The Skinny on Skirted Tables!


John and I are mad for skirted tables, round tables that we cover in a floor-length tablecloth and that hold heaps of objects—maybe a table lamp, a houseplant (think geraniums!), and framed photos. Skirted tables were big in the 1980s, but they really never left and are absolute essentials in the Madcap Cottage design toolbox. We have a skirted table in our sunroom crafted of a vintage Paule Marrot floral fabric and topped with a metal, tassel-embellished table topper that we found at a consignment shop and painted a pale green.

The best part of skirted tables: You can pick up an inexpensive round table almost anywhere and have your tailor or seamstress create the perfect tablecloth to give the piece new life (it’s more about the size of the table than its condition as the skirt will hide any flaws). There are even MDF table kits that can be purchased online. Of course, Madcap Cottage fabrics make for wonderful tablecloths, and all of our fabrics are available on the Madcap Cottage website. Add some trim to the tablecloth for extra oomph, and you will have created a true showstopper. We like to switch out our tablecloths seasonally for some real fun and freshness—florals in the summer and maybe something moodier in the fall. Do try this at home!

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