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Bedskirt Bedding Glossary

What exactly is a kick pleat? What about a "detachable" bedskirt? These are some common questions you might ask while on the hunt for a new dust ruffle. Fortunately, with this list of definitions and some helpful images, you can narrow it down to the bedskirt you truly want, whether you're after a traditional look or a quick and easy solution to hiding the underside of your bed.

Mattress Sizes (in inches):

Twin 39"x75", Full 54"x75", Queen 60"x80", King 76"x80", Cal King 72"x84"

Box Pleat Bedskirt
Box Pleat
A double-fold formed when two lengths of fabric are folded in opposite directions; box pleats can decorate the sides and/or foot panels of a bedskirt.

Detachable Bedskirt
A functional feature where a bedskirt can be attached or detached without ever lifting the mattress; the foot and side panels stick to the hook-and-loop tape on the fitted box spring sheet.

Bedskirt Drop
Drop (Bedskirt Drop)
The length of the bedskirt measured from the top of the box spring down to the floor.

Gathered Bedskirt
A decorative feature where bedskirt fabric is bunched into puckers or ruffles.

Kick Pleat Bedskirt
Kick Pleat
A double-fold formed when two lengths of fabric are folded inward instead of in opposite directions; kick pleats are inverted box pleats.

No Show Bedskirt Band
No Show Bedskirt Band
A fabric-matched strip that goes around the outer edges of a bedskirt's platform; hides the white or ecru cloth that often shows between the mattress and box spring.

The flat part of some bedskirts, usually white or ecru in color, that covers the top of the box spring.

Tip: Some bedskirts do not have a platform and will wrap around the top of the box spring instead.

Screw Pin Bedskirt
Screw Pin
Corkscrew-like push pins that are inserted through metal eyelets in the bedskirt; the pins screw directly into the box spring for a secure fit that doesn't require lifting up your mattress.

Split Corner Bedskirt
Split Corners
A vertical slit that runs through the middle of each corner at the foot of a bedskirt. This accommodates bed post legs and also tucks easily behind the footboard.

Tailored Bedskirt
A design feature where bedskirt fabric is crisp and straight along the edges of the foot and sides.

Voile Bedskirt
A thin and airy fabric woven from polyester, cotton, or a blend of the two; voile bedskirts have a delicate, semi-transparent appearance.