Easy DIY Bed Skirt
What’s hiding under your bed? Whether it’s monsters or just a bunch of storage containers, I have an inexpensive way to hide them and get a custom look while you’re at it. Today we’re going to make an easy, DIY bed skirt using simple and inexpensive bedsheets.
Most of us are all too familiar with what needs to be done around our house. Plenty of projects on the list, but for various reasons, some of them never quite make it to the top. Until someone points them out.
For me, it was my husband’s aunt. Affectionately known in his family as “Crazy Aunt Patty”. Patricia is a force of nature, full of life, fun, and a bit of crazy, as her nickname implies. She injects creativity in everything she does, including her gift for interior design. Patty is always happy to share ideas for my home, and also tell me it’s shortfalls, but I always welcome her fresh perspective.
Last summer, on her yearly visit to Minnesota, she gasped and told me our beds were in dire need of proper bed skirts and headboards; two things I would like but have not prioritized. “How are they coming?”, she asked me a few times, jokingly over the phone this year. I knew she was right, and soon she would be back again. I’d better get to work.
The first project I jumped on, was a bed skirt for our master bedroom. I was in a hurry, so this could certainly be called a hack. It’s intentionally full of shortcuts but I think it still delivers on elegance. If you’ve also been putting off a more beautiful bed, I hope you will try it!
Determine the amount of fabric you need
First let’s do some measuring to figure out how many bedsheets to buy, or if you are using traditional fabric, what you need to purchase. Either way, the method to determine yardage is the same. Use the drawing and information below as a guide, but customize to your sizes and preferences.
No matter what size your bed is, you will need to cut out 5 pieces of bedsheet/fabric and 5 pieces of the lining. If you are using sheets for your bed skirt, the flat sheet size that is made for that particular bed should work perfect, but please double-check your measurements before you start cutting your fabric. Sheet sizes and bed heights vary. See the drawing and measurements below to assist you in your calculations.
Lining your bed skirt is optional, but it does help create a better drape and improve the opacity so you cannot see through to the other side.
Box pleats are also optional, but I would highly recommend them. They add a nice tailored detail. The width of the pleat is up to you. I kept mine very small to save fabric, but in hindsight, I think I did not need to. Mine is 2 inches wide, so required 4 inches of extra fabric in the equations below.
The bed side panels 1 and 2 are the same size
Panel 1 is Bed length + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
Panel 2 is Bed length + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
The panel for the end/bottom of the bed
Panel 3 is Bed width + Box Pleat + Seam Allowance
The bed corner panels 4 and 5 are the same size
Panel 4 is square, the Bed Height + Seam Allowance, Squared
Panel 5 is square, the Bed Height + Seam Allowance, Squared
First, decide the length you want the bed skirt. Next, use the equation below to determine the size of height for all panels.
Bed Height/Desired Length + Seam Allowance + Hem
Bed Sizes and Sheet Sizes
For reference, below are rough measurements of beds and bedsheets. Sizes can vary, so be sure to measure your bed, bedsheets and/or fabric before you begin.
twin bed size 37 in. (94 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
twin sheet size 70 in. (178 cm) x 100 in. (254 cm)
full bed size 54 in. (137 cm) x 75 in. (191 cm)
full sheet size 85 in. (216 cm) x 100 in. (254 cm)
queen bed size 60 in. (152 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
queen sheet size 90 in. (229 cm) x 106 in. (269 cm)
king bed size 76 in. (193 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)
king sheet size 108 in. (274 cm) x 106 in. (269 cm)
Decorative Trim for your Bed Skirt
Decorative trim is a beautiful way to personalize your bed skirt and make it special. There are so many gorgeous and affordable options available today. Simply topstitch it onto the bed skirt when your project is finished.
Note: If you are using a bedsheet, and want to use the trim that is on the top of the sheet, you may need more than one sheet. Unfortunately, one sheet is NOT enough trim to run all around the bed. I had to buy two sets so I had enough trim. But, the bonus is I now have two matching fitted sheets to use and swap out for washing. The other option would be to buy 2 flat sheets, sold separately, if available, not the whole set.
It’s time to find your bedsheets or fabric. I purchased my sheets at Target. The Opalhouse brand is very nice quality and washed well. (not an ad, I really do like them!) There are also great selections at big box, department and discounts stores, like TJ Maxx or Marshalls.
If you are looking for fabric by the yard, have your drawing and estimate with you at the fabric store or as you shop online. If you are unsure of how much fabric to buy, ask the employees at your local fabric store. They are always ready to help with yardage questions.
Here are all the project items that you’ll need…
Material and Sewing Supplies
Flat Bed Sheet or Fabric
Lining Fabric (Not pictured)
Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Cutting Board (or a safe surface to cut fabric on)
Measuring Tape or Tape Measure
Straight Edge (Not pictured)
Sewing Machine (Not pictured)
Links to Fabric Sources
Prewash your Fabric
First, prewash your sheets or fabric to help prevent shrinkage in future washings that would compromise the fit. After it is dry, press with an iron. I let my sheet fabric hang dry naturally so it did not fade and stays as new looking as possible.
Cutting your Fabric
Measure and cut out your fabric pieces on a cutting board or a surface that is safe to cut on. Refer to your original drawing and measurements. Pay close attention to the grain of the fabric and make sure the pattern pieces are positioned correctly. If you are using a patterned fabric, be extra careful.
1. Fold, pin and press each box pleat on each panel. Stitch, securely, a few times at the top, within the seam allowance.
2. With right sides together, stitch each bed skirt panel and corresponding lining piece together along the top. Include each box pleat as you stitch.
3. After stitching across the top, open up each panel and press open each seam.
4. Also, press the box pleat neatly together and flat.
5. Next, fold the right side of your bed skirt to the outside and press again.
6. Hem the fabric and lining, if necessary. Finish the sides, if necessary. Your panel is complete!
To install the bed skirt, start with each corner piece. Wrap the top of the corner piece on the corner of the bed, smoothing so the fabric hangs straight. Next, with one panel at a time, hold up the edge of the mattress so that the top of the skirt tucks under it. Push it far back so that the weight of the mattress will hold the skirt up. If necessary, use upholstery screws to secure to your box spring.
Congratulations you have just elevated the look of your bedroom. Crazy Aunt Patty would be so proud!
Let me know if you make an easy DIY bed skirt of your own, in the comment box below. I would love to hear about what you are making!
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