To ground an entryway with grand proportions, Miles Redd and Connor Lucas of Redd Kaihoi covered a table in a pretty floral blockprint by Aleta Fabrics with Samuel & Sons cotton bullion Fringe.

Francesco Lagnese

Why Skirted Tables Are Always a Good Idea

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May 13, 2024

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A properly skirted table gives a room instant presence. With more visual weight than most bare-legged furniture, it can anchor a space while also softening a scheme’s literal and figurative edges. Fabric skirts provide an opportunity for injecting pattern and color that can boost the personality of a space in a way that case goods can’t—not to mention increasing the possibilities for concealed storage. So go ahead, pick a table, any table…it’s an open invitation for skirting!

Björn Wallander


A skirted table in the foyer is a beloved decorating trope for good reason: It adds softness and focus to a spare space built to accommodate constant traffic. Markham Roberts layered an antique paisley textile over brown linen to conjure up a bohemian mood in his Hudson Valley home.



Charlotte Barnes skirted a vintage kidney-shape table she found years ago in Bermuda with a gathered cream-color fabric, upping the feminine ante in her dressing room.

Max Kim-Bee


Brian McCarthy added graphic pattern to a serene blue-and-white bedroom with a structured skirted table in Aruba II fabric by China Seas, topping it off with glass for practicality. An added bonus: It also serves as extra storage.

Francesco Lagnese

Bespoke Tablecloths

Fashioned to exact dimensions, a custom tablecloth shows the world you’ve thought of everything. A romantic floral stripe (Le Castellet fabric by Schumacher) offers a stark juxtaposition to the spare and airy dining room of Elizabeth Mayhew, decorating expert and baker extraordinaire, where it pairs well with a prized collection of antique china.

Chris Tubbs

Out-of-the-Box Shapes

Circles and rectangles aren’t the only options for successful skirts. Varied geometric profiles can energize a space and give it just the right dollop of interest. Colette van den Thillart whipped up her own take on John Fowler’s iconic octagonal library-cum-dining table with a box-pleated skirt accented with jewel tones.

Amy Neunsinger

Subtle Detailing

In his own Los Angeles dining room, Mark D. Sikes went all out with classic blue-and-white gingham (Brunschwig & Fils Carsten check) even using it to create a custom tablecloth. Note how the pattern is turned on the diagonal to create a wide border at the bottom.

Max Kim-Bee


In the formal hall of her New York home, FREDERIC editor-in-chief Dara Caponigro draped a console table in waxed linen, creating a loose-and-relaxed moment with all the insouciant chic of a painter’s drop cloth.

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