Are you in the process of planning a formal or semi-formal event that will take place soon? If so, then you should know that one of the most important aspects of your preparation should be the table decorations.
Of course, you would need to have tables during the event, as this is where people would be sitting in groups, talking, eating, drinking, and having fun. Properly decorating a table is a must, so that the guests will find it visually appealing and overall comfortable. This is where the art of table skirting comes in to place.
Skirting a Table – A Brief Overview
Basing from the term itself, the functions of table skirts is similar to how skirts used by people are – for dressing up. Making use of these pieces of cloth to dress up a table is one of the most popular and best ways to enhance the aesthetic aspects of tables. They provide tables with a professional appearance, which is a must for events such as meetings, functions, conferences, and buffet presentations. Since table arrangements are often the focal points of these events, it only makes sense to make them as nice looking as possible.
What Skirting a Table is All About
Table skirting, in essence, is the art of decoratively covering tables. These can be a side table, an end table, and/or other accent tables. They are not to be confused with tablecloths, since the latter do not always cover the entire top and sides of a table. Another difference between table skirts and tablecloths is that the former generally drape down all the way to the floor.
You should also know that there are a number of purposes and reasons as to why skirting of tables are done. While the main function is to decorate them beautifully and professionally, these pieces of cloths also have a few practical purposes.
In terms of decorative purposes, a table skirt acts similarly to how a tablecloth does – in the way that it usually covers a table not only on the top, but on all sides as well. And while it is true that table skirts can often be attached just to the table’s perimeter, which means that the top of the table can be left exposed and open, most of the decorative fabrics used in table skirting will cover not only the top surface, but the sides as well. Skirts that either cover the entire table or just the sides (perimeter) are sure to be a nice and practical furniture accent.
In terms of being practical, table skirts can also do a good job. For example, if there is a side table that features a shelving system underneath that serves as a storage area, skirting it is a great way to hide the items that will be put here. Aside from its function of decoratively presenting the piece of furniture, having it skirted will also make the overall appearance of the table nicer to look at.
Table skirting can also be effective for making use of pieces of furniture that no longer go perfectly with the rest of the furniture. This also holds true for furniture that already have worn out finishing but are still quite sturdy. By simply using table skirts that complement the rest of the furnishings and decors, this old piece of furniture can instantly be transformed.
Aside from these, the use of table skirts can also work great for dressing up folding tables during trade conventions, craft shows, and other corporate or commercial events. There are skirts that have been designed and manufactured specifically for the use of covering folding tables, and these are great if you are pressed for time. Folding tables, seeing that they often have storage areas below, can also benefit from the use of table skirting, such as what has been mentioned previously.
Most Common Types of Pleats Used in Skirts
There are many different types of pleat styles used in table skirts. In other words, you have many options to choose from, and it is guaranteed that you will find one that will best suit the rest of the motif or theme you have in mind. Some of the most common and popular pleat styles used in table skirting are the following:
- Shirred Pleats
- Accordion Pleats
- Boxed Pleats
- Continuous Pleats
- Banded Pleats
Choosing the Right Material for a Table Skirt
One thing that you should know about table skirting is that these pieces of cloths are available in a number of different materials. Of course, some are a lot better than the others, as they are stronger, more durable, longer-lasting, and overall, more pleasing to look at.
So with this being said, here are some tips on how to choose the right material when making a selection from the various options you have for table skirts.
- First and foremost, you should know that skirts are constructed from various materials. The most common ones include polyester, plastic, vinyl, cotton, paper, linen, and satin. While plastic and vinyl are two of the cheapest kinds of materials, it does not necessarily mean that you should already get them.
- If you tend to host parties multiple times in a month or a year, it would be a lot better for you to stick to the more durable table skirting materials, which are cotton, linen, satin, and other cloth fabrics. Again, these are much more durable and longer-lasting, which means that you can use them over and over again and they withstand the test of time.
- If you will be covering tables that are average in size, go for fabric table skirts – these are almost always available in the size that you are looking for.
- While plastic and vinyl skirts are inexpensive, you should know that they are disposable and will almost always end up in the trash after a single use. If you will not be needing one for a long time, that may be fine with you. But again, it is much better if you stick to table skirts that are stronger, such as the cloth variants.