Upholstering a box spring

November 15, 2014

A few months ago, my fiancĂ© and I decided that we didn't want a traditional bed frame for our room. We wanted to put legs on our box spring and have a creative painting or something similar as a headboard. With that plan, we had to upholster our box spring to make it look a lot better since it would be showing. 
Here is a brief run down on how you can do that.

Things you'll need:

- Staple gun
- Staples
- Your choice of fabric. 
Make sure to measure your box spring to see exactly how much you'd need
- A fabric knife (a normal pair of scissors can work just fine too)

Step 1) Pick the fabric you would like to upholster with. Make sure it is a colour or pattern that will match with pretty much anything. We went with a grey patterned one with some subtle pink accents on it. Luckily, I didn't get any objections from that choice!

Step 2) You will then need to cover your four corners. The measurements really depend on how you want it to look, but make sure it covers a few inches on each side of the corner. As well, make sure you staple the fabric inside out, as you will be flipping it over in order to hide the staples. For us, it didn't matter because the fabric was the same on both sides.

Step 3) Once that corner is stapled, flip it over the corner and ahead and staple the top. It should end up looking like the right photo below. Make sure the bottom of the box spring is the side that shows the staples. Because I mean who cares about that side haha. As well, we made the mistake and pulling the fabric a bit too tight, as you can see below. Make sure it has a tiny bit of slack, that way the fabric won't start to rip form the staples.

Step 4) Then, go ahead and do all four corners.

Step 5) Grab your measured and cut piece for one of the long sides of the box spring. You will end up doing the same thing you did for the corners. Staple the top of the box spring with the back of the fabric being up, because you will flip it over then staple the bottom. Make sure you overlap the corners by an inch or two.

Step 6) Finish all other sides in this same fashion. What you'll end up getting is the corners and sides looking like this.

That's really all there is to it folks! Of course, as a bad blogger I didn't even take a photo of the box spring once it was finished. But I think you get the idea. This was an easy DIY and it only took us about an hour and a half to finish. 

The whole project ended up costing us about $20 once we bought some staples and the fabric. We borrowed the staple gun and the fabric store we went too was having a major sale. Score!!

Happy upholstering, friends!

1 comment :

  1. Huh, why didn't I think of that? I have a great piece of artwork above the bed, and when we moved awhile ago our old metal frame was broken. So we've been living like students with the boxspring and mattress directly on the floor. As a result, we've realized how much we like having the bed low to the ground (plus it keeps the cats from crawling underneath)... so this seems like an ingenuous idea! I might have to get my DIY side out.