Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How To Make & Decorate With A Round Skirted Table

A really easy way to bring color to a room is with a round table covered in a pretty tablecloth.  It serves two purposes - 
1. It is a really inexpensive way to add an end table to any space and - you can buy these rounds at the lumber yard and just add simple legs.  You can make it any size you want or need.
2. You can bring in some color, pattern and texture with the cloth cover.

You can use a solid fabric and dress it up with fringe - -

Or it can be really taylored and color banded - -

This one is a combination of both - -

Or it can add tons of character and interest with a bold fabric.

I use one in my living room.  I wanted to bring more light to this room since I have a lot of dark wood furniture, so a skirted table helps continue the white appearance of the sofa and chair and also blends the table into the wall.  Great way to trick the eye into thinking there is more space in a small room.

I thought it was time for a new table cover with just a hint of pattern and color for my fall decor.  As I showed you, I found this great fabric on sale for $2 yd.  It will take 4 1/2 yds to make my cloth - that's $10 for a whole new look.

To find out the finished size you will need, measure the top of your table - mine is 24"

 then measure how far it is from the floor to the top of the table - mine is 26"
So I will need a table cloth that will be 26 x 2 = 52 + 24 = 76 " round finished.

1. lay your fabric out and cut in half (even if you don't sew, there are only 2 seams and a hem to make the tablecloth, so you can use fabric glue)

 2. then take 1/2 and cut it in half length-wise

 3. trim off the selvage on all sides.

 4. match up the pattern of one of your strips with the wide piece of fabric.

 5. sew the two together. (or use fabric glue, being careful to match the pattern)

 6. do the same with the other strip - now you will have one big square.

7.  Press the seams flat - now you are ready to cut your circle out.  There are all kinds of tutorial on how to make a round cloth and cut a circle - since I already have a cloth that is the right size, I am just going to use it as a template.  I will cut my circle 1 1/2" larger so I can fold under a double 3/4" hem.  

When it is all cut out, this is all that's left of your huge square.

TA-DA - All Done.  
The white background is a good compliment to my sofa and the pattern looks great with the wall color.

 There's just enough design and color to be interesting, but it doesn't scream "look at me".

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  1. Hi Marty,
    The table cover is beautiful, and I love our easy instructions too. I've been using round table covers for many many years and think they add such wonderful decorative interest to a room. Peggy

  2. You make this look so simple! I may give it a try. Bookmarking this tutorial. Sheila

  3. Thank you for this WONDERFUL tutorial! You are such an inspiration and your home is so BEAUTIFUL. I always enjoy visiting your blog! Thank you again & I will have to give this a try.

    In Christ,

    1. Thanks so much, this really is a lot of bang for the buck and you can go neutral or bold.

  4. THANK YOU so much for telling me about fabric glue!!! Who knew??? I do have a skirted table but never change the skirt since I only have the one!I have been WANTING to change it, especially for Summer. I will have to try this!!! I may be e-mailing you with questions!! XO, Pinky

  5. Looks GREAT - I really really like that fabric as a tablecloth there, Marty!

    Hope you made napkins out of the remaining cloth - they'd be great for fall! : - )

    I have several round tables: an antique solid wood one I do not cover in the living room, a 24" round one in a guest bedroom that is covered with a gorgeous old Battenburg lace tablecloth, and a larger 45" round table in my covered patio that has three on it: a to-the-floor white, square pink topper and then I placed a quilt over top THAT because the table is wood and it has been raining for 17 straight days.....and it doesn't rain INSIDE there but it's just damp and could harm the table. I keep checking, so far so good. OH - and I tiny round, more like a plant stand in my master bedroom that has a simple ivory tablecloth. Gosh, I have one more - another antique solid tiger oak wood round 36" uncovered in my loft reading nook. : - )

    OK, that's it. : - )

  6. Looks fabulous, Marty! I've always loved the look of a skirted round table.

  7. So pretty Marty. Great tutorial


  8. Marty, as an interior decorator, I have used skirted tables in most clients' homes. I currently have two in my home. You are exactly right...they provide a lot of bang for the buck! I absolutely love the fabric that you used for your table, it is elegant and classic!
    Pam @everydayliving

  9. Great info, Marty! And I love your fabric choice as well as the pillows on your couch!

  10. This is so beautiful! And yes, you are right, you can cover up dark furniture th is way! Love your choice of fabric!

  11. Marty,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E your round skirted table cover, dear friend!!!
    Thank you for such an amazing visual tutorial!!!
    At the present time, I have one small round table in the lower level Family Room.
    No tablecover , but perhaps in the future for Seasonal gatherings!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!
    Your choice of fabric is Cosmopolitan Chic!!!

  12. Pretty table cover and you make it look so easy!

  13. I love your fabric choice my sweet friend. It turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  14. I really like the fabric you chose, Marty, and thanks for the easy tutorial. I don't know why I find round tablecloths so hard! Thanks for linking up with us at the Pretty Preppy Party!

  15. This turned out terrific! I love the fabric you chose (and I'm also drooling over your sofa pillows!) Thanks for sharing this with us at DIY Summer School!