I love the look of a crisp, tailored skirted table. Above is a skirted table in San Francisco designer Grant K. Gibson’s home. That wide Greek key trim is to die for!

Grant loves his skirted tables. Here’s another one he designed for a client’s bathroom vanity that has the same Greek key trim.

And here’s another skirted table in Grant’s home that’s used as a TV console. This photo was featured in House Beautiful.

This octagonal skirted table is the focal point of an entry in a home designed by Tom Scheerer that was featured in the July 2009 issue of House Beautiful.

Designer Timothy Whealon designed this skirted table for a vanity in a client’s Park Ave apartment.

Decorator and blogger Jenny from The Little Green Notebook used an inexpensive ikat print fabric to cover a simple table in her entry way. Using a fun fabric or fun trim really adds a fresh, youthful take on a more traditional design element.

Blogger Nicole Cohen from Sketch 42 chose a dotted Kelly Wearstler fabric from Lee Jofa called “Confetti” to fashion her fabulous skirted console. I absolutely love this fabric!

She enhanced the look by adding this rich-looking jacquard trim from M&J Trimmings.

Palmer Weiss of San Fransico is another designer who loves herself some skirted tables! I see them appear in many of her projects. Here she used a geometric David Hicks fabric for thsi skirted table which she topped with glass.

And here in an entry way she added a coral colored corner key trim to a simple natural linen fabric.

This is another entry way by Palmer Weiss and is the photo I used as inspiration for the skirted console in my own apartment. I took this photo in to my upholsterer to use as a guide.

Here’s how my skirted table turned out! It’s actually an Ikea expedit bookcase which I had a slipcover made for. It not only serves as my TV console but also provides a practical storage solution as well!

Underneath, I keep a stash of books, CD,s DVDs, electronics, etc and my archive of every issue of Domino ever published (tear). I prefer to keep things like this out of sight so my skirted table is definitely also functional!

Shelf Table, $149 and Linen Table Skirt, $99, from Wisteria

For a similar look, Wisteria offers this linen covered table and skirt which you can view here. And check out this great no-sew table DIY tutorial from Jenny over at The Little Green Notebook!


  1. Thanks for including my skirted table! Melanie of Plumcushion actually made it for me… It looks so much better in person. The fabric is so amazing.

  2. Your skirted Expedit is brilliant! I may steal the idea, it would be perfect for my bedroom. I’m thinking the David Hicks fabric in plum.

  3. Very clever – your slipcover turned out beautifully! Did you sew it yourself?

  4. Whoa!! Greek key and zebra patterns. You are preaching to the choir here. I love skirted tables as they warm up a space. They are also an economical solution. My girls have dressed up their tiny NYC apartments for next to nothing with skirting, and yes Greek key trim!

  5. Thanks so much for including my skirted console in this great round up!

    I love the new look of your site! Congratulations! I know it’s a major labor of love. (brainstorming my own revamp)

    And that’s so great that you skirted the Expedit shelves. I’ve been contemplating the same idea for our next apartment. I hate to see TV components and magazines, etc. so it’s nice that there are all the smaller shelves in the Expedit for organizational purposes.

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  7. Hi Nicole,

    I saw your article on apartment therapy and I loove your apartment! I live in NY too and was wondering if you could share your upholsterer’s info? I’ve never had anything made and have no clue whom to go to. Would really appreciate it.


  8. Gigisquare

    Just saw your lovely home on AT. Love the skirted look. Was just wondering if the (especially the orange panel)bottom of the skirt should be maybe 1/2 to 1 inch of the floor to enhance that tailored look ?

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  10. I also LOVE your skirted table and was wondering if you would be willing to share what fabric & trim you used. I may try to tackle it myself, but if you could also pass along the info to your seamstress it would be greatly appreciated. Your blog is amazing. Thanks & happy holiday.

    Cody Byrne

  11. Hello! Can you please share the type of fabric you used for your skirted table? Thanks so much!

  12. should you use a top welt around perimeter of console table if you intend to put heavy glass on top? does the welt interfere w/ the placement of the glass? curious if you’d leave off. dressing down dining room by skirting a console in simple sunbrella stripe.

    • Nicole Gibbons

      Hi! If you’re adding a glass top I don’t think you need to add a top welt. Keep it clean. I hope this helps!!