How to Make a Cheap & Easy Table Skirt

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Do you have a table that fits a certain area of your home but is marred by dents or scratches, or perhaps an unfortunate color scheme? A simple and inexpensive way exists to address these questions--cheap and easy table skirts will add significantly to the look and feel of your living space. A table skirt surrounds the table, draping the top and sides in fabric and covering most of the table underneath.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Iron-on seam tape
  • Measure the length and width of the table and the thickness of the tabletop itself. For round tables, measure the diameter of the table and add the thickness of the tabletop.

  • Using scissors or a fabric knife, cut the cloth that will cover the top of the table to the table's dimensions plus 1 inch of overhang on all sides. The extra material is necessary for the seam for the second piece of the skirt.

  • Cut the fabric that will drape the table (and serve as the actual skirt). The fabric should be as wide as the clearance between the tabletop and the floor, and as long as the perimeter or circumference of the tabletop.

  • Warm up your iron to the setting stated on the seam tape. Overlap the two pieces of fabric, then put the tape over the seam and iron the tape according to the manufacturer's instructions. Tape the seam around the entire skirt.

  • Place the fabric over your table and drape it the way that you think looks best, making sure the corners properly align to your table edges or, for round tables, that the center of the fabric aligns to the center of the table.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider adding grommets, Velcro, or small fabric strips to your skirt to serve as a quick-and-easy way to secure other decorations.
  • Use a durable fabric for this project.
  • Be careful with the seam tape--if you hold the iron on it too long, you will scorch your fabric, ruining your skirt.
  • If you measure wrong once and the seam is set, you will have to start over with new fabric, so be very careful with your measurements.

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