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Clever Box Spring Cover

Martha Stewart Living, September 2005

If you want to dress up your bed but find dust ruffles a bit fussy, consider slipping a fitted sheet over your box spring for a streamlined look. Use a sheet that matches those on the bed, or set off a coverlet or duvet by choosing one in a matching pattern or contrasting hue.

Comments (29)

  • Agape 2 Oct, 2013

    This is such a cool idea! And looks great too! No more mattresses eating the dust ruffle. My 11 year old son does not like the dust ruffle anyway. Now he can make up his bed and not have to straighten the dust ruffle! Bought a bottom sheet in black at Wal-Mart for $4.00! Thanks again for solving a very big problem!

  • jschuby 28 Sep, 2013

    For mine I used two Ikea twin knit sheets and it worked great. Mine has two box springs, don't most king beds?

  • sassypants1 19 Sep, 2013

    Has anyone found a cover for a 5 inch box spring for a king bed? A fitted sheet would be too large.

  • SSain 17 Nov, 2012

    Years ago when my boys were small I would buy 2 sets of coordinating sheets. I used the fitted ones for the box spring and mattress an d the flat sheets to make duvet covers. It made the bed look much more made up even when they made their own beds. :)

  • SSain 17 Nov, 2012

    Years ago when my boys were small I would buy 2 sets of coordinating sheets. I used the fitted ones for the box spring and mattress an d the flat sheets to make duvet covers. It made the bed look much more made up even when they made their own beds. :)

  • GlitterBugg 2 Jul, 2010

    Very Smart!

  • nirese 6 Feb, 2010

    I've used this for our previous bed, but now I have a set with a low-profile (~5 inch) box spring. Any ideas for a similar look? I don't want the sheet to be bunchy on the smaller size box spring.

  • want2decor 28 Jan, 2009

    that is a great idea. I would agree and I would have thought of that.

  • Susan-Lark 18 Jan, 2009

    Absolutely stupendous idea and so minimalist as well!

  • GinaBina 23 Nov, 2008

    This is such a great idea! But, as a college student, I have my box spring (unfortunately) on the ground... and it's very difficult to move around to put a sheet on it. Any suggestions on how I can do something like this for my situation?

  • KrissyCJ05 22 Oct, 2008

    OH WOW! I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF USING A FITTED SHEET. I USED TO USE DUST RUFFLES, BUT I HATE THEM. BUT I ALSO HATE SEEING THE BOX SPRING AS WELL. GREAT WAY TO COVER IT UP

  • KrissyCJ05 22 Oct, 2008

    OH WOW! I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF USING A FITTED SHEET. I USED TO USE DUST RUFFLES, BUT I HATE THEM. BUT I ALSO HATE SEEING THE BOX SPRING AS WELL. GREAT WAY TO COVER IT UP

  • KrissyCJ05 22 Oct, 2008

    OH WOW! I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF USING A FITTED SHEET. I USED TO USE DUST RUFFLES, BUT I HATE THEM. BUT I ALSO HATE SEEING THE BOX SPRING AS WELL. GREAT WAY TO COVER IT UP

  • ChiannaDowell 25 Sep, 2008

    What won't Martha think of! This is the best idea...I don't love dust ruffles...being able to see under the bed is incentive not to put things under there!

  • bmwmrg 23 Sep, 2008

    I think this is just the best idea! I have two sons and what they do to a dust ruffle when making their beds is inexplicable. This is just perfect and the beds will look very neat.

  • Mudkitten 14 Sep, 2008

    I just saw this idea yesterday and loved it. I went to Walmart and got a fitted sheet not even the same color as my bedding, but coordinating and it just works so well. Im not a fan of dust ruffles. Clean lines are more my thing so this idea gets two thumbs up from me.

  • RileyMadison 7 Jul, 2008

    I love those pink sheets! The shams are wonderful as well. Anyone know where they're from? Thanks!

  • RileyMadison 7 Jul, 2008

    I love those pink sheets! The shams are wonderful as well. Anyone know where they're from? Thanks!

  • elizabetty 16 May, 2008

    Why have we not thought of this before? I think the idea is great and so miuch easier than a dust ruffle Elizabetty

  • emmmalicious 9 May, 2008

    This idea is great, because I just bought a new bed that has an extremely thick mattress...dust ruffles don't work between the oddly sized mattress and the boxspring. I will have to try this idea!

  • Amyred 22 Feb, 2008

    I've thought about using this idea, but what I've done is another MSL--put flat bedspreads on the box cover and works similar to a bed skirt but no ruffles. I like that better, and I don't want to look at what's under the bed. Plus the Kittenz like their privacy, too.

  • katiescrapbooklady 21 Feb, 2008

    I have done this on all of our beds and it really gives them such a fresh look. I like the visual space you gain under the bed as well.

  • EOW 20 Feb, 2008

    I'm thrilled with this idea. Dust ruffles seem to collect dust; I would much rather vacuum under the bed than strip the dust rufflle for laundering. This will cover the box spring at the corners near the headboard.

  • adriansmom 17 Feb, 2008

    I have used this idea. It looks good and is a great way to cover the foundation. Easier to launder than the old fashioned box spring covers. Looks good on kids beds especially for top bunk as it hides the bunk board -can even use 2 with one to cover the underside.

  • momof1 4 Feb, 2008

    Very inviting, stream lined and fresh looking. I'm going to try this one.

  • Catherine-in-Calgary 30 Jan, 2008

    Great idea, now I can change the look of my bedding in one simple step

  • MissDee 10 Jan, 2008

    This is just the BEST thing I've seen recently. GREAT idea.

  • Heike 7 Jan, 2008

    Now this is one of the best Idear's i have read in a long Time.Thank's

  • NewOrleansLady 31 Dec, 2007

    love this idea....easy and inexpensive!