Why do they make box springs to look like that? All shiny and with those patterns that say “Look at me! I’m an exposed box spring!”. Well, if you’ve got a bed that leaves your box spring hanging out for the world to see, then we’ve got the DIY box spring cover for you!
This is one of those little things that had been on my to-do list for awhile and it was super satisfying to get it checked off. It only took a few minutes, but it made a whole world of difference. This DIY box spring cover along with this DIY bed skirt really put the final touch on the awesome tween room goodness that we have going on in Kennedy’s room.
Here’s how you can cover up your ugly box spring too!
Start out with an exposed box spring that just isn’t working for you.
Measure and Cut
Cut enough strips of fabric to cover the exposed sides of your box spring. We had two sides that were visible, so I only needed two strips of fabric. I just held it up to the box spring to check for size and then added a little more to wrap around. Exact measurements really aren’t needed here. Then, I cut a little slit in the fabric and just ripped down the length of the fabric to get my strips. I trimmed them to the length that I needed by just laying them on the ground next to the box spring.
The fabric that I used for this project is called Premier Prints Polka Dot Storm.
As you can see, my measurements were not perfect, but it totally doesn’t matter.
Next, you’ll want to iron your fabric a bit to get it looking nice and smooth and pretty.
All that’s left to do after that is lay the fabric over your box spring and start stapling!
If your staple gun is a little weak like ours is, just keep a hammer nearby so you can hammer in any staples that don’t make it all the way into the box spring frame. Yes, it might be time to upgrade the staple gun.
Keep your corners fairly neat, but remember that the top and bottom of the box spring will be hidden, so don’t agonize over it!
If you need to take a break at this point, it might help to put your baby in a bin so everyone can have a good laugh.
I know, right?!
Well, that’s what we really did, so how could I not share? Plus look how much he loved it!
This is an older project, so Jack’s much bigger now, but actually he does still like to play in boxes! 🙂
Anyway, just like that, your box spring is all pretty!
And that’s it!
- Measure and cut
- Baby in a box!
So much better.
Try it for yourself! This DIY box spring cover is such a great trick and it can work with any type of decor you have!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.