bed's legs screw into mattress; got cover, cut holes for legs?(5 posts)
Got a round bed that I finally found a mattress cover for. However, the bed's legs screw directly into the bottom of the mattress (european style - I got it at Ikea).
Should I leave the mattress on the floor covered? Or should I put the legs on and cut holes for them to pop out of the cover? In the latter case, could I just seal up the hole edges with tape?
PCO says we can put cover on after 2nd treatment. We haven't started treatment yet.
I have not dealt with this situation, but I'd consider this:
- get wide double sided adhesive tape.
- remove the legs.
- place double stick over screw holes on the mattress (this will be inside the case).
- put on cover
- mark and pierce location of screw holes.
- place another layer of double stick outside the encasements over the hole. This should be broad enough to form a seal where the leg meets the encasement.
- screw in the leg.
Again, no expertise, no guarantees. Just my thoughts. Good luck.
I would leave the legs off for now if I were you. No matter what you do, bugs could still get into the encasement through the holes you created for the legs. I would wait until you feel you're in the clear. That's just me though. Wait to see what everyone else has to say.
When I moved into my present apartment, I had no bed and was given a new double bed from the city, as they knew I was moving from an infested suite and had to pay to have all my furniture taken to the dump.
The guy who delivered my new bed was well versed in bed bug stories. The mattress and box spring were both covered in some sort of material that would help prevent bed bugs from getting to either. Immediately after taking off heavy duty plastic cover, we taped felt pads to corners of box spring as there were staples there. Then put on encasement and again taped felt pads to corners. I rested my box spring on those large interlocking foam pads (fatigue mats) (2 sets of them) just on the corners so as to relieve pressure on corners. I had legs for the box spring but was worried about how to keep bed bugs from getting into box spring if I made holes for legs.
Hope this helps.
Thank you for all of your helpful suggestions.
I guess I'd rather keep the mattress cover whole, unpunctured for the legs and just let it sit on the floor. The problem with this is that we can't raise and isolate the bed.
Unfortunately, without the legs, we can't even raise the bed on blocks because the round bed is made of 4 pie pieces (mattresses) and connects together with connectors btw the legs.
Any ideas on how to isolate the bed on the ground?
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