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Different Types of Bedding: Bedskirt Styles

Wondering which bedskirt style is right for you? These decorative coverings are the finishing touch for a variety of bed linens, from comforters to quilts, but did you know that bedskirts themselves can differ dramatically from one to the next?

Pinpoint the style that's right for you, whether your tastes lean frilly and ornate or sleek and sophisticated.


The Parts of a Bedskirt

Off White Bedskirt

  • Platform: The part of the bedskirt that covers the top of the box spring.
  • Sides: The two parts of the bedskirt that cover the sides of the box spring.
  • Foot: The part of the bedskirt that covers the foot of the box spring (where the footboard might be.)

Bedskirt Types

Box Pleat Bedskirt

Box Pleat Bedskirt

A type of continuous wrap bedskirt where two or more box pleats are folded into the foot and/or sides of the skirt. Box pleats are formed when two folds of fabric are folded in opposite directions.


Continuous Wrap Bedskirt

Continuous Wrap Bedskirt

The corners at the foot of the skirt are not divided by slits for bed posts; the fabric of the skirt remains completely intact on all three sides.

(Most bedskirts have split corners and will state as much in the product description.)


Detachable Bedskirt

Detachable Bedskirt

A bedskirt without a platform that uses hook-and-loop tape to attach to an included fitted sheet; this fitted sheet fits over the box spring instead of the mattress. Panels come in three separate pieces: one to cover the foot of the box spring and two for the sides.


Gathered Bedskirt

Gathered Bedskirt

A type of continuous wrap bedskirt where the three-sided skirt is bunched into puckers or ruffles.


Kick Pleat Bedskirt:

Kick Pleat Bedskirt

A type of continuous wrap bedskirt where one inverted pleat each is folded into the sides of the skirt; kick pleats are formed by inverting a box pleat, folding the two folds of fabric inward instead of in opposite directions.


Split Corner Bedskirt

Split Corner Bedskirt

A vertical slit runs through the middle of each corner at the foot of the skirt. This slit fits easily around a bed post leg. It also allows the foot panel of the skirt to tuck behind the footboard.


Tailored Bedskirt

Tailored Bedskirt

A type of continuous wrap bedskirt where edges are crisp and straight along the sides and foot of the skirt.


Wrap Around Skirt

Detachable Bedskirt

A bedskirt without a platform that has elastic sides which slide easily all around the box spring; the three side panels are sewn together as one piece.