A bedskirt, sometimes referred to as a dust ruffle, is a fast and easy way to dress up your existing bedding. You can find bed skirts that match different types of bedding, but you can also find basic designs that complement the bedding you already own, which reduces the need for brand new bedding. You remove the mattress from your bed and cover the box spring with the bed skirt before laying your mattress back on top. The bed skirt is a small piece of fabric that covers the bottom of the bed and hides the box spring. The bed skirt completely hides the space under your bed, giving you room for hidden storage.
The bed skirt must be the same length and width as you bed. A twin size bed measures 39 inches wide and 75 inches long, while a full size bed measures 54 inches by 75 inches. The measurements for a queen size bed are 60 inches by 80 inches and for a king size bed, those measurements are 76 inches by 80 inches. You should still measure the length and width of your bed, as the measurements might vary slightly. Even an extra inch can change the way the bed skirt hangs on the bed.
The best way to determine the drop needed is with a measuring tape. Place the measuring tape flat on the floor and lift it up until it reaches the top of the box spring. Check the measurement and you have the drop needed for your bed skirt. The drop should completely cover the empty space under the box spring and the box spring itself.
Depending on the look you want in your bedroom, you might opt for a slightly smaller drop. If you reduce the height by one inch, the bed skirt will stop slightly above the floor. Most bed skirts have a drop of 16 inches or slightly less. If you find that the drop needed for your bed is higher than this amount, you might need to special order your bed skirt. You can also make your own skirt by purchasing four pieces of fabric: two the same width as the bed and two the same length. Stitch the pieces onto an old sheet and use as a bed skirt.