I love a skirted vanity table. There is nothing more feminine and indulgent to place in a bedroom or dressing room. Over the years I have had bases made by my carpenter or I have redressed antique bases but I have never been able to find a source for new table bases that are sturdy enough to withstand daily use.
Once a vanity is skirted it is very heavy and the weight of the fabric can buckle a cheap table base. What is the use of fabricating a beautiful table skirt if it is unusable?
Meet my new friend from Ready to Cover ! She is sturdy, made from furniture quality MDF, no cheap particle board here. She is finished, sanded, and ready to paint. The boxed base makes her sturdy and able to hold the weight of the most complex and multi-layered skirts. She comes with a knee hole that is hiding a storage shelf inside.
And what's that peaking out from under the table top - a drawer? Hallelujah... Available in four sizes from 30" wide to 40" wide.
They have even designed fabulously clever arms to which the skirt is attached. These arms swing out to easily expose the drawer and storage beneath for quick access. Fantastic!!!
The finished product is not only beautiful but sturdy, durable and functional..I am so impressed with this table I can't wait to try one out. Ready to Cover also sells the glass tabletop protectors to fit all of their tables.
The vanity table has some siblings which include ready to cover round table bases in two styles; the standard four legged table (I've never been a fan of this design as they can be unstable on carpet and the legs can loosen over time)
The big sister of the four legged table is this sturdy, well built, MDF, box style table with storage shelves. This table will carry considerable weight and will be as stable as any traditional wood bedside table. I love this !!! It's available in a multitude of sizes from 18" to 36" round.
On top of great design and construction, all of these items are extremely well priced.
They also offer premade upholstered screen bases a, headboard bases, and cornice forms.
Update: Just received this email from Ready to Cover
Hi Jackie, I just stumbled across your wonderful post…thank you so much for mentioning us!
I wanted to let you know we have a free TRADE membership for interior designers / decorators which includes discounted pricing and a nice printed brochure (in progress!) as well the ability to order cornice boards (cornices aren’t available to consumers)
Those were some nice skirted photos you found, I really like that first one and am trying to work with a local upholster to get one made so we can put photos on our site.
In the blog post I noticed in the description you mentioned “Meet my new friend from Ready to Cover ! She is sturdy, made from furniture quality MDF, no cheap particle board here. She is finished, sanded, and ready to paint. The boxed base makes her sturdy and able to hold the weight of the most complex and multi-layered skirts. She comes with a knee hole that is hiding a storage shelf inside.”
Our vanity tables are actually made from cabinet grade plywood – which is actually even stronger than MDF! I believe quality is important which as you mentioned is a big factor when skirting a table as well and that’s why we use the heavy duty stuff on all our tables (except the MDF kit you have pictured at the bottom)
Thanks for the Update!