Several years ago I made a few appearances on HGTV's "Decorating With Style".
One of the projects I featured was one I had just completed for my own home: a skirted vanity table that required no sewing.
I purchased a kidney shaped particleboard table and used fabrics from which I had custom designed my guest room. As you can see on the video, I used fusible webbing, an iron and ironing board, and a staple gun to create my "no sew" table skirt.
Over the years I have created several similar vanities or night tables in this fashion for my clients and for my own home. It's an easy and inexpensive way to create a nightstand or a princess-style vanity.
The thing I love most about these tables is the secret extra special storage they provide. A round table with a long skirt can be a great place to hide a basket of the kid’s toys or your knitting, or a stack of magazines or catalogs you haven't gone through yet.
That HGTV appearance led me to Ryan at Ready To Cover, a Virginia-based company that specializes in particleboard furniture. He found me via Google when he searched the subject and asked if I'd like to make a demonstration video on how to make a table skirt, so, I did! It was fun and I think it turned out well, but you be the judge.
If you are handy and have a few tools, you can create your own plywood or particleboard furnishings that were featured in a previous article. In fact, over the years, I have found that I prefer the extremely durable and inexpensive furniture board to particleboard or plywood.
In order to make your own table from particleboard, you absolutely have to have a jigsaw and a table saw and hopefully someone who knows how to use those tools. However, it's so easy to find them ready to take home. Unless you want an unusual size or shape, it's just easier to buy locally and set them up in no time.
Tables are one of those items some people over look when setting up a room, but once you have one perfectly placed in your home, you will wonder how you ever managed without it! They really can cozy up a nook and provide you with a way to organize your bedside reading by housing your books and reading lights. And don't forget the alarm clock!