No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For Adjustable Beds

Back in the Fall, we purchased a new mattress with an adjustable reclining base. Oh, how I love the recline feature! But what I didn't realize was that a traditional bed skirt that lays between the mattress and box spring wouldn't work. Because the top of the base reclines, so too does the dust ruffle on the skirt. Skirts for this style of bed can have a hefty price tag so instead, I modified a standard bed skirt into a no-sew tailored bed skirt for an adjustable bed.

No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For Adjustable Reclining Beds

No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For Adjustable Beds

Not only did I save a lot of money but it took less than thirty minutes to make with no sewing machine required. But what I also love about this modified bed skirt is that when it's time to wash it, you don't have to lift a heavy mattress to take it off. Reclining bed or not, what's not to love about that?

Adjustable Bed No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt

The bed's been skirtless since last Fall because getting to this project kept being put on the back burner. When I learned that this months challenge for my friends and I in the Int'l Bloggers Club was creating a project with silk or linen, it was just the motivation I needed to finally cover our naked bed.

If you're new here and haven't heard of the International Bloggers Club, we are a group of friends from around the globe who come together every month to share a themed DIY project. Links to my friend's silk or linen projects are included at the bottom of this post.

Last month the theme was leather where I breathed new life into a curvy thrift store footstool with a gorgeous embossed leather hide.

This is the modified tailored bed skirt with the adjustable base in the flat position.

Adjustable Bed No Sew Tailored Skirt With Bed Flat

And here it is with the adjustable base at a recline. See how the modified bed skirt doesn't move with the base?

Adjustable Bed No Sew Tailored Skirt With Bed Reclined

One of the reasons we purchased the adjustable bed is so it can be kept at a slight incline because both Mr. Frugalista and I suffer from acid reflux. It's a nuisance to have to readjust the incline every night before going to bed. Hence the reason I needed a bed skirt that didn't move up with the adjustable bed.

We also chose an adjustable bed because I LOVE to read in bed. My favorite way to start the day is grabbing a coffee, opening the blinds on our large bedroom window and snuggling back in bed with a good book while enjoying the view of our backyard. Oftentimes I am distracted by the chirping of birds or the shenanigans of our neighborhood squirrels. We have these little tiny birds (have no clue what they are) that will chase the squirrels as they run along our fence. Who needs a television in the bedroom when nature can provide so much entertainment.

This is what I used to make it

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Modifying a standard bed skirt is so easy because it requires no sewing. I found my grey queen size pleated bed skirt for $19.99 at Walmart. The color matched the lighter grey in our duvet cover perfectly.

No Sew Adjustable Reclining Bed Tailored Skirt Before

To modify the standard bed skirt you'll need 3/4-inch self-adhesive velcro. We used approximately 22-feet for a queen size bed. Bonus, we found ours in a clearance bin for $2 per package - the regular price was $6.

No Sew Adjustable Reclining Bed Skirt Velcro

Here's how I did it...

See what I mean when I say that the platform on the top of the adjustable base reclines and a regular skirt would lift right along with it?

No Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For Adjustable Reclining Bed

Wash and cut a standard bed skirt

First, wash the bed skirt and dry on the low heat setting. I didn't iron mine at this point - or any point for that matter and we'll talk about that further down in the post.

Remove the middle fabric of the skirt by cutting along the seam of the dust ruffle with sharp fabric scissors.

Adjustable Reclining Bed No Sew Altered Standard Bed Skirt

Reclining bed skirts come with a six-inch border around the dust ruffle that lays on top of the platform and hangs over the frame on the part that reclines. I can see that shifting around and being a total nuisance. Instead, I didn't bother with a border and secured mine with velcro.

Velcro fasteners on the bed skirt

With the wrong side of the skirt facing towards you, attach the fuzzy side of the velcro to the top edge of the bed skirt. Press firmly with your fingers for good adhesion. You may want to dab a little hot glue every so often if you find it isn't holding firmly onto the fabric.

No Sew Adjustable Reclining Bed Base With Fuzzy Velcro On Skirt

Attach the hooked side of the velcro along the top edge of the reclining base as pictured below. Press firmly with your fingers for good adhesion.

No Sew Adjustable Reclining Bed Base With Velcro Hook On Base

Starting at one corner attach the skirt and that's all there is to it. How quick and easy was that!

To iron or not to iron, that is the question

And my answer is always HELL NO! This Mama will find any excuse to avoid ironing. I used my handy portable fabric steamer and drapery tool attachment to steam out the wrinkles.

Steaming No Sew Adjustable Reclining Tailored Bed Skirt

How easy was that? And for around $25 compared to upwards of $140 for a tailored adjustable bed skirt, I couldn't be happier.

But my modified bed skirt would work for any bed with a box spring. The fact that you can just tear it off when it needs to be washed without having to lift a heavy mattress is all the motivation I need. What about you?

Whenever I post pictures of the bedroom I'm always asked about some of the elements in the room so I've included links should you be wondering too. Like the Stenciled Wall behind the bed or our 3-Panel Door Headboard. I also made the Dollar Store Birdhouses displayed on the top of the headboard and the night table is an Inexpensive Box Store Table Makeover.

If you have any questions about this no-sew bed skirt, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!


Adjustable Bed No Sew Tailored Skirt With Bed Reclined

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.

Please join me by clicking the links below to visit my friend's silk or linen inspired projects...

International Bloggers Club Silk Or Linen 2019 Projects
DIY Pin Cushion Made With Linen by Faeries & Fauna

22 comments

  1. Two things.....

    1. "Hell yeah mamma" to the no-iron policy. I'm actually going to make a sign at home so everyone knows that ;-)
    2. Love how easy your no-sew bed skirt is. My Mom fell and broke her hip 3 weeks ago and I've been eyeing out the recliner beds for her. She hides all kinds of stuff under her bed and she didn't want to hear nothing about any new bed if it didn't have a bed skirt to block off her under bed storage. Guess that problems been solved now. Can't wait to show her how easy this one is.

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    1. So sorry to hear about your Mom, Michelle. She will LOVE having a reclining bed! The only thing stored under our bed is the collection of dust bunnies. Nobody needs to see that herd!

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  2. How clever!! Now you got me thinking that this might be the way to add a bed skirt for our bed that has a frame that won't allow any normal skirts either. SO going to try that, Thanks for the inspiration!! Love your reclining bed!!!

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    1. Yay, so glad mine provided the inspiration you needed for your bed frame, Katrin! Yes, we do love our new reclining bed. So comfy cozy for reading!

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  3. Easy to make and no iron? I'm in! I think the use of Velcro was very clever on your part Marie. It really is too much work to have to lift the mattress off to get the bed skirt off.
    This idea solves that back aching problem. And your new reclining mattress looks so comfortable.

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    1. Oh it is very comfy cozy, Mary! So glad we went with that choice. Yes, I'm loving how easy it is to wash the bed skirt. Those high mattresses seem to be getting heavier and heavier to lift. Oh wait a minute, maybe it's an age thing. LOL

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  4. Great idea Marie, you have to love a DIY project that saves money and turns out so well. I have made custom bedskirts for our tall beds but never considered starting with a purchased one. An adjustable mattress must be heaven. Good for you girl.

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    1. It is heaven, Leanna! I'm so glad we spent the extra funds to get it. My little grandson loves it too, he thinks it's a fun toy.

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  5. LOVE this - I need a new bedskirt because I changed some things and the old one just didn't work. I have to buy a new mattress and box springs very soon - I would love a reclining bed but it's just not in my budget. I also have acid reflux and take both Prilosec and Zantac (the generics of course) and I have two suggestions for you. Sleeping on your left side helps because of where the stomach is located. The other is always keep apples or applesauce for when you get that awful burning. They work like nothing else - I think it is because of the pectin in the apples. We usually have apples but I always have those little lunchbox sized applesauce in the fridge just in case. You can google both of these things - that's how I discovered them and they work.

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    1. I had no idea apples or apple sauce helped with the burning! Thank you so much for the tip 😀 Far better than taking over the counter heartburn relief on top of the acid reflux medication. As for our reclining bed, the mattress store offered one they used as a demo at a trade show that weekend for 50% off. I was thrilled we got it within our budget.

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  6. Beautifully done, Marie! You always have your thinking cap cranked up to the max and I LOVE it! Plus, what a score with the Velcro... XOXO

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  7. Thanks Susie, I love that I can keep the bed at a slight incline and the skirt remains as it should. But what I REALLY love is that I can just rip it off when it needs a wash instead of using hurculean strength to lift the heavy mattress.

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  8. What a great idea Marie!! The only reason I don't have a bed skirt is lifting the mattress to get it on & off!! Guess what I'm going to be doing soon?? I'll have to shop for a new skirt to modify!! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. So glad my modified bed skirt idea was the inspiration you needed to skirt your bed! Hope you find the perfect bed skirt soon 😊

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  9. Such a great idea, Marie and how cool is your bed!!! Added bonus that you don't have to iron it! I always say that our bed covers are going for the vintage look in our house due to the crinkles! Might just have to look into one of the steamers that you use too!

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    1. Thanks Sam, I love our adjustable bed. Really wanted to get the dual reclining model but it was waaaaay over our budget. The skirt fabric says no iron but it still came out of the dryer with wrinkles. I'm just too darn lazy to iron when I can do the job in half the time with a steamer.

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  10. This is a GREAT idea, and super nifty tutorial, Marie! I did something similar for my bed, as well! Always love having you at Homestyle Gathering, sweet friend! Pinned!

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    1. Isn't it so much easier having a bed skirt this way? I'll never have a standard one again. Thank you for the love and the pin! xo

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  11. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  12. This is BRILLIANT, Marie! I made our California King bed a bedskirt a few years ago with old linens and after we moved in, I just pulled it from the dryer and pulled under the mattress. This inspires me to rethink putting the middle piece in if I can just velcro the thing on! :D Getting too old and it sures saves the back, I'm sure! Coming over from

    Happy Mother's Day to you,
    Barb :)

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    1. Hi Barb, thanks for popping over for a visit! Definitely forget that middle piece and go with the velcro, your back will thank you! Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day too 😊

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