chic wrinkled linen or gauze bed spread
photo: richard powers

About a year ago, our friend Ellen Silverman came back from France with a beautiful linen flat sheet that she’d seen displayed in a Paris shop. The salesperson encouraged her to buy a king size sheet and use it as a coverlet that would drape on the floor and become it’s own “dust-ruffle”, hiding whatever lay hidden under the bed. It looked so pretty, and seemed like such a practical idea, that we hatched a plot to photograph it; both being so crazy-busy we still haven’t gotten around to it.

So I was pleased to stumble on a similar image buried in a recent Remodelista house tour. This huge flat-sheet coverlet is made of gauze but linen is lovely, washable, comes in a variety of colors, and doesn’t need to be ironed. Wrinkled is fine, as are ripped edges. We’re wondering what would happen if we used a flat sheet between the boxspring and mattress, to make a rough-hewn drapey dust ruffle. (We’re planning to try it and will report back.)

chic wrinkled linen bed spread
photo: richard powers

As for sources: We’re going to check out Linoto‘s and Restoration Hardware‘s linen sheets. Remodelista recommends Garza Linen Gauze Sheet

via Remodelista
Photos: Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects via Home Life.

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4 replies on “linen flat sheet as stylish bedspread (dust ruffle included)

  1. I have several French friends who sleep on linen sheets and say they’re the best. I’m going to search them out on this side of the pond. H

  2. Restoration Hardware has linen sheets, but I don’t believe they are sheer kike the one shown.

  3. Hi Sally,
    Given your recent bed skirt experiment (lovely!) what linen weight do you think is indicated for this bedspread effect?

  4. I bought Rough Linen’s summer weight spread, and find it a tad sheer, though still really pretty. The sheerness gives the room a lighter, crisper look than a heavy-weight linen. I’d go to their website and order a sample card. It will give you a sense of weights. You can also just buy some scraps of linen and tuck them between mattress and platfrom, hanging down, to get a sense of drape and look.

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