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Thread: Height of mattress from floor to top (?)

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    Height of mattress from floor to top (?)

    As some of you know I have started back on my UFO California King Size Quilt top. Now I have a question about how much overhang I should have on the sides. About 10 years ago we had to buy a new mattress set & wound up getting one of those that are a lot taller from the floor than our old mattress set. This one that we have now is 24" from the floor to the top of the mattress. I want a pretty good overhang since I don't have a bed skirt & was wondering what would be a good length for the overhang. Last night I was thinking about 16" & that would put the quilt 8" from the floor. On the other hand, if we ever go back to the box springs & mattress that is not so tall would my quilt then drag on the floor (which I surely don't want)? Right now, I don't have a bedspread that totally covers over the box springs & I don't like that at all so I'm now thinking (as I write this) that I should made a bed skirt & make my quilt overhang about 14". That way it would hang completely over the mattress & about 2" over the box springs.

    Has anyone ever made a bed skirt? As I get older I don't like a lot of detail work & time on things like that. I want a very simple one & have found a few DIY sites that I'm leaning toward.

    This quilt project has my head swimming....I think I'm over-thinking everything about it.

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    Oh your hurting head!
    Sometimes our overthinking is for the good though, as we are trying to prevent disappointment.

    Another factor to remember in your sizing ... shrinkage.
    Be sure to allow enough excess in your quilt, so you will still have the overhang you want.

    Separate to that, I would want my quilt more than the 2" extra you mentioned. That would mean I would have to have the quilt sitting "just so", to be sure the coverage was there. I don't like fiddling, so would allow for more than the 2". Though some quilts have a design/borders that you soon know what has to sit along the edge of the bed for it to all line up. Remember, that's me ... not necessarily you!

    To check what size you want it, and see how the overhang would be on the corners,
    I would take a quilt and pull it over one corner to the drape length I wanted.
    Measure and then calculate the finished size you need.

    Bed Skirts can be very simple to quite deluxe.
    Simple gathers or box pleats all round.
    Or even just one box pleat on each side and end and at the corners.
    I have seen them done with fabric just draped down, and no extra fullness in anyway.
    I think if I were doing that, I would use a heavier fabric.

    As for me ... nope, can't be bothered with bedskirts anymore.
    I just have my quilt/bedspread hang over as low as I can.

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    I can't help with quilt size, but you could probably buy a simple bed skirt for less than it would cost to make one.

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    Unless you love making bedskirts I would buy one.
    I just made a King Log Cabin for us. The overhang is about 12 inches on each side and we have plenty of room so that we don't pull the covers off each other.
    I don't believe you are overthinking though. A King is a really large one and you want it right.

    PS. Sorry I didn't realize you have a Cal King. Mine is a regular King. Big enough for Paul, me, and the cats

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    I've made bed skirts. They take a lot of fabric and time, but you get what you want. I used fabric from the quilts I use on the beds. I've done both gathered and pleated. They seem like a pain at the time, but I'm always glad I did them.

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    my dil has a water bed - but also wanted a bed skirt.

    i made it in three sections.

    basically i attached the ruffled skirt to a 12 inch header that tucked under the mattress. she says it is working well.

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    I don't use bedskirts anymore. I have a houseful of male dachshunds and a bedskirt is just a target for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    I don't use bedskirts anymore. I have a houseful of male dachshunds and a bedskirt is just a target for them.
    ..... Spoil Sport!
    Just think of all the fun you have taken away from them.
    Poor Pupperoos!!!
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    I have made several, made one to go with a biscuit quilt, kind of an odd color that wouldn't go with anything else. Then I made an off white, now I need a lighter off white. It was a pain, fabric didn't hang long enough so I had to add 3-4" . I made it too full with a fairly tight ruffle. For the part that covers the top of box springs I use an extra sheet cut just like the top of springs and I attached the ruffle to that. When I make another it won't be as full. Even tho people never notice or see it I still want a ruffled one that looks nice since I do look at it.
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    When I made a new quilt for my bed, I used the bed skirt I already had on the bed as a pattern of sorts. Measured what I needed for length from edge of hanging down skirt to floor and for length needed from head to foot and across the bottom. Cut, hemmed and then attached it to the old bed skirt with velcro. You can buy long lengths of it, who knew!! I sewed it to the edge of the skirt I just made and for the last time took the bed skirt off the bed, sewed the other side of the velcro to it just at the top of the part that lays flat on the box springs, put it back on the bed with a large smile because I would not have to remove the thing again. (I live alone and no one to help me maneuver a king size mattress) Now to wash the bed skirt, I just pull it off the velcro, wash and attach back. I even left the old skirt part of the bedskirt on even though it is not seen.
    Whenever I need a new skirt, just make it, attach velcro and put in place. I even remove the velcro to use on the new skirt.
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    I made a bed skirt for my queen size beds years ago. I used an old bottom sheet over the bottom mattress, added velcro on 3 sides. When I made my skirt I added the other piece of velcro to it so all I had to do is attach it using the velcro. I made my skirt is 3 separate sections as it was 3 layers each so lots of fabric. When it comes time to wash it, all I had to do it pull it off the bottom mattress and wash. Getting ready to make a new skirt but box style instead of gathered. Using the same fabric for the border of the quilt as the skirt too.
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    Suz- love the idea of using velcro! I have an air bed now, so it's very light, but before that I had waterbeds and getting anything tucked under them is a pain.

    My current skirt is very plain, it just has box pleats at the corners and the rest is straight.
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    I made bed skirts for both my sisters to match their king size log cabin quilts I also made. I used wide-back backing to make a flat foundation that fits between the mattress and box springs. I put velcro to attach the rest of the skirt (the part that hangs from the top of the box springs to just above the floor. As previously posted, it makes it so much easier to remove just the 'skirt' for washing/ironing and starching, if desired. The velcro is plenty strong enough to hold the skirt. One of my sister's bedskirt is box pleats at the corners, at the half-way point between the head of the bed and the foot, and at the half-way point between the sides at the foot of the bed. It provides enough fullness so that the bedskirt doesn't 'bind'. My oldest sister loves gathered fullness, so her king-size bed skirt (just the draped skirt) is quite full -- I used 12 yards of fabric on hers. The thing about making them like this is it's just simple straight-line seams -- I have a blind-stitch hemmer cam with my 403-A, so the hems went really fast, too. It just takes a lot of measuring -- but they do turn out very well.

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    I bought my last bed skirt from Amazon. I love it because it has elastic around the edge and is very easy to put on the bed or take off for washing.

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    First, use a sheet or blanket or something and audition the heights to see what looks best to you - that is the size to make! Second, if you want to make a bed skirt, remember that you only need to make the skirt part. Attach the skirt to a sheet that is just the size of the box spring. The maximum you should need would be about 20", so you get 2 pieces from a WOF. Roughly figuring 7" for each side and 6' for bottom = roughly 7 yards divided in half, you would only need 3 1/2 yards to make the whole bed skirt plus an old sheet to attach it to. That is a flat skirt, calculate how much more you need according to how full you want it gathered or pleated.
    Last edited by klswift; 09-12-2018 at 07:13 AM.

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