Expert Tips for Buying the Best Bed Skirts

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The Spruce

Making and styling the bed is one of the key skills needed to design a perfect bedroom. Usually, that means ironing linens, filling duvet covers, making perfect corners and fluffing pillows. But there is one last element to creating a perfectly styled bed that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves: a bed skirt.

A Simple and Functional Addition

Bed skirts are designed to hide a bed's box spring or foundation. They're a simple little addition, but the aesthetic benefits of keeping the bed's foundation out of sight behind a stylish-looking cover can be pretty remarkable. Bed skirts come in a variety of styles and can offer another useful way to bring additional pattern, color, and texture to the decor style of the bedroom.

In addition to the benefits a bed skirt can have on the look and feel of your space, it can also have a more functional benefit. A bed skirt long enough to reach the floor will also allow you to use the space under the bed to store things out of sight but easily accessible.

A bed skirt can be tailored to many different ways. They can be found either with pleats or in a flat panel, gathered into ruffles. Some skirts combine several layers of coordinating fabrics for a multi-faceted appearance.

When you're planning to buy a bed skirt for your bed, there are several things to consider.

The Right Size

When it comes to picking the right bed skirt, size is the first and most important thing. If it's too big it will never fit correctly, and, of course, if it's too small it won't fit at all. Either eventuality will ruin the look of your bed skirt and diminish the overall look of the room. So guessing it out as a means to pick the right skirt; don't assume that your queen size bed is 60" wide and 80" long. Mattresses, box springs, and foundations can vary slightly in size. It's important to get the right size of bed skirt so that it will hang properly on your bed.

The Drop of a Bed Skirt

When speaking of the drop of a bed skirt (or a tablecloth), we're referring to the measurement from the top of the foundation to the floor. A standard measurement for ready-made bed skirts is 15", but they do vary. If your "drop" measurement is 16", the standard bed skirt will not go all the way to the floor. If your "drop" measurement is 14" the bed skirt will drag on the floor.

The Color of the Bed Skirt

A solid color is a versatile choice for a bed skirt. If you select a light color such as white, pink, yellow, or another pastel, be sure that the bed skirt is lined or made of a heavy fabric so that light does not show through from under the bed.

Interesting Pattern

A bed skirt is a great place to use an interesting pattern, stripe, plaid, check, or texture. It can either complement or contrast with other fabrics in the room.

A Unique Texture

A bed skirt made of heavy-textured fabric will keep its shape and stand fresh for several years. You'll only need to take it off for cleaning. Fabrics like chenille, velvet, faux suede, and Matelasse work well.

Ready-Made Bed Skirts

When you're buying sheets or a comforter, you will often find a matching bed skirt. But beware! Most of these pieces are made out of inexpensive fabrics and will not give a good look when placed on the bed. And often, the pattern may be the same or similar, but the fabric may be of inferior quality, and the piece will not hold up. Be sure that you can return any piece that is not correct.

Finishing Touches for Bed Skirts

A plain bed skirt can be embellished to look custom-made with the addition of a trim of lace, an overlay of eyelet or sheer fabric, ribbon trim, or beaded trims. Experiment for a custom look, then buy the materials you'll need.

Don't Settle Until the Bed Skirt Is Perfect

Once you've decided on the right size, good color, interesting fabric, and finishing touches, take a few minutes to press the bed skirt. It will hang off the side of the bed better when you eliminate unsightly wrinkles and look much more professional.

With a new bed skirt installed on your bed, your room will have a finished, professionally decorated room. Sweet dreams!