Tailoring a Bed Skirt

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Since the dawn of time, bed skirts have conspired to crush my soul. Oh, the lifting of the mattress, the positioning of the skirt, the replacing of the mattress. The intense physical combat. The sweating and the swearing. Well, I actually enjoy the swearing part. We have an all-foam mattress which rests its weary flesh on a wooden frame that doesn't play well with bed skirts. Here's an older picture of our room, and you can see the disaster that is the bed skirt. Frumpy and dumpy and grumpy.

The frame is very short, so the skirt sags depressingly on the rug.

Here, take a scandalous peek under my skirt. I dare you.

See my quilting mat under the bed? Technically, it's my daughter's quilting mat, but possession is nine tenths, as they say.

This always happens as well:

Despite the fact I hate making the bed, I make it almost every day.

I'd always planned on doing something about the skirt, but this happened.


That's but a sampling of the damage he's done to this comforter. But Eddie has a history of claiming this land for Spain. If there are beds and pillows involved, you can bet your furry bum he's there.

Getting himself trapped, with no escape in sight.

But Eddie just had his 14th birthday and our little old man has finally given up on jumping up on the bed. As sad as it makes me knowing he's winding down, it also means I can buy a comforter for the bed and have it stay super-duper nice.

So I did.

I threw the new, offensive bed skirt on the floor. The floor was probably dirty, but I most likely didn't care. Perhaps grease spots will haunt my future.

I proceeded to defile the skirt by cutting off all the white part that normally resides beneath the mattress. Then I got out my seam ripper and continued the desecration.

Soon I had three pieces of fabric that perfectly matched the new comforter set. I'd better not screw this up because I'll never have the recipe again.

Oh no.

Philly took me on a date to Home Depot where we bought a piece of luan and cut it to fit the sides and foot of the bed frame. I wrapped it with bug-infested (they were dead) quilt batting.

Then we wrapped with skirt fabric thus.

Halfway through, the pneumatic stapler died. Philly disassembled the demon, found the broken part, swore a bunch, then traveled to Menards to purchase a new one.

We've ordered the replacement part for the original. Now we have serious back-up.

We stapled on some velcro and added velcro to the bed frame so they could have relations...

The end result? Thank goodness you asked, because I've had enough wine to fell a horse, and I need to close down for the night.

Oh, happiness abounds.

So clean and streamlined.

My new comforter set is very similar to the previous set, minus the doggie rips and tears. You can find it here.


Did you spy my DIY Headboard? Go check out that post as well!

Several of you asked how the corners came out, so Eddie was kind enough to demonstrate!

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  • Mst33105276 Mst33105276 on Apr 03, 2023

    You made me lol multiple times ty! Great project too

  • DEN33502730 DEN33502730 on Apr 04, 2023

    What is a luan?

  • R Allen Smith R Allen Smith on Mar 24, 2024

    Did Eddie get a new place to sleep? It seems sad that the last years of his life that he won’t get to enjoy the comfort of the place that he spent 14 years of his life.

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  • Patty Patty on Mar 24, 2024

    Love, love, love this. I hate bedskirts also. I will need to try this on my guest bed. Love the way you told the story, kept me interested till the end. Look forward to seeing more of your products.

  • Norma Norma on Apr 16, 2024

    Beautiful! A few years ago I made similar upholstered surround, but since I had a regular metal bed frame ordered bed frame hardware so it hooked over the frame. Velcro would have been so much easier. Results the same for people who HATE bed skirts!!