Hide it Under a Skirt

Hide it Under a Skirt

Hide it Under a Skirt

My inspiration for this blog came from a design show I was watching on HGTV a few weeks ago – Summer Showdown.  Two expert HGTV designers took the same exact family room and competed to make it the most functional and attractive for the family.  Vern Yip was one of the designers.  I love Vern’s design style….very simple, comfy, and cozy.  And, he’s not over-the-top with whacky, impractical ideas like a lot of the designers.

Anyway, the family kept a huge dog kennel in their family room.  Vern very cleverly put a table over the kennel and used it as an end table beside the couch.  He then used fabric to make a fitted cover for the table to hide the kennel and make the end table attractive.  (Here’s the link to the episode.  Click to the second picture showing Vern’s winning design and you can just barely see the dog kennel/end table in the bottom right corner with the brown striped fabric.)

Vern’s idea reminded me of a similar “hiding technique” my friend Angela uses in her craft room.  She has a small 4’x2’ folding table that she uses for a workspace.  Like most craft areas, she has a lot of supplies stashed under the table for storage.  In order to hide her stacks of stuff, she simply used adhesive Velcro to attach fabric around the outside of the table to make a fitted table skirt.  She left an opening in the middle (like closed drapes) for easy access to the stuff under the table.  It looks more contemporary than using a floor-length table cloth since it is actually “tailored” to the table.  And, with the opening in the middle, it provides much easier access than lifting up a tablecloth. 

So, if you are using a Lifetime table or other table around the house, think about putting a skirt on it for some quick and attractive storage space!  This is also a great tip for college students living in dorm rooms or those of you in small apartments.  Simply Velcro fabric under your desk, between two dressers, under a bathroom sink, across shelves, etc. to make the space do double duty for you!

Can’t sew?  No worries!  There are plenty of easy ways to avoid sewing for a project like this.  Use fusible tape like Stitch Witchery (available at fabric stores and even craft departments at discount stores) to make the hems on the sides and ends.  The fusible tape irons on and basically replaces a needle and thread!  (It’s kind of the Duct Tape of the sewing world!)  Before you head out to buy new fabric to make your table skirt, check your linen closet…and maybe use some old sheets instead! That band that runs along the top of your sheets makes a nice decorative edge (already sewn!) for the bottom of your table skirt.  Simply cut the sheet to the length you need for your table and use fusible tape to hem the top of your skirt.  Then, just stick the adhesive Velcro on both the table and skirt.  Ta-da! 

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Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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