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Bed Skirts for Bed with Footboards

DIY Adjustable Bedskirts for Bed with Footballs and Tall Mattresses

Need bed skirts for your beds with footboards? Can I ever relate! I found a great way to spruce up any bedroom by making a homemade bed skirt from sheets. It’s an inexpensive and easy DIY project that will leave your room looking amazing!

A master bed with a ruffled bedskirt down the sides and a solid wood footboard.

Two Kinds of DIY Bed Skirts

The beds in our house all have headboards and each one has a different type of footboard. They also have very high box springs which I really like, but they don’t look right uncovered, there is always a gap between the top comforter and the mattress rail where the uncovered box spring shows. Even with an extra large comforter the box spring still shows. When you go through the effort and cost of buying pretty bed linen its so disappointing when the ugly box spring shows. These diy bed skirts are my solution.

Are Bed Skirts Outdated?

The review are mixed both yes and no. Definitely yes, if you like farmhouse, traditional, or cottage decor. If you don’t want a bed skirt you need a bedcovering that extends to the floor, so you don’t see the box spring. A bed skirt is one alternative and so many styles, you will find a modern one that suits your decorating style.

Our new bed coil and mattress are exceptionally high. Luxurious to sleep in but the box spring shows. Nah Nah never, not in my house, this drove me crazy. I just wasn’t able to enjoy my new bed and bedding. Silly I know.

Before the Bed Skirt

A diy tall bedskirt that can be adjusted. The before picture of an uncovered boxspring before it receives an easy to make bedskirt.

And After

The sideview of a bed with a tall bedskirt.

Our beds are getting homemade bed skirts as I am unable to purchase them to fit for two reasons, as I said the deep mattress and boxspring make our bed high, and footboards doesn’t allow the bed skirt to slide on.  ‘

Beginning with the guest room I made a very inexpensive custom bed skirt that works around both the boxspring height and the footboard.

Keeping the Cost Down

We set off to Ikea to find some inexpensive fabric or curtains that I could convert into a bed skirt.   While wandering we came across a huge stack of Ikea Dvala sheets on sale for $2.99. You could use flannel sheets, patterned sheets, curtains or fabric, I just chose white sheets because they were so inexpensive.  For the price, they were worth the try and I love how it turned out.  Best part no measuring is required.

While purchasing the sheets we both looked closely to find flat sheets, but when I opened them, they were all fitted.  So frustrating both Hubs and I thought they were flats.  To make the fitted sheets usable, remove the corner seams and the elastic.  Cut the ends so the edges of the fabric are straight.  Using fitted sheets took a little more work, but they work just fine.

Bed Skirts for Beds with Footboards DIY

Three Sided Bed Skirt Tutorial

A bed with a headboard and footboard, showing DIY adjustible bed skirt.  An easy to make bed skirt in white with lace.


To make a double sized bed skirt that needs a skirt on the footboard you will need four single sized bed sheets. This first bed skirt is for the guest room, so I bought 11 metres of lace (optional), to make it more special.

Before we start the tutorial, I was really happy with how easy this is to do.  Most of the work is ironing.

First Sheet

Layout the first sheet on your bed to anchor the skirt portions.  You will attach all the other sheets to this one.

Create the Sides

Fold a sheet in half lengthwise,  mark center and cut the sheet down the middle.  I actually made a little snip and tore mine down the middle.

Place the two halves facing good side together and sew along the short seam.  This will create one long strip.  The top of your strip should be prefinished with the commercial hemming.

Hem the two ends by folding over half an inch, press and fold over again.  I can’t give you an exact measurement it depends on the height and drop of your frame. (that’s why the right size is hard to find). Sew in place.

To finish the long unfinished side create a hem by turning the material over half an inch and then three inches.  Press really well.

Sew along the edge of the hem.

Place the lace so that it hangs half an inch from the bottom of the hem.  Sew along the top of the ribbon attaching it.

Repeat this process for the second long side.

For the Footboard

The footboard end of this bed has a central brace to hold the mattress.  This central part prohibits me from having a solid bed skirt. To work around it instead of sewing the bed skirt in one long strip, make the bed skirt end in two halves, so there is a gap in the middle to fit around the central brace.   Hem the edges and attach the lace exactly like the long pieces.  Here is a photo of it finished, the arrow shows where the split it.  It’s not pinned together in the picture.

A DIy bedskirt thats tall. An easy to make bedskirt on the end of a bed with a footboard. The adjustible bedskirt is shown with a white lace trim.

Make the Ruffles

Once you have all four strips sewn, you need to gather the material to make the ruffles.  To do this thread a string in the top of the strip and gather the material.  Place the fabric and fit it to the bed.

Attach to the Flat Sheet

Start at the center of the foot end and spread to the fabric so that your foot strip curls around the corner.

Showing the wrapped end of a bed skirt before attaching the next section.

Pin spreading out the gathers so that they are even and pin into place very very well. (Regular sewing pins slipped out, I suggest using safety pins instead)

Repeat for the other half of the foot end.

Next, pin the long sides into place.  Take the long strip and fit it to the edge of the flat sheet.  Curl the end of the strip around the top and bottom corners to ensure the corners are well covered.

Making a handmaid bed skirt that adjustable for a bed with a footer.

Once your corners are secure gather and spread out the gathering until you like the way ruffles look.  Once you are comfortable with how your ruffles look, pin everything very securely into place.  Do the same for the other long side.

Showing a three sided DIY bedskirt on the boxspring before the mattress is added.

Once you have the diy bed skirt pinned well sew it along the top edge of the sheet.  Then remove the gathering thread by pulling it out.

Replace it on to the bed add the mattress and make the bed as usual.

Two-Sided Bed Skirt

This bed has a solid footboard so a diy bed skirt is only required on the two long sides.

A large double bed with a DIY bedskirt that has both a formal headboard and a solid wood foot board.  The bed is covered with pretty linens, and cushions.


You will need 3 sheets and matching thread.  This diy bed skirt has no lace.

This bed skirt cost $6.00 to make as I used a flat sheet left over from an old set where the fitted sheet was worn out.


Make the two long sides exactly like you did for the three-sided bed skirt.  Wrap the ends of the long sides around the corners the same way as before.

The bed in our third room has a headboard two side rails and a low footboard.  I likely could purchase a bed skirt for it, but I will likely make a different style of bed skirt for that room but for now, I have two finished.   The sheets work very well for my decor as they are light, easily washable and will match the majority of my seasonal decor.

Stay toasty its cold out there!


A wire framed bed with a headboard and foot board. The bed has layers of pretty bedding including a lace edged DIY bedskirt.

I hope you found these bed skirts for bed with footboards helpful. I hope I convinced you it isn’t as hard as you thought. Let me know if you have any questions. Leanna

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  1. I love how you accomodated the center support beam. You wouldn’t even realize it is there with your bed skirt. Thanks for sharing your super smart and easy sewing tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  2. Awesome! I started making my king bedskirts the same way with fabric after first purchasing an expensive bedskirt from Bella Notte, only to find out I would be just pinning fabric around the top of the box spring, lol. Never again will I buy an expensive bedskirt.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh my goodness, I would have wigged out. Thank you for the heads up, that would take me way past disappointed to downright angry lol.

  3. Hello Leanna! I love store-bought bedskirts, too, but you’re right ~ they don’t always fit today’s beds. We had a queen-size mattress for years, then we purchased a California king and gave our daughter the old cherry bedframe and mattresses (which were still in good shape). With that, I had no bedskirt and it was making me a little buggy seeing things stored underneath. So, I sewed up one using a double-bed flat sheet as the base on top of the boxsprings. From there, I used three older linen tablecloths found at a thriftstore to create the skirting with splits for the footboard area of a potential future bedframe. It turned out beautifully!!! After selling our house several years ago, this bedskirt went into storage until this past spring when it made its way here to our prairie home, our big 5th wheel trailer. Once again it does its job well and now hides storage drawers and a big understorage compartment. Thanks for sharing your new bedskirts ~ they turned out beautifully!!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Purchasing two or three really pretty tablecloths would make a beautiful bed skirt. Wow, you have me thinking lol. The underside of my bed wasn’t bothering me as we have wood slats, but the boxspring was frustrating me. So funny that these little things matter to me, but they do. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Michelle. I like the difference it made to the beds.

  4. This is awesome. I have a guest room bed that needs this so badly. Can’t wait to try it!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Carolann. The thing I liked was no fiddly measuring. They were fast to put together. Let me know how it turns out.

  5. Thank you for the tutorial! I love the touch of lace! We have an antique bed with its original springs, which are very tall, AND there is an awkward brace at the foot and each corner of the bed. ‘Definitely sewing one of these! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That’s really great to hear. It makes me happy to know my solution is useful. Thank you for commenting.

  6. What a nifty trick!! And great idea to use IKEA sheets!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Liz. I was at Ikea looking for an inexpensive material and the sheets ended up being a super inexpensive solution.

  7. This is a great tutorial. It is so hard to find bed skirts to fit a high bed. And if you do find them they only come in cream. Which I don’t mind but sometimes I do want color.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      It’s nice to be able to have them the exact height you want as well. These were worth the time they took me to make them.

  8. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. My bed skirts are all made that exact way by a professional workroom many years ago. If only I could sew!!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you so much Pam, it made me happy to know the pros did it the same way. Everything I make is super easy sewing.

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