diy instant bed skirt from a linen sheet or coverlette

diy linen bed skirt dust ruffle
diy linen bed skirt dust ruffle

Sally Schneider

The Laboratory’s latest design dilemma: how to hide the underpinnings of my makeshift bed and all the art materials stored under it? A bed skirt was clearly the solution, but the traditional route posed a number of problems. Classic bed skirts come in set sizes and lengths, none of which really fit my rigged bed. And since I envisioned a whole other bed in the future, it was very possible that it wouldn’t work for the new one. Not to mention, they are designed with only one purpose— to be a bed skirt — a box with a cotton top and linen sides that would be difficult to repurpose down the line. I was loathe to invest in something that would neither be great to start, nor stay great.

Stumbling on the Rough Linen website got me thinking about using a sheet as a bed skirt, and just folding it to fit my bed. I could change the size as needed, and a linen sheet could come in handy down the line for other uses: a table cloth perhaps, or a throw for the sofa (which is why they are such a great investment).

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Sally Schneider

But then I decided it would be nice if the hem was finished uniformly all the way around, generally not the case with a sheet, which makes for a rougher, drapier look. On Rough Linen’s site, I found something called a Summer Cover, which was a large swath of fine linen, with a neat 3-inxh hem on all four sides.

I called Trisha of Rough Linen to discuss and found a philosopher at heart, who believed greatly in the multi-use possibilities of her linen products, that it is essential “to do what pleases you”, not just follow what is in fashion. To try the idea out, I ordered her lightest weight, and least expensive, Summer Cover in Queen size, which measures 105″ x 100″, ample for many purposes and bigger than the width needed to go across the bed and down to the floor.

The trick was to fold the excess fabric into a neat center crease. A friend helped me lift the mattress off its platform and I quickly made the crease, so that the hem exactly touched the floor on all sides.

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Sally Schneider

The result was pretty swell, although if I had it to do over, I might have bought heavier weight linen. (Live and LEARN!)

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But THE APPROACH WORKS well. It diseappeared my ugly trove of foamcore and other useful materials stored under the bed, and gives a sweet, crisp look to the room.

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The bed skirt is endlessly resizable. It is, in itself, a beautiful piece of hemmed linen for whatever use I devise down the line, as life is always changing.

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3 Responses to diy instant bed skirt from a linen sheet or coverlette

  1. maria robledo 09.25.2013 at 9:07pm #

    i love the photo!

  2. Ruth 10.02.2013 at 8:50pm #

    And the result looked lovely. It really hide all the unwanted materials and looked good.

  3. Inge 02.02.2014 at 12:55pm #

    Great solution.
    For years I use sheets in all kinds of materials and colors as bedspreads, bedskirts and curtains. Works great!
    Thanks for your inspiring blog.

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