Bed skirts, also known as bed ruffles and dust ruffles, are designed to hide the foundation and anything stored under the bed. Bed skirts are also used to enhance the aesthetics of the bed by either complementing or (for added effect) contrasting with the bedding. Their main purpose is to add style and personality to your bed.
In addition to the foundation size, homeowners should be aware of the "drop" of the bed skirt - the distance from the top of the foundation to the floor. The standard drop is 15 inches, however longer drops are available to fit higher beds. You will want to make sure, when purchasing a skirt for your bed, that it will touch the floor. Often, if they skirt is too short it looks messy or it looks like you chose the wrong size skirt to fit your bed. If you are unsure of the length your bed requires, measure the height of your bed before you leave and then ask a salesperson to help you find the right size.
Given a bed skirt's purpose of hiding the foundation or the space under the bed, the bed skirt should be made of heavier materials. This will also encourage the fabric to drape properly and "lay flat". However, should you desire a lighter look consider materials such as cotton chintz, chenille, matelassé or velvet as each has a tight enough weave that the "see through" effect is prevented.
When it comes to bed skirts, there are unlimited selections for designs and styles to choose from. The following is a list of designs to choose from when selecting a skirt for your bed: