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 into a modern style bed, a la something I found on Pinterest.
A quick before and after:
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:
Next 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.
…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.
For 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.
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!