Easy No Sew Bed Skirt…from a Curtain Panel!

Surely I’m not the only one who struggles to find bed skirts?

They’re either too expensive (like $150 – $250!), too cheap (I find the affordable cotton ones tend to look almost see-through), too big, too small, too plain, too old-fashioned (multiple pleats and layered ruffles just aren’t my thing). And the quilted ones, which are relatively plentiful, don’t really float my boat (I can’t get over the fact that, to me, they look kinda like a doona which needs a cover).

Anyhoo, creating a DIY bed skirt has been on my radar for a while and when we were left with this basic queen-size ensemble in the master bedroom at the flip house, it seemed like the perfect excuse to give it a go.

Bedroom Before

BEFORE

As with most projects from the flip house, time, ease and affordability were foremost in my mind. And when I came across some nice inexpensive curtain panels at Spotlight, I figured they’d work perfectly.

Curtain Panels into Bed Skirt

This pack comes with two large panels measuring 140cm x 250cm/55″ x 98″ each.
It was just $15 (on sale at half price)!

The bonus with using something like curtain panels is that they’re already hemmed. So no sewing (or even heat fusing) required! Plus, you’ll often find that buying the same amount of a comparable fabric off the bolt will be much more expensive – especially if you’re able to get the curtains on sale like I did.

Although this particular bed base wasn’t exactly hideous and could be used without a skirt, I personally like the tailored finish they provide.

DIY Bed Skirt

BEFORE

DISCLAIMER

This project was done in a bit of a rush with little forethought and lots of “let’s get this thing done already”. Due to my lack of planning, I ended up using a portion from my second curtain panel for one side of the skirt, however have since worked out that with more prudent cutting I could probably have made do with using just one panel. It’s not a big deal because I did have two panels and they weren’t expensive (plus it gave me more wriggle room with my fabric), but still, it wasn’t exactly the most efficient method. So, for the sake of clarity – and making myself look more professional than I actually am – I’ve written this tutorial using hindsight.

Of course, how you go about making your own bed skirt will depend on the size of your bed base and the dimensions of your fabric. As already mentioned, I’m working with a queen-size bed base and my fabric is 140cm x 250cm/55″ x 98″.

  

To begin, I trimmed my fabric pieces. You will need five in total. My curtain panel could be deconstructed like this.

 

Diagram

I started with a corner piece. You will notice that one side is hemmed (obviously, this will form the base) and the other three sides are raw. You don’t need to worry about the top (as that will be concealed by the mattress) however the other two sides will need to be turned under and ironed in place.

Ironing the Skirt

Once that was done, I positioned my piece on the bed base corner as desired, making sure it was almost skimming the floor at a nice consistent level.

DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial

When I was happy with its position, I stapled it in place (just two staples – one near each edge as shown). You’ll likely find there are solid and hollow areas in your bed base. Obviously, just make sure you’re stapling into the solid areas.

DIY Bed Skirt

Next, I created a butterfly pleat in the center and stapled that in place.

How to Make a Bed Skirt

DIY Bed Skirt

Although I’ve kept things relatively neat and tidy, the top of the bed base will be completely covered by the mattress and bedding so I wasn’t overly fussed. At one stage I was even tempted just to duct tape everything in place! Remember, this was done purely for staging. You can be as fastidious or messy as you like.

I then repeated the process for the other corner.

Done!

Bed Skirt Corners

Next I moved onto the foot of the bed base. And here’s where I also fell in love with my curtain panel a bit…because, as per my diagram, it was the exact right width along its short side to fit perfectly across the foot!

DIY Bed Skirt

I mean, if it hadn’t been the exact right width it wouldn’t have been a big deal (I just would have cut it down and ironed one end under) but it was a nice little win to have all three exposed sides hemmed.

Once I was happy with its position, I stapled it in place.

DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial

There’s no need to go crazy with the staples. You just need enough to keep it from shifting. I think I inserted one maybe every 30cm/12″ or so.

Now, onto the sides.

As per my diagram, each side piece is hemmed along one long side (which forms the base) and one short side. I decided to keep the hemmed short side near the foot of the bed and the raw short side at the head (because, obviously, the foot is in a more prominent location). Once I’d determined the right length for the piece (by simply laying it in place on the bed base), I turned under and ironed the raw side (just like I did with the raw side on the corner pieces).

Then I positioned it on the bed base and stapled it in place.

DIY Curtain Panel Bed Skirt

To finish, I repeated the process on the other side.

Bed Base Skirt DIY

As you can see, I didn’t exactly cut all of my pieces to the same depth, though as already mentioned, I wasn’t fussed about things looking perfect where they were going to be hidden by the mattress. Still, if I’d had a bit more time (or was doing this project for my own home), I probably would have taken some care to keep things symmetrical and not use as much excess fabric.

Anyhoo, here’s how the corners look.

DIY Bed Skirt

You could make the the pleat more ‘closed’ however due to the width of my curtain panel (which, remember, I used along the base), I worked with this. Plus, I actually quite like it.

With the mattress on top you can see how everything comes together.

DIY Bed Skirt

Such an easy and affordable ($8!) little project that looks super custom and professional.

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Sorry, it’s a bit hard to see it properly in these after pics. I didn’t take them specifically to highlight the bed skirt.

Hope this helps inspire :)

 

Signature

 

See the entire master bedroom makeover reveal HERE.

Master Bedroom After


33 Comments
  1. Kaitie says:

    Okay, I haven’t commented throughout this flip house thing becasue I generally just sit back and watch but after seeing your tutorials and room reveals so far you really deserve my praise. SO much work and ingenuity has gone into this house. I think you are my DIY superhero.

  2. Sam says:

    I love how you keep it real. “Let’s get this thing done already” is a mantra I can certainly relate to! The bed skirt looks mighty fine.

    • LOL, yep, that’s how I pretty much roll.
      Thanks Sam :)

  3. Leslie Wood says:

    Thank you – this is my kind of project (can’t sew…) It looks AMAZING and seems pretty easy to do!

    • It’s super easy. This one was actually enjoyable it happened so quickly and smoothly!

  4. Cecelia says:

    Kristine,
    You are knocking it out of the park! You have always been one of my favorite bloggers, but your work on the flip house is transformative, elegant, and thrifty. This has been so much fun to follow! I hope many great things come your way as a result!

  5. Ana says:

    That’s genius!!

  6. Kathy Goldstone says:

    What size is the bed? Great idea!

    • Thanks. It’s mentioned in the post though can be hard to see. It’s a queen :)

  7. Arlene Gregoire says:

    Wow!

  8. Vikki says:

    That is so smart and creative of you! The end result looks so polished and magazine-ready. Thanks for all the great ideas–this is one of the best!

  9. Cool! Your example looks beautiful. I am definitely going to try this. I’ve been using a fitted bed sheet to hide my box spring. I 100% agree with you on styles and costs of commercial bed skirts. I’m very inspired to try out your DIY technique. (Oh, and I had to look up the word “doona”. Ha ha…I only know “duvet” in the U.S.. Happy to learn a new word today!) Thanks Kristine. :)

    • LOL, yes, I’m so used to watching US TV shows and reading US blogs that I’ve starting using the US terminologies for lots of things. I know you guys say duvet, though to me it’s still a doona :)

  10. Cynthia says:

    BRILLIANT (tho’ not surprised :)!!!! This is just what I need for my bedframe and you read my mind! THANKS for yet another thorough tutorial! ;)

  11. Cynthia says:

    To clarify: You read my mind in terms of bed skirts! It’s had me on stuck, but not any more due to your brilliant idea! ;)

  12. Cynthia says:

    Any advice on the best way to measure the pieces, i.e. tools? ~ Thanks

    • Thanks Cynthia. Hmmm, I don’t think I measured anything Just kinda played with the fabric on the bed then cut it as needed.

  13. donaldson says:

    Amazing quality bed linens can be found online at Nordstrom, Macys, Dillards. and Anthropologie. They all ship to Australia. For lesser quality try the real Target (not the Australian one) or Walmart. iIt was quite the shocker to move here and find almost no selection and to see the huge price margins Australian retailers impose on their customers.

    • Yes, things aren’t cheap here. I’m always envious of the products and prices I see on US blogs. Still, we do have quite a few quality options if you’re looking at over the $150 mark (which is the same kind of price point most of these stores are sitting around – I think the cheapest Nordstrom one was about $270). I just struggle to spend that much on some fabric going around the bottom of my bed! LOL.

      Target has some really nice looking ones at great prices though I couldn’t figure out how to purchase. To register they wanted a valid US mobile phone number. Do you have items shipped here from Target US?

  14. Kaue says:

    When you ironed the hems did they self stick?

    • No, they didn’t self stick, though they’re definitely not going anywhere. I wouldn’t just iron the the base hems, because they would likely fall down (that’s why I made sure all of the bases used the actual curtain hem), though the sides don’t have gravity working against them :)

  15. Rachel says:

    You are pretty remarkable. I love all your projects!

  16. Emma says:

    Great idea – I wouldn’t have thought to do this but it is so simple and really finishes off the bed – thanks for the tutorial. I had to look up doona – love learning new words.

  17. Floranet says:

    Great Post!! Absolutely amazing.

  18. Becky Ackroyd says:

    You are awesome- not only do you have fabulous taste on a real budget like mine, you do splendid things like this bed skirt. I have nice leftover curtain panels from my last house that don’t work in this new house, and they will be perfect to replace the low budget bedskirt I have now. My husband will be so glad. He hates that ill fitting bedskirt!

  19. Clean Home says:

    I had a metallic frame but I was pretty amazed by what you’ve done. Great post!

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