How to Break Down a Mattress and Box Spring

How To Cover Low-Profile Box Spring?

Covering your low-profile box spring bed shouldn’t be much harder than what we talked about earlier in the article.

The whole process is quite similar, if not the same. However, what you need to know is that it’s necessary to accurately measure the edges of your box spring so that you can have an easier time applying the fitted cover or upholstering your bed. The rest of the process remains the same, you just need to make accurate measurements so that no material would hang.

Box spring covers for regular box spring beds are pretty much applicable to low-profile beds. However, you’ll need to re-adjust them to fit easier and not wrinkle as would be the case with not properly installed cover.

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FAQs

Will this void my mattress warranty?

Probably. Despite the fact I designed the boxspring to be pretty much structurally identical to boxsprings on the market, mattress manufactures look for any reason to void warranties.

Any DIY boxspring is probably going to void the warrenty. I’m sorry.

How long does a DIY box spring take to build?

If you’re working with wood glue and brad nails, under two hours. The bulk of the time is in cutting the pieces.

If you don’t have a nail gun, and are using a hammer or driving screws, it’ll probably take a bit longer.

Action 2. Take out staples and get rid of material

 You can either pick to utilize an x-acto knife fo

You can either pick to utilize an x-acto knife for this action or muscle through it. The objective is to separate the material from the wood. When you separate the material take it off together with the black mesh material.

13. Rebuilding A Bed Foundation

This won't be an easy task, but if you follow the

This won’t be an easy task, but if you follow the steps properly you’ll be on your way to a new box spring built by you. So, step into your favorite hardware store and get a few of these items you should get a countersink drill bit, and an electric drill, a staple gun with staples of about ⅜’, a circular saw, wood screws, and a few other essential items. So, to rebuild this you need to carefully dismantle the old box spring pieces, then follow the remaining 10 simple but detailed steps to rebuild your box spring. This box spring will also be using an upholstered kit to make it more authentic than the previous one.

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15. How To Quickly Fix A Squeaky Box Spring

The creator had a two-year-old box spring that he bought and it started squeaking for no reason, it was annoying and unbearable, here is how he fixed that squeak, maybe this method could work for you too. Firstly, the box spring you buy usually has cardboard inside, and is also covered with some sort of fabric. So, you will have to remove that cardboard without ruining the wood framework. When you remove it, staple the edge of the cardboard cover and set it again. Now try your box spring and I doubt if it will squeak again. It’s a quick and easy process.

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Cutting Up a Mattress and Box Spring for Easy Disposal

Each year an estimated 20 million mattresses and box springs are disposed of into local landfills. Many people find mattresses difficult to get rid of, and don’t realize they can be broken down and recycled. Mattresses and box springs are composed of steel, wood and cotton, and can be upcycled and recycled, rather than being disposed of. This not only benefits the environment, but also conserves valuable resources.

Take a look at our step by step guide to breaking down your mattress and box spring.

6 Steps to Breaking Down a Mattress

Before starting, we suggest wearing a pair of cut-resistant gloves and protective eye wear to avoid loose particles from getting into your eyes. If you have the available space, we also suggest taking the mattress outside to avoid having a mess in your home.

Supplies You’ll Need

Here are some necessary tools you’ll need before getting started:

  • Utility knife, seam ripper and/or shop box cutter to cut fabric.
  • Heavy pair of pliers to remove staples.
  • Bolt cutter and/or wire clippers to cut springs.
  • Saw for cutting the box spring frame.
  • Boxes and/or bags to hold mattress parts.

Step 1: Cut and Pull the Cord From the Mattress Edges

Find where the piping ends and use a seam ripper or utility knife to break the thread. Remove the cord from the mattress by pulling it away from the fabric, repeat this process on the other side.

Step 2: Remove the Mattress Sides

Once the binding cords are removed, you can pull the sides off of the mattress.

Step 3: Pull the Top Layer of Fabric Off the Mattress

When you pull back the fabric, you`ll reveal a layer of fluffy padding or foam. Watch out for staples binding the outside fabric as you pull the layer off the mattress. Snip the staples away until the top layer is completely free.

TIP:To make breaking down the mattress easier with some mattresses, remove buttons or tabs on both sides of the quilting all at once with a seam ripper.

Step 4: Gather the Fabric and Interior Padding

For this step you’ll need your gloves. Use your hands to sweep the inside fluff into a garbage bag, this stuffing is typically made up of cotton and foam, which can be recycled at a facility.

Step 5: Remove the Bottom Fiber Layer

Pull away the thin layer of fabric at the bottom. Your mattress might also have an added layer of foam cushioning for extra support. Once removed, you can break this layer down to recycle or compost.

Step 6: Cut & Recycle the Metal Springs

After you clear away the fluff and fabric, you`ll reveal the interior springs. You can cut this layer into smaller pieces with a bolt or wire cutter to take to your local metal recycling center or scrap yard. Or if you`re feeling crafty, you can upcycle the innerspring to make wine racks, pot holders and more.

Materials

  • (17) 1″ x 4″ x 8′ Furring Strips
  • (3)  2″ x 4″ x 8′ 
  • Wood glue and brad nails*

*I have a brad nail gun, which makes this a breeze. If you don’t, you could always use a hammer or screws and a drill/driver.

Grab the free printable plans for full cutlist, and instructions for altering plans for other bed sizes.

How to Create DIY Box Spring Cover

  • Pick the material and example of the casing. It tends to be a wooden or metal edge, contingent upon your inclinations.
  • Take every essential estimation – cautiously measure the length and width of the crate spring. This progression is pivotal for making an entirely fitted casing to cover the crate spring.
  • Cut the wooden or metal pieces to coordinate the case spring’s size and join them to the edge utilizing screws. Try to use enough screws, so the structure is all around connected to the case spring.
  • If the made packaging shade doesn’t facilitate your bedroom’s overall arrangement, you can add paint suitable for wooden or metal material. You can pick one of the few procedures to paint the edge: strong shading, examples, tones, or silver paint to give the edge a metallic completion.
  • Before you begin painting the edge, cover all the spots you would prefer not to paint. A layout turns out extraordinary for this progression. It very well may be ideal in case you moreover covered the enveloping region, including dividers and the floor, using exemplary mechanical assemblies.
  • Guarantee the edge is dry before you put bedding on top of it and rest on the bed. There should be no paint scent in the room; Otherwise, introducing solid paint smells may cause serious bothering of eyes, nose, throat, or lungs.

When to Replace a Box Spring

It is essential to have a box spring, such as this one, that is in good shape to ensure a comfortable sleep. Generally, a box spring lasts up to 10 years before it begins to deteriorate. You don’t have to replace your box spring every time you replace your mattress unless it is demonstrating some significant defects. A visual inspection may give you enough clues to decide if it is time to replace it with a new one. Some of the clues include:

  • Squeaking
  • Sagging
  • Bent steel grid
  • Aging coil springs (over 10 years old)
  • Broken slats

How to fix a squeaky mattress


A squeaky mattress problem is usually a matter of rebalancing the mattress or somehow giving the coils mattress a chance to regain their shape after they have become distorted or bent in some way.  The fix is usually about redistributing the weight on the mattress surface or repositioning so that your body does not compress the springs in the same old places when you lie on it. One fix is to flip the mattress and sleep on its reverse side to give the springs a break. Of course, this is not a solution that works well if the mattress has a sewn-in foam topper, as the flipping of the mattress may displace or bend the coils at the bottom of the bed in a drastic way that actually ruins the mattress. 

Rotate the mattress

A fix for squeaky coils can be to rotate the mattress. Rotating the mattress can mean turning it physically on the bed frame  so that your head is positioned where your feet were on the mattress. This helps the coils “lose their memory’” and loosens them up. Rotating the mattress can also mean the same thing as flipping the mattress. If you like, you can also rotate and flip the mattress at the same time.

Add plywood

Flat blocks of plywood or even books or magazines can be used to fix a squeak caused by a mattress that is not quite balanced on the frame. If the mattress is of good quality, then you won’t feel the books or the plywood beneath you. You can also use flat sheets of plywood to fix a mattress that is squeaking because it has lost its shape. For more information about how to fix a squeaky bed by putting a sheet of plywood beneath it, check out how-to-fix-a-sagging-mattress-with-plywood.

Change the mattress

If the mattress doesn’t stop squeaking, then you may have no other choice but to replace it. You can go to a mattress store and test out them out in person, or you can order a mattress in a box. Before buying, be sure to choose the mattress that has the right firmness for you, and be aware that cheaper mattresses will be “off-gassing” fumes for a few days after you take them out of the plastic. To avoid this, try buying an organic or all-natural mattress or even one stuffed with good old-fashioned sweet hay. The rule of thumb when buying a new mattress is also that the more coils there are in the fabric casing, the more durable and comfortable it will be.

Measure and Cut

Cut enough strips of fabric to cover the exposed sides of your box spring. We had two sides that were visible, so I only needed two strips of fabric. I just held it up to the box spring to check for size and then added a little more to wrap around. Exact measurements really aren’t needed here. Then, I cut a little slit in the fabric and just ripped down the length of the fabric to get my strips. I trimmed them to the length that I needed by just laying them on the ground next to the box spring.

The fabric that I used for this project is called Premier Prints Polka Dot Storm.

As you can see, my measurements were not perfect, but it totally doesn’t matter.

Next, you’ll want to iron your fabric a bit to get it looking nice and smooth and pretty.

How to Break Down Your Mattress in 6 Steps

PRO TIP: Before you begin tearing apart your mattress, we suggest gearing up with a pair of cut-resistant gloves and protective eyewear to keep loose particles from getting in your eyes. If you have the space available, take the mattress outside to avoid a mess in your home.

What Tools Do You Need to Break Down Your Mattress and Box Spring?

  • Utility knife, seam ripper and/or shop box cutter to cut fabric.
  • Heavy pair of pliers to remove staples.
  • Bolt cutter and/or wire clippers to cut springs.
  • Saw for cutting the box spring frame.
  • Boxes and/or bags to hold mattress parts.

Step 1: Cut and Pull the Cord From the Mattress Edges

Find where the piping ends and use a seam ripper or utility knife to break the thread. Remove the cord by pulling it away from the mattress fabric. Repeat the same process on the other side of the mattress. Set the fabric strands aside to reuse or donate.

Step 2: Remove the Mattress Sides

Step 2: Remove the Mattress Sides

Once the binding cords are removed, you can pull the sides off of the mattress.

Step 3: Pull the Top Layer of Fabric Off the Mattr

Step 3: Pull the Top Layer of Fabric Off the Mattress

When you pull back the fabric, you’ll reveal a layer of fluffy padding or foam. As you pull, watch out for staples binding the outside fabric. Snip the staples away until the top layer is completely free.

PRO TIP: To make breaking down the mattress easier with some mattresses, remove buttons or tabs on both sides of the quilting all at once with a seam ripper.

Step 4: Gather the Fabric and Interior Padding

This is where the gloves come in handy. Use your hands to sweep the fluffy insides into a trash bag or cardboard box. This stuffing is typically made up of cotton and foam, which can usually be recycled at a facility, reused or composted.

Step 5: Remove the Bottom Fiber Layer

Step 5: Remove the Bottom Fiber Layer

Pull away the thin layer of fabric at the bottom. Your mattress might also have an added layer of foam cushioning for extra support. Once removed, you can break this layer down to recycle or compost.

Step 6: Cut and Recycle the Metal Springs

Step 6: Cut and Recycle the Metal Springs

After you clear away the fluff and fabric, you’ll reveal the interior springs. You can cut this layer into smaller pieces with a bolt or wire cutter to take to your local metal recycling center or scrap yard. Or if you’re feeling crafty, you can upcycle the innersprings to make wine racks, pot holders and more.

When is the time to replace a box spring


The good news about a box spring is that you do not have to replace it as often as you do the mattress, but you might want to because it is always nice to have a new platform or box spring to go with your new mattress. Box springs generally last about ten years, whereas a mattress usually lasts about 7 years. If your mattress and box spring were bought at the same time, they might need replacing at the same time, especially if the mattress was of good quality.

You also might want to consider trying an alternative to an old-school box spring and instead replace it with foundational mattress support. These box springs are all-inclusive units that can be used as a bed frame or can sit on top of an existing frame. They use corner hinges, and slats are sewn right into the fabric, making them easy to assemble and portable. Even though they are lightweight, they can usually support up to 1500 pounds. Brooklyn Bedding is a company that sells this type of alternative to a box spring.

Sweet night is another company that is offering a portable alternative to the usual bulky square wood-framed box springs. These box springs are adjustable beds that can support just about any mattress, including a futon. It can move from a flat position via a remote to a position reminiscent of a lawn chair where your back and knees are raised in a relaxing position.

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