think so.
    – Stan
    Commented Jan 21, 2018 at 19:46

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Sounds from beds moving, whatever cause, seems to stem from three different internal sources and one external source:

  • The legs – This can be solved by having pads under the legs of either rubber, some soft substance. Plenty options exists at any furniture shop
  • Wood joints – If there are wood touching wood, when moved these will screech. Some common options to avoid this are to glue pieces together (not always viable for a bed), add something between the joist (like a fabric or thin rubber sheets) or tightening the screws. The latter will usually only postpone the isssue
  • Mattress vs frame – In the older beds with planks across the bottom, or in newer beds (like the sommier beds) with the entire mattress resting upon a frame (or on hinges), there could be sound generated between the mattress and the frame. To avoid this sound the solution is still to add something inbetween the two elements making the sound. Maybe you could add a rubber adhesive/band on top of the bottom frame, if this is making the sound?
  • Bed touching walls – As mentioned elsewhere, if the beds bounces into walls, dressers, or other furniture this sound might propagate to the building structure. In this case, simply move the bed further away.

In short, you need to locate the source of the sound and address it specifically. And yes, the sound from bed activities in apartments can be heard through floors (or building structure). I've been hearing in it in some of the apartments I've lived in, and it does create an awkward tension when meeting the tenants later on.

The amount of sound carrying through varies greatly though, depending on what kind of building and age and other factors, so trying to devise some test to discover what carries through could be worth indulging into. Not sure if one of you can visit the neighbor underneath, and the other can "clean the aparment" and jump in the bed, move the bed, and so on, whilst you are listening to hear any of it.


Rubber furniture cups like these rubber furniture cups. We have the square ones for our bed which solved the problem for us! :) I like them a lot and they really work well on hard flooring.

SHEPHERD RUBBER furniture cups

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    I get access denied on that link
    – Gonzalo.-
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 19:03
  • @Gonzalo.- Worked for me... Try this one homedepot.com/p/…
    – L.B.
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 13:18
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    "Access Denied You don't have permission to access "homedepot.com/p/…" on this server. Reference #18.273ed2be.1491916836.39fd753" :(
    – Gonzalo.-
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 13:20
  • can you put at least a screenshot of the product in your answer?
    – Gonzalo.-
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 13:21
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    i added a screenshot of it in my original comment reply. Sorry it's way after the fact but i hope it helps. they're like $2/pack and also come in clear, beige, black, and squares.
    – Ms.Miss
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 21:46

Instead of ordinary bed, you can buy and use a beanbag bed.

Such a bed won't make any noises or squeaks as far as I can tell, though just from common sense, not personal experience.

Example for such a bed:

bean bed

There are also beanbag sofas that turn into a bed.

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    So a special sex bed! Nice! Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 17:09
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    nice to hear about this alternative. However, I don't think we have the budget know to change the bed.
    – Gonzalo.-
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 19:19
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    @BrettFromLA ehm, it can be used for other things too... ;-) Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 9:46
  • @Gonzalo.- basic bed shouldn't cost much, you can also buy it as furniture for living room, and once in a while move it to the bedroom. (another advantage of such bed is that it can be easily moved) Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 9:47

The product for this is stick-on pads of felt or rubber under each leg. For an improvised solution, lay a carpet or mats/wads of any somewhat soft material under each leg (a tightly folded burlap sack under each leg would work). Other approaches that can be combined with padding the legs are: Increasing the mass of the bed itself (this increases friction and inertia), and reducing the horizontal components of your combined centre-of-mass velocity (this reduces sideways forces on the bed). Also, do not touch the wall, any force on the wall results in an equal and opposite force on the bed, resulting in dragging.

If the bed also rocks (the ends of the legs are not coplanar), the legs need to be adjusted or propped with objects of differing thickness.

  • are these stick-on pads the same that are used to prevent hitting the door against a wall when opening it ? Or are they made from other material? I Think this fits well my needs, but I need to check it
    – Gonzalo.-
    Commented Apr 2, 2017 at 19:20

Well most of the sound is produced from wood-to-wood joint. Unscrew you bed apart, then use ordinary soap (use it dry) to rub it onto touching surfaces. Screw it back together tight, then screw her :) Should work for some time.


If its a wooden bed, undo each joint in turn and rub beeswax on the inner surfaces of the wood that meet, then tighten up really tight again. Worked for us. Also consider putting some small pieces of carpet, or mat under each leg as stated above.


You could use some stick-on for the bed and door-stopper for the door problem.


Tennis balls colored to match the legs or frame should damped any noise.
If they slip and slide, maybe put them on top of nonslip fabric.


Grab your socks with holes in them, and put them over the legs. This might help enough to do the job.

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    if the floor is rug this could work, but if it is wood or tile it would cause it to slide easier :: more.
    – Phlume
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 14:57

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