It only had to show on one side and I had a foot board, so it didn't need to show at the bottom. We flipped the box spring over and stapled the fabric the the bottom first, then flipped the box spring back the right way and stretched the fabric over the top side to staple again, the same way we did the bottom. Bed skirts aren't unmanly, they just have the word skirt in the name. Use a couple of tablecloths for a very large bed. Match the bedding to the box spring.
You can go with a less expensive sheet than the ones you sleep on -- lower thread count makes no difference if a sheet never touches your body. Another option is to arrange a flat sheet over the box spring and under the mattress, pleating the corners so it hangs uniformly from bed to floor.
This creates an unfussy finishing touch for the bed and can be whipped off for a turn in the washer and dryer. A wrinkle-free or wrinkle-resistant sheet is ideal if you don't like to iron. You don't need a dust ruffle when you have old tablecloths to repurpose. A lace tablecloth makes a fine finishing touch for an antique bed with a metal frame. Just spread the cloth over the box spring or platform under the mattress and drape the ends down over the frame.
The cloth doesn't need to reach the floor -- a tablecloth with scalloped edges will look prettier if it hangs above the floor. Use a couple of tablecloths for a very large bed. If the tablecloth is too narrow, cut it in half to pin or tape to the box spring on each side. Trim away damaged parts of a tablecloth and stitch the hemmed remainder to sewing tape you can tape or pin to the bed.
Hunt for inexpensive old lace tablecloths at thrift stores and flea markets. A bedspread one size smaller than the proper size for your bed will fit under the mattress and hang down to the floor, hiding the trash and treasure you store under your sleeping quarters. It's a very clean, finished look, no gathers or ruffles.
Most bedspreads are washable and can be repurposed for little or no expense. Try it when a child upgrades to the next-size mattress -- dye an old bedspread to match new bedroom decor colors. Look for thin, inexpensive bedspreads at street markets or in the bargain sections of big box stores to find colors and patterns that go with your bed linens. One exception is the metal Harvard frame—common in dorm rooms and bach pads—which requires a bed skirt for obvious reasons.
Any will do, but some decorators prefer a quilted cotton to soften the hard edges of the box. Others favor high-end stuff since you only need about 2 yards for a queen bed. The line of least resistance: Match the bedding to the box spring. Super chic and a no-brainer.
For lazy DIY types: Measure each side of the box spring and cut fabric to fit with a little extra to pull edges over sides. You'll have four rectangular pieces. Adhere fabric, one side at a time, directly to the box spring with a staple gun or upholstery tape.
Finish each side as neatly as possible. Slinging around mattresses is a two-man job. Measure top and sides of box spring, sketch how you'd like the fabric to run and have an upholsterer make the cover. Queens and smaller take 2 yards of fabric; Kings take 3. Ditching the dust ruffle diminishes your chances of bedding down with bugs.
A floor-grazing bed skirt is like a hospitable stairway for bed bugs. Dow Jones, a News Corp company. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Striped silk taffeta covers the box spring in decorator Miles Redd's bedroom, 'It won't get a lot of wear and tear, so you can get away with a delicate fabric,' he says.
Courtesy of Miles Redd. By Sara Ruffin Costello. Decorator Tom Scheerer's stainless-steel bed doesn't need much besides crisp sheets and a white cotton slip cover for the box spring.
Bed skirts are no longer a must-have, but most people like to hide the unattractive bed frame or just have a nice flow to the finished bedroom appearance. Below you will find a list of the newest alternatives to bed skirts, that will give a new and refreshed look to the master suite your space was craving. Q: I recently bought a 13" mattress and a box (without springs because the salesman said I don't need springs) that is only 5" high.I like this height and don't want to put the whole ensemble on a frame. But I do want to cover the box. A bedskirt with a 5" drop doesn't seem to exist. Those dirty, floor-scraping dust ruffles at the bottom of the bed are increasingly a thing of the past. How to cover up your box spring in a neater, more attractive way.