How to Figure Yardage & Layout for Queen Bedskirt


Mattress sets come in four sizes: twin, full, queen and king. Online Furniture Depot lists the standard queen size as 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. The queen possesses an average drop of 14-inches. According to The Better Sleep Council, "In 1999, the queen-size mattress became America's most popular choice for mattress size...beating the twin." Figuring the yardage and layout for a queen bed skirt is a practical way to outfit a bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread

Figuring Yardage for a Queen Bed Skirt

  • Measure the length of the queen box springs with the tape measure and multiply by 4. This is the length of the bed skirt ruffle. Using the standard queen measurement, the length would be 320 inches.

  • Measure the width of the queen box spring and double the measurement. This is the width of the ruffle. Using the standard queen measurement, the width would be 120 inches.

  • Measure the drop of the queen box spring. The drop is the measurement from the top of the box spring to the floor. Add 2 inches to this measurement. For an average drop of 14 inches, the drop for the ruffle's purpose will be 16 inches.

  • Add the figure from Step 1 to the figure from Step 2. This gives you the length of fabric you need for the ruffle. For the standard queen-size box spring, this will be 440 inches. The figure from Step 3 (16 inches) is the width of fabric needed.

  • Figure how many yards of fabric the queen bed skirt requires. Divide the length of the ruffle (Step 4) in half (you will fold the fabric and cut into two 16-inch wide strips). Divide this number by 36 (36 inches in a yard). This yields the yardage for the ruffle. For example, 440 divided by 2 equals 220; 220 divided by 36 equals 6.1 yards (so you will need to purchase 7 yards) of fabric for the ruffle.

  • Figure the skirt foundation yardage by dividing the actual springs length by 36 inches and figuring in the actual width. Since the standard yard of fabric is 44 inches wide, and the box spring is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long, 2 sections of fabric measuring 3 yards long (6 yards total) will need to be joined.
    This creates a total yardage for a queen skirt of approximately 13 yards: 7 yards for the ruffle and 6 yards for the foundation.

Layout of a Queen Bed Skirt

  • Cut 1 rectangle to the actual measurements of the box springs (length by width). This is the foundation.

  • Turn under the edges of one width side (60 inches) to the wrong side of the fabric, pin and sew.

  • Take enough fabric to equal the needed ruffle length and fold the fabric in half, lengthwise. Cut along the fold, creating two strips of fabric whose width equals that of the drop measurement determined in Step 3 of Section 1.

  • Fold under the edges of a long side (length) of the ruffle so no raw edges are exposed. Pin. Hem using a 1-inch seam allowance.

  • Hem the 2 shorter ends (width) of the ruffle so no raw edges are exposed. These hemmed edges will touch the headboard.

  • Gather the raw ruffle edge to the actual measurements of the box spring: length measurement added to the length measurement added to the width measurement. There will be no ruffle at the head of the bed.

  • Place the foundation on top of the springs. Place the ruffle, right sides of the fabric touching the right side of the foundation, and pin the gathered edge to the edges of the foundation. Sew.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create an easier foundation using a Queen flat sheet. Cut it to the box spring's measurements.

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