Tuesday, September 4, 2007

How to Fold a Box Spring in Half

Moving sucks. Fortunately, we had a lot of help. Thanks guys!

The thing is, my queen sized mattress wouldn't fit up the stairs of our little row house. But typing in "how to fold a box spring in half" brought up this:

It is possible to cut the box spring and still keep its integrity intact. You will need a small handsaw, a razor knife (new blade) and some rope. FIRST thing to do is find a clean area and lay the box spring flat with the underside facing up. Measure and find the middle of the frame. AT the middle point take the razor and cut the dust cloth
(THE SHORT WAY) COMPLETELY from side to side. NOW you will need to cut the box spring FABRIC up the width of the side ...on both sides.Use the razor to cut a straight line. By doing this you now have clean cut from the top seam of the box spring down the width to the dust cover, across the dust cover and up the other side to the finished seam. Now for the sawing. You want to cut the wood framing braces that are closest in line with the line that you cut in the dust cloth and in line with the cuts up the sides. You will see the wood framing running along both sides. You will need to cut through this wood. Way up inside you will see a long edging steel rod that
is part of the frame.........DON'T CUT THE METAL ROD. Now you are ready to bend the box spring in half. Tip the spring up onto its side. Place the soft side against a door frame. What you want to do is place a person on each end and start to fold the box spring in half.....like a book. As you do this apply equal pressure moving your body towards the center as it folds. If there is no door frame you may have to improvise. Once folded, tie a rope around it snuggly. Now you can move it upstairs and into the bedroom. If you can find another door frame, use it to open the box spring slowly and evenly with the underside against the frame. Once it is open,
look way up inside along the edge that was bent and you will see that metal rod that i spoke of before. You'll notice that there is a kink in the rod. If you can get a small board or stick and push on the kink to straighten as much as possible, it will help it lay flat. As an option, get some straight brackets and screw them to the underside to connect the two halves. Sometimes it will lay flat without installing the brackets and
the mattress is on.
It actually works, despite sounding really complicated. Now I have an entire bed in my room. Ah, the miracles of the Internet.

UPDATE: Nathaniel notes that he also helped us.

9 comments:

Tom said...

Wow. I wish I'd thought to consult the internet years ago when I faced the same problem. Instead Mattress Discounters conned me out of an extra hundred bucks for a split boxspring.

Nathaniel said...

Hey! where's the shout out for my blog. Ok so I don't have one. But still....you could link to my facebook page:) glad you got the bed up there.

b8k3p said...

Holy freaking crap! We bought a mattress set yesterday, and didn't consider size when we purchased it. We were left with a mattress on the floor, because we were unable to get the box-spring through the small stair-case.

I stumbled upon your article, and I thought, "Well, I'm going to be using my tax refund to by a sectional queen bed foundation... because there's no way this is ever going to work."

Left with a box spring in our stairwell, we had to try something, so -- we gave it a shot (after all, if I didn't work, it'd be easier for the trash-men to haul away two smaller parts of the frame, rather than then entire frame...).

So, I grabbed a hacksaw and an exact o knife, and went at it. In a matter of five or ten minutes, we had the frame bifurcated and folded -- and had lugged it downstairs.

The hardest part was trying to nail these little plates to the segmented mattress to stabilize it.

For anybody who happens to be so lucky to stumble upon this article in what seems to be desperate times, I'll offer a few (additional) words of advice:

1) When you're cutting the foundation, don't cut directly at the middle section where the board runs straight across -- if you decide to put the mattress together using brackets, it'll be awfully hard to attach them where the space is uneven -- cut in between, instead of right at.

2) If you're using brackets to re-assemble or to stabilize the mattress foundation, you'd be wise to use something strong, like the solid plates that are put on door locks -- they're like 1.50 each at home depot, and then -- definitely have a friend, and a battery operated screw driver.

As absurd as this article sounds, I assure you, that if you follow the directions, you'll have no problems at all!

Lynette said...

Works great with the right box spring! We did this on two different box springs. One was about 5 years old and had coils and several metal support pieces. We were able to make it work but it was hard to fold and still has bumps in a couple of places. The second box spring had coils too but all wood support pieces. It folded in half, just like the article said and it worked great. We did use metal brackets to reattach the wood support pieces. Overall, saved us tons of money! Thanks!

Elfi said...

this sound kind of complicated. does anyone know someone that can do it for me for a few bucks??? please help!!

Heather said...

HaHa!! It worked! We now have our guest bed in our basement instead of our garage! Thanks! Glad we didn't have to spend money on a split boxspring right before Christmas!

M3 said...

Genius! I never thought it would work but it did. I have a huge deluxe box spring and I didn't think I could actually fold it to get up my new stairway. It worked like a charm though. Thanks! You saved me $300 for a new box spring.

Gareth said...

This was REALLY easy. This saved me the cost of a multi-piece or folding box spring ($200+).

Just pry the the center vertical boards off, saw through two little boards on the sides at the same point, and fold. Then unfold, and reinforce with whatever you have handy. SO easy. No one believed it would work.

Timber Frame Chronicles Douglas Furr said...

worked like a charm. i suggest taking the dust cover off instead of cutting it. you can put it back on with a hammer stapler or something like it. our box spring had no metal bar, but had wood blocks between the "rails." I cut new wood blocks and screwed in place them over the cuts i made.

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