A bed skirt made with multiple bright colours of fabric.

Bed Skirt

Originally contributed by • last updated 2/25/2021

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If you’re like a lot of people, you probably enjoy switching up your bedding every now and then by putting on a new set. Purchasing a new duvet cover or a new set of bed sheets and pillow cases can really help freshen up your whole bedroom. Speaking of keeping things fresh, bed skirts are a great addition to your current ensemble, providing both function and style. To some, they might seem like an outdated design choice when it comes to keeping things more modern. But today’s custom DIY dust ruffles can go far beyond the frilly linens of yesterday.


The term bed skirt, commonly called a dust ruffle, typically refers to a decorative linen box spring cover. They are designed to hide the bed frame and box spring, while complimenting and adding style to the rest of the bedding. Additionally, they are meant to close off the space under the bed, preventing unwanted dust and objects from getting underneath and collecting over time. Traditionally, bed skirts were draped over the box spring, lying flat under the mattress for support. Nowadays, modern wrap-around versions are supported by an elastic band that cinches around the box spring, eliminating the need for a full sheet under the mattress. They also come in a wide range of styles and designs, and there are many DIY ideas available to make your own.

What Color Bed Skirt Should I Get?

If you’re looking to add a bed skirt to your overall bedding ensemble, it’s probably a good idea to start with a set so the colors, styles, and sizes match. Coordinating your colors, patterns, and designs with the rest of your bedroom often comes down to personal preferences. But here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • If possible, try and coordinate the color and pattern of your bed skirt to that of your headboard and drapes. This will help create the illusion of consistency throughout the room and really ties things together. However, this may not work for more eclectic looks with lots of variations in color and style.
  • If you decide to use a lighter color sheet for a bed skirt, such as white or soft grey, it might be a good idea to use thicker sheets or double them up. This will help avoid shadows and uneven colors created by light shining underneath the bed. But this will also come down to personal preference.