Cribskirts & Dust Ruffles

Crib Skirts and Dust Ruffles

Cribs skirts or dust ruffles are a great way to tie your childs nursery together and make the main piece of furniture in the room look elegant and festive. Skirts and ruffles come in a wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles to suit your decor. You can even find them with characters or prints that match the theme of the sheets and linens in your babys room.

What is the difference between a crib skirt and a dust ruffle?

A crib skirt has a panel the same size as the springs of a crib, which the decorative ruffle or panel is attached to. This panel lays between the springs and the mattress of the crib, leaving the decorative part hanging under the mattress. A dust ruffle doesnt have the center panel like a crib skirt. It has a long continuous piece of elastic in the top of it and slides over the crib legs on the outside of the crib. Despite the names, ruffles are not always ruffled, and there are loads of ruffled crib skirts to be found.

Does a crib skirt serve any purpose other than decorative?

Depending on the length of the crib skirt you purchase, you can use it to hide the area underneath the crib. Lets face it, storage is always an issue in an infants nursery. A crib skirt or dust ruffle can create a stash spot for the boxes of diapers, bags of bathing and skin care products, or even that annoying toy that your relative bought the baby that you need a break from.

What should you look for when purchasing a crib skirt or dust ruffle?

Here are some of the different options to keep in mind when ordering:

  • Size: The majority of cribs are a standard size and shape, and so are most skirts. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule such as round cribs or custom cribs, so you should make sure the one you select matches your childs crib.
  • Length: Crib skirts and dust ruffles come in a variety of lengths. Measure the distance between the springs of your babys crib and the floor, and make sure the skirt is long enough to reach where you would prefer it without being so long it touches or rests on the floor.
  • Fabric: You can find skirts or ruffles in a multitude of different cloth types, such as cotton, polyester, nylon, and different blends. The type of cloth affects how the skirt or ruffle hangs as well as its ease of laundering.
  • Color or Pattern: Cribs skirts and dust ruffles can be found in just about any color or pattern your heart desires. You can find pretty pink ruffles for your baby girl or Batman comic panels printed on a skirt for your little man. Choose a color like brown to go with that jungle theme or white to match just about anything. Select the pattern that goes with your baby bedding to add that finishing touch to the room.