No-Sew Tailored Bed Skirt For An Adjustable Bed

In the fall we purchased an adjustable reclining bed. What I didn't realize was that a standard bed skirt would no longer work. Because the top of the base reclines, so too does the dust ruffle. I soon learned that reclining bed skirts come with a hefty price tag.



Too cheap to fork out that kind of cash, I put my thinking cap on to see how I could modify a standard bed skirt to work. My idea worked and so if you also have a reclining bed, here's my trick for a no-sew tailored bed skirt for an adjustable bed that's easy to remove for washing too!



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

How To Modify A Standard Bed Skirt For Reclining Adjustable Beds

Not only did I save myself a lot of money, but the bed skirt modification took less than thirty minutes. No sewing machine required! Plus when it's time to throw it in the wash, you don't have to lift a heavy mattress to take it off. What's not to love about that.



Will This Modified Bed Skirt Work For Standard Beds Too?

Why yes it will! Whether you have an adjustable bed or standard bed frame, this modified velcro-style dust ruffle will work.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

I have to admit that our new bed sat skirtless for several months. I kept putting this project on the back burner until I saw that the theme for our Int'l Bloggers Group challenge this month is silk or linen. Just the motivation I needed to finally cover our naked bed.



If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the globe who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project. Links to my uber-talented friend's silk or linen creations can be found further down in the post.



We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the USA, and Canada. The theme for our last challenge was Leather and I shared a Curvy Embossed Leather Footstool Makeover.



Let's look at what the modified tailored bed skirt looks like on a reclining bed when it's in the flat position.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

And here it is with the adjustable base reclined. See how the modified bed skirt doesn't move up with the base?



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

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What You'll Need To Make It

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Modifying a standard bed skirt is quite easy and requires no sewing. I found my grey cotton queen-size pleated bed skirt for $19.99 at Walmart.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

To modify a 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 for $2 a package in a clearance bin at Fabricland.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

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 how a regular skirt would lift right along with it?



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

Wash 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 more about that further down in the post.



Remove Bed Skirt Decking

Remove the bed skirt decking fabric (middle fabric) by cutting along the seam of the dust ruffle with sharp sewing scissors.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

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 the bed skirt with velcro.



Velcro Fasteners

With the wrong side of the skirt facing towards you, attach the velcro loop (fuzzy side) of the velcro to the top edge of the bed skirt. Press firmly with your fingers for good adhesion. Add a dab of fabric glue every so often for extra adhesion.


A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

Attach the velcro hook (pointy side) of the velcro along the top edge of the reclining base as pictured below. Press firmly with your fingers for good adhesion. Add a dab of hot glue or fabric glue every so often for extra adhesion.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

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



To Iron Or Not To Iron?

And my answer is always HELL NO! This ole gal will find any excuse to avoid ironing. Instead, I use my handy portable fabric steamer and drapery tool attachment to steam out the wrinkles on the bed skirt.



A no-sew tailored bed skirt for adjustable reclining beds by modifying a standard bed skirt in under 30 minutes AND it's easy to remove for the wash!

I paid approximately $25 for my queen bed skirt compared to upwards of $140 for an adjustable bed skirt in that size. Worth the thirty minutes it took to modify a regular skirt. The fact that you just tear the bed skirt off when it needs laundered rather than lifting a heavy pattress to remove the bulky skirt decking is all the motivation I need. What about you?



Whenever I post pictures of our bedroom I'm always asked about the Stenciled Wall and the Repurposed Door Headboard.



Here's a link to the tutorial for the Dollar Store Birdhouses displayed on the mantel shelf. The Round Tiered Night Table is an inexpensive box store table that got a makeover.



Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this modified adjustable bed skirt idea. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



If you enjoyed this reclining adjustable bed skirt DIY, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Bedding Ideas or No-Sew Projects board on Pinterest.




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As promised, here are the links to our talented group member's silk or linen-inspired projects.

International Bloggers Club Silk Or Linen 2019 Projects

Minimal Water Colour Abstract Linen Painting | Northern Feeling
How To Make A Silky Bohemian Dreamcatcher | A Crafty Mix
DIY Pin Cushion Made With Linen | A Pretty DIY Home



I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.



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  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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  13. This is a great idea, as we just got our split king adjustable beds. But no frame. Wondering how it would work with this kind of set up?

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    1. Hi Linda, wish I could be more helpful but I'm stumped how to make this work with a split king, especially without seeing a photo. If you'd like more help, press the contact me button at the top of the blog and drop me an email. Or click the FB icon at the top of the blog and contact me via FB Messenger. I'd be happy to help 😀

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  14. So, will the velcro come off the skirt when you wash it?

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    1. I have had no issues with it coming off but you could add dabs of fabric glue every so often for extra adhesion. I will edit the post to add that tip.

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