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A Designer's Secret For A Taller Bed

Several years ago Hubs and I spent almost a year looking for a bedroom set that we both loved.  He wanted clean lines and dark wood.  I wanted curves and a "tall" bed. 

Of course, there was no perfect bedroom set but we were able to compromise on a set that we both liked. 

My main wish was for a bed that I could "climb up into".  The problem with that wish was that most of the "tall" beds were four poster beds and Hubs was not in the mood for that. 

We found a Thomasville bed on display at a local furniture store and it fit the clean lines that Hubs wanted and it was "tall"  enough to suit me.  The problem was that once we received the bed we ordered in our home, it wasn't as tall as I had remembered it being.  My heart sunk!  I went back to the furniture store to look at the display.  Their bed was much taller than our bed.  Hmmm. . . what was different?
I got nosey and lifted up the comforter on the bed.  It revealed their secret.  The secret was that the display bed had two - count them - two box springs topped with one mattress.  The extra box spring gave the bed enough height to make it "tall" without covering up too much of the headboard. 

I marched over to my local thrift store that sells orphaned mattresses and box springs from a local mattress store and picked up a box spring for $35.00.  I added it to my existing box spring and topped both with a bed skirt.  I got my "tall" bed with just a little extra effort. 


  1. Brilliant ~ I have been looking for a solution to this problem for years! It's so simple ~ now why didn't I think of it??

  2. Thank u so much for the advice :) my bed looks exactly the way I wanted it for 3 years now :)

  3. Just curious, what brand is your bed? I really like it.

    1. Our bed is from Thomasville. We bought it 12 years ago.

  4. Can you tell me what the height of your mattress from the floor is? My dad is in the process of building me a bed and with the mattress on it will be 26" tall (from floor to the top of the mattress). I'm trying to determine if that's TOO tall.

    1. My bed measures 30 inches from the floor to the top of the mattress. It's a bit of a stretch for me to climb into, but I'm only 5 feet tall. I love having a taller bed!

  5. A BIG thank you from Texas! I have a king size metal bed frame with a taller headboard and footboard. I wanted the bed a little taller, but using blocks to elevate the bed also elevated the metal frame so that it appeared that the bed was "floating". I also tried an insert but it made the bed too tall. Now all I need is an inexpensive low profile box spring. Thanks again, this has been bugging me for years (believe it or not I saw my bed frame at a Restoration Hardware outlet a few years back and after seeing the price I decided to keep

  6. Your idea is great, thanks for sharing.

  7. I read some site was saying NEVER do this... however I think it's preposterous. If you want a taller bed you should be able to have one, dangit !

    Anyhow these posts on reddit ()says to make sure the box springs are connected to each other so that your perfect stack of bed doesn't shift and eventually topple over.

    That's how it's done!
    Happy sleeping!


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