No need to remove the mattress before installing this bed skirt which enables you to do it on your own. Received it neatly packed...in fact, after setting up the ironing board to iron it before putting it on, ironing wasn't necessary. It was packaged very nicely. Grommets are well spaced to use the upholstery-type screws to hold it in place. Coming in 3 pieces was brilliant, making install even easier. VERY pleased.