Many parents buy a bed-in-a-bag combination thinking they have a bed-skirt that will hide the mess... not the case if the bed is elevated beyond standard height. If you use bed raisers or a dorm bed is raised to the top height, the standard bed skirt will not hide the under the bed storage. Sewing your own bed skirt will solve the problem. Sew A Standard Pleated Dust Ruffle
The first thing you will need are the bed measurements. You don't need the mattress measurements as much as you need the measurements for the frame or box spring that the bed skirt will be placed on and the measurements from the floor to the top of the frame or box spring.
Once a college choice is made, your visits to the dorm should include a tape measure and pad to note measurements. Set the bed at the highest possible location to measure for a bed skirt that will lend itself to the maximum under bed storage. If you will be using bed raisers, bring them with you to obtain the correct measurements.
Measurements to take to make your own bed skirt:
- From the floor to the top of the frame or box spring.
- The length of the top of the frame or box spring - this measurement will be for the platform and needs to be from end to end where the cross bars or the end of the box spring are, not the entire length of the entire bed, unless the end bar goes across the ends of the bed at the end board and head board.
- The width of the top of the frame or box spring. This measurement will go from outer edge to outer edge on a frame or a box spring.