Creative Dust Ruffle Alternative

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If you’re in the market for a dust ruffle, look no further than this fun dust ruffle alternative!

I’m always drawn to the beautiful beds on Pinterest with all their layers and textures. The ones with six pillows, the folded down top sheet, two different comforters, the perfect throw draped over the foot and a bolster to top it all off.

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Can I get an “Amen!”?

Oh, and don’t forget the dust ruffle? Or is it a bedskirt? I don’t know.

Remember, I LOVE layers and textures, so that was the goal as I tried to figure out which dust ruffle to use in our master bedroom.

I always look for dust ruffles at the thrift stores and had a white one on hand as an option.

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You can find a similar one on Etsy.

Then, I grabbed a gray dust ruffle from Target.

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I went back and forth and could not make up my mind. So, like any rational adult, I did a poll on Instagram.

And got this. . .

Sooooo helpful, don’t you think?

Actually, it really was helpful because I realized that what I really wanted was to use both!

I decided to simple layer them. The white on top of the gray.

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Now, theoretically, you do not need to sew this, but it will not stay in place nearly as well.

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I went ahead and without even cutting the white one, stitched it on top of the gray one.

I pinned the top dust ruffle in place, then stitched and ironed ironed everything.

The extra fabric on top is easily hidden by the mattress.

I’m can’t call this post a tutorial because it really doesn’t need much explanation, but I DO want to point out a couple of things about dust ruffles.

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  • Always look for dust ruffles at the thrift stores and buy any that have great detail on the edges. I use these for table cloths, curtains and blankets. You can learn more in 10 Ways to Repurpose Vintage Linens.
  • When, layering try to make it so the bottom dust ruffle is about three inches longer than the top one.
  • This will create extra fabric in the middle of the top dust ruffle. To adjust for that, I had to create three pleats or you could just gather it in the middle at the foot of the bed.
  • I recommend a floor length skirt and no more, as it will not stay in place.
  • Also, I would not do a dust ruffle that cannot easily be removed and washed.
  • Notes- Shams are from Serena & Lily
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  1. Jackie B
    November 10, 2019 / 5:55 PM

    I love this look! The top flat piece looks vintage and quite lovely and is shown off by the gray beneath! You did a wonderful job.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      November 10, 2019 / 10:16 PM

      Thank you, Jackie! You are so sweet!

  2. Jeannie
    November 10, 2019 / 7:39 PM

    Love the double ruffle!

    I also buy dust ruffles & white or cream bedspreads at garage sales. I use them as sofa & chair covers as washable protection from our fur-kids as well as …bedspreads!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      November 10, 2019 / 10:17 PM

      Yaaayyy, I can tell we are kindred spirits! xoxo

  3. Diane Pruitt
    November 11, 2019 / 5:21 PM

    Sarah–an easy way to hold your layerd bed skirts in place is to use upholstery twist pins. These pins have a clear head like a thumb tack with a corkscrew. After you place your dust ruffles on top of your box spring, you simply screw one twist pin through the layered dust ruffles & box spring at each corner. I also screw one in the middle of each side. The twist pins shoukd be placed so that the mattress will hide them. You can simply unscrew the pins when you need to remove the dust ruffles for washing. These twist pins also make it so easy to place the mattress on top of the dust ruffles–no more dust ruffle moving. Google upholstery twist pins to see what they look like

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      November 11, 2019 / 9:00 PM

      This is such a great tip, I totally forgot about these! Thank you, Diane!

  4. Amy Hanson
    March 26, 2020 / 12:23 PM

    Hello Sarah! You’ve designed such a beautifully composed bed! Is there a link to where I can buy this bed frame or was it a fabulous Craigslist find? Thanks for inspiring beautiful spaces in our homes!

  5. Lina
    May 15, 2020 / 9:58 PM

    Sarah!! I loved this. Could you link the bedding comforters/shams?? I’m trying to go for a similar style but not sure what brands have good farmhouse style bedding. Thank you!

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