A bed skirt, or dust ruffle, is a decorative fabric lining that hangs between your mattress and the floor. It’s used as a dust barrier. It also creates a streamlined look, hiding an unsightly bed frame and box spring, as well as any storage space under the bed. A bed skirt’s color and design can also give a room a clean, crisp feel.
Choosing a Bed Skirt
Consider the height of your frame and the color palette of your room. Some bed skirts come as part of a complete bedding set.
● Size. Measure the distance from the bottom of your mattress to the floor. Most dust ruffles can be adjusted to heights between 15 and 18 inches. They come in all sizes that mattresses do—choose from a twin, full, queen or king-sized bed skirt.
● Color. Select a color that coordinates with the decor of the room. A solid gray or white bed skirt is neutral and provides a subtle backdrop. For a room with solid-colored bedding, choose a dust ruffle in the same color as your comforter or bed sheets for a seamless look.
● Style. A ruffled bed skirt adds some old-fashioned charm to your room’s style. Consider a split-corner bed skirt for a tidy look. Or, go with a design accented with needlework to add a classic feel to a master bedroom.
Types to Consider
A wrap-around bed skirt works best with large, heavy queen and king mattresses. This style tucks easily around the edges of the mattress, so you don’t need to lift it. For a smaller, lighter mattress, consider a queen or twin bed skirt that stretches across the length and width of the bed. Place it across the box spring or platform like a fitted sheet. It’s less likely to slip off the frame.