How to Hold a Bed Skirt in Place

A neatly made bed symbolically stamps an orderly bedroom as "finished," so show that slip-sliding bed skirt or dust ruffle your resourceful side by getting it under control. Even a less-than-perfect bedroom looks better with properly positioned bedding, from shams to skirt. Common household items or more specialized bed-skirt products can help you keep this important frame- or under-bed-storage-hiding fabric in place.

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The bed is the room's focal point, and its fabric layers act as art.

Pin It

Bed-skirt pins basically are cork-screw-like fasteners with clear or invisible heads. When you have the skirt where you want it, and the mattress in place, twist a pin through the fabric into the box spring near each corner. Add a few more pins relatively evenly along the sides. The pack may come with a dozen pins -- use them all. Bed skirt pins are designed to hold the fabric safely in place, but damage can occur if you use the pins incorrectly or have an old or worn bed skirt or box spring. Refer to the pin manufacturer's label for directions and warnings.

Tape It Down

Self-sticking Velcro hook-and-loop tape works well at keeping a dust ruffle neatly in place. Cut eight tape lengths a few inches long -- two for each box spring at its top corner. Stick the tape lengths in a "V" shape, meeting in the corners. Tape the "mate" pieces to the bed skirt's underside corners, lining them up with the box spring's tape. The tape's quick-release design makes it easy for you to remove the bed skirt for laundering. If you use different bedding sets throughout the year, attach hook-and-loop tape to the other bed skirts, if needed.

Non-Slip Grip

Non-slip or grip pads designed to keep rugs in place also can keep your bed skirt put. Cut a roughly 1-foot-square piece for each box spring corner and its center. Position the bed skirt as usual, and then the mattress. The added grip should end the slip. For reassurance or to tame a still-slipping skirt, place additional grip squares on the bed skirt, and re-position the mattress.

Causing Friction

Often, a slipping bed skirt is a product of poor fabric pairing; its silky fabric simply slides around on a silky, slippery box spring as you move about on the mattress. An easy fix to this dilemma is to put a fitted flannel or cotton sheet on the box spring. The older, nubbier or more pilly the box spring's sheet, the more friction or grip it has on the bed skirt.