1. Buy the right size bed skirt for your bed.
Before buying, measure your box spring or lower mattress, including width, length, and height. For height, measure from the floor to the top of the box spring while it’s placed on your bed frame. Find a skirt that is around one inch longer than this measurement to ensure full coverage. This will typically be somewhere between 14 inches and 18 inches high, but will depend on your bed’s style and configuration.
|Bed Size||Typical Bed Skirt Dimensions|
|Twin||39 inches wide x 75 inches long + 15-inch drop|
|Full||54 inches wide x 75 inches long + 15-inch drop|
|Queen||60 inches wide x 80 inches long + 15-inch drop|
|King||78 inches wide x 80 inches long + 15-inch drop|
|California King||72 inches wide x 84 inches long + 15-inch drop|
2. Wash the bed skirt.
Wash the bed skirt according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will soften the material and help eliminate wrinkles. You can make each wash last longer by regularly cleaning your bed skirt with a vacuum hose and a soft-bristled hose attachment. If the bed skirt comes out of the washer or dryer wrinkled, iron it according the manufacturers recommendations. Ironing your bed skirt will give it a crisp look that finishes off your bed decor, but make sure you pay attention to any pleats or detailing the bed skirt may have.
3. Remove your mattress.
This task may take two people for large, heavy mattresses. For easiest installation, remove your mattress and bedding from the box spring or lower mattress. Set them aside in a place where they will be easy to maneuver, since placing the mattress back on the box spring without moving the bed skirt can be tricky. You can leave the sheets, mattress pad and blankets on if you wish or remove them to make the job easier.
4. For full-style skirts, place the skirt on the box spring as you would a flat sheet on your mattress.
Adjust it carefully, so the corners and edges fit properly. Try to line up the bed skirt’s seams (the lines where the fabric is sewn together) with the edges of the box spring. If your headboard is not flush with the wall and you want your bed skirt to show from all angles, purchase a bed skirt that has four hanging edges.
5. For elastic skirts, place the skirt around the box spring.
Many bed skirts have only three hanging edges; in which case, the fourth edge will line up with the headboard. For three-sided skirts, the head of the mattress will not have a skirt. Adjust the bed skirt carefully, so the corners and edges fit properly.
6. Place the mattress back on the bed.
Replace the mattress on top of its box spring or bottom mattress. Try to lift and place, rather than sliding the mattress back. This way you can ensure that your bed skirt remains relatively in place. If you have another person helping you, it may be best to have one person hold the bed skirt in place while the other positions the mattress. If you’re having trouble sliding the mattress back onto the bed, consider purchasing special clips that allow you to clip the bed skirt in place and keep it from moving or sliding.
7. Adjust the bed skirt.
Adjust the remainder of the bed skirt to hang properly. For ruffled bed skirt styles, fluff, or smooth where necessary. For tailored bed skirt styles, adjust folds to hang smoothly in front and within the pleats. Now you can make up the bed with the rest of your bed linens. For the perfect final touch to a well-made bed, read How to Layer a Bed With 7 Bedding Essentials.
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