Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Plastic Table Covers & Skirts

As the name suggests, a table cover is pretty garment that enhances the beauty of a table.
They are used to wrap the edge of the table, and leave the top portion of the table uncovered. A table cover is chosen in keeping with the d├ęcor of the dining room and adds glamour and class to the entire room.

table covers are ornamental skirts used to hide table legs and other disorderly places during some occasion when guests are coming in. These skirts help in concealing clutter and offer quick solutions to storage issues.

Plastic table covers are of two types mainly. One is the pleated tablecloth and the other is the shirred variety. These two types come in many shapes, sizes, patterns, colors and fabrics.

We will start with a brief on how to use a table cover –

Plastic table covers are used either for small dining tables or for huge banquet tables. For small tables, you can use the same pattern for the tablecloth and the table cover. This you can do by fine-tuning the length of the fabric so that it reaches the floor. However, for a banquet table, you should use a separate table cover and the tablecloth should only cover the top edge of the table cover. This will hide the table legs and look elegant during the buffet sessions. You can use banquet table covers for other table sizes as well if you find a suitable one for your table.

In this article, we will give you some useful tips on making your own banquet table cover –

First, measure the height of your table, and then add three inches for the hem, and overhang. Next measure the perimeter of the table you wish to skirt. It will help to note that table covering is often run in lengths to surround a common table size.

The choice of fabric is crucial for making a beautiful table cover. So choose your fabric carefully and try options like linen, cotton, poplin, poly silk, poly linen, and satin as they hang and drape well.

Now cut the fabric and sew a 1/2-inch hem on all sides. Then turn the fabric face side down and cut the cording to a length of 30 yards. Sew a zig zag stitch on the cording 2-inches from the top edge of the fabric.

Finally wrap the table cover around the table, coil the excess cord in to a loop, and attach it to the back of your skirt. This will help you to use the skirt artistically for tables of other sizes as well.


You may use table-skirting clips to attach the skirt to the table. You may then cover the table with plastic tablecloths that will hide the clips.

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