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By Andrea Crowley
Updated November 06, 2019
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All box springs deserve a cover. Not only do they help keep out dust and allergens, but they also protect against normal wear and tear and can help extend the overall lifetime and quality of your mattress. What's more, a box spring cover is an easy way to add another layer of style to your bed as a whole. That said, store-bought box spring covers, especially the attractive ones, rarely come cheap. Options available in stores generally cost you anywhere from $50 and $250, which is a steep price to pay for something that simply covers an element of your bed. Luckily, there are ways to dress up your box spring that don't require a trip to the store. Here are two DIY alternatives you can make in just a few hours.

Use a Fitted Sheet

If you want to dress up your bed but find the options readily available on the market a little too boring, consider slipping a fitted sheet over your box spring (as pictured here) for a more interesting look. You can repurpose one that's already hiding in your linen closet or find an affordable, neutral option at your local home goods store. For a streamlined look, use a sheet that matches those on the bed. If you want to offset the rest of your bedding, cover the box spring with a fitted sheet in either a matching pattern or contrasting hue. No matter which direction you choose to go in, using a fitted sheet means you have far more options available to you than if you were to purchase a standard box spring cover.

Make Your Own Using a Flat Sheet

While a fitted bed sheet may be a more low-maintenance option, you can also create a box spring cover using a flat sheet and some upholstery pins. We love how DIYer Carrie Spalding of Lovely Etc. came up with this easy method, which makes good use of a bedding element that many homeowners leave sitting in their linen closets. The best part? Transforming a flat sheet into a box spring cover can be done in less than an hour and requires just those two items. If you don't have any flat sheets on hand, look to old duvet covers or even fabric shower curtains to double as your cover. Anything that has finished seams should do the trick.

Comments (29)

Anonymous
October 2, 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!
Anonymous
September 28, 2013
For mine I used two Ikea twin knit sheets and it worked great. Mine has two box springs, don't most king beds?
Anonymous
September 19, 2013
Has anyone found a cover for a 5 inch box spring for a king bed? A fitted sheet would be too large.
Anonymous
November 17, 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. :)
Anonymous
November 17, 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. :)
Anonymous
July 2, 2010
Very Smart!
Anonymous
February 6, 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.
Anonymous
January 28, 2009
that is a great idea. I would agree and I would have thought of that.
Anonymous
January 18, 2009
Absolutely stupendous idea and so minimalist as well!
Anonymous
November 23, 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?
Anonymous
October 22, 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
Anonymous
October 22, 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
Anonymous
October 22, 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
Anonymous
September 25, 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!
Anonymous
September 23, 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.
Anonymous
September 14, 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.
Anonymous
July 7, 2008
I love those pink sheets! The shams are wonderful as well. Anyone know where they're from? Thanks!
Anonymous
July 7, 2008
I love those pink sheets! The shams are wonderful as well. Anyone know where they're from? Thanks!
Anonymous
May 16, 2008
Why have we not thought of this before? I think the idea is great and so miuch easier than a dust ruffle Elizabetty
Anonymous
May 9, 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!
Anonymous
February 22, 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.
Anonymous
February 21, 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.
Anonymous
February 20, 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.
Anonymous
February 17, 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.
Anonymous
February 4, 2008
Very inviting, stream lined and fresh looking. I'm going to try this one.
Anonymous
January 30, 2008
Great idea, now I can change the look of my bedding in one simple step
Anonymous
January 10, 2008
This is just the BEST thing I've seen recently. GREAT idea.
Anonymous
January 7, 2008
Now this is one of the best Idear's i have read in a long Time.Thank's
Anonymous
December 31, 2007
love this idea....easy and inexpensive!