Monday, July 9, 2012

LEGO Vaughn: Upholstered Box Spring

The first in our LEGO room breakdown:  Vaughn's Upholstered Box Spring.

Sherri saw an upholstered box spring tutorial on Pinterest and wanted to add it to the project list for Vaughn's room.  

Perfect fit.
More masculine than a bed skirt.
Clean lines.
Polished look.

I loved.

Anthony and I used Google SketchUp to plan out a supported frame to attach to the bottom of the box spring for Vaughn's new queen bed.

Some tutorials say to just screw the legs right into the box spring frame, but we weren't sure how sturdy that would be.  Sherri wanted to err on the side of over-supported.
"Not that my little angels would ever jump on the bed, but just sayin."
So we beefed it up.

And evaluated our options for fabric color and feet paint.

When it was go time, Anthony and Sherri made a few minor changes to the frame, then made quick work of assembling it.

Powering through the humidity in Sioux Falls, SD.

Anthony drilled all the holes for the feet after double checking the feet fit on some scrap wood.

When he unscrewed, the foot came and the bolt stayed.

Those feet were a one screw deal.  

Sherri turned in the feet a few twists to hold them in place while she primed them.

That was after we tried unsuccessfully to stain them and then found out from the nice man at Ace that they were plastic on the inside.

No wonder they were a great deal.

So instead she painted on brown paint to match the dresser.

The red fabric she chose came in a 60 inch width, so we got 2.5 yards and broke down the cutting into the sections shown.

Enough length in all the panels to fold over the end edges nicely before stapling.

We stapled on the corner pieces first and then Anthony went around and hammered the protruding staples in the rest of the way. 

Dear Santa,
I want an air compressor that I can use for a staple and nail gun.  I also want staple and nail guns that are powerful enough to shoot and kill a pigeon from 20 yards away.  Anthony probably wants me to have safety equipment for these things, but he can put that on his own list.
Heidi  (I've been the same amount of naughty as previous years. That's good, right?!)

After covering all of the corners and sides, they trimmed the tiny frays off the edge of the fabric and twisted in the feet.

There may have been a conversation between the first-borns about pulling out some staples and lining them up more symmetrically, but I didn't hear it first hand.

The finished product is rockin.

Off da Heezie.
Whatever the kids are saying these days.

Tutorial We Followed: Momma Rake
Plastic Woodish Feet: Tempe Sales

Update: Links to all the LEGO projects:
Name Art
Headboard and Cornice


  1. I am extremely happy with how the box spring turned out! Even after spending countless hours sanding feet that would never take stain!

  2. Amazing. I love it. You guys did a great job

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  4. Hi there

    What is the size of the wood that you used underneath are those two by fours? Also did you have any issues stapling the fabric to the top of the box spring to the fabric? Thanks a ton! I love love love your Lego bed!!

    1. Thanks Sherri! Yes, those are 2x4s building the frame underneath. The stapling went pretty well too, I don't remember having any issues. There were a few that didn't go in flush that we hammered, but I believe those were on the wood section and not the box spring. Let me know if you make your own and thank you for your comment!

  5. Is this a for a full bed?

  6. What is the thickness of the wood you used to create the frame? Also - did you nail the frame directly into the box-spring?

    1. We used 2x4s to create the frame and then screwed it directly to the box spring.

  7. How tall were the legs you used?

  8. Where did you get the legs for this?

    1. I hot them at Tempe Sales: