If you’re wondering how to hide a box spring tastefully, know that you’re not alone. Box springs are designed to serve a purpose, but they aren’t very pretty.
Luckily, many people have come up with solutions to this problem. Depending on the time you have, your creativity level, and your budget, there are two main ways to hide your box spring:
- Buy a pre-made box spring cover or solution
- Take on a DIY project and make your own!
Keep reading for a list of proven ways to hide your box spring and uplift your bedroom décor.
7 Ways To Cover a Box Spring
1. DIY Box Spring Cover
This ten-minute solution uses stapled fabric to cover up your ugly box spring. The best part about this easy DIY project is that you don’t need exact measurements for it to work.
Choose a fabric that matches your bedding and room décor. Measure and cut enough pieces of fabric to cover the exposed sides of your box spring and leave a little extra to wrap around the sides.
Next, iron your fabric so it looks nice and unwrinkled then staple it to your box spring for a flawless looking cover. The results look great for such a simple, low budget project!
If you don’t have the time to make your own, you can purchase a mattress cover on your box spring.
2. Strategic Bed Frame
If you’re more of a minimalist and not a fan of projects involving fabric, you might want to consider a strategic bed frame to cover your box spring.
Rather than a simple metal frame that leaves your bare, unappealing box spring exposed, you can choose to either purchase or even make a bed frame with solid sides that your box spring can sit in.
Kiwi and Peach’s detailed plans for a slat bed are what inspired Great Goodness bloggers’ King Bed DIY. A slat bed can be used without a box spring altogether, or you can design it to put in a box spring with a mattress on top.
3. DIY Bed Skirt with Linen
For those who enjoy the soft, light appearance of a bed skirt, this DIY is perfect.
It uses simple materials including a linen tablecloth and a bedsheet to create a classic look that covers box springs and bed frames.
Measure the sides and end of your bed and add ½ an inch for the seams, then measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor and add an inch.
Cut out your top and side panels, and iron them smooth before creating hems if needed and sewing the pieces together.
Alternatively, use a pre-made bed skirt. There are tons of different fabrics and patterns you can choose from.
4. Blanket and Bench
Maybe you’re not in the market for a whole new bed frame, but you don’t feel like taking on a do-it-yourself type project either. That’s okay!
One really simple way that you can cover your box spring is by choosing a blanket that’s a little big for your bed and drapes down around the sides.
Find a long bench or storage ottoman that matches your room to sit at the end of your bed. This will help complete the look and offers extra storage and/or sitting space for getting dressed in the morning.
5. Use a Fitted or Flat Sheet
An awesomely simple budget friendly way to cover your box spring is to use either a fitted or a flat sheet.
Use sheets that you currently have in your linen closet or purchase inexpensive ones for the occasion. Choose a sheet that matches your bedroom décor, whether a solid color or a pattern for contrast.
Simply put a fitted sheet over your box spring or use a flat sheet with some upholstery pins for an easy, seamless look.
6. Make Your Bed Useful with Drawers/Storage|
Instead of covering your box spring with a conventional bed skirt, consider some ways that you can use your bed for storage and cover your box spring at the same time.
One way to do this is by tucking a large blanket around both your mattress and box spring to expose the underside of your bed and using things like baskets, wood boxes, or plastic crates to create a storage space underneath.
This unique solution to the box spring problem is especially handy if you live in a small space.
7. Long Duvet, Bedspread or Canopy
One final, straightforward way to hide your box spring is by purchasing an oversized duvet or bedspread that drapes down around your bed to the floor.
Depending on the size of your bed, these might be tricky to find but if it’s in your budget, you could always have one made.
For added flair, install a light canopy that drapes from your ceiling, around your bed, and to the floor to provide coverage and draw peoples’ eyes away from the bottom of your bed.
Can You Put a Mattress Protector on a Box Spring?
Mattress protectors are an excellent investment because they protect your mattress from stains, bacteria, bed bugs, and other allergens or pests.
Hypothetically, you could put a mattress protector on a box spring, but chances are the fit would be wrong and the materials might not stand up to the weight of the mattress on the box spring over time.
The best thing to do is get a box spring-specific cover. When shopping for a box spring cover you want to look for something that has these qualities:
- A strong polyester fabric
- Water repellant
- Includes a membrane barrier that protects from allergens without retaining heat
Mattress protectors use softer fabrics like terry cloth that are more comfortable and make less noise. Box spring protectors come in standard sizes, whereas sizes for mattress covers vary more and drive up the price.
Click here to view this bamboo jersey mattress protector on Nolah
Do I Need a Dust Mite Cover for My Box Spring?
Most people aren’t super sensitive to dust mites, but if you’re one of the 20 million Americans with a dust mite allergy, a proper cover for your box spring, mattress, and pillows can make a big difference in your symptoms.
To make sure you’re protected from a dust mite infestation, look for a cover that is:
- Zippered and airtight
- Covers the top, bottom, and sides of your box spring
- Is made with allergen-blocking fabric
When shopping for a dust mite cover, read the packaging closely. A regular box spring cover/protector will not protect you from dust mites unless it is part of the design. Some box spring covers are only made to protect your box spring from stains and other damage.