Table Skirt Guide: The Basics to Table Skirting

Table Skirt Guide: The Basics to Table Skirting

Are you looking to enhance your tablescape presentation for a spectacular party-day style? If so, then table skirts are a great way to make any table instantly appealing and eye-catching! This table linen accessory is most often used for buffet tables, cake tables or dessert tables, gift tables, sweetheart tables, trade show booths, and any other type of tables that you want to draw attention to!

Whether you’re going for a glamorous or professional look, table skirts easily help you achieve a stunning table look. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about using clear skirt clips to set up your table skirt in no time!

Tulle Skirt

Table Skirt Basics, Everything You Need to Know

Table skirts are linear table linens that are designed to attach to the sides of your tables usually with velcro. They're available in different sizes to match the coverage you desire for your event tables. They’re available in a variety of materials, colors, and textures to complement any event theme or color scheme!

Because linear table skirts only provide coverage to the bottom of your table, you will need a tablecloth, overlay, or spandex cap to cover the top of the table for a flawless finish! A good rule of thumb is to use a table skirt and tablecloth that is in the same color and material. However, this is the perfect opportunity to mix-and-match colors and materials and play around with the color scheme of your event!

By using a table skirt that contrasts the tablecloth, you’ll be able to add voluminous texture to your table decor. From rustic ruffled burlap skirts to glamorous glitter chiffon table skirts, any table skirt picked for your event is sure to be breathtaking. 

Popular and Trendy Table Skirts

Transforming a table from drab to fab can be a breeze with the help of table skirts! With so many styles and colors to choose from the hardest part of decorating will be deciding on which table skirt to use. To make this process easier for you, we'll now share our fan favorite top five table skirts!


Tulle Tutu

Tulle tutu skirts are made of several layers of mesh with a lamour satin band that provides a full and fluffy effect similar to a ballerina’s tutu. It has a medium coverage, so you might want to use a full coverage tablecloth underneath if you don’t want the table legs to show. This table skirting is ideal for sweetheart tables, dessert tables, and gift tables. The soft texture of tulle makes tutu skirts perfect for baby showers, ballerina, princess, or fairy tale inspired celebrations, without the need of a wand or any DIY work!

Cake Table Setting

Curly Willow: 

Inspired by nature, curly willow table skirts are made of hundreds of taffeta and organza spirals and curls with a taffeta backing that gives them full coverage. They’re elegant and come in over 25 colors making them perfect for any event from a kids' mermaid party to a beach wedding or a formal classic wedding. The beautiful cascading and twirling strands of curly willow will be sure to flow with any event theme.

Curly Willow Table Setting

Gathered Lamour: 

Gathered lamour table skirts make adding glamour to wedding or quinceañera tables instant and effortless. Consisting of soft flowing waves of gathered lamour satin, these full coverage skirts are a definite win. The matte yet slight sheen offered by the lamour satin will add an alluring charm to sweetheart tables and cake tables without being too overpowering. However, the soft and sophisticated design of this skirt lends itself useful for any special occasion!

Gathered Lamour Tableskirt

Chiffon Tulle: 

Extra long chiffon tulle table skirts are a stunning addition for weddings. They’re made up of a soft chiffon colored layer under a fluffy white tulle top layer that creates a beautiful two-toned flow of fabric with full coverage. This skirt is elegant by nature and a great wow factor for weddings, baby showers, sweet sixteen parties, and any special event.

Chiffon Tulle Tableskirt


Pleated polyester table skirts are truly classic, perfect for casual or classic events. Made from 100% polyester fabric and featuring box pleats, this table skirt will provide full coverage and a sophisticated touch to any table. Their simple elegance is perfectly suited for buffet tables, trade show booths, conventions, and classic weddings. This machine washable and dry-able skirt is definitely a hidden gem!

Wedding Table Setting
Wedding Table Setup

What Table Skirt Length do You Need?

With the exception of our breathtaking extra long chiffon skirt with a height of 57”, our table skirts are approximately 30" tall and are available in 14ft, 17ft and 21ft lengths. An added benefit of using linear table skirts is that one table skirt size can be used on many different size tables!

14ft Table Skirts

Even though they are the smallest skirt size, 14ft table skirts will be able to provide courage on several tables. This size will cover all four sides of a 4ft rectangular table, an entire 48” round table and three sides of a 6ft and 8ft rectangular table.

17ft Table Skirts

The medium-length 17ft table skirts are the most popular size skirt as they can be used on several table sizes without being too short or too long. 17ft skirts will fully cover a 60" round table, all four sides of a 6ft rectangular or three sides of an 8ft rectangular table. For long tables that are made up of two 6ft tables placed side by side at the short end, this skirt will also cover the front and two sides.

21ft Table Skirts

The largest and most advantageous table skirt is a 21ft table skirt! Capable of covering all the previously mentioned tables, it will also fully cover 72" round tables and all four sides of 8ft rectangular tables. If a long table will be made from two 8ft tables, this size will also cover the long and two short sides.

Deciding on the coverage you give to your table will vary depending on your preference as well as where your table will be displayed. For tables that will be visible on all four sides, we suggest to cover all sides. However, if your table will be against a wall, only the three visible sides can be covered.

Floral Garland Setting

Table Skirt and Table Clip Sizing

After you find your perfect table skirt size, you are ready to use skirt clips to attach your table skirt! At MORLIN Linens, our table skirt clips are available in three sizes to pick from that include ¾"-1", 1.5"-2", and 2"-3" which clip on to most cocktail, round, and rectangular banquet tables.

Although most tabletops generally measure between one to three inches, table thicknesses will vary from table to table. To determine the size of the clip you need, you will need to measure the thickness of your table. This can easily be done by measuring from the top to the bottom of the table edge using a ruler or measuring tape.

If the thickness of your table is in between the table clip sizes offered, we suggest to round up to the next size up. Using a smaller table clip may not fit on your table and if forced on, it will cause it to break. If your table clip is purchased too large, it will not stay in place. For the perfect fit, your clip should fit snugly to the table without breaking or falling off!

Different Types of Table Clip Styles

Once you know the size of the clip you need you can move on to the style of the clip. The table clips we offer are available with velcro, non-velcro, and overlap/valance clips and they each have a unique intended purpose! It's recommended to use 1 table clip per foot of table skirt used for your table. However, since our table skirt clips are so inexpensive, it is always a smart idea to keep an extra couple of clips on hand just to be safe.

Velcro Table Clips: 

Velcro table skirt clips also known as velcro clips are made of durable clear plastic and feature a strip of velcro to effortlessly attach to our table skirts that feature a 1" sewn in velcro strip. To use this type of clip, you simply clip it over your tablecloth then press the skirt's velcro strips against the clip's velcro strips.

Velcro Table Clips

Non-Velcro Table Clips: 

Even though clips with velcro are the most common, non-velcro table clips are also very handy! Because these clips are used to provide assistance to tablecloths instead of table skirts, they are often referred to as plastic tablecloth clips. These clips are used to help secure tablecloths on tables for outdoor events that might experience windy conditions, or to keep the tablecloth securely in place under overlays. They also are perfect to gather the tablecloth material when creating DIY scalloped tablecloths.

Non-Velcro Table Clips

Overlap Valance Table Clips: 

Another useful and multifunctional table clip is our overlap/valance clip with velcro! These clips are primarily used to overlap any extra or left over skirt material. The clip slides over the already attached skirt with the velcro side facing away from the table. This allows the clip to attach to the extra skirt material. This clip can also be used to attach additional party decor to tables such as foam or paper flowers, oversize rose flowers, DIY foam or paper butterflies, and more!

Overlap Valance Table Clips

If you have a keen eye for details and are wondering how to disguise the table clip ends on your tabletop, we have you covered! Placing fresh or faux flowers at the end of your table will cover the clip ends and add another layer of beauty to your tables! Most of the time the clips aren’t visible once all the centerpieces, desserts, table settings, and florals are added to the table. It also helps that the clips are a clear see-through plastic to help you achieve sleek table designs!

How to Use Valance Table Clips for Table Skirting

Watch this video all over how to use valance table clips to easily overlap left over table skirt fabric!

Using a Table Skirt Clip
Why Use Table Skirt Clips and Table Skirts

Table skirt clips are designed to securely hold up your table skirts without an extraneous or difficult setup, and with no damage to either your linen or table. They’re just as easy to snap on as they are to snap off, which is perfect for using them over and over again!

Creating a Pinterest inspired tablescape for weddings, baby showers, and birthday parties is much easier than you think when using stunning table skirts! With so many sizes, colors and materials to choose from, the hardest part will be picking just one!

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