Basic Table Skirting Procedures

Margaret Morris

Table skirts add an elegant touch to any occasion. They can conceal plain or unsightly tables, provide a modest covering for diners or hide merchandise that you've stored underneath them. Attaching a table skirt is a fairly easy task.

The Basics

Table skirts come in many sizes to fit rectangular, square or round tables. Some table skirts are intended to cover only three sides of a square or rectangular table, while others are made to cover all four sides. The standard length is 29 inches.

You'll find table skirts made of paper, plastic, polyester or linen in a wide variety of colors. Party-rental companies rent the skirts, or you can buy them from retailers such as those who supply vendors at trade shows or who sell table linens exclusively.

You can buy clips to attach the skirts to the tables. Some are plain plastic and have hooks that are slipped into grommets on the table skirt, while others have hook-and-loop strips to grip the cloth. The clips are sold in standard or variable sizes. Another attachment method is to use sticky-back hook-and-loop fastener along the entire edge of the skirt and the table.

Attaching a Table Skirt

If you have a square or rectangular table and your skirt covers only three sides, begin attaching the skirt at the end of one short side. Work around the side, across the long front edge and finish at the back of the second short side. If your skirt covers all four sides, begin at the center of the back long edge, work around a short side, across the front long edge, the second short edge, and finish at the center back. If there is any overlap, fasten it on top of the beginning edge of the skirt.

Cover a round table by beginning at the point that will face away from the main part of the room. Work around the table and end at the beginning point. Fasten any overlap on top of the beginning edge of the skirt.