Shannon Berrey

The Skirted Console

Friday, September 02, 2011

I showed you my rustic bedroom makeover yesterday. I wanted to show you how 
I constructed the skirted console table.  

Console tables are great ways to introduce additional storage, as well as give the weight a
wall needs to balance out a design without a huge investment.

This is the wall with a desk the homeowners were originally using.
 Can you see how the scale of the small desk doesn't relate to the huge wall? 


To invest in a piece of furniture that would be the right scale could be extremely pricey. The great
thing about using a skirted console table is that you make it to the exact size, height and width that
 is appropriate for the space. 

I like to use the stackable Organizers by Closetmaid for my base. You can find these at
 most big box stores.


When put together, they look like this.

Because I wanted this table to be just a bit taller than the 32' finished height
 {31" organizer + 1" wood top}, I added some scrap pieces of wood. {I actually ended
 up only using 1 piece of scrap wood} So, finished height was 33".

The top was a piece of 12" x 6' piece of MDF. This didn't have to be cut, but, the guys at
 Lowe's/Home Depot will cut a piece to your specifications. The size of the piece of wood on
 top determines your console size--it does not have to be the same width as the organizer. I could
have used a piece of wood that was twice as wide. When I installed it in the house, I screwed
 straight down through the top, through the scrap wood and through the organizer.    

After I made the skirt, I topped it with a piece of 1/4" glass that my local glass company cut for me.
 I failed to take pictures of my construction of the skirt--sorry! But I was in a huge hurry to get it completed.
 I sewed mine, but there are no-sew directions out there that use staples and glue.    

On a 6' long table, I like to use 2 inverted pleats spaced evenly. But, this is just my preference!   

I added a little 1 1/2" banding to the hem.

There are so many great examples of skirted consoles, take a look at some.


{phoebe howard}


{grant gibson}

{michelle adams}

{palmer weiss}

{elements of style}

{palmer weiss}

{palmer weiss}

Have a wonderful Labor day weekend!!

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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