Tailored, Adjustable Bed Skirt from Ready-Made Curtains

After we transformed a linen sheet into a bed skirt, we stumbled on Eileen Fisher’s clever bed skirt made of three adjustable panels of fabric for a more tailored look. You just tuck each panel underneath the mattress at the foot and sides of the bed to adjust it to any length you like up to 21″ (just what we need since the height of our bed occasionally morphs…) But the lengthwise panels were a couple of inches short for our bed AND we weren’t crazy about the oatmeal color (not to mention the price). Googling other versions of the adjustable skirt yielded terrible colors and fabrics but gave us insight into how they work.

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We started mulling how to make our own. Then we had a brainstorm.

We remembered how versatile Ikea’s cotton Merete curtains ($39 per pair) were in various spaces we had in the past. The ready-made curtains come in sizes that could easily morph into a bed skirt. Because the grommets at the top of them are meant to loop through a curtain rod, these curtains are wider than normal.

We did some calculations: Our bed was 60″ x 80″. One 98″ x 57″ Merete curtain could be cut lengthwise up the center to make two hemmed bed skirt panels that would amply fit the long span of our bed. The cut sides would be hidden under the mattress so there would be no need to hem them. Since there was 18 inches of extra length, we would fold neat corners at each end

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

The remaining curtain would become the panel for the bottom of the bed, laid over the two side panels. We wouldn’t even have to cut it, but could just tuck the whole thing under the mattress.

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It actually meant us cutting only ONE curtain, and that cut didn’t even have to be perfect. We just folded the curtain lengthwise and cut it up the center. We’d iron or steam out the creases before putting it on the bed…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider


….Here’s the foot-end corner without the mattress to cover the fold. (We did a sort of inverted hospital corner, where the top flap isn’t angled, but rather squared off. (This video gives the gist.)

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Once the mattress and covers are on, the bed skirt looks as good as any we’ve seen, and is a bit more tailored than a big linen sheet draped over the bed frame…

Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider

Eh voila: a tailored, adjustable, bed skirt that hides the many items stored under the bed. The essential approach could be easily applied to other kinds of curtains: just make sure to check the sizes as curtain sizes are not standard.

Then start thinking outside the box. West Elm’s Belgian Linen curtains come in 48″ widths and a variety of lengths. Other fabrics might give a nice touch to your room…

5 Responses to Tailored, Adjustable Bed Skirt from Ready-Made Curtains

  1. Bev 07.07.2016 at 10:25am #

    I just purchased Ikea’s 100% linen duvet cover and it is lovely, Soft and light in weight for summer. It comes with 2 pillow shams.
    All for $79! Only available in taupe, however. I’m going back to get the curtains to make “your” bed skirt today. Thanks, clever you.

  2. Sally Schneider 07.07.2016 at 10:50pm #

    Wow, now i have to get to Ikea to check out that linen duvet bargain!

  3. Mayra Carlson 03.24.2018 at 4:52am #

    I also bought some bedskirts at the price of 53$ from Aanya Linen,
    Really a great article, I used to give my curtains and other utensils as a charity but, from now I will have them used as bedskirts.

  4. Thelma Zabel 04.21.2019 at 11:13am #

    Thanks for the great idea! I’m worried that when you strip the bed to wash the sheets, won’t the curtains come loose and fall away? Did you somehow pin it to the lower mattress?

  5. Sally Schneider 06.17.2019 at 8:31pm #

    If you’re careful, it stays in place remarkably well. You could add strips of velcro, to the bed frame and to the fabric…

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