Bed skirts have many purposes. They can turn a cot into a daybed. They can hide storage boxes or drawers, and of course protect all the dust bunnies and underbed monsters from detection. A bed skirt can be ruffled, pleated, or simply stretched in a smooth expanse. It can match the coverlet or spread, or it can contrast with it. Have an older bed that is a bit challenged? Hide the taggy bits with a pretty bedskirt, and dress up the whole thing with a matched or contrasting spread. It can contrast with curtains or tie in with other room colors.