It is also the time of year when bedding linens, towels, etc. all are on sale.
So, what better time than to purchase a new bed covering since the old one has pulls
and I am just plain tired of it.
It was one of those great bed-in-bag buys with the bedskirt (aka dust ruffle), shams,
comforter and even some accent pillows. It has definitely served its purpose and has
definitely seen its day. I am just not crazy over the comforter look any longer.
For the new bed covering, I was thinking of the lovely matelasse quilts (coverlets).
I started looking all over the internet and, to my dismay, I discovered there is quite a
range in the measurements for coverlets for king size beds.
I was always of the opinion that the coverlet should extend 3" below the mattress. If you
have a bed skirt, the mattress will be covered and you have a well dressed bed. Hmmmmm,
sounds good but that is not the reality.
I purchased a lovely quilt and was so excited to see how it looked on the bed. Well, it
did not even cover the mattress sides. I had to return it.
A king mattress with a pillowtop (and a quilted mattress protector) requires a lot more
material than the linen industry is providing! It seems they have not yet caught up with
the puffy, high bedding we all now desire.
So, the coverlet is out. How about a bedspread?
That too is problematic in that the widest bedspread seems to be 120" (and that is termed
oversized!) and I need 138"!
I seriously thought about going back in time with a 1950's chenille bedspread. However,.
there would have been a 10" shortage on both sides and I just didn't think that was
going to look right, even with the bedskirt.
Who knew this was going to be such an ordeal? Remember in those "good ol' days" when
you just purchased twin or full and all bedding linens fit just fine? You really didn't have
to give it a second thought.
Now sheets have to be extra deep or you will be having a "Lucy" moment trying to make
the bed! And the bedskirt has drops of 14", 16", 17".......
Voila! I found a flounce! with a 30" drop!!!! It could not be more perfect! I just
ordered it tonight. It is velvet though.....not my first choice, but velvet is so on-trend right
now....oh well. This can be the Winter Bedding.
Thank goodness this is something we don't do all that often. This turned into such a major
Here is store photo of my new (retro) "Hollywood" bed: