Sunday, September 9, 2012

upholstered box spring tutorial

Hope you enjoyed some beautiful fall weather this weekend,
Denver was glorious!
 I worked on the chairs and have only a little painting left. Yay!
I have a fun, not your typical, semi-reveal planned for Friday!
In the meantime, I've had a few questions about the upholstered box spring,
but since you've seen ours way too many times here is an inspiration photo
along with my details.

We started with this Ikea Sultan Aram Foundation ($100) and Sultan Stainless Legs ($15)
SULTAN ÅRAM Foundation IKEA A box spring or foundation lifts the bed higher off the floor, making it easier to get in and out of bed.

Measure the perimeter of the frame + 5 inches (that will be the length of fabric you need)
Measure the height of the frame + 5 inches (that will be the width of fabric you need)
Our height was 8" + 5" allowance = 13" width

For a Twin frame I used 1 3/4 yards of 54" width fabric.

Next I sewed the lengths together to give me one piece the entire length of the perimeter of
the frame. To make it easier to match my pattern I folded the fabric and ironed a crease.

With right sides together, I followed the crease line keeping my pattern aligned.
Press seam after you've sewn it together.

Since I was working with an unforgiving pattern and I wanted to be sure it was straight
 I placed the fabric on the frame to determined the exact placement of the pattern. 

I ironed and starched the entire length, creasing the top and bottom edges along the
lines in the pattern. This gave me a guide to use ensuring my pattern would end up
straight. It was well worth the extra time!

Using my staple gun, I started on the backside in the middle and worked my way to the corner. 

I used the tips from Jenny @ Little Green Notebook here for help with my corners.

Continue around the frame stapling the top and bottom as you go.

When you reach the point where you started fold the fabric under and staple
the top and bottom.

It truly was an easy and inexpensive project for a custom look.
If you create one I'd love to know, I'm ready to try a larger one! 


Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Absolutely spectacular..... I'm in awe. :)

Gretchen said...

Simple awesome!!!

Terri said...

Great tutorial...had to "pin it", hope that was okay! TFS!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

It looks perfect!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You have made it look easy! I lov how neat it all turned out and the fabric is just perfect.

Peggy said...

It is truly lovely! I am thinking of doing this to both a full sized box spring as well as a queen. if and when it gets done I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again for sharing!!

Nancy said...

Wonderful tutorial Pam. It looks so perfect and you make it so easy. Glad to know you just stapled it to the frame; this is so doable for any bed! Have a great day.
xo Nancy

kimt said... this idea. are the legs just screwed in to the frame of the mattress?
i dont see a bed frame. Not sure i have ever seen this.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

This is fabulous. I am making a point to put this post in a place where I can get to it when needed...

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

That does look easy. I am going to have to try it!

designchic said...

You make this look so easy...thanks for the tutorial!

Lori said...

I love how tailored it looks-so professional. Love the glen plaid too.

cindy said...

It looks fantastic! Using the glen plaid was a great idea. Just forwarded this to my cousin who wants to try it. Inspired project!

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

I seriously think I need to do this because my (almost) 14 year old's bedskirt always looks CRAZY. I don't know what he does to it but it's always disheveled. I love the crisp, clean lines of the wrapped boxspring. That plaid fabric must have been a beast to work with, Pam! Kudos for such a perfect job!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

We could never see too much of this one! Thanks for the great tutorial, that's much simpler than I imagined. Your attention to detail obviously produced a stunning result!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Such a clever idea, especially when you're going for a cleaner look or you have a sleigh bed where you can't use a bedskirt.

Emily | Recently said...

Ahhhh, that's gorgeous! I love the fabric you chose. Unfortunately I have to use the area under my bed for storage, so I won't be using this trick any time soon. I love it though.

Dana Frieling said...

Need to do this in my guest room. Will you come do it for me please?!

My Crafty Home Life said...

I need one for my son's room. This is perfect for a custom look and the plaid you picked is perfect.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love how sleek it looks!

pam {simple details} said...

Kim T - Yes, the Ikea legs screw right into the bottom of the frame, couldn't be easier. Thanks!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I really love the incredibly tailored look of the box spring...Fantastic job and thanks so much for the tutorial..!!

The Single Nester said...

You did a fantastic job!

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