DIY Box Spring: How to make your own box spring from a kit in 30 minutes or less.
Happy New Year everyone! We still have no Internet so I'm typing this up on my phone. I suppose I'll need to clean it up once I get Internet back, but for now this will hopefully work.
We got a new bedroom set for our new home which was super exciting. Costco had an amazing deal in store on the West Indies collection. The sale associate told us you can order online from them for about 10% more than store cost with no membership required and if i recall, no shipping/delivery fee was included. We hauled ourselves by renting a truck for 75 min from Lowes... This furniture set was way heavier than we anticipated so I can see some benefits to buying online. Also, Costco (in store) appears to only take debit cards and American Express- bummer because we like to use our credit card to get points, but our Costco membership gives us a percentage back so hopefully that'll make up for it.
We ordered our mattress online from Overstock.com. We spent a ton of money before Baby G was born on a Temperpedic and while I love it, we just need way too much for the new house to drop that much money on a mattress again. The mattress we ordered was a memory foam with gel and had good ratings so we risked it. Hope we don't regret that!
My plan originally was to just get the mattress as I was reading that box springs aren't necessary for a memory foam mattress and I wanted the bed lower to the ground if possible. Alas, that's if your bed is a platform bed. The bedroom set required a box spring so I found a box spring online off Amazon.com that could be shipped, had good ratings, and would require no trip to the store with a toddler to deal with excessively annoying sales people. Drawback? Oh yeah it has to be assembled. Seeing our furniture didn't even need to be assembled, this is kinda funny to me. The rough part is that they forgot to add instructions in the box so I've got this great bag of screws with the tool to install it, but I'm not confident I can do this correctly. And yes, the box was manageable in size but truly a b$&@& to get up the stairs by myself.
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Okay so here's how I did it (hopefully correctly, if you get this item then I recommend reading the instructions if you get them). Keep in mind that its going to be whatever size you bought... I had to build mine on top of the bed because I didn't have enough floor space to set up a king size box spring.
1) Take out your large pieces of wood. There are two pieces with rounded edges. Those are for the top and bottom of the box spring. The two pieces with a "lip" go on the outsides and the last piece goes in the middle (this piece looks different depending on what side is up... Make sure its even with the outside pieces). They come with those dowel pieces in them already so you can just snap them in place.
2) You should have 6 really long bolts. Use three on each side, one for each long board. Then use a washer and the nut on the other side of the wood and tighten them so the pieces are all secure. As you can see, my big helper was with me the whole time which made this take 4x as long...
3) Lay out the long mat of thin wood pieces that are connected via the "tape"... I put the tape side down. There were four pegs on my base that seemed to have no purpose but I decided that they were there to hold the very end wood pieces in place... The "mat" was just long enough to reach the pegs so that one wood piece was over the two pegs on each end.
4) You have 6 normal screws and there are 6 screw holes in those wood pieces you just laid down. There were no holes in the base so I assumed I had to make my own. Use a manual screwdriver so you don't accidentally split the wood with the electric ones.
5) Pull the included cover over it all and you're done.
Yep, that easy. It probably would've taken about 30 min without instructions if I hadn't had a toddler "helper" or 15 min if I'd had instructions and no helper. Instead it took me a couple hours because Baby G would scream and freak out whenever I took the wrench from him. Good times!
I think this looks really good and just as solid as the ones you buy. Some reviews for similar products said the wood wasn't very high quality, but I thought this one was pretty decent. Like solid, but "I know better than to walk barefoot across the wood" quality...
Here's the mattress I found on Overstock.com... King Size Memory Foam in its stages of unwrapping. This was a 91 lb bag of mattress which wasn't as easy to move by myself as I anticipated so it had to wait for Daddy B to come home. The mattress was the 11" Body Flex King-Size Memory Foam mattress which at the time was priced at $440. I've slept on it two nights and the smell has faded quite a bit which is a typical issue with Memory Foam mattresses, and I think so far it's been equivalent or more comfortable than my Tempurpedic was. Although I'm not positive if my "it's more comfortable" rating is taking into account the fact that I spent SO much less money for this one. But I have noticed it seems to be slightly more comfortable for side sleeping... memory foam mattresses seem to be better for back and stomach sleepers, from what I've read and experienced. This is a true PITA when you're pregnant and hit that stage where you can only sleep on your sides. I'm hoping this one will be better with that or maybe I'll need to find a short term solution when we someday have a brother or sister for Baby G. But yes, so far I'm impressed.
Not the best picture ever, but my beautiful bed all set up! I'm so proud and it's actually pretty comfortable too!
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