DIY No Sew Drop Cloth Bed Skirt


We've been posting lots of progress photos on Instagram (@beginninginthemiddle), including some of the master bedroom at our historic townhome. When we mentioned that we made the bed skirt ourselves out of painter's drop cloths, and no sewing was involved, many of you asked for a tutorial. Here goes!
Bryan started off by making a very basic bed frame out of plywood and 2x6's. It cost us about $50 and sits 18 off the ground, allowing for storage underneath. To snazz up the frame, we made a flowy, Restoration Hardware inspired bed skirt. Between Michael's and Home Depot, we were able to find everything we needed. Total cost was under $50. - Two 4x15 canvas drop cloths - the regular kind, not heavy duty! - One 6x9 drop cloth for the surface of the skirt (optional) - Pack of tacks - Fabric scissors (had them), and - An upholstery hammer (if you don't have one, a regular small hammer will do the trick) We used two 4'x15 hallway drop cloths for our Queen bed, and cut them each in half to get two 2'x15 strips. The four 215 strips gave us about 60 feet of gathered length to work with, and 2 feet of height to work with. To attach the skirt to the frame, we used tacks. One fold a time, one tack at a time. It went surprisingly fast (especially with the upholstery hammer).
Because we had ugly plywood on the top of our frame, we covered the whole thing with another 6x9 drop cloth cut to size.
Then we added our mattress, made the bed, and voila! It took us about 1-2 hours for the whole thing.
Having the skirt attached to the bed works for some people and won't work for others. We've made this skirt for four different beds so far, but none of them get high traffic or are exposed to lots of pets, frequent spills, dirt, etc. We vacuum and spot clean as needed, just as we would an upholstered bed or couch, and that does the trick. Even if this isn't for you, you may be able to apply the concept to one of your own that you're able to remove. It looks so wonderful in person, and the best part is that no one can tell it's made from drop cloths ;) For a full tutorial and more photos/details on our process, including info on how we came up with our measurements, head over to the blog! And be sure to connect with us on Instagram for daily photos of our projects (@beginninginthemiddle)
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  • Do you have a tutorial on how your husband made the bedframe? I am looking for a new frame for our queen and would like something simple like this also. Please advise. Thanks so much! Also, I love your bed skirt. I plan on making that on one of our twin beds. Thanks for posting!

    • Windy
      on Nov 21, 2019

      Second that request! Does he have a mill in the backyard, and maybe Norma Abrams hiding behind the shower curtain?

  • Joan Gondeck
    on Nov 17, 2019

    I love it but now tell me how to get rid of all the dust it will accumulate.

    • Karen
      on Nov 18, 2019

      it looks perfectly lovely. nice job anyone should be able to do. even me!

  • Sandra Ross Warren
    on Nov 18, 2019

    It looks great but the cat would have a field day with it and I would end up stepping on it and ripping it out. Maybe a tad shorter?

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  • Rknrbyn
    on Nov 20, 2019

    I would use a staple gun instead of tacks .

  • Michael
    on Nov 28, 2019

    Optionally, the use of hook and loop (velcro) stripping instead of tacks would allow for easy removal and washing.

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