My 3 Monsters: {31 Days to a Brand New Room}Day 12: How To Make a Frameless Bed

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{31 Days to a Brand New Room}
Day 12: How To Make a Frameless Bed

If you're joining us for the first time today, this is day 12 of a 31 day series about how to give a room in your home a brand new look, from top to bottom, completely DIY.  

You'll find links to all the other posts in the series here, if you're interested.

I saw this idea on Urban Nest a while back and thought it was BRILLIANT. She got the idea from Sarah Richardson, who is my absolute favorite designer of all time, so I was sold on it immediately.  Basically, you make a new designer-looking bed by adding legs to your box spring.  Easy cheesy, right?  And so smart?!

You'll want to cover your box spring with fabric to make it pretty.  The tutorial on Urban Nest teaches you how to do that.  I just wanted mine to be white so that it would still match if we change up the decor in the future.  Instead of buying expensive {or even inexpensive} home decor fabric, I simply covered my box spring in a white fitted sheet.  I happened to have an older sheet that I don't like to use on our beds anymore because it has a stain on top, but they're only $4.47 at Walmart if you don't already have an extra one on hand.

I found my furniture legs and mounting plates at Lowes for about $1.50 each.  You'll need six of each -- one for each corner and one for the center of each long side.  With your box spring covered, flip it upside down and screw your mounting plates into the wood frame.

Then screw your legs into the mounting plates.  I painted my legs white before attaching them, but you could leave them natural if you wanted.  Once all six legs are screwed in, flip your box spring over and put it in place.  Stack your mattress on top and make your bed as usual. I also added felt pads to the bottom of each leg before flipping it over so that it wouldn't scratch the new floor.

{Please ignore the poor quality of the after photo -- I had to take it at night.  Boo.  Also ignore the fact that we have not made her duvet cover yet.  Room in progress, right?}

The inexpensive legs I bought made my finished bed lower than your average bed by a couple inches.  You can buy taller and/or more ornate legs, but they are significantly more expensive.  It's all about how much you want to spend.  Sydney likes having her bed a little low because it's out of the ordinary.  Teenagers are weird like that, right?  Make their beds really low or really high and they LOVE it.  Whatever.  It works to my advantage here.  For less than $20 we made a completely new bed.  What do you think?  Our dog LOVES it.

I hope you'll join me tomorrow for a fun tedious-but-so-totally-worth-the-effort painted rug project.


  1. I think the low bed is cool too! Such a good idea. Pinning this so that I can remember it in the future.

  2. i luv this idea - my neice has been wanting something like this but we just didnt know how to do it! thanks and she's 17 so she will *totally* luv it!

  3. So glad I saw this, we are doing it this weekend!

  4. This is such a great idea. I love the white against the dark floor and walls. I love Sarah Richardson, too. Onto the next day:-)


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