Simple is Better: A DIY Modern Bed

March 17, 2013

Title Bed Photo

I know I have spoken before about my desire to have a simple, clean, minimalist styled home, and how this desire is in direct disproportion to my affinity for collecting things from thrift stores and garage sales. I am happy to report, however, that I have followed through on my promise to purge and downsize, and I feel like we are a few steps closer to that simple, clean life that Connor and I both yearn for.

When we moved into this new house, we were faced with the conundrum of what do with the one extra bedroom we have. We both have lots of hobbies that include things that take up space, but even more, we have lots of friends and family that we like to have come visit. A brand new fold out couch would be ideal, but in an effort to save money (we moved a week before a trip to Hawai’i, did I mention that?!), I decided to repurpose our old mattress and boxspring set Β into a modern style bed, a la something I found on Pinterest.

A quick before and after:

Before and After Bed

I love how easy it was to transform this old box spring into a modern looking bed. Here’s how I did it:

Gather your materials. To state the obvious, you will need a mattress and box spring set and about 3 to 4 yards of fabric (depending on the size of your box spring). Mine was a full sized, and I used left over fabric from a chair that I recovered a few months ago. Initially, I wanted to use a patterned fabric, maybe stripes, but in the interest of saving money, I went with this neutral fabric that I had too much of. Two birds. You will also need:

GuestBedMaterialsBedBeforeGet your fabric and measure it out over the box spring. I cut the yards of fabric into two pieces so that it would cover the box spring.

Guestbedbefore2Next I sewed the two pieces of fabric together. I did the seam on the inside so that the outside seam would be clean and unnoticeable. After fitting the piece of fabric over the box spring, I flipped it on its side and started stapling the fabric down.

Guestbedbefore3After stapling down the fabric on all sides…

Guestbedbefore4…start attaching the bed legs. Screw the brackets down first, then the legs screw into the brackets. You can find these brackets and the legs in the same section at your local home store. Once all of your legs are attached, trim any excess fabric on the bottom of the box spring.

DSC_0279For a finishing touch, add these adhesive felt pads to the bottom of the legs. If you are like me and have fragile hardwood floors, you will be glad you added these when you want to rearrange your room.

untitled (1 of 69) untitled (18 of 69) Modern Bed Upgrade

I am going to enjoy the simplicity of this room while it lasts. I know that over time, I will find a way, piece by piece, to clutter this little room. But until then, I am enjoying the few details that make it up right now. I bought this white metal stool in Jenks, Oklahoma yesterday, a small city outside of Tulsa that has more antique stores on their main street than Tulsa has entirely.

This project would be perfect for someone who is in college or, if you were like I was in my early twenties, someone who has been sleeping on a mattress and box spring on the floor for a while. This whole bed cost me a total of about $50 for the fabric and the bed legs. Not bad for a new bed!

Tell me what you think!

38 thoughts on “Simple is Better: A DIY Modern Bed

  1. Jane

    So with 6 legs would this “frame” support a lot of… romping around? It just doesn’t seem that stable.

    1. thecleverbunny

      LOL> First of all, I love this question. Thank you =) This bed serves as out guest bed, so we made it with the idea in mind that only one person at a time will be sleeping on it, and that it won’t be used every day (even if two people sleep on it). If this is for your **personal use, I would go ahead and add a few extra reinforcements. One thing I though of doing on that end is adding a few 2X4’s to the bottom of the box spring, across the length of the bed. Then, add a couple of extra legs to the middle wooden slats, totaling about 9 peg legs. I think with a few extra reinforcements, this DIY bed frame should support plenty of romping πŸ˜‰ Hope this helps. And thanks for reading!

      ~Katy/ The Clever Bunny

      1. Kelsey Coppins

        Thank you for this comment! I did this to my 4 year old’s bed a few month’s ago but we only used 4 legs. It’s fine for her every night, but it sqeaks every time I sit on it to say goodnight. With another on the way and wanting to possibly use her bed as a guest bed for a bit, I wanted to find a way to make it sturdier. I think I will run out tomorrow and get a few more legs and use your extra 2×4 idea. Thank you!!!!

  2. Pingback: Some of my Favorite DIYs from the past Year. |

  3. Pingback: Witch Crafts | Upcycled Bed Frame from Boxspring

  4. Pingback: Happy Friday // 9.27 | Apparently.

    1. thecleverbunny

      The brackets were purchased at Lowes. They have a brand called Waddell and they sell quick mount surface plates that your legs will screw into. They should all be around the same area in the store (i’m sure home depot and other home improvement stores carry these, as well). Thanks for reading!

  5. Kate

    This looks so awesome! I saw a question similar to this above, but could this work for a really large bed? Like a California king? :/
    Thank you!

    1. thecleverbunny

      Hi Kate! Thank you! I think this would work fine for Cali King sized bed, however I would be sure to attach extra legs underneath for additional reinforcement. This frame has 8 legs on it, so for a king I would be sure to add at least four more to “brace” the middle underneath. I would say you just want to make sure that there is equal weight distribution under the entirety of the bed, if that makes sense. Good luck with making it! I hope it turns out great!

  6. Pingback: Blog Love from Hello There Home and Swedish Elle! |

  7. Kristian

    I used this and created my own bed. I used the 8 in. Legs so that we’d have some storage space underneath. I also painted them black. The finished product was posted on my Facebook page. I just have a question, my feet aren’t all flat and some wobble a little bit, making the bed a little unstable, is there a way to fix this?

    1. thecleverbunny

      Oh wow that sounds awesome! I bet the black legs make it look super modern.

      For the wobbly legs, my guess would be that the frame of the box spring might be warped a bit? This happens over time. If it were me, I would buy some ply wood and drill it into the box frame underneath to stabilize the frame a bit, and the drill the legs through. Or use 2X4’s instead. Also, make sure those legs drill in straight and tight.

  8. Diane

    Love this idea. Wish I would have seen it sooner. I ordered a bedskirt, but I think I may get rid of it and try this. One other thing I thought of doing was taking a fitted sheet and putting it on top to the box springs. That makes it easier to remove and wash. But I like the finishing of your idea. Thanks,

  9. Pingback: DIY Apartment #1035

  10. Krista

    Just wondering what brackets you use for the legs in the middle of the bed i love this idea and am gonna do it this weekend

    1. Post author

      They are brackets that actually come with the threaded wooden legs that you purchase as lowes or Home Depot. I would ask a sales person to help you find them at the hardware store

  11. Pingback: Protect Hardwood Floors from Furniture Scratches

  12. Jenni

    I’m sooooo happy I found your page! I’ve been wondering if “legging” a box spring would work and now I know for sure. This will definitely be cheaper than building a whole new frame…or even buying one. Thanks for sharing your DIY knowledge. When I do mine, I’ll send some pics along. πŸ™‚

    1. Post author

      Yay! I would love that! Please send photos – I always love seeing other people take my ideas and make them their own. And thanks for stumbling on to my page. As soon as we get settled here in our new home, I will be back to DIYing again!

  13. Michele

    I used the exact same legs on a large couch I re-covered. The couch gets a LOT of use/abuse by my 4 boys (ages 7-16) daily. I have found them to be really sturdy. My hubby is a larger guy, and I never worry about the couch collapsing under his weight when he sits on it. I didn’t use the bracket system you used, I used a claw like bolt thing that you screw into the wood, and then the leg screws into that. IDK the name of the bolt thingy, but it is common on couches.

    I love this tutorial, and I think I’m going to try it out! I have a bed skirt that I’ve used for years, and I’m tired of it, and it is looking a bit worn. I was given a lot of nogahide, and I think I’ll use it on this πŸ™‚ I’ll use an old sheet and sew the nogahide onto it so I’m using the nogahide on the top of the bed frame. I think the leather look will look cool πŸ™‚

    Thanx for the idea!

    1. Post author

      I used a linen material that i bought in bulk to recover a chair. It was on sale and I got loads of it for like $70- I had enough left over to recover this box spring!

    1. Diane

      My husband and I made a wonderful headboard. We got poplar wood at Home Depot. And I white washed it as a test and my husband didn’t like the whiteness so I added some grey paint and we got a really nice soft gray headboard that allows all the wood grain to show through. We used long 2 x 4’s and spaced them about 1/2″ between each board going vertically. I am still looking for a photo. If I can find one I will send it to you.

  14. Pingback: Simple Platform Bed Frame Diy | Woodworking Guide

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *