Sometimes change is good.
And that is especially true when it comes to changing something in your house. Recycling is a superb way to revive something that you find otherwise boring.
In my case, I do tire of things- and I often change my mind about the look I want in a room. And furthermore I have searched high and low and in between to find a bed skirt that I thought would look good with my duvet cover. I have a couple major pet peeves about bedding.
1. Rarely are queen comforters and their duvet covers made actually large enough to cover today’s oversized mattresses and;
2. most duvet covers come with pillow shams but rarely come with a bedskirt.
And there isn’t much that makes a bed look more finished than a bang-up bed skirt.
So, I’m here to show you how I recycled some drapes into a bed skirt for about $28. Now these weren’t super fancy drapes to begin with, but you could do this same thing with any type of drape. And I’ll give you a secret- a lot of home stores will borrow drapes from the window treatment section to create amazing bed skirts when a set doesn’t include a skirt, or if the current bed skirt just doesn’t make a statement.
First we’ll start with four drapes- two that are 40×84 in and two that are 40×54 in (this was for a queen sized bed. You’d need larger drapes for a king).
You’ll also need either some straight pins or some bed skirt pins. I used straight pins because y’all know by now that I’m in the middle of nowhere and improvising is something I’m at which I’ve become quite adept.
Next you’ll want to lay out the two long drapes on the side of the bed, like such:
Adjust them so that the top of the curtain is at the head of the bed, as most people won’t notice that it’s double hemmed that way due to side tables, etc. You’ll also want to make sure that they just barely graze the floor. We’re not needing pools of fabric for this. Though it is a great idea to pool fabric when you’re doing window treatments. But I’m digressing.
You’re going to want to pin the curtain in place on both sides and ends:
Once both pieces are pinned in place, get one of your two smaller drapes, and fold it in half and then over. You do want a slight overlap in the center so you can have a pretty crease.
Pin it in place so that it will stay folded over correctly and do make sure that you hide the double hemmed side under what would be the bottom of the curtain.
You are also going to want to fold the corner of the side piece up and around and pin it in place.
Do the same thing with the remaining drapery.
Pin it in place.
Here’s the room put back together:
And that, my friends, is how I got a cute bed skirt, used something I already had on hand, and it cost me half what an actual bed skirt would have.
As an aside, if you have a pre-made bedskirt that won’t stay put, bed-skirt pins, or straight pins is a super way to keep it in place and make it less annoying. I’d love to know what you’ve recently recycled in your home!