DIY- upholstering your boxspring

Upholstering your Box Spring

I know it’s been done numerous times. But I’ve never really seen one done in a pretty,floral fabric and using a twin sized bed.  I was tired of my bed frame and I wanted to add more textiles into my room. So here it goes:

1. Pick Fabric

1. Pick Fabric

This first step should be fairly easy. Pick a fabric that’s durable, upholstery appropriate, easy to clean, and a pattern that wouldn’t be too hard to align with each other. I lucked out with this beautiful fabric from Eco Fabric on East 9th St in the Fashion District in Downtown LA. I purchased 3 yards, which was more than enough for my twin bed. Always buy more than you need. Besides you can create throw pillows with the extra fabric. I got the 3 yards of fabric for $21. The owner doesn’t haggle, but he’s not pushy!

2. Measure

2. Measure

I always just eyeball measure fabric and hope for the best. But really, you should measure! You’ll end up with 2 long sides and 2 short ones, obviously. You should have enough fabric to grab onto on both sides of the box spring and make sure the pattern is even  from each end. (Don’t mind my pup, Zeus the Rat Terrier. She loves to lay on anything I use.)

3. Start

3. Start

Start stapling the fabric on one side of the box spring. Be sure to tug the fabric and keep a smooth and tight surface. Staple as much as you think is necessary.

4. Corners

4. Corners

Corners can be tricky. You can find other tutorials to which suits your preference. But I really enjoy this clean and simple tuck of the fabric. What you would need to do before you  staple the end of your first strip of fabric to the box spring- is to cut a strip of fabric wide enough to cover the entire corner of the box spring. I figure that’s about 4 inches. You need to staple that strip of fabric first, and then fold your longer fabric into a nice crease, and staple on top of the previously stapled on strip.

5. Folded Corners

5. Folded Corners

Your folded corners will look like this once you’ve folded and stapled the other side of the box spring. Easy, right? It’s a very clean line, instead of any other bulky folding.

6. Progress

6. Progress

Shouldn’t take too long to upholster this box spring. So if you’re hesitant, don’t be! It’s extremely easy.

7. Selfie Break

7. Selfie Break

Gratuitous selfie-photo of myself working oh-so hard.

8. Almost There

8. Almost There

We’re done! Unless, you want legs on your box spring. I’ve seen it done and it looks really nice. I, on the other hand, have terrible allergies and one more thing to help eliminate dust is a ‘Yay’ in my book. So if you want legs, Lowe’s or Home Depot seem to have a decent selection.

9. Admire Your Work of Beaut

9. Admire Your Work of Beaut

Now, step back, relax or jump in and relax on your newly upholstered box spring!

Enjoy,
-M.

for starters..

William Morris Quote

I love this quote by William Morris. Keeps in mind to always refine your design and to rid your space of superfluous clutter.

Background to my story- I just recently moved into a new house. So I figured it would be a great time to start a design blog. A sort of- retrospective- of my design experiences and evolution, from designing for other people to designing for me. It has been a long and bittersweet process, of moving out of a house I have lived in for 6 years, to a newer one. The silver lining is that my bedroom is bigger and of course, shopping for new furniture.

I’ll share the ideas I have for this new room, doing so in a tight budget (post-grad student here!) and how to maximize the floor plan of this tiny space.

‘Til next time.

-M.