Monday, May 7, 2012

How to Upholster A Box Spring

I got this wonderful idea from Urban Nest to upholster the box spring. Since fully upholstered beds can run in the thousands, I love the idea of saving some money and using what you already have.
You can find how to upholster the headboard here.

This was actually a really easy project and took about an hour from start to finish. If you already have a box spring the cost is next to nothing. By upholstering your own box spring you can make a fully upholstered bed.

Supplies needed:
Sewing machine
Box Spring
Broadcloth fabric
Staple gun

Our box spring was a twin so these are the measurements we used. You'll have to sew together a couple pieces of fabric to wrap around the box spring. Our fabric was 45" wide x 60" long. We cut it in half at 22.5" wide. We then had 2 pieces that were 22.5" and 60" long.

At this point pin the two 22.5" pieces together on one side. For a total length of 180".
Sew down this line with a zig zag stitch.  We also sewed down the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.
Now drape this over the side of you box spring, making sure you have enough room to staple on both sides. Pull taut and staple as you go.
Continue wrapping around the full box spring. We found it easiest to have one person hold the fabric and one person to staple.
Now I know my corners don't look pretty, but I'm not a perfectionist if you are I'm sure you can make prettier corners. But it doesn't really show, we just folded them under and stapled like crazy. It worked for us.=)

When we got to the end we made sure the ending point would be against the wall. We tucked it under and you can still see the line. So if that is something the bugs you make sure to put that area next to the wall.

If you want you can also add feet to make it look more like a "real" upholstered bed. It's a really simple project and I highly recommend trying it!
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28 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Do you have the box spring on a frame?

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    2. We didn't put the bed on a frame. This bed was for my sisters tiny toddler son so she wanted the bed as low to the ground as possible.

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  2. How do you add the feet? My bed is on frame (the metal one) the bedskirt hides it. But If I could upholster the boxspring like you did, I would still need the "feet".

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    1. On the top of the post I have a link to Urban Nest. She added feet and shows you exactly how to do it. If this bed wasn't for a toddler I would add feet. Down the road we'll probably add some once he gets a little bigger! =)

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  3. I just ordered the fabric to do this! After seeing yours, I'm so excited!

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    1. Yeah! How fun, send me pics it's super easy!

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  4. Hi Debbie! Wow - what a great idea!! You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing this - I am pinning it! Have a wonderful week! Heather :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a fabulous week too!

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  5. This is awesome!! I love it and hate a dust ruffle! Brilliant!! I so need to do this! Thanks for the great idea!!

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    1. I know dust ruffles are not my favorite but sometimes you don't have a choice. I love this option and it's so easy to do.

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  6. Awesome job! I love it. The whole room looks so good!

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  7. I love the way it turned out! You make it look so easy.

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  8. I like this idea. Getting ready to redo my eldest's room--this may be on this list!

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  9. I really like this idea! I just used a fitted sheet but its always getting loose and looks sloppy! This would work so much better!

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  10. What a stylish bed for a toddler!

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  11. Great idea! My boy's beds sit on the floor like this too, I'm going to try this for sure!

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  12. Genius. Looks so much more masculine that a bed skirt.

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  13. Oh lovely.. you've done such a fabulous job.. I've never tried any such thing.. but this work is fantastic..

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  14. This is such a genius idea! Better than having to deal with the stupid bed skirt sliding all over the place. Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring your tutorial on Sew Woodsy tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks Katie, that is very sweet of you! I'll make sure to stop by!

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  15. I really love this!! Your awesome bed looks expensive, and I love the clean lines for my boys. (There is NO bed skirt that looks "manly" enough!) Thanks so much for the great idea!

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  16. Great idea! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3717 Thanks!

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  17. I love it! what a great idea!
    so much better than a bedkirt....

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  18. Looks wonderful- sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  19. Good sharing, here’s how to find the one that suits you best. Getting a good night's sleep depends on a lot of different factors -- comfort, stress level, room temperature. FYI, split queen box spring mattress is actually divided into two half mattresses with a hinge in between that allow them to fold over. It is able to be lifted, the two pieces give it flexibility and the split queen box spring mattress can easily be moved. Detail, visit here or:
    http://kidbuxblog.com/recommended-ways-to-buy-split-queen-box-springs/

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