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Old 05-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #15
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As I mentioned, IKEA sells many, many, many of their bed slat sets world wide (including the three sets I have) and, if they didn't hold up (I think that they are Birch) they would have dropped them by now. When all pushed together the fabric webbing will keep them from creaking and you can save your table for selling time.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:14 PM   #16
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Or, maybe purchase a package of silicone "buttons" that are used on glasstop tables.
DONNA, DONNA, DONNA. Not silicone
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #17
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If the bed is made as the factory intended then the table rests on the 2 side seats to bridge the gap and make the back one complete platform and thus the bed.

I have been in a lot of these and not experienced creaking or twisting but I would think the plywood laid across all 3 parts side to side would strengthen the whole thing up too.

As I said before the plywood weight is just not a big deal at all here,if you think it will work just try it.

On the other hand if you try too much before really diagnosing the problem it may not get better so Donnas idea is also likely worth trying.....as usual!

There is also the likelihood that it simply creaks as the 3 surfaces sort of slide into each other and unless you create a single solid panel under the mattress it might keep doing this,either way I can not imagine that it is hurting anything so I would make sure the table is sitting in the channel made for it and not worry about it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #18
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I used 1/2" AC plywood with a pine stiffener. Might weigh 10 lbs? But the bed is much smaller. Raz
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I used 1/2" AC plywood with a pine stiffener. Might weigh 10 lbs? But the bed is much smaller. Raz
Exactly what I did, too.
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i think i'm too heavy...and i havent been able to fix that...
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ahhhhh. this describes it. i'm not good with words. when it has to do with construction.

"If the bed is made as the factory intended then the table rests on the 2 side seats to bridge the gap and make the back one complete platform and thus the bed.

I have been in a lot of these and not experienced creaking or twisting but I would think the plywood laid across all 3 parts side to side would strengthen the whole thing up too."

i'm glad to see 1/2 inch works. i was thinking i'd have to go bigger. that will be easier. i'm not sure what "stiffener" means tho.
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DONNA, DONNA, DONNA. Not silicone
BUTTONS, not caulk Glenn! The only other choices are cork or felt. My bed creaked in one corner evertime I turned over. The buttons cured that and cheap too.... just like me
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i'm with donna. we have used the felt pieces that are adhesive meant to go on the bottom of chair legs or other furniture. work great.

and it's not cheap. we're thrifty.
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I left the table top but took the leg off. Then I used 3/8 inch plywood across the whole length (width of trailer) and put the mattress over that. No creaks. The table top offer strength but the plywood keeps the full weight from ever being just on the table. (I was concerned about that, too.)
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ahhhhh. this describes it. i'm not good with words. when it has to do with construction.

"If the bed is made as the factory intended then the table rests on the 2 side seats to bridge the gap and make the back one complete platform and thus the bed.

I have been in a lot of these and not experienced creaking or twisting but I would think the plywood laid across all 3 parts side to side would strengthen the whole thing up too."

i'm glad to see 1/2 inch works. i was thinking i'd have to go bigger. that will be easier. i'm not sure what "stiffener" means tho.
Stiffner is a piece of wood trim, around the edges underneath which will keep it stiff. A piece of 1x2 moulding as in the picture will strengthen the edges where one normally will put a knee or sit and place more concentrated weight in an area.
Or maybe a shot of whiskey or the prescription kind!!
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If the table is not bowing in the middle but is staying flat and straight, it probably is fine. But I can understand the desire to have peace of mind that the thing is not going to collapse suddenly. Plywood is hard to beat for its good strength and low price. Do not use OSB board or particle board, though, they do not have the same strength.
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If it creaks and moans, is it possible it's something as simple as rubbing against the fiberglass cabinetry? A cheap fix would be to line the bottom edge of the board with Dollar Store no-creep shelving liner. ...
I just tried the shelf liner on mine and no more creaks nary a one over two nights camping. Thanks Donna
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:24 PM   #28
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I ran some foam tape down mine, although for a different reason. It doesn't creak, though.
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