Cut a Box Spring in Half

Moving a bed from one location to another will require removing the mattress and box spring before breaking down the frame.

A bed with a mattress has a box spring that may need to be cut in half.A bed with a mattress has a box spring that may need to be cut in half.
If the box spring is no longer needed and can be discarded, you can cut it in half to make it easier to transport. Cutting the box spring can also be done, while keeping its integrity, to get it into a tight space such as a tight corner or up to a second floor.

Lay the box spring face down on the floor. Measure the length of the box spring, and find the middle or center.

Find and cut the dust cloth down the middle of the long end of the frame with the utility knife.

Cut a straight line up the width of both sides of the box spring fabric. This will result in a cut from the top seam, along the dust cover, to the opposite seam.

Locate the cut line you made in Step 2, and cut the wood framing at this point with the hand saw. Find the wood framing on both sides of the box spring, and cut the wood along the cuts you made in Step 3.

Lift the box spring up onto its side. Set the top side of the box spring up against the edge of a door frame.

Have two people stand at each end of the box spring. Push down from the top to start folding the box spring in half.

Wrap a rope around each end of the box spring to keep it folded. Tie the rope tight enough so there is no movement of the box spring. Move the box spring to its new location.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Hand saw
  • Rope


  • Dot not cut or remove the metal rod that is part of the frame. This is needed to hold the frame together.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.