How to Harvest Bed Springs

December 1st, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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In order to catch your eye and look at this post, there needed to be a pretty result, thus the posting of someone elses project.  I did not do this, but found it online.  This is a possible idea for using some of the bed springs. 
Also, Sue just used a bed spring in her Thanksgiving centerpiece display in the blog portion of this site just last week.
Any other ideas, please share.
1)  This is not a project for the faint of heart.  It is down and dirty!  The first thing I did was to get a trusty mask on and cut away the mattress ticking.  I threw this as well as the fiber fill in our garbage.  Dont need dust mites, thank you!  In this photo my dh is trying to figure out what to do next.  There was a complete wood frame around it, which he removed.
2)  Jon removes all of the c clips that are holding the mattress springs to the wood frame.
3)  Jon is breaking down the wood frame.  You may recycle this too, as it seemed to be in good condition, but with the sun setting and cold weather in Minnesota on this day, we just broke it down and stock piled it by our kindling wood for our bonfires.
4)  The bed springs without the framing.  There is a lot of secured wires involved in the make up of this bed spring.  It was built to last and is from the 1960s.
5)  My advice is to wear a face mask, since the mattress is old and probably filled with dust mites.  Yuck!  Me with my mask on.
With the wood frame now gone, I am cutting cross wires that are holding in the springs with a wire cutter on this photo.
6)  A wire cutter is the most important tool in this project, as well as a hammer for the wood frame removal.
7)  This photo as well as #5 show the criss cross pattern/weaving that makes up this bed spring.  We cut the wires and unwound the weaving to free up the springs.
8)  The end result!  42 bed springs to play with and figure out projects for.
The interesting thing about this, is that the bed spring had been my Grandmas last bed, so has a bit of a sentimental value to it.  The other thing is, that it would of cost us $25 to get rid of this, had we not harvested the bed springs like I wanted to do.
In order to catch your eye and look at this post, there needed to be a pretty result, thus the posting of someone elses project.  I did not do this, but found it online.  This is a possible idea for using some of the bed springs. 
Also, Sue just used a bed spring in her Thanksgiving centerpiece display in the blog portion of this site just last week.
Any other ideas, please share.

In order to catch your eye and look at this post, there needed to be a pretty result, thus the posting of someone elses project.  I did not do this, but found it online.  This is a possible idea for using some of the bed springs. 

Also, Sue just used a bed spring in her Thanksgiving centerpiece display in the blog portion of this site just last week.

Any other ideas, please share.

Photo: Found on the internet, but not sure who built it.

We had a mattress that we needed to get rid of.  Hard to believe it was still around, but had been using it on a vintage iron single bed and it has been encased in plastic during its use.  Between dumpster diving for granite for my cabin paths and now this project, I think I qualify as a true junker.  Ha! Ha!


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Comments (10)

Mitzi writes: Kari (and others),

A client is looking for an old rusty boxspring - will coils still attached to the frame. You mentioned you had a couple lying around. Could you email a pic or 2 and a price? We may be able to do a long distance deal. Or if anyone else has one - I'm in NorCal. Thanks! Mitzi welust4sun@mac.com

Posted: 11:08 am on March 3rd
Trippsmim writes: Have you come up with any more ideas for the springs from the old bed springs?? I have some STANDING in my guest bedroom that I can't stand to part with and need ideas of what to do with them. They belonged to my parents who both died in the mid-70's. Who knows really how old they are. Love the idea to take the springs out and find uses for them, but I am not creative! Thanks! Posted: 11:40 pm on March 19th
SantaClaus writes: My husband would have had me "committed" if I did a project like that so you are lucky your hubby helped - looks like a lot of work but I love the re-cycling idea & the future use of the springs! Posted: 8:17 am on August 17th
junkinyaya writes: I have done a similar project in the past using old bed springs, but I bought some "flared" glass to place in them to put some "fake flowers in". Because when I put water in them, the weight of the water was just enough to "unbalance them". Maybe if a make the spring a bit tighter? thanks for sharing...xo..deb Posted: 1:23 am on December 5th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen - thanks for sharing - how cool that you were able to save the springs to give new purpose to your grandma's bed.

We had my husband's grandmother's bed and I ended up getting rid of the old mattress a few years ago (kicking myself now - because it was even older...and I could have had so much fun with the springs) :( Oh well, we did keep the iron bed and painted it - so, it's been put to good use.

And, thanks for the "how-to" (for future reference), and you can't hide behind a mask anymore - there's no hiding the fact - you're definitely a true junker!!!

Kathy Posted: 10:54 am on December 2nd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: ...or you can get your dad to do it like I did. (He volunteered though, I promise).

Thanks for the instructions. I supposed to be getting springs in the Spring from my parents house but might be able to do my own in the future now. Thanks again!

Candy Posted: 6:49 am on December 2nd
MimiToria writes: Kari- be sure to get the mask on too, as you don't want to be breathing in the dust and junk that is in these old mattresses. It is kind of gross. Some people would of probably tried to harvest the ticking material too, but I just couldn't do it. I didn't want that drug through my house to the wash machine. Yikes!

Lani - I didn't make the project, it was an example only. I wish I could take credit for that, but someone else created it.

Thanks Lani, Janis and Kari for your nice comments. I even have my Grandma's vintage iron bed, and have brought it out to the cabin now to use out there. I am a true sentimental person. Posted: 9:04 pm on December 1st
Meadowview_Farm writes: Gretchen:
Thanks for sharing. I have several old metal box springs - and need to just get the gloves on and do it!
Kari Posted: 8:54 pm on December 1st
CottageElements writes: This is great, Gretch! Love how you and your husband worked as a team. That's true love! LOL. And I love how you were able to salvage it, rather than get rid of it, as it was your grandmothers. What you did with them is absolutely wonderful, too. Thanks!

Lanette Posted: 8:53 pm on December 1st
fellowjunker writes: Wow Gretchen........look at all those rusty old springs--I love, love, love them! How sweet to recycle your grandma's old mattress.
xojanis
Posted: 8:30 pm on December 1st
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