A skirt for the table next to your bed has a twofold purpose. The skirt protects the table surface from spills and stains and transforms even the ugliest table into a decorative addition. You can use leftover scrap fabric, reuse a dining room tablecloth or even old curtains. The design possibilities for creating your bedside table skirt are numerous, and you don't even have to know how to sew.
Choose a Style
Look through home decorating magazines and online for style ideas. Consider all your colour and pattern choices. Decide if you want the table to blend with your other furnishings and window treatments or become a focal point in your bedroom. You might want to use a tailored fabric as an underskirt and place a lacy cloth over it as an overlay.
Measure the Table
Measure the table from the top to its legs to determine where you want the skirt to fall. Use the measurement as a guide for the amount of fabric to buy. The average bedside table is the same height as your mattress, about 29 inches, and is within arm's length of your bed. The fabric should not pool on the floor or fall too short and show unfinished table legs or an unattractive pedestal.
Find the Fabric
Look for fabric at flea markets or yard sales if you do not have material at home. Choose a machine-washable fabric for easy laundering that will not fade if placed near a window or receives exposure to sunlight. Avoid silky materials that will slip and cause constant readjusting.
Hem and Press
Sew your bedside table skirt by hand or on a machine using a 1-inch hem around the bottom of the skirt. You can also use a special hem tape if sewing is not among your skills. Alternatively, a tailor can hem your table skirt at minimal cost. Iron to remove any wrinkles.
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