A bed scarf is a fancy term for a strip of fabric along the foot of the bed, where an extra blanket traditionally lies. The bed scarf, also called a bed runner, often graces the bed in high-end hotels as it protects the expensive linens. You can easily make your room as elegant as a hotel or country chic with a bed scarf. Finding your perfect bed scarf does not require any special knowledge.
Analyze your color scheme. Think about the color on the walls, the hue of the furniture and the present color of your comforter. Light color linens with a bold scarf and matching pillow case work wonderfully. Alternatively, you can have a dark comforter and select a light scarf. The scarf can match an accent or wall color.
Assess your material needs. A scarf protects your linens from suitcases and pet hair. Some materials are even moisture resistant. Heavy material will move less. You can add extra warmth to your feet with a down-filled bed scarf.
Measure your bed by placing the end of the measuring tape 3 or 4 inches above the edge of the top blanket on the left or right side of the bed, drawing it across the top of the bed and note the measurement 3 to 4 inches above the edge of the top blanket on the opposite side. If you cannot find one to fit exactly, choose a bigger one and hem it to fit.
Search for your perfect bed scarf at brick and mortar stores or online. If you cannot find one, you can make your own with a sewing machine and fabric or you can hire a seamstress.
Spread the bed scarf on your bed. It should lie about 3 to 5 inches from the bottom edge of your bed.