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Monday, May 7, 2012

Upholstering a Box Spring

I've had a bee in my bonnet lately.  My mattress and box spring are very deep, but my bed frame is not.  I have a queen size bed and queen size bedding, but the sides of the bedding are too short with my deep mattress.  Every now and then I get a glimpse of that terrible-shimmery-peachy-quilted box spring, and that just ruins anything I like about my bedroom. 

You can use a fitted sheet or buy box spring covers, but they generally come in solid white and beige.  Since I have white bedding, I wasn't wild about using white to cover my box spring.  When I bought my bed, I decided not to use a bedskirt, since it would hide the fun Chinese chippendale lines of my bed.

So I decided that instead of using white or beige over my box spring, I wanted to add a little pattern.  I had some remnants of my bedroom curtain/ x-bench fabric, so I decided to upholster the box spring with that remnant.

I measured the length and width of the box spring.

Since the box spring was longer than the 54-inch fabric width, I sewed two pieces together for the long side of the box spring.  If you don't sew, you could use Stitch Witchery.  I allowed two inches extra both lengthwise and widthwise.  I didn't bother hemming it.

After I had 3 pieces of fabric (2 for the long sides and 1 for the short width-side), I removed both the mattress and box spring from the bed.  I then began to affix the fabric to the box spring.  For the top edge (the part closest to the mattress), I used upholstery pins, because there isn't a piece of wood on top of the box spring to staple into.

Upholstery pins look like this, and you just screw them into the top of the box spring, securing the fabric.  You can get them at any fabric store and probably places like Wal-Mart, too, in the notions department.

I stapled the bottom edge of the fabric to the wood frame on the bottom of the box spring.  I repeated this process around the 3 visible sides of the box spring (omitted the headboard side that is against the wall).  I used upholstery pins on the top, and I used staples on the bottom.

The box spring is hidden! 

Now I see glimpses of fabric instead of glimpses of box spring.

And the best part?  This was basically a free project.  It took only a fabric remnant, a few upholstery screws, some staples, and about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

Certainly this isn't some dramatic DIY transformation, but this is a fun little detail you can add to your room.  It requires very little time, money, or DIY ability to do it.  It would also be a cute way to add a fun "pop" fabric to your bed, if you don't want to use a formal bedskirt.


Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I love it and have the same issue. I have a box spring cover but it seems to shift a lot. Now choosing a fabric will be the hardest part.

Anonymous said...

Great! My solution was wrapping box spring in a colored fitted sheet. Nice and tight and looks upholstered.

Anonymous said...

Nice idea! I have the same issue. An ugly box spring peaking out; the bed always looked "unmade". Simple and cost effective solution.

Anonymous said...

Simply Brilliant

traci zeller designs said...

I love that you posted this, because I occasionally get peeks of the box spring in my guest bedroom and it bugs me to no end!

suneeta said...

What a great idea and thank you for sharing!

mikky said...

Looks great!


Melissa Crochet @ The Insane Domain said...

Great are a genius!

Debra said...

You clever clever girl, that mattress issue has bugged me for so long on our bed, thanks for the great idea!

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

Very smart! And not having that much fabric shouldn't deter anyone, since you really wouldn't have to cover the whole thing, just the sides...perhaps pins top and bottom.

Great idea!

Sincerely Sara Cate said...

This is fantastic! I've been looking for something like this! Great work. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This is such a great idea and it seems like a really easy project for such a big pay off! It looks great!

Bethany @ Powell Brower Home said...

great job!! this is AWESOME

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