When we set out to makeover Bill’s Room / The Guest Room / My Office, we really needed to relocate my desk so it wasn’t a focus in the room. Our best option was to move the desk to the small wall opposite the bed. However, it was relatively tight there. We needed to get that footboard out of the way to open up the space. In order to do that, we needed to figure out how to add feet to the box spring so we could eliminate the bed rails, and thus the footboard.
We figured out how to do it – and y’all I’m so mad I didn’t do it sooner because it was so easy and made a huge difference in the space.
Here’s the room before:
You can see how the desk is to the right of the room – it was the first thing you saw when you went in the room.
And here’s the space now:
Huge difference and on top of freeing up space, it lowered the overall height of the bed which allows you to see more of the gorgeous wood headboard against the black wall – not that black and woodgrain is a favorite combination of mine or anything. 😉
How to Add Feet to a Box Spring
Materials & Tools Needed:
- Six Table Legs – we used these, but you can use any style or height (although I wouldn’t go for those 12″ long legs because it would be too high and probably unstable because it’s so high).
- Six Furniture Leg Attachment Plates
- 4″ x 4″ Wood Pieces (This is for added support under the box spring.)
- Saw (to cut the 4″ x 4″ – you can use a circular saw or miter saw.)
If you want to stain or paint your table legs, do so now and let them dry. We stained ours.
You can see from the photo above that I was only able to get three screws in each plate as there was nothing for the 4th screw to grab onto. That’s fine – it hasn’t effected the strength of our bed legs at all.
Screw a table leg into each attachment plate.
Flip your box spring back over and place it wherever it will be in your room. You need to add a little extra support to your box spring / bed by cutting some 4″ x 4″ pieces that will go in the middle of the box spring under it. To do this, measure the distance from your floor to the wood frame of the box spring underneath. Its probably going to be close to whatever size legs you used. Cut six pieces of 4″ x 4″ to this length. If you have a king or queen sized bed, you would need to cut more. A twin size bed may require less.
While your box spring is in place where you want it in the room, have someone slightly hold it up as you place the 4″ x 4″ pieces under the box spring in the locations shown below. It’s next to impossible to get a picture of this in action, so I hope you can understand what I’m saying to do with the picture below. The X’s mark where your 4″ x 4″ pieces should go under your box spring. Just reach under the box spring and place them there while someone is holding the box spring up. You don’t need to attach them to the frame or anything, as long as they are placed under the wood supports in the box spring.
Make sense? If not, let me know and I’ll try to explain it more. Basically, those X’s are where your 4″ x 4″ pieces should be under the box spring.
After your 4″ x 4″ pieces are in place, place your mattress on top of the box spring and dress the bed.
You can see a bit of the leg in the photo above – the furry rug likes to be the center of attention instead of letting the bed legs be seen. 😉
If you wanted to, you could even nix the headboard as well. This is a great solution if you don’t want to buy one of those metal bed frames – especially if you don’t want to do a bed skirt that would cover the ugly metal frame.
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