Ahhh, finally your own space… well, sort of. College living is four-plus years of close quarters shared with roommates, neighbors, and for many, a bed buddy.
It’s no secret that student housing in Cheney is cheap… in the sense that it is bare bones construction, with not a single millimeter more insulation in those walls than is required to pass a building inspection. It’s also no secret that college students are loud, making noises many of those roommates and neighbors wish they never heard.
There are thumps, there are bangs and then there are squeaks. That shrill noise reverberating deep into your brain, but even worse… it’s repetitive. Constant, like someone is getting busy in an adjacent room on a squeaky bed.
If this sounds familiar, there are a few ways to deal with this dilemma. Your first reaction may be disgust, but for many it is jealousy that someone is actually getting lucky. But the key here is to at least pretend to be extremely upset over the squeaking and pounding coming through the walls or ceiling.
If it is your roommate, and you have a sense of humor, try bringing up the topic at an extremely awkward time, like when the pizza guy knocks on the door. Answer the door with your roommate and tell the pizza guy that you couldn’t tell the difference between his knock and your roommate knocking boots. Blushing on both sides will be immediate, as well as more pizza available for you as your roommate retreats to their room in embarrassment.
If your neighbor is the culprit, send them an anonymous letter notifying them that you will be calling the police next time for a sound infraction.
If you’ve been on the other side of the spectrum on this topic, and you’re often saying to your partner “shhhhhhhh… the bed squeaks!” you have a few options. If you resent your roommates or neighbors, go for it. Keep on squeaking. However, if you want to keep things on the home front in line, buy a can of WD-40 and take care of those fixable squeaks under the bed. In extreme cases, when squeaks are not repairable, removing the bed frame all-together is a thorough fix, even if it means sacrificing some storage.
Another sure-fire way to avoid squeaks is to remove the stress on the springs or frame. Meaning, ahem… take the action elsewhere. Just don’t try to fix the problem by seriously disrespecting your roommate’s bed, no matter how little it squeaks.