About Momma Rake

Hi! I am Marissa Rehkopf. I am married to the love of my life and we have two super active, amazing little girls, Emmerson 3, and Taitum, 2. I believe in making the most out life and appreciating every second of the ride, enjoying the good and learning from the not so good. I created this blog to document our journey and to share a few ideas, recipes, and thoughts along the way.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

DIY Upholstered Box Spring

When we moved into our new home, we went from having zero guest bedrooms to having two guest bedrooms. That meant two new beds, bedding, and furniture for two complete rooms. (Not to mention the other rooms we needed furniture for!!) I promised my hubby I would decorate on a "budget." 

We upgraded to a king size bed for our master bedroom so we put our old queen size bed, complete with a  bed frame, into one bedroom and got another mattress and box spring for the other room but did not have a bed frame. Then I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love {sigh}. Since this tutorial was too complicated for a simple minded gal with absolutely zero sewing skills such as myself ,  I grabbed the staple gun and went to town. I came up with my own, less "fancy" way of upholstering a box spring. I LOVE the way it turned out and it was super easy!!



Supplies:
Fabric of your choice
8 Screw in furniture legs (I purchased mine at Lowe's)
Drill
Staple Gun & Staples (Note: We used 5/16 & 9/16 staples.)


Here is what I did:


First, drill holes in the box spring slightly smaller then the screws on the furniture legs. We had to cut away some of the fabric and padding to get to the wood. We screwed three on either side of the bed and two on the center piece of wood for support. {Scroll down to the pic below see the exact placement of legs.} 


Cut the fabric to fit your size bed. I had no idea the dimensions of our bed and so I totally guessed at how much fabric I needed. I think I purchased about 5 yards which was plenty. I used a very standard cotton fabric and it worked perfectly. *UPDATE* To clarify, you will need one piece of fabric for each side of the box spring for a total of four pieces of fabric. Make sure you have a few inches extra on each side and at least a few inches on each end for the "pleat."


Cut about four three inch wide pieces of fabric and cover each corner. Staple at the top and bottom to secure fabric.  


To cover the sides, fold the end of your fabric like a pleat and place it in the center of the corner of your mattress and secure on the top and bottom with staples.


Staple all the way down both sides of the mattress pulling the fabric tight as you go (definitely need two people for this one.) 


 We placed the staples about an inch apart. 


Trim off the access fabric (No, it does NOT have to pretty, no one will ever see it!!) 


For the corners, fold your fabric into a pleat and meet it up exactly with the other piece of fabric. Secure at the top and bottom. When you are done, the two sides will pull apart a bit to show the center piece if fabric.


It will end up looking like this. Swanky ;)


Screw the legs into the holes and you are done!(I painted my furniture legs white. I was CLEARLY too lazy to paint the legs that no one would see!!)



Noooooow... I need to finish she rest of the room!!!

Linked up Sugar & Dots, and Tater Tots & Jello!

Blessings,

46 comments:

Hi! I'm Katie... said...

Thats beautiful! I have a daybed that is in storage since its missing the decorative rail around the front - this would be perfect for that!
I love how it turned out - great job :)

Lindsay said...

I love this! How creative of you momma!

Chelsea L said...

Oo that's awesome!! It turned out so cute!

Tarah said...

ummm this is AWESOME!! looks sooo good!

Tarah said...

ps...totally just pinned this!

Karen said...

That looks so good! You did such a great job.

Anonymous said...

Love, Love, love this!

Mary F said...

I so love that you did this without having to sew a stitch! Just bought an antique iron bed from a neighbor who was moving and have it in the spare bedroom. I'm so over bedskirts that rip and slide around and this is the perfect solution. Brilliant!

Stopping by via Sugar & Dots. Great blog and great post! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This looks great but I'm a little confused. Are you using a separate piece of material for each side or one continuous piece?

Marissa@ Momma Rake said...

Anonymous- I should have been more clear! Sorry! I cut one piece of fabric for each side for a total of four pieces. I'll update the post now!! XO!!

Nicole said...

that is just wowowow. looks so professional. . . unlike most of my projects. :)

way to be adorable and cheap!

xoxo

burlap+blue said...

Lovely! Had to comment mainly b/c we have the exact same bedding (ikea, right?) on our own bed. Funny! xoxo

Natalie Dixon said...

Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous!! It looks so professional! Love your colors, love the corners, love the feet! Definitely pinning this and following to see what else you come up with! I'd love it if you linked this up to my party! http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/01/share-wow-wednesday.html

Anonymous said...

That's really clever ! Thanks for sharing ;)

Heather said...

How much were the furniture feet you bought? Looking online, it looks like it would cost over $50 just to add them. :(

Marissa@ Momma Rake said...

Hi Heather! You didn't have en email address to respond to so hopefully you come back and check out this comment! The furniture feet I bought were pretty pricey, I think they were about $6 a foot. They had a pretty large selection and I think the cheapest one was about $2.88. Hope this helps!! XO!

Katie said...

I've been wanting to try this, but for some reason nervous about the sturdiness of the feet. How has it worked out for you so far?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm so OVER bed skirts too! I'm going to rush out today and get the fabric (I already have staples and gun). Your beautiful work is such an inspiration!!!

Jess said...

Really love this idea and it turned out looking amazing!

Heidi Schatze said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I just followed your instructions (and linked back to you) to help upholster my nephew's box spring in his LEGO room.

http://heidischatze.blogspot.com/2012/07/lego-vaughn-upholstered-box-spring.html

You rock!

Heather M. said...

I echo Katie's question. Love the idea, how has it held up?

Marissa@ Momma Rake said...

Hi ladies! To answer a couple of your questions, the bed has held up great! The bed is still sturdy as can be. LOVE!! <3 Thanks!! :)

Anonymous said...

Marissa,
I am having an issue with the staples not staying on the TOP of the box springs (where there is no wood...only fabric and wire). Did you have any issue with this? HELP!!
Thanks,
Lyndsey (loulou12530@aol.com)

Anonymous said...

um how many lges would you put on a twin/single bed?

Marissa@ Momma Rake said...

For a twin I would put three down each side and then one right in the center! :)

.::his sunshine::. said...

I love this! Is that a king size bed in your tutorial? If not, do you think it would hold up well for a king size? I just was just curious because my husband and I have "a little more to love", if you know what I mean. ;) I'm afraid to go through all this and then have something disastrous happen. :( Thanks! <3

Jamilet & Logan said...

Finally able to do this to my bed and guest bed :), the only thing i did was use hot glue and it worked out great for me! :D.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering...we need to create a bed for our guest room asap and $50 is about over our price range during the holidays. I was wondering what you would think about using those durable plastic bed risers? Of course then I would have to use a bed skirt to cover the ugly legs but do you see any problem there? I know they are sturdy because the legs on my couch broke off and to fix it we used bed risers (drilled into the couch frame) and we have had no issues, even with the kids jumping all over it. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Muhammad Amjad said...

Looks good ,nice project .
Hotel furniture

Tammy T. said...

I just found you off Pinterest and I love this idea. Very great tutorial. I am going to do this within the next few days. Thanks.

vcorder said...

You can also look at homedepot $1.80 each for the simple legs I bought.

Dafne Hernandez said...

I'm just curious, does it support well? I went to Home Depot and inquired about the furniture legs supporting the weight of the bed and the person on it and the guy looked at me like I was bonkers. Maybe he didn't understand that I meant to put the legs on the middle one as well but in any case, I'd like to get confirmation before committing :P

Anonymous said...

Umm kind of have a TMI question. I want to do this to our bed and I know you did it to a guess room, so would the legs stand up to continuous use?? If anyone gets my drift ;) I don't want to do it then ave to constantly fix it.

Marissa@ Momma Rake said...

Hehe... love the above question! The answer is a simple YES! ;)

This bed has withstood everything we have thrown at it so far!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Anonymous, for asking the question no one knew quite how to ask! hehe As for me, I'm a lean-against-the-headboard for reading in bed. Now I'd be a lean-against-the-wall and this could put pressure on the legs, too, although I don't think it'd be as great as those exercising on it would be. hehe I'm totally going to go for it! Much thriftier than purchasing a platform bed yet I'd have the same result. THANKS so much for the wonderful idea!

Unknown said...

I intend to use a light colored fabric and use Scotch Guard spray on it to help keep it clean. Does anyone have any other suggestions when using a light colored fabric?

Rachel said...

I am SO glad I found this! My Fiance and I are finally getting a queen sized bed & I had considered getting (or making) a Platform style "bed frame" & this is PERFECT! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

OMG I love this! Our bed is in need of a makeover and this is perfect. I am also a contributor for The Homemakers Journal diy section and was wondering if you would mind if I shared on our blog? Of course linking back to you.

Mary Sanchez said...

I so LOVE this! Our bedroom is in need of a makeover and can not wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!
Do you mind if I share on my blog and link back to here?

Anonymous said...

I just put legs on my box spring and while they're sturdy, we've foudn the bed makes a lot of noise. Maybe it's the wood scraping on the hardwood floors. WE're going to add felt to the bottom of the legs and see if that helps. Anyone else have this issue?

Anonymous said...

This is amazing!! I have been wanting to make my own padded headboard but didn't like the idea of being able to see my box spring and metal frame and I REFUSE to use a bed skirt lol. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!

Abbey said...

I just finished the upholstery step on a twin bed, but I used burlap. Here's my blog about it: http://tinyurl.com/kt9mwe2 . Thanks for your great tutorial! I can't wait to finish the project! :)

Sara said...

I love this! We have the same Ikea bedding as well. :) We have a teeny tiny house house with very little storage, so my shoes are in under the bed bins bins under our bed frame. Any ideas on doing this while still lifting it up enough to give ample room for cute storage bins?

Holly Clock said...

I would like to do this to my bed, but was wondering if anyone did a headboard too? I already have one and was just going to do a slip cover, but if I do this then I'll be taking away the rails the headboard is attached to. Any ideas (other than screwing it to the wall) for attaching the headboard?

Brie Oshiro said...

I actually just bought a cheapo white fitted sheet at IKEA and slipped it around the boxspring and secured it with staples all around. I made the corners look nice(ish) too. It was easy and cheap. They have really scratchy fitted sheets for less than $5!! I might have to do something nicer though for our bed, that was a guestroom quick fix :) Great tutorial though, love the way the corners look, fancy but easy!!

Anonymous said...

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear.
Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say
great blog!

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