How to Make a Split-Corner Bed Skirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Flat sheet

  • Tape measure

  • Fabric

  • Scissors

  • Iron and board

  • Pins

  • Sewing machine


The small overlap at the corners prevents wide gaps and makes the skirt look more finished.

A split-corner skirt adds to the elegant appearance of a bed.

A split-corner bed skirt hides the underside of the bed and allows the skirt to fit around the posts of the foot board. Making a split-corner bed skirt is a good project for a novice seamstress because all of the seams are straight and easy to sew. Select a skirting fabric that drapes well and works with your bedroom decor.


Step 1

Remove the mattress, and set it aside. Place a flat sheet over the box spring. Align the top edge of the sheet with the top edge of the box spring. The sheet should fall evenly over each side and the bottom of the bed.

Step 2

Measure the length of the sides of the bed, and add four inches. Measure from the floor to the top edge of the box spring, and add four inches.

Step 3

Cut two pieces of fabric to this size. Measure the length of the foot of the bed, and add four inches. Cut one piece of fabric to this length and the height measurement.


Step 4

Turn the edges of one fabric panel to the back a quarter-inch, and iron. Turn the fold to the back, and iron. Sew a hem seam along the 1/4-inch fold. Repeat for all of the panels.

Step 5

Turn the bottom sewn edge to the back one inch, and sew with a hem stitch. Repeat for the remaining two panels.

Step 6

Position one side panel centered on the side of the box spring. Pull the panel up over the top corner of the box spring until the hem is a half-inch from the floor. Pin the panel. Repeat this until the side is pinned to the flat sheet on top of the box springs. The skirt should wrap the head and foot board corners by one inch. Repeat for the second side. Attach the foot board skirt last, and overlap the side corners by one inch.


Step 7

Remove the sheet from the bed, and sew the skirts to the sheet using your pins as a guide. Your seams should be approximately two inches from the top corner edge of the box spring. Trim your excess sheet.



F.R.R. Mallory

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.