Bed skirts are a decoration piece commonly found on traditional box spring and mattress beds. They usually mirror or complement the sheet set or comforter, and give an overall feeling of cohesiveness to a bedroom. But is there more to it than that? Does a bed skirt have an actual functional purpose?

It does. The bed skirt is designed with cleanliness in mind. A bed skirt hangs down far enough to block the accumulation of most dust particles. A buildup of dust can lead to dust mites and other unpleasantness. Obviously this isn’t the end-all for keeping the space under your bed clean, but it can minimize the how often you have to worry about it.

A second practical function of a bed skirt is drafts. This is probably less of an issue now than when bed skirts were conceived, but drafty under-beds used to be a real issue. The drafts would cause the underside of the mattress to cool off, eventually making the whole mattress cold and the sleeper somewhat uncomfortable. In this regard it is more of a luxury than a necessity.

Finally, as mentioned in the intro, bed skirts just look good. They cover up ugly box springs and awkward bed frame legs. They can even conceal unsightly storage areas. Trivia Tip: When used in this regard as a strictly decorative piece, a bed skirt is often referred to as a “valance”.

There you have it. Three practical uses for a bed skirt. Hopefully this information allows you to make an informed decision when decorating your bedroom. If you’re interested in shopping for bed skirts, hit the button below to browse our options for luxury Egyptian cotton bed skirts.