How to choose the right bed skirt

     Have you ever thought of adding something new to your bedroom, but didn’t know where to start? The bed skirts, or you may also know them as dust ruffles, can help you to refresh your bedroom’s look and make your bed a comfy cloud which you wanna come back to after a long day at work.

     In fact, a bed skirt and a dust ruffle aren’t actually the same thing. While dust ruffle is supposed to be equipped with a stretchable band around the top, so it fits around the box springs tightly and is kept in place by the band, the bed skirt has a fabric body (also called decking) that is to be inserted between the mattress and the box spring. 

     Based on our experience we choose bed skirts with fabric body (decking) since they fit the bed much better.

     Bed skirts come in various colors, patterns, and sizes. They can be ruffled, tailored, pleated, with split or pleated corners, with lining or no lining at all. Pretty overwhelming, huh? But don’t worry, with this useful guide to the world of bed skirts it will be easy for you to choose the right one.


     Let’s start with the style of a bed skirt. We have 3 options here: ruffled or tailored.

     A classic tailored linen bed skirt will help you to create a modern look that won’t distract all the attention from your other bed linens. If you want to create a classy simple look you might just want to go with a not pleated version of this bed skirt. However, if you want to add a dash of elegance to your bed skirt’s style, the skirt with pleats on the sides or even on both sides and corners is the one you should go for.

     If you decided to go for the light and more see-through colors, such as white, off-white, or cream, make sure the skirt has a lining underneath it so that the base of the bed won’t be seen through the fabric.     

     If you want to bring to your space a sense of some sophisticated and romantic style, the bed skirt with gathered ruffles will be a perfect fit. It can be successfully used with any bed linens while adding a graceful and shabby chic note to your bedroom.

     Another style of bed skirts that becomes more and more popular these days is the oversized one. It will go well even with Industrial interiors, which classic bed skirts will not fit and bring a sense of ease and comfort to your house.


     After you made up your mind about the style of the bed skirt, it’s time to choose the right size. The right size is key to the perfect look of the bed skirt. You may choose from the standard sizes such as Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and CalKing. And of course, we know that not all of us have standard-size beds, that’s why we are always ready to help our customers to turn their dreams into reality and create something individual and special for them.


     Choosing the right drop size will determine if the bed skirt will hang properly on your bed and create the desired atmosphere in your bedroom! And measuring the drop is actually much easier than it looks – using the tapeline just measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor.

      If you’d like the valance of your ruffled bed skirt to lay on the floor - add 2-3 inches to your measurement for the more relaxed look of your bed skirt. Otherwise, take just an amount measured. As for the tailored bed skirt, there is no need to add some extra inches to the drop length, just go with the initial measurement.


     If your you have a footboard, then the answer is “Yes”, you do need a split-corner bed skirt as it hides the underside of the bed and allows the skirt to fit around the posts of the footboard. Otherwise – no, the split corners are not actually needed.


     After bringing your brand new bed skirt home we recommend ironing it first for a while to soften the fabric and eliminate the wrinkles. You can also speed up your ironing and make it much easier by spraying some water onto the fabric.

     Then remove your mattress, place the skirt on the top of your bed’s box spring, and then place the mattress back on the bed. And voilà! The installation is complete and now you can make up the bed with the rest of your bed linens and enjoy the magic.


     For those of you, who have an adjustable bed, we recommend to choose the bed skirt with no decking and just attach the skirt around the top to your bed frame using Velcro (self-adhesive Velcro strips). If you have a bed with two separate bases that move independently of each other we recommend purchasing 2 smaller bed skirts, for each of the bed parts. Message us about your bed type - we will be glad to create a tailor-made bed skirt just for you.

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