How to Cover a Box Spring With a Cover

A box spring is a type of frame made of hard wood and springs for torsion.

Typically, box springs are placed underneath a mattress and are the same size as the mattress they support. Although not always necessary, box springs serve three basic purposes: They create a flat surface for the mattress to rest on, they help reduce the wear on the mattress by absorbing shock, and they elevate the height of your bed as a whole for comfort and convenience. Covering your box spring can help prolong its life. Types of box spring covers vary from vinyl and plastic to linen dust ruffles and linen sheets. Fitting any cover over your box spring is simple with a little preparation.

Measure the box spring. Box springs are about the same size as the mattress they support. Full-size beds are 75 inches long and 53 inches wide, queen-size beds are 80 inches long and 60 inches wide, and king-size beds are 80 inches long and 76 inches wide. Use this guide to ensure that you pick the right size cover for your box spring.

Remove the mattress. Allow yourself enough room to handle the weight of the mattress. Set the mattress aside, preferably standing upright against the nearest wall.

Lift the box spring halfway off its frame. Position yourself to balance the weight and size of the box spring. Have the cover in hand, ready to place it on the box spring.

Slide the cover over the box spring. Starting with the cover halfway on, maneuver yourself to the opposite end of the box spring and pull up. Leverage the box spring so that you can slide the cover over it.

Zip the cover closed. Make sure the cover is airtight to help prevent exposing the box spring to any allergens, dust mites, dirt and bugs. Position your box spring back on the frame. Replace the mattress.


  • Consider using a box spring encasement to protect against bedbugs. Encasements are available for protection against bedbugs, dust mites and other allergens and are certified bedbug-proofed.

About the Author

Nina Strange began her writing career in 1994 while attending the Illinois Young Author’s Conference. Since then, she has written short stories and poems and earned a Best Poet Award for several poems written and published in "The Scriblerian." Strange has a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College Chicago.