Question: Do you have any more don't for us?
Phoebe's Answer: Sure - Don't use standard dust ruffles. Most ready-made dust ruffles are 15" to 16" long, unlined, and skimpy looking. I think it is well worth the money to have one custom made and properly fitted for your bed. I usually make dust ruffles 18" to 21" long, depending on the thickness of the mattress and the overall height of the bed. To get the longer length, I have a custom platform built or I have a wood rise made to go below the boxspring and elevate it, which allows for a longer dust ruffle. I like for them to be lined and sometimes inner lined, as well. If there is a rug in the room, I usually make them 1/2" off the floor, because that will be touching the floor with the rug. If there is just a wood floor, make them 1/8" off the floor. Always measure the boxpring - there can be slight variations in standard sizes. Here are some examples of dust ruffles I have had made: